The Venetian Bargain

I've read books that keep me up at night for a variety of reasons. This one certainly kept me up - by sucking me into a gripping plot and also by scaring me with reminders of the realities of life in the past. This book, about a pair of physicians (he is Italian, she is Muslim Ottoman) battling an o ...

The Angel with 100 Wings

The Angel With One Hundred Wings is set in Baghdad during the ninth century, during the reign of the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid. On the cover, the publisher has added the subtitle "A Tale From The Arabian Nights." Confession time: I have never read The Arabian Nights, and know next to nothing ab ...

The Veiled Web

If you are a romance fan who is considering trying some science fiction, Catherine Asaro's latest book, The Veiled Web, is a great place to start. It has a satisfying science fiction plot but emphasizes the relationship between the two main characters to the point where the science fiction aspect se ...