Last few months I have been going through first The Maritan by Any Weir and now Dictator by Robert Harris. I actually read Weir's old web comic Casey and Andy back in the day, back when his most famous accomplishment was working as a supplemental coder on WarCraft II. Seeing that he had now had a book made into a movie by Ridley Scott was a bit of a shock I have to admit, particularly since half of his old news posts were him bitching about how hard it is to get published. As for the book, well, its good ideas make up for his deficiencies as a writer, but hopefully having a proper editor for his next book will improve his craftsmanship. Oh, and better than the movie, naturally.
Dictator is set in the dying days of the Roman Republic, chronicling the life of Marcus Tullius Cicero from the perspective of his slave born secretary Tiro. It is a re-imagining of a lost history actually written by Tiro and cited by historians like Plutarch as one of the definitive pieces for the late Republican period. Currently just before the conflict between Mark Anthony and Octavian following Caesar's assassination. The book is quite good, although looking into the actual history can show that its depiction of Cicero is very much through rose tinted glasses, but the actual document the book is trying to replicate was probably similarly biased. Overall I have quite enjoyed it. Even thinking of naming our new bull Pompey.