I'm not a huge, huge Shakespeare fan, so I wasn't really up on who John Falstaff was, but I do know the actually person he was based on, Sir John Oldcastle (which I know because of a recent book "The Tower") so I was able to understand the time period the vampire was from. This was an odd vampire book and not my favorite.
This was my first official manga book, and I must say, they're hard to read. I had to keep remembering right to left, right to left. The artwork was a sometimes creepy with the big eyes (I kept thinking they were using belladonna drops) and evidently the storyline of Sherlock Holmes' 10-year-old niece being as smart and deductive as him was enough, they had to throw in a vampire twist. Still, it was an entertaining read, and I can see why they're so popular with teens and tweens.
David Lubar's short stories are always some of the funniest and most twisted that I've read. Scott Meeker's short stories for Halloween reminded me a little of his work. If you like your juvenile short stories odd, creepy and hilarious, this is a great book to pick up.
This was an entertaining look at some of the grossest things in America broken down by state. America has a poop-powered street lamp (dog poop), we've found one of Lewis & Clark's latrines, and museums devoted to medical oddities galore. This book had me laughing, cringing, and wanting to travel America. One word of warning, not a good book to read while eating.
Just when I thought Fables couldn't get any darker, BAM, it does. This one featured two of Bigby's cubs and had me wanting to put the book down throughout, just to almost relieve the tension. This was gripping, heartbreaking, and extremely well done.
This was a dense nonfiction look at the history of the Tower of London, and the history of England itself, with the very beginning stonework to the last execution. It's unbelievable how much history is tied up in this location. This book left me even more determined to go to England someday.
This was an interesting and entertaining look at the early women physicians of the Old West. It was kind of amazing how many of these women even started treating people before they went to medical school.
Cari had reviewed this book months ago and I've been meaning to read it, and finally got around to it. I just didn't love it as much as Cari did, but it wasn't a bad book. Just not my favorite cup of tea.
I'm a huge fan of Jesse Petersen's zombie books. I've had this book on my Nook but have been waiting to read it, because once it's done there's no more. But the anticipation finally got to me. This fourth book in the Dave & Sarah series was wonderful. I know there are people still planning on reading it so I won't go into plot details, but it was great.
I'd picked this book up thinking I would do a column for the newspaper on the biographies of the actresses of The Little House on the Prairie. Instead, I'm doing a different book, but still read this one. Evidently, to be on the show you must have a horrible mother, so I'm glad my kids haven't gone into acting. It was an interesting read, and gave a neat little behind-the-scenes look at one of my favorite shows.
I love getting historical fiction books from NightOwl Reviews to read. Especially ones that feature English rulers. This one by King Richard was amazing, I can't wait to read the next one featuring his capture.