"during the Salem witch hunts in your country many innocents were sentenced to burn at the stake, as well as a number of our sisters."
Normally I take historical inaccuracy with a grain of salt in literature, especially if it's a key part of the book, Someone wants to make Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter? Go to!
But a modern fluffy urban fantasy book about witches that addresses the Salem witch trials with the sentence above? That's just... wrong and lazy. 20 people were executed during the period from February 1692 to May 1693, 1 was crushed to death for refusing to enter a plea, the others were hung for *not* confessing to witchcraft (Salem being one of the few places where a guilty plea actually got you off, or at least not killed) many more people were accused and several died in jail.
No one went up in flames, no one was sentenced to go up in flames, that wasn't the punishment for witchcraft in New England. As the author could have found out with five minutes of research on Wikipedia. The same sentence changing "during the Salem witch hunts in your country" to "During the witch hunts in medieval Europe" and everything would be fine.
This is the kind of shoddy writing that really bugs me (obviously) and other peoples mileage will vary I'm sure, but if your going to talk about a well known and well documented historical incident a tiny bit of basic research isn't a lot to ask.
This little gem of a radio show about the crew of passenger jet that takes off for Abu Dhabi and finally lands in Zurich with a hilarious alphabet soup of episodes in between is not to be missed.
The cast is top notch and the writing is worthy of them.
Trust me, you will love it
I wanted to like this book, but it was too rapey for me, and it also worked hard to justify some of it, which turns my stomach. Too bad. otherwise it was an interesting idea.
I've been looking for an English language history of the French Revolution and I'm very happy to have found this course.
What I wanted was an overview of what happened during the french revolution and the Napoleonic wars and this course was almost exactly what I was looking for.
I might suggest that they split the topics into two courses, one for Napoleon and one for the revolution as even with something like 38 chapters it feels like we are missing some of the depth that would be helpful in understanding the subject matter.
I enjoyed this well read story by Claudia Black,but I found the conceits of the universe tiring after a while.
Not only is there a city where for 3 to 5 days everyone has to lie , It also has random magic that turns the lies true, this is in addition the city of Jewel with its now freed and completely scared of being freed population and it's museum of thieves with its strange magic.
I think the author was going for an eclectic universe but instead it's a more muddled one.
This is a survey course, I would have preferred a more in depth looks at almost any of these characters then one half hour chapter.
For what it is, it's very good and has some information that was useful, I still don't want to read Robinson Caruso and but I will try James Fennimore Cooper's Hawkeye stories.
This is one of my very favorite short stories. It manages to be complex and deep and hugely effective in a very short time. It is very well read by the narrator.
The "Watch" verse, where those who champion the forces of light "The Night Watch" and the darkness "The Day Watch" and the balance "The Inquisition" are as always, drawn into conflict in an eternal struggle for power that results, as always in balance of a kind. And perhaps in this case forgiveness?
And Merlin. Who is very cool.
A beautiful tight series of the three interconnected stories where the Dark Ones and the Light Ones once again prove that most the differences between them are semantics. The real barriers are the ones between the Others and the rest of us.
I highly recommend the whole series, but this book in particular is top notch.
This story rejoins our characters a few days after the end of book one.
Once again Moon, is found trying to findhis place within Raksura society as the troubled colony of Indigo Cloud moves to it's new home, also it's old home, in the reaches. Once again Moon, and the Indigo Cloud Colony find that things are not going to be easy.
Another great story as Moon tries to work out what it means to be a Consort as well as a Raksura. The narrator does a good job of keeping the diverse characters straight and the wit of the characters comes through well.
Second books are often a disappointment. This one wasn't. Martha Wells builds on book one, deepening our understanding of the world and the characters, along with a great adventure and exploration tale in a world still full of wonders.
A wildly imaginative world (or three worlds, sky, ground and sea) is introduced in this first book the Raksura. We meet Moon a shape-shifter in hiding who is just trying to get along with the humanoids he's hiding among just as things are about to go wrong for him, again.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters are well drawn and interesting, the world is an extremely vivid one that seems to be truly alien and the story of a young man finding himself and his people is well told.
The first book of a great series.
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