Setting Archive : Italy

(I try to break stuff down by place and time. Doesnt always work but there you go)

The man in the picture
The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill

Part of my RIP VIII reading. Oliver is visiting his old Oxford tutor when Theo begins to tell him a […]

Rappacini’s daughter [essay]
courserascifi

This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not […]

Rappaccini’s Daughter
Mosses from an Old Manse

Giovanni moves to a new city, and finds that his apartment overlooks an enclosed garden where beautiful flowers grow. And […]

The Black Opera
The black opera by Mary Gentle

Conrad Scalese’s latest opera was a great success. Unfortunately the theatre in which it was performed has just been stuck […]

Ghosts of Vesuvius
ghosts of vesuvius

It is hard to blurb this book. On the one hand it is about Vesuvius and volcanic explosions and disasters both natural and man-made. But it is also a book about the origins of the earth, of the universe, and about how precarious our existence is. How so much of what we are today is dependent on natural events a thousand years ago, or a millennia ago, or so long ago that it is almost pointless to count the time because it is so difficult to grasp those sort of numbers.

Spartacus : Gods of the arena

First things first, this is an awesome show. Awesome! Anyone who says different is just plain wrong!

When I first started watching Spartacus : Blood and Sand I have to say that I wasn’t overly impressed. Obviously influenced by the style and look of 300 it seemed to be a show that existed only to show glossy violence and sex. And boy did it ever show that. But after the first few episodes it developed into a very enjoyable, almost addictive, show. But then its star was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and so film making was delayed as he underwent treatment. And so instead of a second season we got a prequel. Spartacus : gods of the arena. Don’t be fooled by that name in the title, this has no Spartacus as all, instead it tells the story of how John Hannah’s Lentulus Batiatus comes to run the family ludus, and how Crixus becomes a gladiator.

Blameless

by Gail Carriger
If you haven’t yet read Soulless and Changeless then I am afraid that this review will contain spoilers for those two books. Always the way with reviewing books in a series.
I’ve just realised that I’ve never really mentioned the covers in my review of these books, but just take a second to take a proper look at them. Aren’t they wonderful! I’m not sure if that is exactly how I picture Alexia, she always seems, how would she put it, more substantial than the model on the cover, but the are so very appropriate. And just look at that othnithopter over Paris. Oops, spoilers, because yes, Alexia heads to France and then on to Italy. How exciting.

A Thread of Grace

ISBN: 9780552772884 A simple answer to a simple question. That’s all Werner Schramm required. This book I loved. Loved. But […]

Rome 2.10 De Parte Vostro

The final episode. I’m going to miss Lamb and Chicken, and even scheming Caesar/Octavian, not to mention bitch-Atia and all […]

Rome 2.6 Philippi

We start off this episode with Brutus and Cassius riding along with their army. Brutus is in good form, he […]

Rome 2.5 Heroes of the Republic

After the excitement of the last episode it seems that Timon has refound religion[1] as this episode begins with him […]

Rome 2.4 Testudo et Lepus

When last we left Rome we all thought that evil slimy servant dude was going to succeed with Servilia’s plan […]