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review 2018-01-22 06:50
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Paul Jordan
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - Paul Jordan

TITLE: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World


AUTHOR:  Paul Jordan




FORMAT: Paperback


ISBN-13: 978-0-582-77187-1




In this book, Paul Jordan takes a look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:  how the list (or rather lists, since there were many) were compiled4, who compiled the lists (the Ancient Greeks), why specific wonders ended up on the lists, what the ancient wonders looked like since none exists in their original form and many of them have been destroyed, where they were located, and what eventually happened to them.  The book includes a map and illustrations.  I found this book to be generally interesting, but was disappointed by the chapter on the Egyptian Pyramids which was outdated (even at the time of going into press).  Jordan also discusses possible wonders from other civilizations that may (or may not) have made it onto such a list had the Ancient Greeks known about them.


Other relevant book:

Wonders of the Ancient World: Antiquity's Greatest Feats of Design and Engineering by Justin Pollard


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review 2017-01-01 15:40
Meet Me In Atlantis by Mark Adams
Meet Me in Atlantis: My Quest to Find the 2,500-Year-Old Sunken City - Mark Adams An interesting look at all the various hypotheses regarding the location of Atlantis. An interesting detective story.
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review 2016-11-20 16:57
DNF - After the Ice by Steven Mithen
After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC - Steven Mithen

I picked up this book in the hopes of learning about what mischief humans got up to on all the continents after the ice age (20 000 BC) until the event of civilization (5000 BC) via archaeological, genetic and linguistic evidence.  Well, this book just didn't do it for me.  I read approximately half the book and had to stop.  Instead of a science/history book, the author wrote an annoying historical fiction novel with the odd bit of archaeological findings thrown in.  

The author has a habit of describing what he thinks life might be like at various places at various points in history, but he isn't always clear to differentiate between the information based on archaeological evidence and what is essentially the author's speculation.  In addition, the presence of an extremely annoying, silly and distracting fictional, time-travelling anthropologist ghost gimmick acting as eye-witness is included everywhere.  This fictional character was amusing int he first two chapters, but after that I kept hoping some neolithic shaman would exorcise him.

This annoying fictional character wonders around the prehistoric world in no particular order, other than dealing with each continent at a time.  This random wondering in time and space makes for jumbled and confusing reading, especially since no additional timeline diagram was provided.  In addition, many of the sites discussed in the book have similar findings and everything eventually blurres into one big smudge.  Pictures or diagrams would have been useful to differentiate these sites from one another.

In between the historical fiction accounts are jumbled-up, brief and rather vague archeological descriptions of selected sites, but genetic and linguistic evidence is mostly ignored, or currently outdated (the book was published in 2004).  

What facts I managed to pick out of what I read of this book were interesting, but the writing style was confusing, messy and after a while, rather boring.  I just couldn't keep my interest in this book going any further and decided to find something else to read.

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review 2016-10-11 09:00
A Blast from the Past...
A Terrible Beauty: A Lady Emily Mystery (Lady Emily Mysteries) - Tasha Alexander

This series featuring Lady Emily is another one of my favorite mystery series. If you follow the series too, then you know Lady Emily was married and widowed before she remarried Colin Hargreaves. Well in this installment, Lady Emily, Colin, Jeremy & Margaret go on a holiday to help Jeremy recover from his last relationship disaster. When they arrive at Lady Emily's home in Santorini, Greece, Colin & Lady Emily get a very shocking 'blast from the past' and their plans for a peaceful retreat are thwarted. I can't say much else without giving the entire story away so you'll just have to read it..


After reading this series I always want to hop on a plane. The Greek island setting makes the perfect backdrop for the story. They also visit different ruins, a volcano, an archaeological dig and other historical landmarks so it somewhat satiates my need to travel. I love Margaret and Jeremy too so I was glad they were along for the ride. They always add a nice dose of humor to the story line.


There was plenty of murder, mayhem & mystery to keep me entertained & I'm already looking forward to more adventures with Lady Emily. 


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!



Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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review 2016-07-18 11:03
Deir el Medina & The God's Wives...
The Golden One (Amelia Peabody, #14) - Elizabeth Peters

Let me just say that Elizabeth Peters aka Barbara Michaels/Mertz is one of my all time favorite authors! I absolutely love all of her books but this series is my most favorite because of its ancient Egypt and archaeology theme. Plus I fell in love with Amelia Peabody and her family from book one. It literally has some of everything that I enjoy- exotic locales, mystery, espionage, war, suspense, adventure and travel, archaeology, Egyptology etc.etc. It just resonates with me on so many levels. I'm going to be so sad when I reach the end of the series! I actually stopped reading it a year or so ago because I was getting close to the end and I wasn't ready for that at all, but for one of our Summer Book Bingo squares we had to read a book by an author that has passed away so I figured this was my cue to suck it up and just savor the few remaining books. I'm very glad I did. I've missed their family dynamics and their scheming... 


In this particular book they have just arrived at their home in Luxor, Egypt for an extended stay because the war is on and traveling back to England by ship is too dangerous because of the military submarines. They are working at the site of Deir el Medina; speculation about the possible location a royal tomb is running rampant and British Intelligence is seeking out Ramses for another mission. As always there is never a dull moment and the story is highly entertaining. If you haven't read any of Peters' books yet you should give them a try one day. Just a word of caution though, I would stay away from the audio of this particular series. I don't care for the narrator at all. In my opinion, she doesn't do the series or characters the justice they deserve.

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