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“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery


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600th Post Giveaway!


UPDATE:

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER.  CONGRATS TO THE WINNER (BY RANDOM DRAW): KELLI!

It’s been a wonderful six years of blogging for me.  I’m the type of person who gets bored of things quickly, so for me to still be going strong at 600 posts is a bit of a feat for me!  I couldn’t have done without all the fantastic authors and amazing bloggers I’ve become friends with.  I’m happy to say that I’ve found some real kindred spirits during my blogging adventures.  And, of course, I have to thank the people who have read and supported my blog!  I appreciate you all so much – more than you’ll ever know.

I want to acknowledge all the support I’ve received by offering a small giveaway.  One of my readers will receive the book of their choice (up to $15) from Book Depository!  Contest ends on August 19 which is also my birthday – I always love giving gifts on my birthday!!  Contest is open world wide.  (as long as Book Depository ships to your country).  Comment on this post with your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Thank you again to everyone!

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The Tiger and the Dove trilogy by Rebecca Hazell – Blast + Giveaway


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1The Grip of God is the first novel in an epic historical trilogy, The Tiger and the Dove. Set in the thirteenth century, its heroine, Sofia, is a young princess of Kievan Rus. She begins her story by recounting her capture in battle and life of slavery to a young army captain in the Mongol armies that are flooding Europe. Not only is her life shattered, it is threatened by the bitter rivalries in her new master’s powerful family, and shadowed by the leader of the Mongol invasion, Batu Khan, Genghis Khan’s grandson. How will she learn to survive in a world of total war, much less rediscover the love she once took for granted? Always seeking to escape and menaced by outer enemies and inner turmoil, where can she find safe haven even if she can break free? Clear eyed and intelligent, Sofia could be a character from The Game of Thrones, but she refuses to believe that life is solely about the strong dominating the weak or about taking endless revenge. Her story is based on actual historical events, which haunt her destiny. Like an intelligent Forrest Gump, she reflects her times. But as she matures, she learns to reflect on them as well, and to transcend their fetters. In doing so, she recreates a lost era for us, her readers.

2Solomon’s Bride is the dramatic sequel to The Grip of God. Sofia, the heroine, a former princess from Kievan Rus’ was enslaved by a Mongol nobleman and then taken as a concubine by the leader of the Mongol invasions, Batu Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan. Now, having fled the Mongols with a price on her head, Sofia escapes into Persia and what she believes will be safety, only to fall into the clutches of the Assassins, who seek to disrupt the Mongol empire. In a world at war, both outer and inner, the second phase of her adventures unfolds. Can she ever find safe haven, much less the lost love and family that was almost destroyed by the Mongols?

3In the finale of Sofia’s memoir, Consolamentum, both dramatic and poignant, her dreams of home are shattered when her own family betrays her. Raising her child on her own, mourning the loss of her beloved knight, and building a trading empire, she seeks safe haven for her child and herself. Her quest takes her from Antioch to Constantinople to Venice. A surprise reunion in Venice leads her to France where she runs afoul of the newly established Holy Inquisition, possibly the greatest challenge she has yet faced. Can a woman so marked by oppression, betrayal, and danger ever find her safe haven, much less genuine happiness?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

authorRebecca Hazell is a an award winning artist, author and educator. She has written, illustrated and published four non-fiction children’s books, created best selling educational filmstrips, designed educational craft kits for children and even created award winning needlepoint canvases. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honours BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history.

Rebecca lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1988 she and her family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2006 she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island. They live near their two adult children in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.

Visit Rebecca:

Website | Goodreads | Facebook

To enter to win these three fantastic books, visit this page and enter with Rafflecopter.


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Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, review and giveaway


The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…

After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.

MY REVIEW:

BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth is part Historical Fiction, part fantasy, and all amazing!  I absolutely love that the retelling of Fairy Tales is a thing – because who doesn’t love a good fairy tale?  Adding historic details and real people and places into the mix is complete genius!

The story is told from the points of view of three different characters – Charlotte-Rose, Margherita, and Selena.  I enjoyed each of their stories and found the characters to be well developed and really interesting, each in their own ways.  Charlotte-Rose was probably my least favourite of the trio.  I just couldn’t seem to connect to her as much as I did to the other two.  Selena was the one I looked forward to reading about the most.  Her story was so intriguing to me I just couldn’t get enough.

I’m an absolute fan of Kate Forsyth now.  I hope she continues to write books of this genre because I think she does an absolutely fantastic job at it.  The historical elements show that she did a lot of research.  On the other hand, the fairy tale vibe is perfect.  The complex blend of the two really is perfection.

