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review 2016-08-13 00:00
The Last Legion
The Last Legion - Valerio Massimo Manfredi The end of the Roman Empire comes as the barbarians start expanding their influence.
The last Emperor is imprisoned, along with his tutor who originally came from Brittania.
Some survivors from the last Legion try to rescue him, gaining new allies on the way.

Their destiny is the birth of a whole new set of legends...

This was an enjoyable book, moved along at a good pace with a small cast of interesting characters.
There is the occasional deus ex machina moment to get them out of some seemingly impossible situation, but not everything works according to their plan.

An interesting take on the end of one Empire and the start of a new one.
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video 2015-08-31 22:10

er coso de li cosi


Source: youtu.be/S4eb8l99xp4
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url 2015-08-31 21:18
RIGURGITI ROMANESCHI (e 'sti cazzi non ce lo metti?)



'Na donna è bella quanno ride ma pure quanno piagne, è bella quando s'arrabbia, quanno c'ha le cose sue, quanno nun te rivorge la parola o te bacia, in compagnia o da sola, quanno se dà e pure quando se ritrae. E quant'è bella appena arzata, e specie quanno è senza trucco je poi leggere sur viso il bene che te vole. E' bella 'na donna quanno te guarda. Te dà emozioni, attenzioni. Quarche vorta preoccupazioni. Ma è bella pure quanno te rompe li cojoni.

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review 2014-09-26 21:45
Nice character study, but nothing more...
Star Trek: Reflections: Spock - David Tipton,Federica Manfredi,David Messina

The problem with this is I expect a little something more from IDW.  I expect this to go somewhere, to show something.   Other than showing bits of Spock's past - including shedding some light on the tumultuous relationship between Spock and Sarek - this doesn't do much. 


The bookends of Spock teaching on Romulus tries to tie it together and make it more meaningful, and it's a valiant effort.   But it feels like little scenes thrown together with no common theme.   It doesn't help that part of this deals with Kirk's death after he'd lived in the Nexus so long, but not all of the scenes deal with anything remotely to do with Kirk.   Not in theme, a lot of them don't have Kirk in them, and I'm left a bit adrift.   


It gets more complicated.   Kirk's death does bookend this whole arc, and then Spock tells Picard to remember these days, for once they're gone...   Ah, there's the theme!   Until Spock returns to Romulus, leaving us afloat, not with that nice, simple ending that would have made this feel so much more meaningful. 


It's an odd way to end an odd volume, and all I can say is if you want to learn more about Spock, want to see some questions answered, read this, but otherwise stay away. 


PS - T'Pring is still a bitch. 

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text 2014-09-26 18:35
Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 106 pages.
Star Trek: Reflections: Spock - David Tipton,Federica Manfredi,David Messina

Sarek: "If force is the only way Spock is to be reasoned with, I have no choice."



I agree with Amanda - Vulcan scoldings are weird. 

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