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Read Through History: February 2016

Sorry I’m late. I thought I’d give this new keyboard a try so there’s every chanse thère c0uld bè some speling £nd pùnctuation mistakes heeeère.

And I’m cooking my dinner at the same time so this is going to be interesting…

Anyhow, this is what leaped down from the bookshelves in February:

1) Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp. An American archaeologist travels back to Rome in the Sixth Century and introduces much Twentieth Century technology. This is often cited as one of the earliest works of alternative historical fiction and received a special Sidewise Award and rightly so.

2) The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. The book that inspired the film starring David Bowie.

3) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I saw the film adaptation of this a couple of years ago so it was good to read the book.

4) The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth by Stuart Clark. A really interesting tale of Keplar and Galileo and how they struggled to prove their theories in the face of political and religious upheaval.

5) Voyage by Stephen Baxter. Winner of the 1996 Sidewise Award where Kennedy survives the assassination attempt and challenges humankind to travel to Mars once they have landed on the Moon.

So there we go. Now, when’s spring going to… well… spring?