Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A recent Spider web

I just finished The Free Lunch  by Spider Robinson.

An Atmospheric short story

I just finished Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration In Perfume  by Chris Bell.


I just finished The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story by Richard Preston.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

True Crime Fest 3

I just finished Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicine by M. William Phelps.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Eine Kleine Mord Musik

43% through Shut Your Eyes Tight  (Dave  Gurney, No. 2): A Novel by John Verdon.

Alexander's Leftovers

I just finished Dividing the Spoils : The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization) by Robin Waterfield.

I can't recommend this book for the casual reader. The period in question was, to me, one of the great black holes of history, but by the time I was a third of the way through the book, the only reason I kept reading was sheer bloody-mindedness. Too many names, too many dates, it felt like an attempt to cram gallons of information into my teacup brain. Antipater 1, Antipater 2, Antipatrids, Alexander III, IV, after a while it all tends to congeal together into one big stewpot.

Having said that, I will tackle this era again.

Italian Renaissance 1 (Saturday, July 09th)

I  finished The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 by Christopher Hibbert. Lucidly, clearly-written, extremely fun to follow. This far removed from the events described, it's very difficult (if not outright impossible) to distinguish fact from fiction - but Hibbert gives it the old college try. There were places in this book where the Borgias came alive, as if they were contemporary Hollywood celebs - and that's a bit what they were like. The Borgias and their circle were the object of much gossip and speculation among their contemporaries, and one of the things I most enjoyed about the book was that it gave me a sense of just how many misconceptions we have inherited. Highly recommended.