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What I Read in January 2014

This month I took advantage of an offer with Audible to try out listening to audio books on my new phone and listened to Bernard Cornwell’s Winter King. As I’m dabbling in publishing my own work I hope one day there will be something similar to CreateSpace for writers in the UK to make audio versions of their work.

Anyway, here’s what I read in January:

1) The Iron Maze by Gordon Brook-Shepherd – Bit of non-fiction.

2) Sharpe’s Company by Bernard Cornwell – with the return of Sergeant Hakeswill

3) The Amber Treasure by Richard Denning – set in the early years of Anglo Saxon England. Very good for adults and young adults.

4) A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891 – 1924 by Orlando Figes – read this alongside the fiction (I can’t read that quickly).

5) Saxon: The Book of Dreams by Tim Severin – a novel of Charlemagne, a largely neglected figure in historical fiction which is surprising considering he was one of the most powerful men in Europe at one time. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading Tim Severin’s Viking and Corsair series.

6) Sons of Thorgrim the Strong by Mikael Lind. Written in a very interesting way in the tradition of the Old Norse Sagas.

7) The Beggar at the Gate and Other Stories by Various Authors. Published by the Historical Novel Society, this work are the winners and shortlisted entries in the 2012 Short Story Competition. All very well deserved.

8) Viking Warrior: Strongbow Saga 1 by Judson Roberts. I enjoyed this book very much. A very good insight into Norse society when they were not out raiding. The rest of the series looks very promising.

Strange that I have finished in the Viking Age when you consider what the next post will be about…

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