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Hannibal: Enemy of Rome (Hannibal 1) by Ben Kane
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I was interested to read this book because Hannibal's wars with Rome in popular fiction have been neglected. However, my enjoyment of what should have been an exciting read was marred by the author's prolific use of surplus adjectives, especially in dialogue. A decent editor would have pruned the text by cutting redundant and often irritating surplus adjectives describing what and how something is being said. The author could learn from Bernard Cornwell or Con Iggulden about how this should be done.
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
Rosalind Franklin became more widely known after Jim Watson published his famous account of the discovery of DNA - "The Double Helix". Watson's account of his relationship with, and the contribution of, Rosalind Franklin distorted the character of a complex woman and under-rated the contribution she made to Crick & Watson's elucidation of the helical structure of DNA. Since her death, feminists have promoted her career in much the same way as they did for Sylvia Plath, but the case for correcting an inaccurate portrayal of Rosalind Frankin's life and scientific contribution was always more solid.

Brenda Maddox has written an admirable and readable biography which both corrects… Read more