First let me say that this is not my type of book. But, it kept me interested due to the excellent writing, including the plot and character development. Even though this is her first book, you can tell that Kelly knows how to write a good story.
It is a fascinating blend of history, magic and drama with religion, politics and family dynamics thrown in. Arden balances the old world's magic and the new world's religion well, and treats each seriously or at least with a sense of history. The characters have depth and personality even when they are not central focus.
The depressing thing is that this is just what Tom Brady and the Patriots are and what they do. They relentlessly come at you until you crack under the pressure.
I found it to be a fascinating and enchanting read/listen; a truly epic tale of life in the north where magic and religion still live side by side. I don't know enough about the Russian fairy tales and legends to know how closely this tracks with them, but I found it engrossing and suspenseful; full of history, family life, religious conflict and fantastical folklore.
Perseverance plays an important role in successful blogging. There will be days you don't feel like writing or don't feel like you have anything to say. But writing is a discipline and requires pushing through and writing anyway. Excellence requires commitment.
I have decided to blog about more than books. The idea is to get the creative juices flowing and get back in the habit of posting by writing about my life and perspective. I am also trying to stay off Twitter and Facebook for the month of January.
The book is a fascinating look at urban planning (or lack thereof in some respects) from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries in America's largest city - New York City. Koeppel goes into great detail on the origins of New York City's grid network, including looking at the three men that had such an impact on the plan that was used to form the grid.
Today felt like a chance for the Steelers to reassert themselves as the team to challenge the Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger's career is coming to a close and he won't have this much talent around him forever. But instead of setting up the rematch everyone wanted and was expecting, they will be spending the offseason thinking about what might have been.
Smith's writing is detailed with great descriptions. The character development is excellent. Smith firmly establishes the backgrounds of the antagonists and protagonists. War Cry is a wonderful work of fiction by a master storyteller.