Author Rating: A

King Jesus (re-read 9/27/09) Recommended

This is a historically based, although fictional, life of Jesus. I first read it back in 1981 when it was first published (or republished?) in paperback, and thought I’d give it another read. It is not as “readable” as I remembered but still quite fascinating.

I, Claudius (1/6/11) Recommended

Written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius, this historical novel covers the period from Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC to Caligula’s assassination in AD 41. Roman history can be difficult to follow because of all the variations in spellings of proper names. While this is an interesting and entertaining read, I enjoyed the 1976 BBC adaptation more.