Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
A few books on the go at the moment:
The Orphan Star by Alan Dean Foster. It's not a particularly bad book, but neither is it a particularly good one - just a well-written but otherwise throwaway space fantasy I've almost finished reading during my breaks at work.
Chapter House Dune by Frank Herbert. Thankfully the last book in a series that as began with a bang with wonderful Dune, only for the sequels to meander between vaguely interesting to dull as dishwater. And Chapter House has started out very much in the latter camp.
Master of War by David Gilman. Set at the start of the Hundred Years Way between England and France, it follows a young stonemason and his deaf-dumb brother as longbowmen through the campaign. Rich in detail, sharp on character, gritty and gripping.
The Legacy of Rome: Scotland's Roman Remains by Lawrence Keppie. The first half of this book provided an engaging summary of Roman Scotland over the centuries, with the focus firmly on social history - which was great to see. The second half of the book is a description of all major archaeological sites, which I'll probably save for when visiting.