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Homer's Secret "Iliad": The Epic of the Night Skie&hellip by F & K Wood
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing theory, 27 Aug 2003
This book contains a valuable addition to the way ancient texts such as the Iliad are viewed.
It is noteworthy to remember that until some decades ago the Iliad was regarded as pure fantasy - a work of literature about ficitional events. It was only when the ruins of Troy were uncovered that the work was taken seriously in a historical context.
Now we see, in this book, that the work may also have had serious astronomical roots. Although ruins have been found that are believed to be those of Troy, the theory presented here raises the question again of the historical accuracy of the Iliad.
The writing plods through in certain places and it takes some
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The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, 9 April 2003
This is the text that purports to be one of the earliest of its genre - the gothic horror/suspense story.
Many of the tools that would later be classic implements of the trade are introduced and refined. The story is a great read and is told in a bizzare and eerie voice that deliberately plays with the mind of the reader. Given it was written almost 100 years ago, the author packed in as much as was known at the time about astronomy as well. And that is impressive.
A fine feat of the imagination.
The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central&hellip by Peter Hopkirk
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Meticulously researched and brilliantly rendered account of Imperial rivalry between Russia and Britain in the 19th century over control of Asia and the northern passages to India.
Nor does the author neglect to highlight the human cost paid by those who were subjects and victims of this struggle.
A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the conflicts today in central asia. I certainly hope the author will issue an updated edition in the near future now that sealed Russian archives have become (I assume) more accessible.