The black opera by Mary Gentle

The Black Opera

Conrad Scalese’s latest opera was a great success. Unfortunately the theatre in which it was performed has just been stuck by lightening. And since the composer and many of the performers have fled Naples the church decides to blame him. As the librettist his words caused God’s wrath to strike down the building. But, as […]

Ilario: the lion’s eye

Image of IlarioISBN: 9780575080416 ; Delicious links

We are so often a disappointment to the parents who abandon us.

This is a return to the world of Mary Gentle’s alternate world of mercenary captain Ash[1] although this book is set in a different part of the world and 50 years earlier, there is no need to have read one to read the other. I’m a big fan of Ash, and this is very similar in feel, although it doesn’t have the alternate narrators or indeed the flashing between the past and the present. But the idea of a central character who doesn’t fit in their society, who is trying to be themselves even if they don’t really know who they are.

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Linknotes:

  1. which I may now reread…

1610: A Sundial In A Grave

ISBN: 0575072504 According to the mathematic calculations of the Hermetic astrologer Robert Fludd, 1610 is the pivotal year in deciding the world’s future. It is the year that the King of England must die. And as his assassin he picks Valentin Rochefort, spy and duellist of no-little fame in France. He is also responsible for […]