September 2013 in Review

This is an index and summary of the things I’ve talked about over the last month. Links for multi-post subjects go to the first post (even if it’s before this month), you can follow the internal navigation links from there.



“The Woken Gods” Gwenda Bond. YA urban fantasy set in a modern world where the gods have woken up, too much boyfriend not enough mythology. Library book.

“Black Feathers” Joseph D’Lacey. Horror/fantasy/alt-history story following a teenager’s quest to find the Crowman in a dystopic Britain. Library book.

“Limits of Power” Elizabeth Moon. Fantasy, fourth book in the Paladin’s Legacy series set in the same world as the Deed of Paksenarrion triology. New.

“Greywalker” Kat Richardson. Urban fantasy about a private investigator who sees ghosts after recovering from being dead. Library book.

“Delusion in Death” J. D. Robb. Futuristic crime/detective/thriller. Part of the Eve Dallas series. Library book.

Total: 5


“Plantagenet England 1225-1360” Michael Prestwich. Part of the New Oxford History of England.

Total: 1


Fish at the Junction, Cambridge 16/9/2013.

Roger Waters playing The Wall live at Wembley, 14/9/13.

Total: 2


Life & Death in Pompeii & Herculaneum – British Museum exhibition about the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Total: 1


Colchester Zoo – a set from the zoo.

Ivory Bracelets.


Toothy Grin.

Wine Cups.

Total: 5


Pascal. In Our Time episode about the life & work of Blaise Pascal.

Turkey: The New Ottomans. A three part series putting modern Turkey in a historical context, and looking at its relationships with the Arab World & the West.

Total: 2


“Meteorites in Ancient Egypt” Diane Johnson. Talk given by Diane Johnson at the EEG meeting in September about her work on meteoric iron in Ancient Egyptian objects.

Total: 1



A303: Highway to the Sun. Tom Fort drives along the A303 & talks about the history of the area.

The Burrowers: Animals Underground. Nature series about the lives of British burrowing animals – rabbits, badgers & water voles – filming them in artificial burrows.

Egypt’s Lost Rival. Documentary about the city of Qatna which is in modern day Syra and was contemporaneous with the Second Intermediate Period of Egypt, the programme was both about the history & about the excavation of it.

The Egyptian Job. Documentary about the robbing of Amenemhat III’s tomb, I wasn’t keen on the framing narrative for the programme (overly fictionalised for my tastes).

Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve. Simon Reeve travels around the coast of the Indian Ocean.

King Alfred & the Anglo-Saxons. Series presented by Michael Wood about King Alfred & his successors.

Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome. Three part series about the lives of powerful women of the Roman Empire, presented by Catharine Edwards.

Quest for Egypt’s Lost King. Documentary about Akhenaten & Amarna. Sadly took a nose-dive off the plausibility cliff towards the end.

The Story of the Jews. Series presented by Simon Schama about the history of the Jews.

Tiger: Spy in the Jungle. Nature series about tigers growing up, filmed by cameras carried by elephants.

Ultimate Tut. Documentary about Tutankhamun, including another theory as to how he died. Presented by Chris Naunton.

The Wonder of Dogs. Kate Humble, Steve Leonard & Ruth Goodman talk about the history & biology of dogs.

Total: 12