Currently Reading (Jan. 25, 2014)

Pillars of HerculesThe Pillars of Hercules by David Constantine

Beyond the Pillars of Hercules, past the gateway to the outer ocean, lies the rumored remnants of Atlantis: ancient artifacts of such tremendous power that they may be all that stands between Alexander and conquest of the entire world. Alexander desires that power for himself, but an unlikely band of fugitives—including a Gaulish barbarian, a cynical Greek archer, a cunning Persian princess, and a sorcerer’s daughter—must find it first… before Alexander unleashes godlike forces that will shatter civilization.

I got this on a whim a few years back! I’m about half a chapter into it so I can’t say much, but it’s written in a modern style, so it’s easy to read. There are epigraphs in the front from old Greek dudes and I can’t tell if they’re fake (to go with the alt. history angle) or not. SO regretting not taking those Classics classes in college now.

lord peter views the bodyLord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers

In this delightful collection of Wimsey exploits, Dorothy L. Sayers reveals a gruesome, grotesque but absolutely bewitching side rarely shown in Lord Peter’s full-length adventures.
Lord Peter views the body in 12 tantalizing and bizarre ways in this outsanding collection. He deals with such marvels as the man with copper fingers, Uncle Meleager’s missing will, the cat in the bag, the foosteps that ran, the stolen stomach, the man without a face…and with such clues as cyanide, jewels, a roast chicken and a classic crossword puzzle.

I could’ve sworn I’d read this before, but I guess I haven’t! I’m just starting the first story now and it has already made me laugh twice (although I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to be humorous, per se). I just love Dorothy L. Sayers’ wittier stuff, I guess! (She’s got some stone-cold snarking going on in her books sometimes, too.)

historical heartthrobs Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy and Hallie Fryd

This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them? Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. Each entry describes the period in which the heartthrob lived and includes essential stats, hilarious sidebars, and, of course, a “crushability” ranking: a measurement of how crush-worthy these people really are, based on their relative levels of heroism (or villainy).

My day for the blog tour is coming up soon! This isn’t really a book you can read straight through, though. It’s more fun to skip around and read about a few crushes at a time.

What are you reading this weekend?

2 thoughts on “Currently Reading (Jan. 25, 2014)”

  1. Aw, Dorothy Sayers! I have a big book of all her Wimsey short stories, and I haven’t read any of them so far (I’m not such a short stories fan). I think I should make them a staple of my afternoons — get home from work, eat a snack and read a Peter Wimsey story. That would be nice.

    I’m reading about couples who did science together! In history! It…is pretty sad. Because the ladies did a lot of amazing work, but they really needed their husbands’ imprimatur to ever be taken seriously, and a lot of the time their work went unacknowledged/underacknowledged.

    1. I’m not much of a short stories fan, either, but the Lord Peter ones aren’t too bad! I really don’t like the Montague Egg stories (in a different book), though. He’s super boring compared to Peter/Harriet/etc.

      I just read something related to that! The two body problem, I think? How depressing.

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