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Posted September 7, 2013
Interesting alternative history "fix-up" novel about a Roman empire without the influence of Christianity. The premises of most of stories are solid, but the stories are marred by frequent "word spinning". Worth reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2003
It makes more sense as a collection than a novel
I found this book disappointing, but reading the other reviews on this site makes me realize that this is a collection rather than one continuous story. While reading it, I thought it jumped around too much for me to hold onto names and dates. While I enjoyed the idea of the alternative history with Rome as the supreme superpower in the world, I questioned some of the ideas that the author brought up, or rather other ideas that weren't brought up. I guess you can play that off as part of alternative fiction, but it just didn't fit for me. The book is a good read for those that like the 'what if' question, but as a whole, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The dust jacket referred to the Hebrews and their place in this Roman Empire, but for the first and last stories, they were almost non-existent in the stories, and the book as a whole could have done without them. An interesting read, to say the least.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.