In the year 70 BC, highborn Roman official Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger tries to solve two murders, the disembowelment of a foreign merchant and the garroting of an ex-gladiator, and an arson that were all committed in his district. Organised crime has an unbreakable hold on the city, and corruption, intrigues, and brutality run rampant, but these crimes seem much more than business as usual. The book seems to be well researched and contains a wealth of information about the Rome of this particular time. Roberts explains food (deep-fried sow’s udder stuffed with Libyan mice anyone?), society, politics, slavery, […]
I enjoyed Good Omens immensely, so I found its non-union Irish equivalent pretty enjoyable too, if somewhat forgettable. That may seem like an unfair judgment, as comedic stories about the end of the world are going to share some commonalities, but this really felt like the SAME story. We have demons who aren’t especially fond of hell and are crazy drivers, an innocent young boy who is witness to the gates of hell being opened and his ragtag friends, threatening harbingers of the apocalypse having petty grievances against one another, the absurdity of man being highlighted in their underwhelmed reactions […]
Bingo Square: And So It Begins I remember reading multiple positive reviews of this years ago, and yet I somehow never quite got around to it. I think when it originally came out, I was reading YA but I was trying not to overindulge in it, and it wasn’t one that people continued to talk about even years later like the Lainie Taylor novels or Lunar Chronicles or others. And really, this novel was quite good so I am glad I finally added it to my list! Elisa is the novel’s narrator, and she has been raised with the knowledge […]
CBR11 Bingo — And so it begins. I’ve desperately been trying to get my kids to read this summer. But in between camps, and summer classes, and the never-ending monster that is swim team, there just hasn’t been a lot of reading going on. So I’ve tried my best to make it easy for them, and to help them pick books that I just know they’ll respond to. Like I’m their personal book sommelier. And so far, we’ve had pretty good results. I picked up all four of Jason Reynolds’ Track Books for my son, who love all things sports. […]
I picked this up mainly for the cover. It is bright and makes me think the story inside is going to be exciting. And it is! Our story follows Josie O’Malley, an Irish-American (I think she’s an immigrant, but she might be first-generation.) She spends her time working at a diner to help out with the household expenses, which is a big help since her father is fighting in WWII. She is also trying to control her temper while trying to fight the injustices she sees in her immediate surroundings, especially around the local bully. (The bully seems unusually cruel […]
CBR 11 Bingo – And So It Begins This is the first book of the Inspecter Lynley series by the writer Elizabeth George. I don’t know this series very much except that there’s something like twenty of these books (for a series that’s about 30 years old all told) and that each of the books is pretty hefty. We begin with the introduction of our two primary characters — Havers, a down and out patrol officer trying to win her way back onto CID after her general anti-social attitude and prejudice against her has moved her out of the good […]
I listened to the audio version of this narrated by Euan Morton, who is playing King George in Hamilton currently. I really enjoyed it. The night after I finished the book, I was having a tough time falling asleep so I started listening to Carry On again. Now I am addicted to falling asleep to Carry On. I don’t know what this says about me as a person or about the book.
I’m slowly working my way through my library’s fantasy collections on Overdrive, which is how I found An Ember in the Ashes, the first book of Sabaa Tahir’s YA fantasy series. My reading goals this year are to a) not buy books (only bought one so far this year!); and b) read more female fantasy writers (I made it to July without reading any dudes, and I read more than I usually do!) So, as I quite enjoy YA fantasy, I added this one to my reading list and figured I’d give it a whirl. It’s a bonus that Tahir is […]