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“When it comes to tragic irony, few ancient or modern playwrights come close to Sophocles and these are the three works that showcase his dark genius at its best. This particular edition is translated by the ever-dependable Robert Fagles, and contains the following plays, in the order they were first” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

“As historical novels go, it doesn't get too much better than this adroit little tale. Personally, I find Renault's dry language a bit off-putting at times, but I know that others will find her style much more agreeable. It depends on personal taste. I find it slightly stuffy, others will see it as r” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

7/10

“It's been since 1995 the last time I read anything by R.L. Stine and I figured I'd give him a read again to bring back some memories of my childhood horror days. I must say I was surprised at how good this story was, as it takes place in 1900 and gives way to what becomes the street called "Fear Str” read more

1 year, 9 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of Funeral Games

“This book, the final volume in Mary Renault's Alexander the Great trilogy, covers the events right after Alexander's death. Without Alexander's powerful personality to provide unity and focus, his astonishing empire is quickly deteriorating into a mess of intrigue and entropy.

Funeral Game” read more

1 year, 9 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of The Persian Boy

“It's not very often that you come across an historical novel that portrays events from the vantage point of a eunuch. It's not the easiest perspective for an author to immerse themselves in, but Renault pulls it off with convincing surety.

The narrator of The Persian Boy is Bagoas (based o” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

Life and death as they should be.

“This is the fourth and final book in the Tiffany Aching series (after The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith).

Tiffany is now the local witch on the Chalk. This means she mends broken toes and blows congested noses in the nearby villages.

When the old Baron dies unde” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

Hate crime investigation.

“In this 39th Discworld novel, Samuel Vimes is coerced by his wife Lady Sybil into taking a holiday in Crundells, their estate in the Quirmian countryside.

Whereas his 6-year-old son Young Sam is delighted to discover a whole new world of animal poo, far from the hustle and bustle of Ankh-M” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

“A fictionalization of the famous Spartan stand at Thermopylae, this novel does not pull any punches. It's gory, gritty, brutal, and very compelling. Steven Pressfield gives ancient events a feeling of immediacy; he has military experience and he puts this to fine use in giving the reader an authenti” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

“The sequel to The King Must Die, The Bull From the Sea begins shortly after Theseus's triumphant return from Crete. His father's unfortunate suicide means he's now king of Athens, with all the accompanying perks and pains. This book lacks the momentum of it's predecessor; much of the drama is genera” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

“My opinion of this book was highly unfavorable until the main character ended up as a bull dancer on the isle of Crete. That was when the author really hit her stride. Or perhaps I just became interested enough to overlook the overly-affected dialogue and constant emphasis on Theseus's maleness. The” read more

1 year, 9 months ago

“This is a wonderful introduction to the colorful world of Greek Myth. Even though it was published back in 1962, it's lost none of its charm. The D'Aulaire's know how to tell a story and their whimsical illustrations are the perfect augmentations. I especially love the subtle details in the drawings” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“It was a tragedy to lose David Gemmell so early. He was one of the best fantasy writers in the biz and even his lesser books were better than most. He also passed away before he could finish his Troy trilogy, but thankfully his wife completed his work. Usually when someone takes over a series, some ” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“Another great installment in the Troy trilogy. Gemmell has the admirable ability to make the most minor characters into fully-rendered people, people you often find yourself emotionally-invested in. This can be dangerous, because in these novels, no one is entirely safe. Brutal and tragic events wil” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“A highly readable and deftly written re-imagining of the Trojan War, Lord of the Silver Bow crackles with tense energy, vividly-drawn characters, and violent encounters. The author definitely doesn't pull any punches. Terrible things happen to decent people and the story swerves in unpredictable way” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“Written in the 5th century BC, this is a fascinating snapshot of ancient Greek life and beliefs. Herodotus's narrative of the Persian War and the famous Spartan stand at Thermopylae are worth the price of admission alone, but where he really shines is in his many passages of sheer made up nonsense. ” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“Well... this book is just a heap of silliness.

