This is the final book in the Romanitas trilogy – the first two of which I read last year and wrote about here – though it’s worth noting that the first two books have been reissued by a new publisher in advance of Savage City, and there has apparently been some re-editing of them for the new releases. However, as far as I’m aware there have been no changes in the story along the way.
Anyway, the full review is after the ‘read more’ link, and I would warn you not to click it if you haven’t read the book and are planning to, as it’s almost impossible to review without dropping some major spoilers (this review by Pornokitsch attempts it, however). In capsule, though, if you’ve read the first two books in the series then you should get round to reading this as soon as possible, and if you haven’t then take a look at my review from last year.
And that’s the last of your warnings. Look away now if you don’t want to know the result.
Continue reading Savage City by Sophia McDougall (2011 book #24)
Yes, we still have links, even if we don’t have much other content:
The Battle for the No Campaign and a Prime Minister in Peril – Interesting WSJ piece on the AV referendum. I’d question some of the assumptions in it, but worth reading nonetheless.
Tuition Fees: Did The Coalition Get Its Sums Wrong? – Just in case you thought the whole tuition fees issue wasn’t a big enough debacle, here’s another complication.
The Beasts in the Arena – A free short story in the Romanitas universe from Sophia McDougall. Works as a good introduction to the series if you’ve not read them.
NUS President will not stand again – What I find most interesting about Free Radical’s thoughts on the NUS is that I heard most of them twenty years ago when I was involved in student politics. I’m not sure that NUS has ever been properly representative, or has ever had a strong idea of what it’s for. (via)
David Cameron: Gun Slut – Justin McKeating on what David Cameron’s doing after talking up democracy in Cairo: selling weapons to dictatorships.
These aren’t New Year resolutions – look at the date, this post is on December 30th – but I’ve decided that I need to post more here and also to get back in the habit of reading more books, as I’ve got out of the habit of reading regularly and need to rectify that.
So, in one of those coming together of ideas, I’ve decided to borrow a habit from several other bloggers and write a post about each book after I’ve finished it. Not only does this help keep me posting regularly, it’s a good way to keep track of how much I’m reading.
Anyway, as a special introductory offer to this new series of posts – which, like other great blogging ideas I’ve had in the past could well splutter into nothing after an initial burst of enthusiasm – here’s a two-for-one offer for a novel and its sequel: Romanitas and Rome Burning by Sophia McDougall.
Continue reading Romanitas and Rome Burning