GIVEAWAY:

I have one print copy of BITTER GREENS to give away to one lucky reader of my blog!  Please leave a comment with your email address (so I can contact you if you win) and also, share your favourite fairy tale!  The winner will be announced on September 30th.  Good luck!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling & award-winning author of thirty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both adults and children. She was recently voted one of Australia’s Favourite 20 Novelists, and has been called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation. She is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers, and has told stories to both children and adults all over the world.

Her most recent book for adults is a historical novel called ‘The Wild Girl’, which tells the true, untold love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, ‘The Wild Girl’ is a story of love, war, heartbreak, and the redemptive power of storytelling, and was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013.

She is probably most famous for ‘Bitter Greens’, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale interwoven with the dramatic life story of the woman who first told the tale, the 17th century French writer, Charlotte-Rose de la Force. ‘Bitter Greens’ has been called ‘the best fairy tale retelling since Angela Carter’, and has been nominated for a Norma K. Hemming Award, the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Fiction, and a Ditmar Award.

Her most recent book for children is ‘Grumpy Grandpa’, a charming picture book that shows people are not always what they seem.

Since ‘The Witches of Eileanan’ was named a Best First Novel of 1998 by Locus Magazine, Kate has won or been nominated for numerous awards, including a CYBIL Award in the US. She’s also the only author to win five Aurealis awards in a single year, for her Chain of Charms series – beginning with ‘The Gypsy Crown’ – which tells of the adventures of two Romany children in the time of the English Civil War. Book 5 of the series, ‘The Lightning Bolt’, was also a CBCA Notable Book.

Kate’s books have been published in 14 countries around the world, including the UK, the US, Russia, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. She is currently undertaking a doctorate in fairytale retellings at the University of Technology, having already completed a BA in Literature and a MA in Creative Writing.

Kate is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring, the author of the first book for children ever published in Australia, ‘A Mother’s Offering to her Children’. She lives by the sea in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, three children, and many thousands of books.

For more information please visit Kate Forsyth’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, and Goodreads.

 

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

Many thanks to Amy at HFVBT for asking me to be part of this tour!

Monday, September 15
Guest Post & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, September 16
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Review & Giveaway at Bookish

Wednesday, September 17
Review & Giveaway at Literary, etc
Review & Giveaway at Book Drunkard

Thursday, September 18
Review & Giveaway at Build a Bookshelf
Review & Giveaway at The Eclectic Reader

Friday, September 19
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Review & Giveaway at Icey Books

Monday, September 22
Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading
Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway at A Dream Within a Dream
Spotlight at Flashlight Commentary

Tuesday, September 23
Review at Book Dilettante
Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway at SurLaLune

Wednesday, September 24
Review at Caroline Wilson Writes
Review, Interview, and Giveaway at Ink Gypsy
Review, Interview, and Giveaway at The Lit Bitch

Thursday, September 25
Review & Giveaway at No BS Book Reviews
Interview & Giveaway at Just One More Chapter

Friday, September 26
Review at The Gilmore Guide to Books
Review at Must Read Faster

Monday, September 29
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Review & Giveaway at Bookworm Blues

Tuesday, September 30
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict
Review & Excerpt at Books-n-Kisses
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, October 1
Review at One Book at a Time
Review at Book-alicious Mama
Review & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf
Review & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, October 2
Interview at Layered Pages
Review & Giveaway at Oh Magic Hour

Friday, October 3
Review at Bibliophilia, Please
Review & Giveaway at Gone Pecan
Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace

Sunday, October 5
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, October 6
Review at Book Babe
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Interview, Excerpt, & Giveaway at Harlequin Junkie

Tuesday, October 7
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review & Giveaway at The Pretty Good Gatsby

Wednesday, October 8
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Review & Giveaway at My Friends Are Fiction

Thursday, October 9
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Friday, October 10
Review at Mel’s Shelves
Review & Giveaway at No More Grumpy Bookseller
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, October 13
Review at 100 Pages a Day – Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Review & Giveaway at Layers of Thought

Tuesday, October 14
Review & Giveaway at Beth’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 15
Review at Crossroad Review
Review at My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews

Thursday, October 16
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, October 17
Review at Mary Gramlich
Review at She Reads Novels

Monday, October 20
Interview & Giveaway at The Reading Frenzy

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The Grip of God by Rebecca Hazell, review and giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Duncan, BC Canada: Award Winning Writer Rebecca Hazell Releases First Book in Trilogy of Historical Fiction Novels

Rebecca Hazell’s The Grip of God, the first novel in an epic historical trilogy, is available on amazon.com and its affiliates and by special order through your local bookstore. The saga’s heroine, Sofia, is a young princess of Kievan Rus. Clear eyed and intelligent, she recounts her capture in battle and life of slavery to a young army captain in the Mongol hordes that are flooding Europe. Not only is her life shattered, it is haunted by a prophecy that catalyzes bitter rivalries in her new master’s powerful family. She must learn to survive in a world of total war, always seeking the love she once took for granted.

