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Read Through History – March 2015

Did anyone else think March was a long month. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing but is summer coming anytime soon?

Anyway, to while away the last thirty one days, here’s what literary delights flowed into my eyes (yes, that does need some work…)

1) Fatherland by Robert Harris. I read this before a long time ago and thought it was time to give it another read, especially with the adaptation of The Man in the High Castle which is another alternative history of life after the Second World War, had the Nazis and Japanese won.

2) Emperor: Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden. I loved the previous books in this series and enjoyed this too. I can also recommend the Conqueror series and have just started Stormbird set at the beginning of the Wars of the Roses.

3) 1602 by Neil Gaiman. Do you like graphic novels? Superheroes? Alternative History? All three mixed together? Then read this – the story of Sir Nicholas Fury, Peter Parquagh, the Four of the Fantastick and many more. I liked this very much.

4) Walls of Byzantium by James Heneage. First he sold good books. Now he writes great books. I loved this novel, set in the late fourteenth century at a time when great empires clashed: the Byzantines, the Ottomans, Mongols, Venetians and Genoans. I look forward to reading the next one.

As for my work, the latest round of edits for the Alternative History are finished. All that needs now is a visit to some locations where the action takes place (any excuse for a holiday) and then it can go round the agents, hot on the heels of The Lenin Plots. While I plan where the series goes from here I’ve started another novella. All that needs to be done is another visit to where it takes place. Just as soon as the weather eases up…

Happy Easter, one and all.

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