August 20th, 2011


# 35 Lord of the Silent

Lord of the Silent

Elizabeth Peters

The saga of the Egyptological Emerson family continues. the Lord of the Silent begins with their return to Egypt as WWI threatens, yet again, to pull them into its midst.

Even as they retreat to their beloved Luxor they are not immune to the effects of the war.

When Amelia discovers a recently dead body in a tomb, which is then followed by the discovery of others, they are plunged right into the thick of things, as usual.

Meanwhile, Amelia is busy trying to keep her son Ramses from being compelled to accept another dangerous undercover assignment and she is also working to discover if their arch nemesis is at work once again.


# 36 The Golden One

The Golden One

Elizabeth Peters

The Great War and the Great Game continue. This time the entire Emerson clan follows Ramses on his assignment to Gaza.

Meanwhile, they have hired a very competent, eager young, Egyptian girl, and her lazy, incompetent brother, who may be involved in the discovery and pilfering of a very important tomb. They are also having to deal with an obnoxious American famnily who seems bent on openly dealing in stolen antiquities.

All in all, it's just anoher season in Egypt for the Emersons, which is always a delight for readers!


# 37 Children of the Storm

Children of the Storm

Elizabeth Peters

The Amelia Peabody series still hasn't grown stale for me. The characters are so delghtful, their adventures are so exhilarating, and so many wonderful new characters are added, that it is still fresh and more fun than the three-ring circus that their lives often resemble.

In this installment, Amelia and co. are on the trail of thieves who've stolen a few very valuable pieces of Ancient Egyptian jewelery from their good friend, Cyrus Vandergelt, as they try to work out a pattern to a number of other seemingly unrelated events.


# 38 Guardian of the Horizon

Guardian of the Horizon

Elizabeth Peters

This adventure of the Emerson family was written out of chronological order in order to fill in a gap left in the story of Nefret and the Lost Oasis. It takes place in the year 1907 - 1908.

When the Emersons are summoned to come to the aid of their good friend, Tarek, King of the Kingdom of the Hidden Mountain, they do not hesitate to return to Sudan to come to his aid, though they are suspicious of the messenger.

When they arrive, they soon find that their suspicions were warrranted. Tarek has been usurped by one who has no right to claim the throne. The usurper plans to use Nefret and the Emersons to solidify his position.

I've been reading the Amelia Peabody books in order, and was thrown off a bit at first by the out-of-synch chronology. I was soon caught up in the story, though, so that quickly ceased to be a problem, and I quite enjoyed it.

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Tiffany Guys at Emperor Point

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, by Jeanne Birdsall
This middle-grade series continues to somehow stay totally wholesome and totally non-saccharine. I am deeply fond of it.

The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Kind of a slog, but worth it. Everything you could want to know about the history of cancer research. I was particularly absorbed by reading about stuff that I had to study in college, because back then it was all confusing and boring, but Mukherjee put it all in context, and I was fascinated.

A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls, by Nina Grey et al
This was SO much better than the novel I read about it. Tons of luminous photos of the glass, tons of moving photos of the women artisans, tons of quotes from Driscoll's letters, and a solid historical framework. One of those exhibition catalogues that you'd never know wasn't a regular straight-up book. Solid.

Good Guys and Bad Guys, by Joe Nocera
So business is not high on my list of interests, but Joe Nocera is a fine fine writer. I really enjoyed pushing myself a bit to fill some gaps in my financial knowledge through the vehicle of his stories about the people behind the news. Also, my kneejerk reaction to the people who run corporations is about what you'd expect from someone whose parents were hippies when she was a child, and this helped me think somewhat more broadly about that.
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Librarianship as Conversation

The Atlas of New Librarianship, by R. David Lankes
So I wrote class-assignment posts about each of the major sections of this book over on my school blog, Tiny Glass Houses - if you'd like my thoughts in depth, best to mosey over there (and you may want to start with the oldest posts if you don't want things to build backward). Here I will just say that it's one of only two times in my life that a prof assigning his own book turned out to be a very good thing indeed, and that the usefulness of this book as a provocation, guide, and sampler far outweighed the frustrations I occasionally experienced while reading it.
(131/200, 75/100)
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