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review 2018-10-17 21:27
A straightforward survey of the Persian empire
Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE - Matthew Waters

Considering the limited amount of materials available to study it there are a considerable number of surveys of ancient Persia for readers to choose from, ranging from A. T. Olmstead's classic History of the Persian Empire to Lindsay Allen's recent The Persian Empire. Matt Waters concise survey, which covers the history of the Achaemenid empire from the reign of Cyrus I to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 330 in a little more than 200 pages, offers little that is substantially different from these books. Its merits are in it concision and organization, as Waters presents his information in a clear and unadorned manner. Though some might find its style a little dry, its straightforward coverage of the basics of Persian history and the operations of the empire makes it an excellent book for anyone seeking a starting point for understanding a subject long distorted by ancient Greek authors and modern-day artists (I'm looking at you, Frank Miller!).

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review 2018-09-27 00:00
The Little Stranger
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters The atmospheric prose snared me from the start, but this won’t be for everyone: long, meandering, ambiguous, full of fits and starts as characters move towards and away from one another and seem to briefly escape their inevitable doom.

I’ve got a clear idea of exactly what happened at Hundreds Hall, but the glory - or frustration - of the book is how open to interpretation it is. Its other glory is its evocation of a point in time, and of privilege in decline. This feels like another world, but it’s within living memory.

It’s not often I can be so absorbed in a book whilst so heartily hating its narrator. Sarah Waters’ craft once again leaves me breathless.
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text 2018-09-26 01:10
Halloween Bingo 2018 - Creepy Carnivals
Nights At The Circus - Angela Carter


Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover Fevvers's true identity: Is she part swan or all fake? Dazzled by his love for Fevvers, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser joins the circus on its tour. The journey takes him—and the reader—on an intoxicating trip through turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia—a tour so magical that only Angela Carter could have created it.


I've been meaning to re-read this one for a while now, and this is the perfect opportunity.


This is the cover of my copy of the book (ISBN 0099388618) which annoyingly isn't in the Booklikes database.


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text 2018-08-10 17:24
Primal Waters - Steve Alten

This on sale as a kindle deal of the day.

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review 2018-07-29 19:22
Her Cowboy's Command by KyAnn Waters
Her Cowboy's Command - KyAnn Waters


This book is a fire hazard. Lucas and Harley are a danger zone. She's has control and he craves it. She may be the boss, but he holds all the cards. If seduction is the name of the game, Kyann Waters delivers.


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