Wonder Woman [based on comics by]

After the bore-fest that was Grim vs Grimmer I didn’t hold out much hope for Wonder Woman. I had thought Gadot was one of the best things about that Supes v Bats film, but DC really haven’t had a great run of superheroes films recently. I didn’t even bother with Suicide Squad. I also don’t […]

The hearts of horses

In the first winter of the Great War Martha Lessen rode into Elwha County. Dolly, the mare she rode, was badly scarred but a sensible type. She also had a couple of remounts following after. Martha was looking for work. She’d left her family to try and find a job breaking horses. But she didn’t […]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [based on characters]

Based on books by Arthur Conan Doyle I really enjoyed the first of these “reimaginings”, although I don’t think that Robert Downey Jr.’s character is really Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t read a lot of the Conan Coyle stories, although they are on Mount TBR, but this flashy character just doesn’t seem right for Holmes. The […]

Old Burnside

A memoir of a Southern Girlhoodold burnside

In 1913 Harriette Simpson Arnow moved to Old Burnside, Kentucky, with her family. This is her recollections of life in the once bustling lumber town. She was only four years old at the time, and yet she still manages to recreate the town and people she knew back then. It is a small book, only 125 pages in the edition I read, but there is plenty going on.

How many miles to Babylon?

ISBN: 9780141046969 ; Quotes

Because I am an officer and a gentleman they have given me my notebooks, pen, ink and paper.

Growing up Alec has always been isolated. His parents despise one another, he is one of their battlegrounds, and his mother refuses to send him to school. Instead he has tutors and lessons at home. But no friends, for he is one of the Anglo-Irish at a time when Home Rule was everywhere. But through his love of riding and horses he meets a local boy, Jerry. As they grow older however the barriers between them grow more evident. Jerry understands this more than Alec, but nevertheless they mostly remain friends until Alec’s mother forbids it. Jerry is working at this stage, and Alec is taking more of an interest in the running of the estate and, in some ways, bonding with his father. And then war comes.

Alex doesn’t really see any need to join up. But his mother thinks it would be a good idea. And in the end she gets her way. Alec meets up with Jerry and discovers that he too is signing up, although for more practical reasons, he needs the King’s Shilling.

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Bedelia

ISBN: 9781558615076

It is Christmas, 1913 and Charlie Horst sees himself as the luckiest man in the world. He has a beautiful wife who completes his life. And this is to be their first Christmas together. Bedelia, whose whole life revolves around making her husband happy, has decorated their home lavishly for their Christmas party. But a new neighbour, Ben Chaney, begins to show an interest in Bedelia and her past. And then there is Charlie’s case of “severe indigestion”. Is there more to Bedelia than meets the eye? Could she possibly be “the wickedest woman who ever loved”?

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The Wars

ISBN: 0140050116
See also: The Stay at Home Bookworm ; Wikipedia

Prologue
She was standing in the middle of the railroad tracks. Her head was bowed and her right front hoof was raised as if she rested.

The Wars tells the story of Robert Ross, an officer in the Canadian army during WWI, a young man full of guilt over the death of his sister. This sister, Rowena, suffered from hydrocephalus, and Robert had promised to never leave her. But, when she is being watched by their younger brother Stuart, she falls, hits her head and dies. In the aftermath, Robert enlists.

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A Little Princess [based on the book]

based on book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Sara Crewe lives a spoiled life in India with a devoted, doting father, until World War I intervenes, and he enlists, sending Sara off to boarding school in New York to keep her safe. There she must adjust, whereas before she had free rein to do as she pleased, now she must submit to rules and regulations that she doesn’t understand. And, most difficult for her, she must keep her imagination in check. But Sara isn’t a selfish, “poor little rich girl”, she is bright and kind, and soon makes friends with most of the other girls, from those in her class to the scullery maid. She is also the only one who can really get through to Lottie as they have both lost their mothers.

A Long Long Way

ISBN: 0571218016
See also: Three Monkey’s Interview ; Dublin’s One Book One City ;

He was born in the dying days.
It was the withering end of 1896. He was called William after the long-dead Orange King, because his father took an interest in such distant matters.

Image of Long Long WayIt seems to have taken me ages to finish this book. I’ve been dipping in and out for a while now. Nothing to do with the book itself, more to do with my lack of attention, because it is a very good book. Gripping would be the cliché. But true nonetheless.

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On Another Man’s Wound

ISBN: 094796231x c1936

This book is an attempt to show the background of the struggle from 1916 to 1921 between an Empire and an unarmed people.

The title of this book is taken from an old Ulster proverb It is easy to sleep on another man’s wound, and it details his life as an IRA soldier during the War of Independence between 1916 and 1921. He was a student in Dublin at the time of the 1916 Rising, and initially had no real feelings for the rebels. But as time passed he became more caught up in the Irish nationalist movement. He joined the Volunteers, later organised other companies, was taken prisoner, and eventually was appointed commander of the Second Southen, the 2nd largest division of the IRA.

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