Procrastination 2013

Happy Belated New Year!

I started writing this a couple of weeks ago to post in mid-January – and it had been a while since I had finished the books then….  Some parts of my life just feel as though I am wading through quickly drying mud.  A couple of weeks ago, I was going to title this posting as un-commonalities.  I like procrastination better because it’s actually a word.

What do Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff, Fair Game by Patricia Briggs, and Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch have in common? Not much – as far as I can tell. Continue reading


Dragonfly in Amber

By Diana Gabaldon

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Dell Pub., 1993, c1992

Genres: Historical fantasy, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, time travel fantasy

Series: Outlander series; 2

ISBN: 0440215625

Intended audience: Adults

Number of pages: 743

Settings: Scotland and Paris

Time periods: 1744-45 and 1968

Plot summary: In 1968, Claire Randall and her daughter, Brianna, return to Scotland from the United States after the death of Clarie’s husband, Frank.  Here, Claire tells both Brianna and Roger Wakefield the truth about Brianna’s father, Jaimie Fraser, and Claire’s trip through time.  Claire’s story about the past begins where Outlander ended- in the winter of 1744 in France.  Claire and Jaimie help Jaimie’s kinsman, Jared, run his wine business in Paris while at the same time trying to prevent Bonnie Prince Charles from ever returning to Scotland (in hopes of preventing the future massacre at Culloden).  When a series of life changing events befall Jamie and Claire, the Lord and Lady of Broch Tuarach find themselves returning to Scotland with a full pardon where they immediately find themselves in the midst of clan politics and a rebellion which they know is doomed to fail. Continue reading