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Monthly BookPost, April 2013

Still giving a focus to the Medieval era while making time for other things, it got interesting as I reached the Islamic Golden Age, which coincided with Europe's Dark Ages, and had to read the Koran. In fact, due to a quirk in my scheduling, I read scripture from Moses, Jesus and Mohammed all in one month, and was struck with the similarities, differences and dark glass in all three. My less than reverent commentary on the scripture, and on some related works by and about Arabs, appears below.

Also, to avoid being spoiled by the ubiquitous internet commentary as the TV series unfolds, I read season three of Game of Thrones. Oops, I mean Storm of Swords, and wrote on of my longer reviews about it, hopefully without much in the way of spoilers. Plus (of particular interest to political enthusiasts) the first half of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the last of the Swallows and Amazons series, and much more.

It Can’t Happen Here: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (first half), by Edward Gibbon Collapse )

Old Testament: Numbers, DeuteronomyCollapse )

New Testament: Matthew’s GospelCollapse )

Wazir Tabouleh Falafel? The Koran Collapse )

The Cliff Notes Edition: The Meaning of the Glorious Koran. An Explanatory Translation by Marmaduke Pickthall Collapse )

A River in Egypt: The Cairo Trilogy, by Naguib Mahfouz Collapse )

The Medieval Murders: The Holy Thief, by Ellis Peters. The Templar & The Templar Magician, by P.C. Doherty Collapse )

I Am the Eggman: Great Northern?, by Arthur Ransome Collapse )

”They hate us for our freedom”: Islam in History, by Bernard Lewis Collapse )

Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing: Hyperion, by Friedrich Holderlin Collapse )

Museum Murders: The Murder Room, by P.D. James Collapse )

Calvin and Hyde: Confessions of a Justified Sinner, by James Hogg Collapse )

It’s Springtime for Joffrey in Westeros: A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones, vol. III), by George Arr-Arr Martin Collapse )

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