A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/1 to page 82, on 1/6 to page 158, on 1/7 to page 442, on 1/10 to page 566, on 1/12 to page 619 on 1/13 to page 666, on 1/15 to page 1026, on 1/22 to the end.  Listened to Recorded Books Audiobook by Davina Porter  simultaneously.

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I loved it and recommend the series to any lover of fiction. I selected this series as I was tired of waiting for several years for George R.R. Martin to write another book in his unfinished Game of Thrones series. Continue reading “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”

Custom of the Army

by Diana Galbadon

“Well … dead, actually. I had rather a nasty letter from his father, accusing you of murder. That one came over breakfast; didn’t think to bring it. Did you mean to kill him?”

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lord John and the Custom of the Army by Diana Galbadon. Read in 2016 on 8/24 and 9/11, and again on 11/11. I liked it. I recommend it to Outlander Series fans, science fictional history fans, and fans of fiction with a homosexual hero.Custom of the Armyok-thumbs-giphy

We start at a society party attended by Lord John. It is a theme party where an entertainer with an electric eel shocks members of the party for the amusement of the guest. Lord John is manipulated into being the guest at the front of the line who is to grasp the eel while holding hands with another guest. Continue reading “Custom of the Army”

Lord John and the Haunted Soldier

By Diana Galbadon. A Book Review.

But he is soon standing up, indignant, and marching out of the inquiry, uncertain if it will mean serious punishment, but he is too angry to care.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read on 7/27 to page 214, on 8/5 to the end.

I liked this story. I recommend it to historical fantasy fans, mystery fans, and gay men.
LJG-Haunted.pngIn “The Haunted Soldier” we start out putting Lord John into a confrontational military inquiry. The inquiry is a stretch back to a previous book. “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade”Tribunal.jpg

In that book, Lord John finds himself in the fog of war in a battle in Germany. In the fog of war you begin knowing what you are doing then slam into such chaos and confusion it is much like a thick fog. Inside that “fog of war” you bounce through the emotions of fight or flight. Time becomes an abstraction where moments may pass instantly, or seem minutes, hours, or days to pass. A clearing in that mental, emotional, and chaotic fog of violence brings an awareness you know not where you are, or why, but the adrenaline still demands the urgency of doing the next thing. Continue reading “Lord John and the Haunted Soldier”