Review: A Free Man of Color

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 02-03-2010

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A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1) A Free Man of Col­or by Bar­bara Ham­bly

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
His­tor­i­cal fic­tion isn’t my favorite genre, but I’m much more will­ing to read it when it’s mixed with mys­tery. I’ve read some of Ham­bly’s work before and know her to be a fine writer, and I’d read good reviews of this series by peo­ple I respect, so I decid­ed to give it a whirl.

Review: New Amsterdam

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 16-02-2008

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I’m all infat­u­at­ed with yet anoth­er author, my friends, so I must warn you that you’ll be read­ing much more about Eliz­a­beth Bear here in com­ing weeks.

Cover of New Amsterdam by Elizabeth BearNew Ams­ter­dam is an anthol­o­gy of con­nect­ed sto­ries twined around two main char­ac­ters. “The Great Detec­tive” is vam­pire Sebastien de Ulloa. Lady Abi­gail Irene Gar­rett is a foren­sic sor­ceror, Detec­tive Crown Inves­ti­ga­tor in His Majesty’s Ser­vice in the colony of New Ams­ter­dam. At the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tu­ry, North Amer­i­ca is still a patch­work of Euro­pean colonies, with all the atten­dant polit­i­cal intrigue and mil­i­tary ten­sion.