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review 2019-07-24 17:28
Out in Jan
The Peasants' Revolting Crimes - Terry Deary

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

 

                This book uses my favorite Terry Pratchett quote.  You know, the one about fire and man.

    

            Yep, that one.  Now you want to read it don’t you?

 

                So, I don’t have to say anything else, do I?

 

                Oh, alright.

 

                Deary’s book lists crimes committed by the little people.  These include women who murdered their husbands (who sometimes deserved it), Dick Turpin (who wasn’t hot), the Fairy Flag (you’re understand when you read it), the morality of the Fairy Flag among other stories.

 

                There is also the wonderment of a why is there always just one survivor.  Though that girl who ran ten miles while injured was bad ass.

 

                The history is done tongue in cheek, but actually does raise some good points.  Like did the Stuarts kill Shakespeare?  (Seriously, it doesn’t really ask that question, but he did die during the Stuarts, so anything is possible).

 

                There are even sports.  I knew Chaucer was a bit of a football hooligan but there is a bunch of other football stories that seem to indicate that English fans have calmed down a bit.  There is a bit about assassinations.  The one about the Egyptians.

 

                Like the mention of Turpin above, some of the cases are famous, for instance Mary Ann Cotton, but most are not as popular or well known.  So, there are little gems -such as what some women did to the dead members of an army as well as letting you know what the difference between blackmail and settlement is.  This is important for your future.

 

 

                And the quotes.  Oh, the wonderful quotes.  Learning history should always be this fun.

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review 2018-03-08 22:42
The Cut-throat Celts, Terry Deary
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

Thanks to BrokenTune for giving me this book!

 

A deliberately silly book for kids about everybody's favourite Iron Age culture (everybody who likes washing with soap, anyway - you're welcome). Of course it's superficial in adult terms but it does go a little into how much of what is "known" was written by the enemies of the Celts, particularly the Romans and is therefore possibly unreliable except when backed by other evidence.

 

Fun!

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text 2018-03-07 18:57
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 240 pages.
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

"History with the nasty bits left in," war, murder, animal sacrifice all present but the REALLY nasty stuff is absent e.g. the fact that Irish Celtic Kings were required to perform a public fertility rite that involved shagging a horse...

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text 2018-03-05 23:12
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 240 pages.
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

The Celts may or may not have: been led against the Saxons by some bloke by the name of Arthur; cut people's heads off a lot. (They were definitely obsessed with heads.)


The Celts were: spread across Europe from ancient Greece to Spain, up to France and Belgium and across to Britain and Ireland.


In 52 BC the Gauls, led by Vercingetorix, rebelled against Roman rule. No mention of a little village in Armorica that still held out against the invaders, though...

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review 2018-02-28 07:29
Horrible Histories: The Groovy Greeks and the Rotten Romans
The Groovy Greeks And The Rotten Romans (Two Horrible Books In One) - Terry Deary

Eh.  Gross overuse of the word "Groovy" in the Greek part, and generally not as well laid out as the HH on World War I.  For me, that is.  For the teens it was written for, and as a teaching aid, it's great.  A lot of quizzes that were far more interesting than any I had to take in school during world history class.  I especially liked the sections where they described how to play the games of ancient Greece and/or Rome, and the sample Roman menu is a great idea of you're reading this with teens.  I personally plan on making a camera obscura with my niece one of these days.

 

As always for me, the cartoons in these books are the best bits.

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