C. Young

"Clive Young"
 
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,896 - Total Helpful Votes: 634 of 729
Pompeii by Robert Harris
Pompeii by Robert Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Turgid toga tale, 10 Aug 2014
Well-researched but woefully under-written, Harris turns a truly exciting snd unique historical event into a bit of a lacklustre plod. The aqueduct near Vesuvius is failing and Attilius, an engineer, is sent by Pliny (yes, that one) to invesigate. His predecessor has gone missing and mysterious portents suggest all is not well.... As you would expect from Harris there is some interesting historical background (the wonder of Roman water engineering, Pliny himself, Pompeii politics and manners, the description of the eruption), but the plotting is tugid and unrealistic, the characters underdevloped and the (supposedly important) love interest just underwhelming. The ending is pretty… Read more
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard
Beard opens by challenging the notion that Pompeii was simply a normal city simply 'frozen in time'. Pompeii itself had a long history and was recovering from an earthquake when the eruption in 79 occurred. Most of the city was evacuated during the catastrophe, its contents largely removed by the fleeing inhabitants. Some came back later to retrieve their remaining possessions and a fair bit was robbed subsequent looters. Moreover the early excavations were crude and what was uncovered has since deteriorated. Constructing the history of the town seems therefore like a jigsaw with most of the pieces missing; there is much speculation and controversy over even some of the most basic… Read more
La ira de los justos / The Rage of the Righteous (&hellip by Manel Loureiro
If you liked first two in the series, you'll probably like this one, too (athough not yet translated into English?). It is a similarly highly readable page turner, though the breathless action is now perhaps becoming just a little silly and repetetive. In a way the zombies fade into the background a bit as the heroes end up in a fascistic mini-state and get mixed up in a slave rebellion. The heavy Nazi metaphors are a bit simplistic and waste the post-Apocalypse setting. Similarly an interesting idea about the intervention of the last surviving pre-Apocalypse state is nicely set up but burns out improbably. I had the impression the author was now little bored with the story by the end and… Read more

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