_ This holiday period I seem to be doing well in catching up with my reading. This book was finished a few days ago, but I did not get round to doing my review of it till now. The book continues the saga of our friends Macro and Cato and their life in the Roman Army. This time they are having “fun” in the desert kingdom of Palmyra. Trying to stop a rebellion in the Roman provinces, that will lead all the way back to Rome.
It was amusing reading the wonderful descriptions of their actions in the hot sandy desert, especially when it was so wet and cold outside. Fiction making a perfect contrast to reality. Simon seems to manage to stack the odds against our heroes in ever increasing amounts with each book, but still they manage to save the day by the end of the book. As one of the quotes on the cover said “a rip-roaring read”
So this is week 21 written book 16 audio book 7 total 23
_ King Solomon’s Mines, first published in 1885, was a best-selling novel by the Victorian adventure writer H. Rider Haggard. It relates a journey into the heart of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain in search of the legendary wealth said to be concealed in the mines of the novel’s title. It is significant as the first fictional adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered the genesis of the Lost World literary genre. I listened to this as an audio book and made the hours of crawling stop start on the motorway after Christmas bearable. Audio books are to be recommended for long journeys, as they make the time pass by quickly. I will certainly listen to some more of his books over the coming months.
It has been suggested to me that I should separate audio books from written books when keeping record of my progress so this is week 20 audio book 7 written book 15 total 22
_ This is a book that is very hard to review without giving the plot away, but I can say it is about artificial intelligence, hedge funds, the odd murder, artists, CERN, Geneva and Fear.
Robert Harris is able to paint a fantastic picture in words, just bringing the whole mystery to life and making it oh so hard to book the book down. Even more so that sometime relatively soon I will read the book again this time looking for the clues that I may have missed.
A very good read and the quote on the sleeve cover from the Sunday Times 'Truly thrilling' sort of sums it up perfectly. A very enjoyable book as book 21 week 20
_ Sweet mince pies are one of my favourites over Christmas, and as I cannot eat them due to their high fat contact we have been looking for an alternative. This is a recipe that we have been experimenting with over the Christmas period. Every time we have made it we have slightly changed the mix but I will still share it regardless, as a work in progress and it seems a long time to next Christmas
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