Twenty Years After (Review)
reviews / June 25, 2013

Twenty Years After is the second book in the D’Artagnon Romances, after The Three Musketeers. It continues the storyline with Milady by having the musketeers face off with her son, and it ties into political matters more than the first book did.

To be honest, there were things I liked better in this book and things that I disliked.

The Three Musketeers (Review)
reviews / June 24, 2013

Until now, I hadn’t gotten around to reading the original books – the D’Artagnon Romances – that these are based on. And now I’m so glad that I have! There’s much more detail and nuance to the stories than a movie could ever portray, even if they had been made completely faithful to the source text. I feel like there’s a bit of the history of literature that I’m now more privy to than I was before.

Astray (Review)
reviews / February 25, 2013

I’ve read Donoghue’s books Room and Landing before, so I was happy to pick up the audio copy of Astray almost immediately after it was released. I wasn’t sure that I’d enjoy this book as much, as I usually prefer novels over short stories, but I wanted to give it a try.

In short, I’m happy that I did.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Review)
reviews / February 11, 2013

I’d heard a lot about this book in the past, and one of the schools that I was teaching at even used it as required reading for one of its courses. I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy and see what it was about for quite a while, but hadn’t until now. I wanted a shorter book aimed at a younger audience to be a “buffer” between longer, more difficult books, and it definitely provided that.