At first I was ready to lay the blame on translation problems (after all, the author is supposedly an Egyptologist, he surely knows the time period), but that excuse can only cover so much. It cannot cover dialogue that is foul enough to be ra” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“In the final book of The Merlin Codex, Greek and Celtic myth continue to exist in a kind of vertigo-inducing disharmony. The descriptions are lovely (as they were in the first two books), but the storyline is as elusive as a Will-o-the-wisp.

We finally discover who's been causing the kerfu” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“From the back of the book: "Holdstock seamlessly blends myth and history into a fabulous tale of Merlin, hundreds of years before the coming of Arthur."

I can say without compunction that it is indeed a fabulous tale, wonderfully imaginative, pure poetry in places, but seamless? Nope.
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1 year, 10 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of Celtika

“This is a strange amalgamation, very ambitious, very imaginative, but not particularly successful.

Basically, a Pre-Camelot Merlin teams up with the Jason of Greek legend to find Jason's children (because it turns out his ex Medea didn't kill them after all.)

It would very helpfu” read more

1 year, 10 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of Black Ships

“This novel revisits the The Aeneid from the engaging perspective of a young girl with the gift of prophecy. Black Ships is a nicely-balanced mix of mythological elements with history and an interesting new variation on an old tale.” read more

1 year, 10 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of The Odyssey

“Though most people seem to prefer The Iliad to The Odyssey, I like the latter for its sheer fabulous inventiveness. The story is fairly simple, Odysseus is trying to make his way home to the Greek island of Ithaca after the Trojan war, but he's earned the ire of the god Poseidon so it's not going to” read more

1 year, 10 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of The Iliad

“If over 600 pages of lyrically-rendered death, blood, and mayhem sound like your cup of tea, than you'll definitely want to read this. People get eviscerated, skewered, decapitated, hewed, trampled, hacked, cleaved, etc, and it's all really very poetic. I just wasn't wildly enthusiastic about it.” read more

1 year, 10 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of Slayer of Gods

“I've really enjoyed the Lord Meren series.. up until the last 2 books, that is. The writing, which had previously been assured and engaging seemed to go rapidly downhill like a lumber truck with a brake problem. I found myself cringing, wondering whether the series was going to conclude successfully” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“This book should be where the Lord Meren series takes off, because this is where he starts getting very close to finding out who killed Nefertiti. The murder mystery of Nefertiti has been an underlying plot weaving through all the books, percolating in the background during Meren's various other inv” read more

1 year, 10 months ago
Saturn Loft posted a review of Eater of Souls

“Ancient Egyptian sleuth Meren finds himself on the trail of an unknown killer in the gripping 4th book of the Lord Meren mysteries. To make matters creepier, the killer seems to resemble a particularly nasty monster from Egyptian myth. A solid addition to the series.” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“In this installment, Lord Meren is involved in a top secret mission on behalf of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, but his plans are hampered by family drama of the worst kind. Now he's stuck with having to solve a murder among his own kin, no easy task. Yet another solid outing for the Lord Meren series.” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“Book #2 in the Lord Meren mystery series is yet another capably executed whodunnit. It moves quickly and confidently through twists and turns in the pursuit for certain murderous individuals, and you're never entirely sure where those turns will take our world-weary hero.

As usual the comp” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“Enjoyable and well-executed gritty detective tale from the Egypt of Pharaoh Tutankhamen's reign. Somebody finds a freshly-murdered stiff in the undertaker's sacred workshop and it's up to Lord Meren,Pharaoh's chief investigator to figure out who committed such a downright sacrilegious act. He's aide” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“The first two books in Daniel Boorstin's Knowledge Trilogy, The Discoverers (about science) and The Creators (about art), are both outstanding examples of comprehensive history done well. They're weighty books, but the fascinating information and engaging writing do much to offset their intimidating” read more

1 year, 10 months ago

“A very ambitious yet fascinating exploration of art history. Boorstin doesn't stop at the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, etc); he also covers literature, music, and dance. Although I wished for illustrations in a few places where specific artworks were discussed, the sh” read more

1 year, 10 months ago