Monday, 3 October 2005
This is a couple of weeks of reading.
The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett, copyright 1961, copyright renewed 1989; Vintage Books/Random House, May 1997. First in the Lymond Chronicles.
Queens' Play, by Dorothy Dunnett, copyright 1964, copyright renewed 192; Vintage Books/Random House, May 1997. Second in the Lymond Chronicles.
Eight of Swords, by David Skibbins; Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur/St. Martin's Press, April 2005. An interesting mystery.
A Gladiator Dies Ony Once: The Further Investigations of Grodians the Finder, by Steven Saylor; St. Martin's Minotaur/St. Martin's Press, June 2005. The second collecton of Roma Sub Rosa short stories, after The House of Vestals. I think I like this series of Roman mysteries the best of the ones I've read.
SPQR VII: The Tribune's Curse, by John Maddox Roberts; Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur/St. Martin's Press, April 2003. While Saylor's Gordianus and Davies' Falco are to some degree outsiders amongst the inner realms of Rome's political machinations through which they often wander, but Roberts' DeciusCaecilius Metellus the Youger is definitely an insider. I think it was one of John Maddox Roberts' "Roman Empire in Space" SF books that introduced me to the Roman Empire (at one remove) when I was a youngster.
SPQR IX: The Princess and the Pirates, by John Maddox Roberts; Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur/St. Martin's Press, June 2005. I've apparently missed SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengance.