Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

#27, 28

I've been so pressed that I haven't had a chance to read much, and if and when I have, I haven't had time to post about it, so I'm taking a moment to write it down here.

In the last several days I've finished reading two books. First was The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis. For some reason the author decided to step away from Falco, her longstanding protagonist, an "informer" (what in modern times would be a PI) in Imperial Rome, and instead she's shifted her focus to Falco's adopted daughter, who is trying to make her way some years after the last novel in the same job. This is the first novel testing those waters, and although it has a slow start, Davis does a good job of it in the end. If you've read any of the Falco series (which started with The Silver Pigs and moved on from there), this is a fine successor. If not, this can and will stand alone, though a few background details would be clearer if you've read the other books.

More recently, I finished reading Osprey Men-at-Arms #431: Britain's Secret War: The Indonesian Confrontation 1962 – 66, a war that I'd never known about. When this one was going on, I was in elementary school, and though we heard a bit about WWII, Korea, and more obviously, Vietnam, I never heard a peep about this fight. There's a lot of information about the whole issue including the political situation, and descriptions about the various battles. If you have any interest in the late history of European colonialism, this might be a book to read.

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