24Anthony and Cleopatra
by Colleen McCullough
This woman is one of my two favorite authors. (The other is Judith Tarr, fyi.) They both write history that makes me feel like I'm not only there, but that I'm learning something as I'm being entertained.
Unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me like the rest of the Masters of Rome series has. McCullough has been accused of being in love with the idea of Caesar. I don't quite believe it, because I think her treatment of Sulla and Marius were just as painstaking and well crafted. But, I think if she was in love with Caesar, she was in a state of blah with Octavian and Anthony. And honestly, that's what it should be called. Cleopatra is just sort of a side story in the whole thing.
Doesn't matter though. No matter what she or Tarr publish at this point, I'll buy it.25Ireland (Horrible Histories Special)
by Terry Deary and Martin Brown
We picked this up when we were in Kilkenny. ybunny
read it while we were traveling around Ireland. Then, it languished on our bedroom shelves for two years.
I needed something light to wrap my brain around while sick, so I had a go.
It's...cute, in its way. Not a great history, but trivia filled.
I would like to read their version of US history at some point. Could be amusing.Hey look, I'm one-fourth of the way through with this. Woo.