Friday, July 22, 2005

"Poison In Athens" by Margaret Doody

It is the autumn of 330BC, and three law cases are exciting Athens: the malicious wounding of a wealthy citizen; a bizarre murder by hemlock; and an accusation of impiety agsinst the courtesan Phryne, the most beautiful woman in Athens.

The court proceedings and surounding speculation stir up strong feelings: disgust for depraved sensuality and deep political passions amongst the city's populace. A crucial lack of judgement eventually brings affairs to a boiling point.

Aristotle, recollecting the death of Socrates and strongly aware of the city's tensions and of the fragile nature of political constitutions, intervenes, lest the forthcoming trials breaks Athens into fragments ...

Thursday, July 21, 2005

"The Barbarian" by Judith E. French

Surrounded by the exotic luxuries of ancient Alexandria, courted by the world's most powerful men, Roxanne was a woman of privilege - and one with no memory of her past. Flashes of recollection bewildered her: images of a man as golden as any god, of a tiny baby torn too soon from her loving arms.

Then one starless night a stranger entered her silken chamber, startling her with his dark savagery, seducing her with his sensual mastery. Did he hold the key to the mysteries that plagued her? His tale of empires won and lost, of passion and betrayal, seemed too fantastic to be true, but her heart told her one thing was certain as the rising sun: She had once given all her love to this daring warrior, had pledged her hand and her honor to ...

Saturday, July 16, 2005

"Saints and Sinners" by Tom Holt

Paint your dragon
The cosmic battle between Good and Evil ...But suppose Evil threw the fight? And suppose Good cheated? When sculptress Bianca wilson's recreation of Saint George and his scaly chum gets a bit too life-like, it opens up a real can of wyrms and puts a whole new slant on the cosmic battle between Good and Evil. The dragom knows that evil got a raw deal and is looking to set the records straight. And George (who cheated) thinks the record's just fine as it is.

Open Sesame
Moments from a hideous death, Akram the Terrible, the most feared thief in Bagdad, knew that his life was supposed to flash before his eyes. But it didn't. Because all this had happened before. Many times. And he was damned if he was going to let it happen again, just because he was a fictional character. Meanwhile, back in Southampton, Michelle gets a shock when she puts on her aunt's ring and the computer and the telephone start to bitch at her. But that's nothing compared to what the kitchen appliaces have to say ...

Friday, July 01, 2005

My Book Wish List

Here is a list with he books I would like to have.

"The Black Jewel Trilogy" by Anne Bishop

Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow wich saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions.

Now the Dark Realm readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, the Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But the Queen is still young, still open to influences - and corruption.

Whoever controls the Queen controls the Darkness. Three men - sworn enemies - know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love - and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining...
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