by Robert Nathan Published: Alfred A. Knopf
, 56pgGenres: Fiction
, Science Fiction
, Satire Source: Public Domain
A fascinating story of the expeditions of Kenya's greatest scientists who discovered the civilization of the Weans.
There’s a bot on Mastodon called Secretly Public Domain which automatically toots out links on Hathi Trust to books with expired copyrights. I of course follow this bot, because I love both public domain books and also finding forgotten books to read and then gloat about finding.
The Weans is a scifi novella written as an anthropological treatise from the year 7856 or so. I think it might be a little more fun to go into it knowing only that, so if you plan on reading it, skip the rest of this post for now (and then come back and let me know how it went). Continue reading “The Weans by Robert Nathan (1956)”
Any Old Diamonds
by K.J. Charles
(Lilywhite Boys #1
, 265pgGenres: Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, GLBTQ Source: Bought
Lord Alexander Pyne-ffoulkes is the younger son of the Duke of Ilvar, with a bitter grudge against his wealthy father. The Duke intends to give his Duchess a priceless diamond parure on their wedding anniversary—so Alec hires a pair of jewel thieves to steal it.
The Duke's remote castle is a difficult target, and Alec needs a way to get the thieves in. Soldier-turned-criminal Jerry Crozier has the answer: he'll pose as a Society gentleman and become Alec's new best friend.
But Jerry is a dangerous man: controlling, remote, and devastating. He effortlessly teases out the lonely young nobleman’s most secret desires, and soon he’s got Alec in his bed—and the palm of his hand.
Or maybe not. Because as the plot thickens, betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light. Now the jewel thief and the aristocrat must keep up the pretence, find their way through a maze of privilege and deceit, and confront the truth of what's between them...all without getting caught.
K.J. Charles is one of my favorite authors, and I love basically every single one of her books– and this one is no exception. It’s very difficult to write a coherent review for a favorite author because all my positive feelings overwhelm my analytical thoughts until my brain is just a big ball of “yay, this book was good!”
Well, it IS good and I DID love it, and if you haven’t read K.J. Charles yet, you desperately need to.
Any Old Diamonds is about Alec, a son of a duke with a grudge against his father and step-mother. He’s desperately in need of money and revenge, and so he hires the Lily White Boys, a duo of gentleman jewel thieves, to steal his step-mother’s priceless diamond necklace. To get into the Duke’s remote castle, one of them needs to pose as Alec’s best friend. Lily White Boy Jerry Crozier slots neatly into place, and so begins the part heist/part romance plotline. Continue reading “Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles (2019)”