She plays with a fun idea in "The Tradition" and creates some fun characters doing it. Nothing deep or insightful here, but a fun read.
Mercedes has another light, fun read based on classic folk tales with her own unique spin from Russia and Sergei
The story was written before some informations was public ally available, so it is a bit dated, but otherwise it is excellent
The story was really poorly executed, not common for Mercedes. The characters were simple, not complex and the story seems chopped up.
She left the story as a weak soap opera with lots left out. Was the marriage in fact real? Her parents were clearly murdered and that story line just dropped off. If Mercedes is planning a sequel, I will probably not purchase it.
I liked the stage magic bits and the use of the dragon in the end sequence was fun.
I am not a Cleveland scholar, but the book appears to be well-researched and does a good job of avoiding extrapolating from the known facts (for example about whether or not Cleveland fathered a child out of wedlock). I appreciate the well-crafted sentences and paragraphs which flow well.
I do not appreciate the intrusion of the authors' politics. This book will certainly play well on Fox News. Right or left, I prefer that biographers write a book about the person, rather than craft a biography upon which to hang their own political ideas. I do not care about the author's political views and found their frequent intrusion into the story annoying.
I would not recommend the book unless I find that other authors deal with the Cleveland life and administration poorly.
His narration is clear and his diction excellent.
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