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Read Through History: August 2016

It’s summertime! And here’s what I’ve been reading during the heatwave:

1) Sovereign by C. J. Sansom. Book Three in the Shardlake series sees the lawyer join Henry VIII on his tour of the North. This was an audiobook version and a very good reading.

2) The Severed Wing by Martin Gidron. This was the joint winner of the 2001 Sidewise Award with Harry Turtledove’s Ruled Britannia. This is set in a world where the United States enters the First World War earlier and Hitler does not rise to power. Want to know more? Read it!

3) Young Bloods by Simon Scarrow. This is the first of a series of novels that follow the lives and careers of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte. I can’t wait to read the next one.

4) Inceptio by Alison Morton. This is another alternative history where the Western Roman Empire continues in a land known as Roma Nova. This is a fast-paced thriller set in the modern day and I look forward to reading the rest.

5) The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy. This is the first in the Bernica series set during the early Anglo Saxon settlements of England. This is a very interesting story set during a little-known period of Britain’s history.

6) Tales from Alternate Earths. This is a collection of short stories set during different times ranging from a Chinese treasure fleet reaching the Americas before Columbus, Kennedy surviving the assassination attempt to dinosaurs ruling the earth. Read it to find out more.

Right, it’s Festival Season. Best do some ironing…


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