Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
Another month, more reading.
I've just finished The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline Gedge, a superb novel about the Britons during the Roman invasion, and the following resistance to it. It was truly enlightening to read about Romans from an outside perspective. I'll be putting a review up for that soon.
I'm also still reading Black and British by David Olusoga - which is proving excellent to dip into on an evening. I'm also still reading A History of Ancient Britain by Neil Oliver, which is proving a more frustrating read - the archaeology is wonderful and personal, but the narrative can be excruciatingly idiotic at times, and he doesn't really seem to link up the chronology in a meaningful way. Another non-fiction I'm reading is Obedient Unto Death which is packed with useful information that tends to be disowned by other SS soldier accounts, not least the beliefs stirred up by the Nazi propaganda machine.
I've also started reading The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French - the opening chapter is a lesson in infodumping done right. While it's well-written there is a degree of hyper-masculinity I'm uncomfortable with, but I'll push on and see how far I can get on with it.
At work I'm reading The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks which, after the first badly-infodumped chapter, turns into a slick thriller that's like a cross between Highlander and The Matrix.
Not sure what other novels to start this month - but I'm definitely hungry for some late-medieval European history, so I might read one of my textbooks for next academic year. Or I might pick up Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day.
In the meantime, I'm still watching out for those daily Kindle deals - there have been some nice ones come up, and I'm slowly in the process of getting digital editions of my best paperbacks.
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