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Watership Down by Richard Adams: the rabbit Aeneid

Watership Down by Richard Adams My rating: 5 of 5 stars Two square miles of English countryside become a zone of adventure, combat, and statecraft for a band of refugee rabbits. My path to this book was via The Seven … Continue reading

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Calliope? Is that you?

Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles, murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls, great fighters’ souls, but made their bodies carrion, feasts for the dogs and … Continue reading

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Arundel by Kenneth Roberts: human passion in a merciless landscape

Arundel by Kenneth Roberts My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is how novels are supposed to be. I came across this book by way of the Goodreads recommendation engine, which presented it to me when I was searching for … Continue reading

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett: the pulse of life amid global conflagration

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Some angles on World War I, told in a simple and human way. This is the first Follett book I’ve read since I read The Key to Rebecca … Continue reading

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The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell: the bloody birth of England

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Like its fledgling-warrior hero, this book is easygoing—until battle is joined, and then it packs a punch. My introduction to the writing of Bernard Cornwell was via the … Continue reading

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: who needs reality?

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars A massive fantasy series kicks off with a story that is light on magic, heavy on politics. Having finished the “poetic works” in the Britannica Great … Continue reading

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The Epic Cosmos edited by Larry Allums

The Epic Cosmos by James Larry Allums My rating: 5 of 5 stars Looking at epics ancient and modern, each of the 12 essays in this collection offers deeply considered insights into the significance of epic as a literary form. … Continue reading

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