Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
So I've got a number of archaeology books to read through, and the first I've picked up is Britain Begins by Barry Cunliffe, which covers the Paleolithic through to at least the Iron Age. I thought it would be just a general history, but he's also making an argument that the Celtic language group spread from Portugal and Northern France and along an Atlantic trading corridor which embraced Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, and Western Scotland - before the arrival of Indo-Europeans. Curiously, while there's mention of clear social hierarchies in the archaeology, there's been no suggestion yet as to when slavery became a normative practice. Enjoyable reading, especially while listening to John Lunn's The Last Kingdom soundtrack.
In terms of novels, I've just finished David Gemmell's Stormrider (review going up soon), and am not sure what to pick up next - possibly the next two books in Yoon Ha Lee's science fiction trilogy, or perhaps an Arthur C Clarke - I'll just have to see what mood I'm in.
In the meantime, let us know what you're reading in the New Year.