Weekly wrap-up: June 3

Turns out the Monty Python’s knights were right about at least one thing: killer rabbits. Super-psyched for these gorgeous stamps of the planets (and Pluto and New Horizons). I wonder if a first class Forever stamp means the USPS will deliver there? Not entirely sure what I think about these mesmerizing gifs that mix vintage photos…

ACCENT: The Allure of the East

As I have said in past posts, I am an unabashed Orientalist – though, not, perhaps, as Edward Said meant it. I am truly fascinated by those ancient civilizations and I look upon them with respect and admiration. These two books, nonfiction both, only make my curiosity stronger. And make me feel sorry I missed the…

REVIEW: BLOOD ROYAL by Eric Jager

Centered around the brutal and shocking assassination of the Duke of Orleans, brother to the King of France.Returned home one night, he was set upon by a gang of mounted ruffians who bashed in his skull and left him for dead on the cobblestone street of Rue Vieille du Temple. Jager’s retelling of the incident…

QUICK REVIEW: JOHANNES CABAL THE NECROMANCER by Jonathan Howard

Faustian in nature, the first in the Cabal series is witty, wry and in general, hysterical.  The title character attempts to win back his soul from the Devil (traded for scientific secrets).  He is given a second chance and one year to collect one-hundred souls.  Aided by his bitter and vampiric brother, the two manage…