I really should've read the description for this book better when I requested it. I didn't realize it was aimed at men, and being a woman, am not really the target demographic. Nevertheless, it was a very interesting book and I did get some good information out of it. I would really recommend this book to anyone, male or female, who just wants a little more information about sex in general.
While the book was very interesting, I couldn't help but feel the title was somewhat misleading. I thought this was going to be about his daughter, or at the very least it would have some insight into Galileo's personal thoughts or feelings about his daughter, but being that there was no surviving letters of his it relied more on a one sided account and his daughters reactions and responses to him. The book itself was essentially a biography of Galileo but told from a more familial position, I liked the idea of being able to see a different side than most stories tell, it gave you a chance to see that even while he was being questioned for heresy, or had matters of state or other importance to attend, he always took time to send his daughter whatever she or her convent needed. At one point he wrote the sisters a play while in the middle of his own works on motion. Over all I really liked the book but as I said previously, I wish it was more about the daughter.I give this 3 1/2 stars, and I look forward to reading other books by Dava Sobel
I knew nothing of the Mancini sisters going into this book, but right from the start I knew their story was unique. The Kings Mistresses is well written and engaging, which is not always something that can be said for non-fiction. The two sisters caused sensations throughout Europe after fleeing from their husbands and while reading you really get a sense of just how much media coverage there was even in the 17th century. It seemed the sisters could hardly travel anywhere without being known. After the sisters go different ways the story could have gotten jumbled by trying to follow each but the author does a good job of going between each and not feeling like you are going backwards or rehashing anything. I was also nervous about the length of the book being somewhat of a hindrance to telling a full story but after I was done I felt like their story had been told fully and completely.
To be completely honest this book deserves more than a 3 star rating but it took me so long to read that I really don't know what else to give it. It was well written and the author was very knowledgeable about a woman who most people have never even heard of.
A solid 3 stars. The book itself wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either, and it was the same with the characters. The plot seemed to be an homage of sorts to Sense and Sensibility and even having the characters mentioning it and discussing Jane Austin novels. I probably wouldn't pick this up again, but I am interested in her next books to see how the Macnamara progresses as an author. This was a LibraryThing Early review book.
The first half of The Queen's Pleasure was very hard to get through, mostly because I wanted to punch every single person. Robert was a total jerk, Amy was a pushover, and Elizabeth was just selfish. The tone of the book really changed though about half way through the book, and I started to really enjoy it.The book is told over a 10 year period from first person perspectives of both Queen Elizabeth and Amy Robsart Dudley, Wife of Robert Dudley. The writing itself was good, and the voice of each of the women was different and distinct.I received this as a LibraryThing Early Review book.
I started reading this because I found it in a pile of my mom's old books she was giving away. I really only picked it up because it looked funny, and it was, but it was also full of touching stories of mothers who offered their own brand of advice.