May 8th, 2013


Petticoats and Poison - Just another day at Finishing School

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Series #1) by Gail Carriger

Sophronia’s knack for mechanics and a tendency toward mischief are hardly desirable qualities for a Victorian lady, but they do make her an ideal recruit for Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

When the 14-year-old girl arrives, she quickly discovers her school is unlike any other. Classes taught by werewolves and vampires are merely the beginning. Along with music and dance, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue – hardly subjects her mother would approve of, but ones she takes to with passion!

However, Sophronia quickly discovers school isn’t all fun and games and soon finds herself immersed in a mystery whilst pursued by flywaymen and shady characters intent on attacking the Academy. Armed with her mechanimal, Bumbersnoot, and a group of steadfast friends, Sophronia sets out to uncover the truth and, hopefully, put a little polish on her finish before returning home for the holidays!

Etiquette & Espionage is a delightful story, and Gail Carriger does a terrific job with her young adult debut. Filled with humor and witty dialogue, the story easily entertains and keeps the reader turning the page. Carriger’s penchant for creative character names is in full force with offerings such as Temminick, Mrs. Barnaclegoose and Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, and she delightfully weaves in a few familiar faces (albeit younger!) from her wildly popular Parasol Protectorate series.

If you’re a fan of Carriger’s earlier books, you won’t want to miss the newest addition to her colorful universe. And if, somehow, you’ve never heard of steampunk’s comedic genius, this book is a great introduction to a world turned topsy-turvy by treacle tarts, flamboyant vampires, empowered women and flying dirigibles!


Originally posted by audrey_e at 13 A DOLL'S HOUSE
13 A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen (Norway, 1879)

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One of the most controversial plays in the history of theater, A Doll's House tells the story of Nora whose sacrifices to save her husband's life turn against her.

I was afraid that my knowledge of the iconic ending would spoil my enjoyment of it. But this play is far more than an unforgettable exit. From the very beginning, the character of Nora is absolutely fascinating. I was expecting her to be a highly moral and conventional housewife, who goes against her ethics solely to save her husband. Instead, Nora is a charming social butterfly, who likes to flirt and play, but never questions her love for her husband. As a result, he treats her like a little foolish animal or a child, incapable of having her own opinions.

A Doll's House may not be as powerful as Hedda Gabler, but it is still a must-read, and not just for the ending.


Book #12 - Remnant Population

Book #12 – Remnant Population

Name of the Book (Name of the Series): Remnant Population
Name of the Author: Elizabeth Moon
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 478
Date: 04.12.2012 – 10. 12. 2012
Short description: Ofelia Falfurrias, somewhere around 80 years old and oldest settler of the ‘Sims Bancorp Colony’ on an unnamed planet, has enough. After submitting all her life to her family and the company she refuses to leave the planet when the colony (and the planet) is to be abandoned. She stays behind secretly to spend the rest of her years in solitary and quiet peace, for the first time in her long life her own master. But things never turned out as planned and the native species of the planet come into the picture when new settlers arrive at another place of the planet. Ofelia, whose presence on the planet is unknown to the authorities, is set between the two groups – and actually doesn’t want to bother with of either.

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Rating: 6/7
(1 – Horrible; 2 – Bad; 3 – Disappointing; 4 – Average / fine; 5 – Good; 6 – Very Good; 7 – Excellent)