Sofia’s story is based on actual historical events that determine her destiny. Readers will delight in this very personal and engaging tale from a time that set the stage for many of the conflicts of today’s world.

MY REVIEW:

Admittedly, I first decided to read Rebecca Hazell’s book because she’s from Canada.  So am I.  And, I love reading by authors from Canada.  I love reading them even more when they are great.

This book IS great.  Having never read about this period in history before, I became a complete sponge, soaking it all in, relishing in the new information for my history starved brain.

The book is  graphic and often brutal in its telling, but such was life back then – and I’m glad Rebecca Hazell didn’t skimp on the details.  To be truly immersed in a book, you must be privy to all the details, good and bad.  Where some authors are less inclined to include the savage bits of history, Hazell jumps right in with both feet and tells it like it is.  That’s not to say the entire book is like that.  On the contrary.  There are beautiful and stunning moments and they masterfully woven into the story of Sofia.

Speaking of Sofia, I adore her.  She’s strong, kind, and intelligent and she survives everything that is thrown her way by sheer strength of will.  All the characters in the book are well developed and unique.  I love when an author spends time on people other than the main character(s).  It gives the story so much more depth.

I cannot say enough great things about Rebecca Hazell.  I can’t quite believe this is her first novel (Though she has previously published some children’s books).  It reads like a book written by something with oodles of experience.  If her debut is this wonderful, I can’t even imagine how the next one will be.

GIVEAWAY:

Hey, it’s your lucky day!  If you have a Kindle, or a device capable of reading Kindle files, enter the giveaway for a copy of THE GRIP OF GOD!  Leave your name and email address below so I can contact you if you win.  Contest closes on March 13.

rebecca_hazellABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rebecca Hazell is a an award winning artist, author and educator. She has written, illustrated and published four non-fiction children’s books, created best selling educational filmstrips, designed educational craft kits for children and even created award winning needlepoint canvases.

She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honours BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history.

Rebecca lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1988 she and her family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2006 she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island. They live near their two adult children in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.

 Visit Rebecca:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook

BOOK TOUR:

Check out other stops on the blog tour by clicking the links below…

Tour Schedule:

Monday, February 17

Review at Must Read Faster

Tuesday, February 18

Guest post/giveaway at Must Read Faster

Friday, February 21

Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Monday, February 24

Review/giveaway at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Wednesday, February 26

Review at A Rose in the City

Thursday, February 27

Review/Giveaway at Book Drunkard

Friday, February 28

Guest Post at Book Drunkard

Monday, March 3

Review at She is Too Fond of Books

Thursday, March 6

Review at Celticlady’s Reviews

Friday, March 7

Review at Historical Fiction Obsession

Monday, March 10

Guest post/review at Lost in Books

Tuesday, March 11

Guest Post at The True Book Addict

Wednesday, March 12

Review/Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Thursday, March 13

Review/giveaway at Create with Joy

Friday, March 14

Guest post/giveaway at HF Book Muse- News

Guest post/giveaway/review at Le Vanity Victorienne

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Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey, review


BOOK SUMMARY:

Confessions of Marie Antoinette, the riveting and sweeping final novel in Juliet Grey’s trilogy on the life of the legendary French queen, blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the early years of the French Revolution and the doomed royal family’s final days.

Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence. Once her loyal subjects, the people of France now seek to overthrow the crown, placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal peril.

Displaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris, the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution. There, despite a few staunch allies, they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies. Yet despite the political and personal threats against her, Marie Antoinette remains above all a devoted wife and mother, standing steadfastly by her husband, Louis XVI, and protecting their young son and daughter. And though the queen and her family try to flee, and she secretly attempts to arrange their rescue from the clutches of the Revolution, they cannot outrun the dangers encircling them, or escape their shocking fate.

