Weekly Roundup

Posted April 27, 2019 by Nicky in General / 8 Comments

Good morning, world! I need to queue up these posts further in advance, because I’m writing this at Late On Friday Night and wife would like to be asleep. Whoops.

Received to review:

Cover of The Toll by Cherie Priest


Cover of Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis

Read this week:

Cover of Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David Cover of Spineless by Juli Berwald Cover of An Incredible Crime by Lois Austen-Leigh

Reviews posted this week:

Ragged Alice, by Gareth L. Powell. Enjoyed the setting a lot. The plot is a bit shakier, but I’d read more in the same world. 3/5 stars
Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee. It’s still brilliant, ’nuff said. And better for a reread, even. 5/5 stars
Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet, by Daisy Dunn. Not sure if author knows whether they’re writing fiction or not. 2/5 stars
The Bull of Minos, by Leonard Cottrell. Way out of date and focusing on fairly discredited archaeologists, but interested in its own dated way. Not really about the Minoan civilisation at all. 2/5 stars
Hacking the Code of Life, by Nessa Carey. Really accessible and easy to read; could’ve wished for a bit more meat on it. 4/5 stars
Searching For The Lost Tombs Of Egypt, by Chris Naunton. Fascinating stuff and it all seemed plausible and not pie-in-the-sky; Naunton isn’t actually saying all these tombs will be found or that there’ll be miraculous treasure if we do find them. He’s just weighing up the evidence. 4/5 stars
King Arthur: The Making of the Legend, by Nicholas J. Higham. Absolutely great. This looks like it could be another book going in search of a dubious historical source for King Arthur, but actually it dismantles every one of them with meticulously explained evidence. 5/5 stars

Other posts:

Top Ten Tuesday. Kinda less a Top Ten and more just my First Ten, but that was the prompt!
WWW Wednesday. The usual update!

How’re you doing, fair reader? Big reading plans this weekend?

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8 responses to “Weekly Roundup

  1. I’m stuck in Copenhagen thanks to an airline pilot strike, so my day involved buying emergency clothes (I’ve dropped off some laundry too, but it won’t be ready until Monday evening, which is… inconvenient vs what I have left in my bag 😉 and working, sadly. However, I’ve also had time to finish The Unbound Empire (DED NOW OMG), so I can gather myself before whatever I tackle next. Probably finishing off The Vela and starting The Ninth Rain to get ahead on setting questions for Wyrd and Wonder 😉 But at least the errands are all run today, so tomorrow CAN just be a big reading day!
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        • I am so glad it’s not just me. (And like, resisting the accidental reads actually seems to lead to me reading less after all? Because the ones I eat up in one go are clearly what I actually want to be reading; resisting that means whatever else I think I should be reading instead is… not actually what I most want to be reading. Why do I do that to myself? Argh.)

    • If it’s too creepy, I probably won’t like it, but hooopefully it hits the sweet spot between creepy and “uh, okay? is this meant to be scary?” for me.

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