I haven’t been reading much today, unfortunately, but I have been reading plenty this week! At the moment I am reading ROMA by Steven Saylor and enjoying it. It’s similar to the works of Edward Rutherford – basically we follow the descendants of several families through history. This book seems different because larger segments are devoted to each time period and because it doesn’t extend up to the present like the few Rutherford works I’ve read. It somewhat obviously focuses on Rome. What I really like is that Saylor takes myths, which anyone can read in various Roman chronicles, and makes them believable by explaining what could have happened, instead of following the myths exactly. It’s a clever approach, and I’m sure historians try to do it, but a writer of fiction certainly doesn’t have to. I’ll have a review posted when I finish it in a few days, but right now it’s recommended.
A particularly good book I read this week was THE LAST KINGDOM by Bernard Cornwell. I’ve got a review coming soon for that one, but if you’ve got it lying around, don’t wait to read it, it’s excellent!