Sunday, December 13, 2009

Book Review (of a cool book about witches!)

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book; I think the author did a wonderful job with it. It brought the Salem witch trials to life in great historical detail, and the approach was an effective one--interweaving between the 1600s and the present-day, with the main character being the descendant of an accused "witch." This is the first book about the witch trials I've read that presents the very interesting possibility that witchcraft actually was being practiced at the time. I've always wondered about that and the book brings that possibility to life (with the added bonus that the author did a lot of research to back up this theory, as she explains in her postscript. The author is also descended from two of the accused witches). A few parts of the storyline are a little hokey, but overall it was a very good read that combined history, mystery, magic, science, and religion together very well.

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P.S. This is a new thing I'm trying out here on my blog--adding some of my book reviews that I write up on GoodReads. I love books and reading and this is a fun and easy way to include that here on the blog.

6 comments:

Kate Edmondson said...

I think that the book review idea is a great one, Donna! I look forward to reading more about the books you are reading.

Sarah Laurence said...

I'm impressed with a new baby at home and holiday season that you are finding time to read and to review. This sounds like the perfect Salem book. Book reviews are a very welcome addition to your delightful blog.

dougandcheryl said...

I liked that book too. That's a good idea to connect the good reads to your blog.. I hadn't thought of it and might have to do it too.

Lisa K said...

Yay! I'm glad you're doing it on your blog. Are we friends on GoodRead, because if we're not we need to be!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Can't wait to read this book! Think I'll buy it for myself for Christmas. :)

rachel said...

I'm glad you reviewed this on your blog. I figured with the setting and the history you would love it. I really felt like I learned a lot in reading this.