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Debra Hamel is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


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THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
VICTORY AT SEA AND ITS TRAGIC AFTERMATH IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
A TRUE CRIME STORY
FROM ANCIENT ATHENS
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READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
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THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY
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TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE
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SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
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ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
FIVE HUNDRED 1ST LINES IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
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PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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Book Notices | The Walk by Lee Goldberg / Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan / Mr. Monk Gets on Board by Hy Conrad

Lee Goldberg, The Walk

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Lee Goldberg's The Walk tells the story of network exec Marty Slack's multi-day walk home from downtown L.A. after a massive earthquake levels a huge swath of California. He has adventures along the way--near-death experiences and acts of heroism, much of it in the company of a likable if two-dimensional bounty hunter named Buck. The plot line seems the sort of thing many television series are made of. A wandering man passes through the lives of the various characters he meets on his journey--think Bill Bixby's David Banner or, mutatis mutandis, Michael Landon's character on Highway to Heaven, or Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap. Except that Marty's walk can't last more than a few days, so, no series. At any rate, I really enjoyed this. The only thing that would have made it better is a map detailing Marty's travels, since I found the geography hard to visualize.

Joseph T. Hallinan, Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average

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It's been about a week since I finished this book. Usually I jot down my thoughts immediately after finishing a book, but this time I kept forgetting to do so. Maybe that's fitting in this case, because I found the book itself to be pretty forgettable. It was enjoyable in the reading, I know, but a week on now I would have to go back and read a summary of it to describe any of the contents. Probably this is just me, in my reading slump still, reading a book that didn't quite fit my needs at the moment, rather than any failing on the part of the author

Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk Gets on Board

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The Monk books tend to offer readers some combination of three elements: pathos, usually related to revelations about the depth of Monk and Natalie's relationship; humor, usually proceeding from the dialogue between Monk and Natalie; and storyline. In this latest installment I'd say that humor and pathos are all but lacking, while the storyline is quite good. The book is certainly a good read, but I do hope that the author makes with the funny next time. (I note that I found Hy Conrad's first installment in the series lacking in humor and pathos as well, so this is a disturbing trend.)

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