Daily Deals: His Last Duchess and What’s Different
Amazon offer today only His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kimm by $0.99
The chilling story of Lucrezia de Medici, duchess to Alfonso d’Este, His Last Duchess paints a portrait of a lonely young girl and her marriage to an inscrutable duke. Lucrezia longs for love, Alfonso desperately needs an heir, and in a true story of lust and dark decadence, the dramatic fireworks the marriage kindles threaten to destroy the duke’s entire inheritance–and Lucrezia’s future. His Last Duchess gorgeously brings to life the passions and people of sixteenth-century Tuscany and Ferrara.
Here is a review on this book:
I have read other books about the Medicis. Many of them irk me just a bit with their concentration on sex and depravity. Yes, we all have noted that the Medici family was prone to some perversity but that is rally only a small part of the story of this truly amazing Renaissance family. The history of Florence and the Medici family is, perhaps, not complete without some portrayal of their odd familial sexual perversion but it need not be the focus of a book to be interesting. At least on my opinion – and although I don’t consider myself a libertine by any stretch of the imagination- neither am I prude.
This book was a happy exception to the rule about fiction based on the Medici family. My favorite thing about the book is that it poignantly depicts the beauty that was Florence during the Renaissance. As a reader I can almost smell the air, breath in the scents of cooking and flowers, walk through sun warmed porticos and wander through darkened, shuttered room where anything might – and sometimes does -happen. This is a well researched book that shines with the basis of fact that makes reading good historical fiction so enjoyable and satisfying.
The story takes the reader through 16 year old Lucrezia de Medici’s ill fated marriage to the wealthy & handsome Duke of Ferrara, Alphonso D’Este. Yes, there is some sex – but it a part of the story – not the story itself. That makes all of the difference for me as a reader.
The book is well researched, well written with subtlety blended plot lines that will have you routing for Lucrezia as the book nears the end. It’s a compelling read that I certainly think can’t fail to please. I thoroughly recommend this as a very readable, enjoyable, and illustrative book about this famous family. —-Marie “ZQuilts” (Friday Harbor, WA, United States)
What’s Different is a fun educational game for young children (ages 3 and up). Join the adorable ladybug guide on a learning adventure that will keep your little ones thinking and guessing.
One of These Things Is Not Like the Others
When you begin playing, you’ll see four objects, three of which are the same in some way and one that is different. There may be three birds and one dog, for example, or three people smiling and one frowning. Tap the image you think is different and, if you’re correct, the ladybug will fly in celebration of your success and you’ll pass to the next set.
If you’re not quite sure which image is different from the others, tap the hint button. Hints are available in five languages. Meanwhile, enjoy fun, vibrant graphics full of flowers, leaves, and landscapes, as well as amusing sound effects. Track your score as you play through 125 sets and have fun!
Keep Kids Engaged and Thinking
Even very young children can learn and have fun with this app. They can view a wide assortment of colorful images in the gallery section including musical instruments, tools, furniture, animals and birds, fruits and other foods, clothing, and much more. These images are a great way to teach your children object names. Kids can also pinch and drag images for zoom and bounce effects. Featuring high-end graphics and animations and a friendly interface, What’s Different is a great app for kids.