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For the Joy of Reading: Altar of Blood

The River Rhine, AD184 – Rome’s bloody frontier with the German tribes, and the story begins in a truly bloodthirsty manner.   Amalric is to be inaugurated as the King of the Bructeri, a tribe whose enmity to Rome is without parallel.   408 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: The Waves Burn Bright

Iain Maloney has done it again.   He has written a book that simply must be read.   It is hard to think of a more difficult subject to write about than the Piper Alpha disaster, except of course the Lockerbie disaster of the same year, and James Robertson has already written about that.   405 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: The Wolf Trial

1563 was probably not a good year to be alive in Germany.   Martin Luther’s hammering of his 85 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg had led to nearly a half-century of warfare between the Emperor Charles V and the Lutheran princes.   578 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: The Ecliptic

Benjamin Wood is one of those authors that you must read, if you wish to keep abreast of C21st century literature.   His first novel, The Bellwether Revivals, certainly attracted a great deal of attention, being nominated for the Costa First Book Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize.   587 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Sexy Haiku

As a rule, I do not like Haiku.   There is nothing wrong with the form.   It is more the way that it has been latched onto by people who want to demonstrate how clever they are.   320 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Three Craws

This story is about how chance rules our lives.   Stevie inherits a cottage in Fife from his uncle and aunt, when they die in quick succession.   483 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Moristoun

“Suicide is painless – it brings on many changes” as the immortal lines from the theme song to “M*A*S*H” put it.   This is not true, and the sheer stupidity of this line is the theme of this story, but from a very unusual and quite disturbing perspective. 553 more words

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