Re: [Roman_History_Books] Re: Recommendation request
looking forward to the next book. Please keep me in mind again for a review
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim D" <jim@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 4:34 PM
Subject: [Roman_History_Books] Re: Recommendation request
> I'll address all three comments in one fell swoop here...
> Thanks for the kind words about Sand of the Arena. Glad you enjoyed
> the book. Coincidentally, I just delivered Book 2 (Fight For Rome) to
> the publisher a few days ago. The release date was originally set for
> October 2006, but I hear they might postpone it a few months. I think
> the paperback version of Book 1 may be coming out around the same
> time, so perhaps they don't want the two to interfere with each other
> Based on some of the posts here a few weeks ago, Book 2 would
> probably also interest a few folks on this board. It takes place
> during AD 69, the Year of the Four Emperors. The primary gladiator
> characters from Sand of the Arena are "recruited" to fight as an
> auxiliary unit for Otho under Macer. I've taken all the key events of
> the year and woven the characters into various roles in those events.
> Anyone who knows the story of the Otho/Vitellius/Vespasian chain of
> events will probably get a kick out of this novelized version.
> Sorry to hear that it wasn't Sand of the Arena up for discussion. I'd
> love to sit in on any such discussion of Sand. Always good to hear
> feedback directly from readers-- especially readers like this who
> know their stuff! If you do schedule it anytime soon, please let me
> Thanks for ordering the book. I hope you enjoy it as much as Sally &
> Irene. Regarding the "courteous assessment" of the film "Gladiator",
> I have to say that any high profile film that increases interest and
> awareness in ancient Rome is okay by me. Also, since I have a film
> and television background, I did appreciate the "spectacle" of it
> all. However, as we all know, the history was way off, and certainly
> the technical aspects of the gladiator fights (armor, weapons,
> pairings, etc. etc) was also out in left field. But I look at it as a
> springboard to spur further discussion on the topic.
> Thanks for everyone's feedback.
> --Jim Duffy
> --- In Roman_History_Books@yahoogroups.com, Sally Winchester
> <bcuthill@...> wrote:
> > I *love* this book!!! You make readers feel like they're in the
> > and various other place. Few writers capture the feel of ancient
> > as well as you do. When does the next volume come out (I gather
> > the first in a series).
> > Best,
> > Sally
> > At 12:40 AM +0000 4/25/06, Jim D wrote:
> > >Masae:
> > >
> > >I don't know how many other authors are members here, but if I may
> > >so crass, you might want to take a look at "Sand of the Arena" by
> > >yours truly. It's available at Amazon or your local bookstore. It's
> > >not as "literary" as Graves, but if you like action/adventure set
> > >the early Empire, and have an interest in the real lives of
> > >gladiators, you'd probably enjoy it. Got a good review by Irene
> > >at Roman History Books, Publisher's Weekly, and some kind words
> > >other ancient-world writers like John Maddox Roberts and Nick
> > >Nicastro.
> > >
> > >Don't mean to be so self-promoting, but if someone asks for a
> > >suggestion on an ancient Rome novel, I can't help but toss my own
> > >labor of love into the ring. Thanks for indulging me.
> > >
> > >--Jim Duffy
> > >
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