MY REVIEW:

It’s hard reading a book when you know how it’s going to end.  I felt myself dreading the final chapters of this book at times while I read, but somehow, I felt the author was right there with me, almost holding my hand to help me through.  It goes to show the amount of care and attention that goes into a book when you can feel the love of a book’s subject oozing off the pages.

Confessions of Marie Antoinette is the third book in Juliet Grey’s trilogy and is the best of the three, in my opinion.  I loved them all, but this one really spoke to me the entire time.  Perhaps it was seeing Antoinette’s story come full circle.  Being able to watch her progression from child to queen to captive and see her character take shape, was pure joy (mixed with sadness, of course).  All the people in the book are brought to wonderful, full colour, life at the hands of a wonderful author.  From Marie all the way down to the lowliest peasant, they are all given the same attention to detail which adds to much to the story.

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I can’t imagine anyone being able to write the story of Marie Antoinette’s life better than Juliet Grey.  She has obviously done her research as it shows in every word.  But the historical accuracy is woven so well into the story that it still reads like fiction and doesn’t weigh it down.  I appreciate that so much because not all authors have mastered that aspect of Historical Fiction.   It’s an art Juliet has in spades!  Bravo to her!

If you are interested in more reviews, giveaways and interviews, please check out the other stops on the blog tour by clicking the banner below.

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GIVEAWAY:

I’m so happy to be able to offer a copy of CONFESSIONS OF MARIE ANTOINETTE by Juliet Grey to one of my lucky US readers!  Comment below with your name and email address and the winner will be chosen on October 29th.  Good luck to all!


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1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop Giveaway Winner


Big thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and HUGE thanks to Amy for hosting the 1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop!  It was a lot of fun.  I found some great new blogs.

The winner of Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon is:

Patty!!  (Comment #13, chosen by Random.org)

I will email you now for your address so I can send the books along to you 🙂

Happy holidays to you all!

 


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1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop


Welcome to Book Drunkard’s little portion of the 1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop.  My giveaway is just a small part of the event, so made sure you head over to Passages to the Past where you will find links to more great giveaway!  I’m completely blown away by the generosity of the authors who added their books to the giveaway and as always, my hat is off to Amy who is totally amazing.

Whenever I can give my favourite book to someone who has never read it, it’s a huge excitement for me.  I fell in love with Anne, Gilbert, Diana, Matthew, Marilla and even Rachel, when I was eleven years old.  I want everyone to experience Anne of Green Gables and hopefully love it as much as I did and still do.  As an added bonus, I’m also going to add the first book of another L.M Montgomery series, Emily of New Moon.  It’s as amazing as AoGG.  Please note:  The actually cover of the book may or may not look like the one in the picture.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment with your email address and your favourite childhood book.  Maybe I’ll find a new book to fall in love with, too 🙂

PS..  This is an international giveaway!

Contest ends on 17th and the winner will be announced on the 18th.


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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell


doabRobin Maxwell’s wonderful book, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, is in its 24th printing and to celebrate, Robin is having a giveaway on her Facebook page.  One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book with its beautiful new cover (It’s a colourized still from the movie The Private Life of Henry VIII, 1933) and a leather bound journal!  Head HERE to enter.  It’s a lovely prize and I wouldn’t mind winning it myself!  I read the book a couple years ago and really loved it.  Robin is one of my favourite authors.  She really knows how to weave a wonderful tale.

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The new printing of the book will also include an author’s note, which the original didn’t have.  Read it – it’s long, but so worth it.  You can do so HERE.

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Barbara Lambert Guest Post


Please join me in welcoming Barbara Lambert, the author of The Whirling Girl, to Book  Drunkard today!  Thank you so much for stopping by, Barbara 🙂

Stay turned for the end of this post for a giveaway for my Canadian readers.

Squeaky Delectable Little Bites

 At the mention of Italian travel (or travel in France for that matter) first to come up is almost always the matter of food and wine.

            French cuisine is justly famous. But (don’t tell Escoffier!) it got its start when Catherine de Medici of Tuscany went to Paris in 1533, to wed the heir to the throne — taking along her entire kitchen staff, and introducing the French Court to her favorites including, I am told — gasp! — vegetables.

Presto! Into a jumbled culinary style that seems to have included sweets and savories and meats all eaten in any order, marched the soothing five-part panoply so familiar to those who have dined out in Tuscany: the antipasto, followed by the pasta, followed by the secondo, accompanied by the contorno (those veggies!), further followed by the dolce — with added grace-notes of a café and/or a digestivo.

