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Wherein Robert Harris owns my soul - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
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normandie_m
normandie_m
Wherein Robert Harris owns my soul
I've been busy immersing myself in Lustrum. Finished it about an hour ago. In conclusion?

*WIBBLE* :'(

No, it wasn't disappointing, far from it. But it ends with Cicero's exile from Rome as a result of Clodius' law targetting him- and no, I'm not putting that under a spoiler cut because it's historical fact and anyone remotely familiar with Cicero will know this. So it's a poignant ending, and a prelude to the third and final book of the trilogy, which will have an even sadder ending (I will probably cry, just so you know). I waited three years to read this, and right now I'm really hoping I won't have to wait another three years for the last book. I am thinking about giving Pompeii a go now, though any other glowing recommendations for historical novels set in ancient Rome (that are NOT Colleen McCullough) are welcomed. Bonus points if Cicero's a character.

In other reading-related matters, I saw a schoolgirl reading one of Cassie Claire's books on the bus today. It kind of made me want to weep for today's youth, particularly when last year I had to look over an English essay on the merits of Dracula and Edward bloody Cullen as Byronic heroes for a grade 12 girl, ARGH.

Current Mood: sad ):
Current Music: Spicks & Specks on Aunty

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carolinebishop From: carolinebishop Date: October 14th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lucky lucky, it's not out here in the US yet! I preordered that book for my dad last year (when it was still named Conspirata) and Amazon tells me it doesn't come out until February 2, 2010 here. Boooo.

Anyway, my dad and I are very fond of Steven Saylor's Gordianus books. They're mystery novels set in the late Republican period, and many of them feature Cicero, with whom Gordianus has a rocky relationship. (Most of them are based on actual cases that Cicero took, where Gordianus is the detective he's hired to find out the truth.) What makes them so good is that they give you a really interesting look at the life of the middle and lower classes in this time period. Not high literature, but really fun reads, and better than any of the other Roman mystery series I've seen.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: October 14th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought Lustrum from Amazon UK- I'm finding now that the UK booksellers are fast trumping the US ones for efficiency. You pay more or less the same as you would on Amazon US and in my case, the items arrive much quicker than they do if I order from the US. And if you don't want to pay shipping, The Book Depository do worldwide free shipping for orders.

I have a friend who read and enjoyed Saylor's Rubicon, so I'll have a check into that series- thanks for the rec!
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