Book recommendation: The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict

Book Cover - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

I don’t know about you, but I always find it a bit odd to read a fictional story about a real person. It’s not that I don’t like the stories, exactly. In fact, sometimes I really enjoy them.

Take The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict, as an example. I definitely enjoyed reading this novel, and I’d recommend you check it out–so much so that I’m giving away a copy of the book. You can enter the giveaway here!*

Once you’ve had a chance to enter, let me tell you a bit about the novel.

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Updated book recommendation: Until the Next Time, by Kevin Fox

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(Note: This recommendation was first published in November of 2013. You can see the original version here.)

Until the Next Time, by Kevin Fox, is one of those novels that attempts to balance several genres at once. Quite often, making this attempt results in a novel being hard to follow or truly fall into.

I’m quite happy to say that this wasn’t the case with Until the Next Time. Fox did a wonderful job of blending together historical fiction and something a little more magical to create a novel that’s enthralling while providing an understanding of Irish culture and history.

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Book recommendation: The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell

Let’s kick this book recommendation off with an admission: when I picked up The Other Typist, ready to dive into reading it, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I’d read the summary on the book flap. And sure, I’d picked it out of the “fiction and literature” section of the bookstore.

But, I didn’t know what genre it actually fell into. Would I be reading a romantic story, or a tragic one? A suspenseful thriller or lighthearted tale of friendship?

It turned out that The Other Typist had a little bit of all four. At least, I think it did. I’m still not entirely sure.

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Wednesday links: Continuity, revision for pantsers, and historical accuracy

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: Robin Hood, by Henry Gilbert

Robin Hood is, quite possibly, one of the English world’s oldest heroes. True, nobody knows for sure if he was real, but the tales of the deeds of him and his band of Merry Men have lasted through several centuries.

Henry Gilbert’s version of Robin Hood doesn’t necessarily touch on all of the Robin Hood ballads, but it does cover quite a few. The tales included in the novel start with how Robin became an outlaw, and they end with the story of his death. Covering everything from love to war and from mercy to vengeance, they’re a wonderful and thorough introduction to the folklore.

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Book recommendation: Kraken Bake, by Karen Dudley

A couple of weeks ago, I went ahead and recommended you read Karen Dudley’s Food for the Gods. It’s the first in her Epikiurean Epics series, which is set in ancient Athens. In that post, I told you that I had found that book because I had first come across its sequel, Kraken Bake.

Well, over the past couple of weeks, I finally had a chance to read Kraken Bake, too.

I know, I know. It really shouldn’t have taken me that long to get through it. And let me say that the time it took me is in no way a negative reflection of the book. I loved Kraken Bake. I just haven’t had as much time to read as I would like lately.

Anyway, enough of my little sidebar. Let’s get down to this recommendation.

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Book recommendation: Food for the Gods, by Karen Dudley

Greek mythology has always been something I have an interest in. While I haven’t had the chance to study it extensively, I did write a couple of essays on the subject while I was in middle school, and I took a Greek history class in university.

I know there are plenty of books out there that cater to people like me — those of us who have an interest in Greek mythology but haven’t thoroughly studied it. I’ve read some of them, but there are still plenty left. Food for the Gods — the first in Karen Dudley’s Epikurean Epic series — is the most recent to cross my path.

Admittedly, I found and brought home the second novel in the series, Kraken Bake, before Food for the Gods. It wasn’t until I went to start reading it that I realized it was a sequel. But it didn’t take me long to get my hands on Food for the Gods.

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