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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 5 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Confronting the Classics

Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations - Mary Beard

This wasn't quite what I was expecting (though by this point I've forgotten what exactly I was expecting) - it is a collection of Mary Beard's book reviews for various magazines and journals, over a period of about 20 years.  (Mary Beard is a distinguished classicist; I have read her excellent Fires of Pompeii, which I recommend, and have SPQR waiting.) 


It therefore covers a wide range of subjects, from Arthur Evans' excavations at Knossos to Greco-Roman joke books, what 19th-century British tourists expected to see or need in Greece and at Pompeii, and Roman-style fortune telling (popular questions included "will I get sold?" and "have I been poisoned?" as well as the eternal "is my wife cheating on me?"). 


I liked some chapters better than others (as is inevitable with such a collection), but they were all interesting.  It made good bedtime reading, as no chapter was terribly long, and they were on a wide variety of subjects. 


Also, some of the books that were reviewed looked very interesting.  (The Dictionary of British Classicists probably excluded.)