Over the last few weeks, there’s been a radio silence here at the site – having finished Spartacus: The Gladiator, I’ve been waiting for the copy editor to get back to me, and having a bit of downtime with the family. Thanks for everyone who kept the comments coming in, and the conversations going on the boards during that time! This week, however, it’s time to get back to the keyboard. While I was off, I had the opportunity to read more than usual, and boy did I make use of it. In one week abroad, I read 6 books, which is exceptional for me. Some great reads too:
The Burning Blue by James Holland – an incredibly moving novel about the Battle of Britain.
The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson – a really great time-slip novel set in the modern day and in 17th century England, retelling the true story of Barbary pirates who carried off hundreds of people from Cornwall.
Wounds of Honour by Anthony Riches – OK, OK, I had the book for 3 years and hadn’t read it. But when I did, I read it in about 30 hours. Damn good stuff!
Spartacus and the Slave Wars by Brent Shaw – the best type of textbook – short and to the point! Contains every word written about Spartacus that survives, and a great read. Also good info on the 2 slave rebellions on Sicily in the 60 years before Spartacus.
The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman: I’ve not quite finished this one, but it’s really good too. It’s about the daughter of an English sea captain who is sold into slavery and ends up in the harem of the Sultan of Constantinople. Not quite as good as The Tenth Gift, but well recommended all the same.
Maybe it was only 5 books! *scratches head*
No, it wasn’t – The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence. First in her Roman Mystery series, this is an intelligent and well-written kids’ book, which will also appeal to adults. It’s full of rich little details about Roman life, and does not shy away from the grim realities of life in ancient times.