Now 2023 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
At Ease by Evan Bachner
The Avenue of the Dead by Evelyn Anthony
Bannock, Beans and Black Tea by John Gallant and Seth
Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami
Bone 09: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
Brain Camp by Susan Kim
Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
Doodlebug by Karen Romano Young
Early Hayward by Robert Phelps
Fullmetal Alchemist 01 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 02 by Hiromu Arakawa
Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg
Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin
Havana Mañana by Consuelo Hermer and Marjorie May
How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo
The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
The New Gay Teenager by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi
The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade by Meomi
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
The Phone Book by Ammon Shea
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates
Welcome to Monster Town by Ryan Heshka
The World at Night by Alan Furst
xxxHolic 01 by CLAMP

Armchair BEA
May 23, 2011
May 24, 2011
May 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
May 27, 2011

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2023

Canadian Book Challenge: 2022-2023

Chicken Art

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Diamond Ruby 05/24/11

cover art

Joseph Wallace and I "met" via Twitter. He was talking about his novel Diamond Ruby and described it as a baseball novel set in the 1920s. From that description alone I was hooked and told him so. He was nice enough to arrange for me to receive a review copy.

The book begins on a happy note, a baseball game attended by Ruby and most of her family. After the game she realizes her long arms might be an asset for throwing the perfect pitch. There's just one problem, it isn't ladylike to play baseball.

Instead of taking the warm fuzzy path and showing Ruby coming of age and continuing to practice her pitching, Wallace turns to history and the influenza outbreak that swept through the world after the close of the Great War. Ruby loses most of her family, leaving her the head of house hold an in charge of her two young nieces because her brother is no longer the man he was.

So rather than Ruby becoming a pitching hero through a happy childhood, she does it out of desperation. Her chance to provide for her family comes at price of being a Coney Island side show. The progression from happy child full of day dreams to determined surviver seems real and plausible in Diamond Ruby.

In the final act of the book Wallace takes some poetic license with baseball history and writes things how he wished they had played out. The endnotes include an explanation of what he changed, what historical figures inspired him and why he made the changes that he did.

Five stars. Book received for review.

Comments (6)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Comment #1: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 21:28:30


I just recently reviewed this book as well. Totally loved it.

Comment #2: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 13:21:12


If you share the link, I'll add it to the review.

Comment #3: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 23:05:23

Joe Wallace

Thank you both so much! I appreciate your kind words about my book more than I can express.

Comment #4: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 13:33:30


You're very welcome! I hope you have another historical fiction planned. I would certainly read it if you did.

Comment #5: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 23:43:08


Sherry, you are so right! This book is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog :)

Comment #6: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 13:39:34


I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading.

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2023 Sarah Sammis