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Read Through History: November 2014

So, December is upon us and tis will soon be the season to be jolly. Here’s what I’ve been reading along with doing the Christmas Shopping:

1) The Hidden Crown by David Haworth. This is the first in the Northland series, set one hundred years after the Battle of Hastings in an alternative timeline. Instead of William of Normandy winning the throne of England, Harald Hardrada comes to an agreement with the surviving brothers of Harold II and England is once again divided between the English and the Norsemen. Very interesting.

2) Death and the Devil by Frank Schatzing. A crime thriller set in thirteenth century Cologne. It was good to read something set in a setting where very little has been written about it.

3) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. A tale about life in a Stalinist gulag.

4) Too Long to Die by Pat Jackson. A murder mystery set thirty thousand years ago. A very interesting idea and well worth a read.

5) Renegade by Robyn Young. The second book in the Robert Bruce series. I enjoyed Insurrection and I am halfway through this at the time of writing. It’s very good and I’m already looking forward to the third book.

So there we are for November. If I don’t put another post up, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Oh, and if you’re stuck for something to read over the Yuletide season and there’s nothing in the bookshop except Space Poems, Ghost Stories and that Viking Novel I wrote, you could always have a look at this.

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