Tag Archives: that’s how it should be done

Ilium (Ilium 01) by Dan Simmons

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars—observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family—and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private … Continue reading

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Blindsight (Firefall 01) by Peter Watts

Lovely Melfka featured this one on her blog – thank you, I owe you a lot! Synopsis (from Goodreads): It’s been two months since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have … Continue reading

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Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin

Product description (shortened version from Goodreads): Byzantium. The name evokes grandeur and exoticism–gold, cunning, and complexity. In this unique book, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Avoiding a standard chronological account of the Byzantine Empire’s millennium–long … Continue reading

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TV mini series review: Meet the Romans with Mary Beard (2012, BBC2)

Product info: Professor Mary Beard takes a look beyond the stories of emperors, armies and gore in ancient Rome, a city at the heart of a vast and dominating empire — in order to meet the everyday people at the … Continue reading

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I heard about this one from Melfka a writer, a reviewer and a friend – thank you very much for the tip! Synopsis (mostly from Goodreads): Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they … Continue reading

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The Unquiet Grave (The Caitlin Ross series 01) by Katherine Lampe

Synopsis: Caitlin Ross is a musician and a witch who, once upon a time, for a reason or two, decided that she wouldn’t use her powers. Ever. Not worth the risk. Still when she is hired for a gig in … Continue reading

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Review: Inceptio (Roma Nova 01) by Alison Morton

I found out this series while visiting Carole Rae’s blog – thank you my dear for an excellent tip! Synopsis (from Goodreads): New York, present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after being made unemployed and a kidnap attempt, … Continue reading

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Review: The Dust Will Answer by Richard Risemberg

I got a complimentary digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review from the author – thank you very much! Synopsis (from Goodreads): 1978: The wave of gentrification has yet to break over downtown Los Angeles, and … Continue reading

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Review: Child 44 (Leo Demidov 01) by Tom Rob Smith

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Stalin’s Soviet Union is officially a paradise where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state and its ‘apparatchiks’. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a poster-boy handsome war … Continue reading

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Review: Non-Stop Till Tokyo by K.J. Charles

Synopsis: Kerry Ekdahl is working as a hostess in Primrose Path, one of many bars visited by rich, stressed and shy Tokyo men. However, she is far better than your typical hostess. She can listen patiently to her clients’ woes … Continue reading

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