Historical Accuracy, Representation and Ancient Egypt

I don’t talk about race much (not just here, but anywhere on the web). I don’t really feel qualified, despite reading and thinking a lot about race, because, well. I’m white. Whiter-than-white. White-bread white. I know enough to know that … Continue reading

“The Ape Who Guards the Balance” Re-read

Warning: Massive spoilers ahead. If you don’t want to know who dies in this book, don’t keep reading.  This one has a lot going on in it, aside from the main mystery. The main mystery is pretty straightforward, simply the … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge: Twisted Love

This past week’s flash fiction challenge from Sir Wendig was a Valentine’s Day themed one called Twisted Love. It does what it says on the box, and any genre was welcome. So I knew I needed to write about a … Continue reading

“Seeing a Large Cat” Re-Read

(I’m going to tell you who the murderer is. If you don’t already know, or don’t want to know, don’t keep reading.) Book 9 of the Amelia Peabody series, Seeing a Large Cat introduces several new stylistic and narrative choices. … Continue reading

“The Hippopotamus Pool” Re-Read

(There be spoilers in these ‘ere waters, aye. Read at ye’r own risk.) At last we come to book 8, The Hippopotamus Pool. The name is a reference to the story of Apophis and Sekenenre. The tale, which Amelia is … Continue reading

“The Last Camel Died at Noon” Re-read

The Last Camel Died at Noon is the sixth Amelia Peabody Mystery (APM) by Elizabeth Peters. I’ve always found this one memorable and compelling for some reason. It’s actually most likely a combination of reasons, starting with the introduction of … Continue reading

“The Mummy Case” Re-Read

As always, spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read this one yet, read at your own peril! Another Amelia Peabody Mystery! The Mummy Case is the third novel by Elizabeth Peters starring that redoubtable Victorian Lady and her indomitable family. (I’m … Continue reading

“Crocodile on the Sandbank” Re-Read

So, here we are at the first Elizabeth Peters Memorial Re-read, with Crocodile on the Sandbank by the same. Crocodile was first published in 1975 by Dodd, Mead, and is the first in the Amelia Peabody Mystery series. It’s not … Continue reading

Navigating Genealogies

Or “Stop naming your kids after your parents!” So, I finally got a copy of my all-important research book (the one I was complaining of in the last post). I got it in about 2 weeks from the library’s Inter-Library-Loan … Continue reading

“Mountains of the Pharaohs”

So, my most recent non-fiction read has been Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders, by Zahi Hawass. It took me a VERY long time to finish, though that’s no reflection on the quality of the … Continue reading