Catilina's Riddle (Second Copy)
8 journalers for this copy...
Third in Saylor's Roma sub Rosa series, it takes Gordianus the finder into the Etruscan countryside. While there Cicero asks him to keep an eye on the radical populist senator, Catilina, and is drawn into a web of deceit, intrigue and murder.
This is the thickest (in size - 700 pages) of the series!
But I'm persevering, and the train journey to the London meetup today should help move things along :-)
I'll be passing it on once I have an address. Thanks for sharing!
Will ahve this finished by the end of the week, so will be journeying on to YowlYY very soon. Thanks for letting me read it!
I will be starting this tomorrow, and it will be my excuse for not doing any housework during the hot hours ;)
I have been in contact with Mastulela to have this book travel a bit more, and she agreed that since rainbow3 has been so far so enthusiastic about Gordianus' adventures, it is only fair to have it moving to Edinburgh fairly soon.
Thanks again for a great read!
Update 16.10.06: the book is leaving today to Edinburgh...happy reading!
UPDATE: 30 Nov 06, St Andrews Night ;-) I wrote that journal entry but have been unable to add it to the site till now, SO HUGE APOLOGOES FOR THIS LATE, LATE, LATE ENTRY.
Now the next embarrassment ~ is that I have actually read it but forgotten to update my flash drive with my review, so cannot add it now. It will be added though, I promise. I can easily tell you all that I really enjoyed this and yes a whole doze of historical stuff that i sped through I'll admit. However the weight of that element gave me great confidence in recommending this series to a now-retired classicist. He sounded very interested and in time I expect I shall hear more. Needless to say he's off to hunt in his local library as he wants to start at the beginning of the series.
PS ~ Any thoughts anyone on whom to send this to next???
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utterly thrilled to have been contacted by kizmiaz who is bouncing and keen to have this. Yahoo!!!
I am planning posting this off in the coming week, whenever i receive kizmiaz's address. Very happy reading to you kizmiaz.
UPDATE: Wed 14th March book posted yesterday, by surface post.
Thanks again for sharing the book.
I’ve read Roman Blood and Arms of Nemesis and enjoyed the second more than the first mainly because I’m not much of a “whodunnit” books fan but especially because Gordianus becomes more of a character in the second book. But this one takes the cake, this is way more than a whodunit, this is an historical novel with a bit of mystery but dealing mainly with the political world at the end of the Roman republic and the mischief of professional politicians, this rang a few loud bells (just check Cicero’s arguments against Catilina and his use of rumours and then think George W. Bush and the rumours about chemical weapons in Iraq in 2002).
Catilina is a riddle all by himself mainly because of the scarce information we have on him (only his enemies wrote about him so it’s like getting the story on Saddam as written only by Bush Jr.) and the author makes good choices in trying to show the readers the other side of the story and its possible ramifications.
With this book it gets very easy to see how the Roman republic couldn’t fail to collapse in a few years.
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Hope you enjoy it for yorkshire-lass.
Thanks so much for sending it to me kizmiaz,and I'm looking forward to the next one!
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This is now on its way to conto in Portugal, who is another Gordianus fan. Hope you enjoy it!
I loved every minute I spent reading it and I was in awe with the almost pictorical details on the political and electoral systems in the Roman Republic.
I also think that Saylor did a wonderful job with the fictioned descriptions of the Catilinian affair (curiously, today "catilinaria" in italian means something like 'bitter invective') opening some doors but not choosing sides in a mystery that will forever be.
Now I'm a bit afraid of getting on with the rest of the series for I guess I'll be looking for something more of this in the other books, which I won't probably find.
Thank you once more yorkshire-lass, for the opportunity to read this book. I will now try to convince my brother to read this one, because I think he'd like it.