Elaine Cunningham

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (2 of 2)
Location: New England
In My Own Words:
A former history and music teacher, I keep busy writing fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, and historical fiction. Stop by my website, www.ElaineCunningham.com, for sample chapters and news about upcoming projects.
 

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That Great Lucifer by Margaret Irwin
That Great Lucifer by Margaret Irwin
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Everyone knows Sir Walter Ralegh as the gallant courtier who spread his cloak across a puddle so that his queen might pass dry-shod. A commoner who never lost his thick Cornish accent, Ralegh was nevertheless precisely the sort of man likely to catch Elizabeth's eye: handsome, intelligent, witty, well-spoken, and possessed of enough pride and independence to speak his mind, even to his queen. The term "Renaissance man" seems coined with Ralegh in mind: He was a poet, soldier, privateer, explorer, scientist, historian.
He could also be stunningly naive, and surprisingly inept at the art of courting favor. His first meeting with James I, Elizabeth's successor, was a disaster. Accustomed… Read more
Annotated Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I purchased this book for my son, a high school student who was assigned HUCKLEBERRY FINN in an American Studies class, and promptly fell in love with it. The commentary is delightful, and the many illustrations (many taken from the original edition,) photographs, prints, cartoons, and maps give a real sense of time and place. Homey details that might not be familiar to the modern reader are explained in some detail, as are customs of the time. The author includes material from Twain's notes and details about his life, always in a manner that illuminates the passage.
HUCKLEBERRY FINN frequently turns up on lists of banned books, and it's interesting to read of the controversy that… Read more
Bellwether by Connie Willis
Bellwether by Connie Willis
In one regard, a reader never knows quite what to expect from one of Connie Willis's books. She ranges from time-traveling parody of Victorian humorist Jerome K. Jerome to contemplations on the afterlife. What is certain, however, is that the story will be intriguing, the approach to the subject fresh and interesting, the characters memorable, and the writing intelligent.
BELLWETHER is no exception. The story of two scientists who combine their respective disciplines -- the study of fads and chaos theory -- is entertaining in its own right, but sly social commentary on a variety of topics adds a satisfying layer.
While I enjoy SF, the focus is so intensely placed on the… Read more