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Read Through History: January 2016

So, anyone still writing 2015 by mistake? Yes, I have once or twice…

Anyhow, here’s this month’s offering of books.

1) A Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale. This is an alternative history which explores the Roman Empire lasting until the Middle Ages and exploring the Americas. This follows the story of a Roman General living with Native Americans. Very interesting story.

2) Turn of the Tide by Margaret Skea. A great story of a family feud set in Renaissance Scotland.

3) The Hummingbird by Kati Hiekkapelto. Last Autumn I attended a Nordic Noir talk and signing at my local Blackwells and read this book by the Finnish author. Really good story and I didn’t guess whodunnit!

4) Pasquale’s Angel by Paul J. McAuley. This is an alternative history of the Italian Renaissance where Leonardo da Vinci was an engineer rather than an artist. This was the winner of the first Sidewise Award for Alternate History in the 1990s.


Read Through History: May 2015

Summer’s here… apparently. Well, they say a heatwave is on the way so here’s hoping.

Now, I bet you’re all wondering what I’ve been plundering from the local libraries, aren’t you? Well, here we are:

1) I Belong to the Earth by J. A. Ironside. Taking a break from historical fiction (‘Whaaaat?’ I hear you all cry) I enjoyed this very much. A classic ghost story with elements of fantasy added for good measure.

2) Assassins’ Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden. Although I’ve not played the game I’m tempted to give the first one in the series another go and move onto this. A good adventure story with a good mix of historical characters and events.

3) Thief’s Tale by S. J. A. Turney. This is the first in the Ottoman Cycle series. Gives a good account of life in Istanbul shortly after the Ottoman conquest. If you liked the Marius’ Mules series, you’ll like this too.

4) Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the East by Alex Rutherford. I’m glad I gave this a go. I know very little about this time and place so it’s good to try something new.

I also finished The Tower by Nigel Jones that I started last month. One of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a while. There will be a Tower of London post at some point. Honest.