13129857And so far so good!

Course it helps that anytime I turn my attention from reading my family hog ties me to my book and glue my eyes open.  😀

So the second book to fall this month is the second in the Spartacus series, Spartacus: Morituri by Mark Morris.

Now you walk into any bookstore and you can most likely find half a dozen books, fiction and non-fiction alike, that focus on the historical figure of Spartacus.  But this particular series is actually based on the Starz television series of the same name.

Here in the second installment, we are once again introduced to the whole motley crew that lives in the ludus of a Roman named Batiatus, and things are not well in this house.

A new, important merchant arrives in their hometown of Capua, accompanied by a dark, twisted little man many believe to be a sorcerer.  And once the merchant announces plans of founding his own ludus in the city, backed by the money of a important Roman general, all the other gladiators in the other ludus’ of Capua start becoming ill.  They are inexplicably weak, have nightmares, hallucinations, and all other sorts of things.  And of course everyone blames sorcery and the dark, strange little man they believe is behind it all.

But as with most things in Rome, the supernatural can be explained naturally, and it is Spartacus himself that figures out the puzzle and saves the day.  Lives are won, revenge is had, and in the end everyone still alive is very, very happy.

I love the television series.  Its bloody, fun, gritty, and dirty.  And we all need that once in a while.  Its full of half naked men, Roman gladiators all, fighting each other to the death, living, learning- and in some cases loving -in a ludus of ancient Rome.  Totally not PG this series.

So imagine this series.  All the blood, guts, cursing and sex that goes on in it.  Now try imagining what it would be like in book form.  Basically, you get 300+ pages of script set in book form, which I think is what I enjoy most about the series.  The events that happen in the books take place in and around the cannon of the series, but you can easily imagine them dedicating an episode or two to this particular story.  The descriptions are vivid, the characters are transferred through the mediums very well, and overall its a wonderful series for any fans of the show.

Enjoy folks.

Oh, and next on the docket: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.

10803121In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Yet even with these advances, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for those attempting to establish order and justice.

One is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax must now put away his guns and assume the duties incumbent upon the head of a noble house—until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.