As to pasta itself — Italy’s most iconic food — while some claim that the famous twirling noodle was brought back from Asia by Marco Polo, the response to this in any Tuscan trattoria, would be a simple, “Beh!” (Bringing the fingers to the lips, then releasing them in a sharp explosive gesture!) And aside from this unbeatable argument, there’s excellent archaeological evidence that pasta-making dates from Etruscan times.

In an Etruscan tomb near Cerveteri, there’s said to be a mural showing servants in a kitchen mixing water and flour on a large table with raised sides — with all the familiar pasta-making equipment in the foreground. A ladle, a rolling pin, even a cutting wheel.

So really (though don’t tell Deng Xiao Ping!) we might even make the case that the noodle was brought to China in the Middle Ages by that famous Italian traveller.

Further evidence, from excavated Etruscan sites, reveal a people for whom eating was brought to a high and convivial art. The joie de vivre expressed in tomb frescoes, and the fascinating domestic  detail, provide vivid evidence of the importance of banquets in the Etruscan social scene — banquets at which husbands and wives held an equally important place (as opposed to the situation among the Greeks or even the later Romans).

Etruscan women, indeed, may have been unique in the Classical world for the respect and equality accorded them. But that’s another story.

And what exactly did they eat? (Apart from pasta?)

The earliest “classical” cookbook to come down to us was written by a Roman, Apicius. Here we can read about (or even try!) any number of ancient delicacies — some appealing even today (a layered cheesecake whose only surprising ingredient is bay leaves; honey-glazed shrimps; fish in a coriander crust). And some less so. (Notably the famous fermented fish sauce, liquamen, involving whole fish fermented for three months, strained, bottled, and used in large quantities on almost everything. The smell of making this popular concoction would seem to have been so terrible, that production was outlawed in urban areas.

Given the Etruscan dominion over the seas in pre-Roman times, it’s reasonable to assume that it’s from the Etruscans that the Romans inherited a fondness for this smelly delicacy.

And there’s one further special treat that we know was inherited from them. In the Etruscan museum in the hill town of Chiusi, among a collection of kitchen implements, is a lidded terracotta pot studded with little holes, and shelves built round and round, inside.

This is a gliarium. A container for dormice.

Dormice. Those sweet furry little creatures small enough to snuggle into the palm of a hand. Noteable, too, for the length of their hibernation period — up to six months of every year.

And who could blame them, knowing what was in store.

In Etruscan kitchens they were kept close to hand in those jars, fattened on a diet of walnuts, acorns, chestnuts, after which they were dispatched and stuffed with more of the same sort of delicacies they’d eaten — or glazed in honey and rolled in poppy seeds, and toasted on skewers, perhaps even at the couch-side banquet table.

Delectable squeaky little bites, indeed.

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Delectable!  Thank you, Barbara.

Many thanks to the Saima Agency for allowing me to giveaway a copy of The Whirling Girl.  If you read by review yesterday, I know you all want to read it!  To win a copy, comment on this post with your email address and where in the world you’d like to inherit a house from.  For an extra entry, comment on yesterday’s review.  Sharing, etc, will get you more entries, so don’t forget to mention those in your comment.  Contest ends on October 15.  Good luck!


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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, review and giveaway


As if being eleven isn’t tough enough, imagine waking up one morning only to find that the rotation of earth has suddenly slowed and everything you’ve ever known suddenly changes.  In The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker, through the voice and eyes of young Julia, tells us a wonderful tale of how different the world would be if the seemingly impossible suddenly happened.

As a normal girl living in a normal California suburb, Julia and those around her realize that they must adapt to the ‘new’ normal – some find this easier to do than others.  As the story is told by Julia, we really get to see a childlike view of the events and not so much of the scientific mumbo jumbo that weighs down some books I’ve read in this same genre.  I appreciated the fact that Karen made the book about HOW a young girl copes as everything changes rather than about WHY everything changes.  I loved the characters in this book and found them to be an interesting mix and really enhanced the story with old friendships ending and new ones forming, including young love.  I want to share so much more but I don’t want to spoil anything!!  Ahhh!!

The book is absolutely wonderful, touching, heartbreaking and yes, sometimes even happy.  The prose is beautiful and sometimes I re-read parts just so I could relive them.  All in all, it’s the story of strength and overcoming anything that’s thrown at you, even in a world that is ever changing.

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Giveaway time!  I have one copy of The Age of Miracles up for grabs.  It’s open to Canada and the US.  Comment on this post with your email address for an entry.  And forms of sharing this giveaway will give you extra entries (Make sure you let me know how you shared).  Contest ends on August 22, 2012.  Good luck!