Harry Turtledove is actually a man!
Judy Geary <judgea@...
Yes! Druids is a winner ("We are a people who sing.") It takes you back to the soul of the Celtic society.
Harry Turtledove is an interesting choice. I think of that writer (who was a woman, as I recall) as an SF author. Of course, Gene Wolfe
wrote some esoteric Greek historical fiction (which is excellent history) and every SF writer I know reads history for inspiration, so
maybe it makes sense.
> Here are some more Roman-era books to add to your
> list: "Household Gods" by Judith Tarr and Harry
> Turtledove. This is about a modern-day woman who gets
> transported, via a very interesting "time tunnel"
> device, to a town on the Roman frontier, circa 170
> A.D. This modern woman is turned into a female tavern
> keeper, with one servant, and two kids. She even has
> a brief conversation with Marcus Aurelius! I found
> the writing mediocre in some places, but the
> historical details are rich. Also want to recommend
> the "Videssos" series of books, also by Harry
> Turtledove. This is about a Roman legion in Gaul, who
> also do the "transport thing", only this time, they
> land in another country altogther, something very
> similar to Constantinople. I don't remember all of
> the individual titles off-hand, since I'm at work, and
> the books in question are at home, but would be happy
> to supply same, if anybody's interested, and wants to
> e-mail me off-list. Another recommendation is
> "Druids", by Morgan Llewelyn. This takes place during
> Caesar's invasion of Gaul, and his interactions with
> (and capture of) Vercingorix, the Celtic leader. Good
> details and believeable characters. Definitely a cut
> above "Household Gods"!
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