Review: Iron & Rust – Harry Sidebottom

3 of 5 stars Series: The Throne of the Caesars 1 My version: Hardback Historical Fiction Rome, the Romans Harper Collins 2014 Bought, signed first edition In a single year, six Emperors will lay claim to the Throne of the Caesars. Spring AD235. Dawn on the Rhine. A surprise attack and the brutal murder of the Emperor Alexander and …

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Review: Crowbone

Crowbone by Robert Low My rating: 2 of 5 stars ‘Crapbone.’ A complete load of cliched old cobblers. What a disappointment. What a big fat, arrogant, bloated disappointment this was. I couldn’t quite put my finger is on why has it taken me so long to start reading this one but as soon as I got about …

Review: The Sword and the Throne

The Sword and the Throne by Henry Venmore-Rowland My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you haven’t read Henry Venmore-Rowland’s  previous novel The Last Caesar you really should have. However, it’s not vital, you’ll soon get totally caught up in this wonderful book all on its own. Chances are, if you know anything of ‘The Year of The …

Review: Avenger of Rome

No place like Rome.

Meet the new god, not the same as the old god

I thought, after this post the other day, I'd also have a look at some books where their cover changed dramatically, between hardback and paperback versions. And make some completely uninformed speculation as to why that may be. First up is Giles Kristian's God of Vengeance. On the left, is the hardback version, the right …

Whoops!

Now that's embarrassing. Fortunately for Ben Kane and Harry Sidebottom, one is a paperback, the other hardback and so, hardly likely to be seen on the same shop book shelf at the same time. But still... Harry Sidebottom's paperback is out from Harper Collins as of now, but Ben's hardback is first released by Preface Publishing …

If it’s 2015, it must be time for – Book of the Year 2014!

I thought I'd actually wait until the year was over (2014, just in case you...) before putting my heads together and seeing what I'd read that was worthy of The Speesh Golden Bookmark* for best book/read I read in 2014. As usual, I don't seem to have read any of other places' 'Books of the Year.' Partly …

Review: The Amber Road

The Amber Road by Harry Sidebottom My rating: 2 of 5 stars I was hoping for a bit more action this time out. I kind of got it. This time though, we’re fighting a desperate rear-guard action while the pagan hordes are rampaging through Harry Sidebottom’s Roman history books for the year 264. Northern section. …

Review: The Wolves of the North

The Wolves of the North by Harry Sidebottom My rating: 3 of 5 stars A strange one. Not entirely an unpleasant experience, but nothing more than that. Though, as I remember the first three in the Warrior of Rome series as being pretty good, it is a bit of a let down. The cover claims …