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The House of the Vestals [Format Kindle]

Steven Saylor
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Saylor serves up a collection of short stories designed to fill in some of the gaps that have piqued the curiosity of devoted fans of his popular Roma Sub Rosa series. Set between the years 80 and 72 B.C., these nine tales document some of the early adventures of Gordianus the Finder. During the course of these cases, Gordianus establishes firm and tender relationships with Eco, his adopted son; Bethesda, his Jewish-Egyptian concubine; Belbo, his loyal manservant and bodyguard; and Lucius Claudius, his generous patron. While each brief mystery presented is a gem in and of itself, readers will delight in the informational overview provided by the collection as a whole. As usual, Saylor does a superb job of seamlessly incorporating the tumultuous history of the Roman Republic into the narrative flow. A welcome addition to the ever fascinating chronicles of Gordianus the Finder. Margaret Flanagan

Kirkus Reviews

It's no wonder Gordianus the Finder solves so many of these nine cases in a single flash of insight. Most of the mysteries aren't very mysterious; even Gordianus' slave (and future wife) Bethesda picks out the thief of his friend Lucius Claudius' silver the minute she hears the story. Still, three groups of readers will find these stories irresistible: history buffs who appreciate Saylor's careful research into Roman politics and Roman mores; fans of his five novels (A Murder on the Appian Way, 1996, etc.) who want to find out how he first became Lucius Claudius' friend, or how he acquired his faithful slave Belbo; and anyone who enjoys leisurely, literate storytelling. Though none of the stories is more than five years old, nearly half (``A Will Is a Way,'' ``The Lemures,'' ``King Bee and Honey,'' ``The Alexandrian Cat'') have already been anthologized. All the others could well follow. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 555 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 340 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1845292499
  • Editeur : Robinson; Édition : Re-issue (19 janvier 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005RZB7CI
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great stories! 4 décembre 2013
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Another great book from Steven Saylor in the Sub Rosa series. I already read several time and I am still enjoying it.
This book contains a collection of small stories, mysteries which will tell us a bit more about his main character the Roman detective Gordianus the Finder, but also about his friends and relatives.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wickedly Addictive Tales of Mystery in Ancient Rome 12 août 2001
Par E. Rothstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I can't get enough of Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder, and this marvelous collection of short stories was like opening a box of Godiva chocolates - each one is delicious! I have read nearly all of the Roma Sub Rosa series featuring the wonderfully human, intelligent, and dedicated Gordianus, and come to think of him almost as an extended family member. For other Gordianus-aholics, this collection of stories nicely fills in the gaps left in the longer novels - finally we find out all about the night Catilina raped a Vestal...or did he? We hear Gordianus' sexy, sassy slave (now wife) tell tales of her native Alexandria, and we learn all about Lucius. But the best part of this collection is you need no previous experience with Gordianus to have a rollicking good time. As Gordianus winds through the streets of ancient Rome, exposing frauds, murderers, and thieves, you will be caught up in the spell Saylor's crisp writing always weaves. Warning: clear some shelf space. Once you're hooked on Gordianus, you'll want to read them all.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lots of fun 20 janvier 2006
Par krebsman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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THE HOUSE OF THE VESTALS may be my favorite in the Sub Rosa series so far. This is a collection of nine short mysteries from the files of Gordianus the Finder. Usually the actual mystery is pretty elementary. What makes the stories so interesting is their detailed description of Roman life and the social attitudes and emotional lives of the Romans. How did the Romans celebrate their Solstice holiday? The answer is in the mystery "The Saturnalia Silver." How far would a Roman wife go to avenge a husband's infidelity? Check out my favorite story in this collection, "King Bee and Honey." Many of the regular characters from the novels appear in these stories: Gordianus' wife Bethesda (who even solves one of the mysteries), his mute son Eco, his jovial patron Lucius Claudius, his hulking bodyguard Belbo and several others. This collection is probably a pretty good introduction to the lively Sub Rosa series. If one is unsure whether he wants to begin reading a series, these stories can give a sampling of what the series is like, even if they don't have the depth or texture of the novels. Regular readers of the series can consider these the literary equivalent of extra deserts or between-meal snacks in comparison to the full-course dinners the novels offer. These are delightful stories told with charm, good humor and a dash of sex. This is a very enjoyable book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fill-in-the-blanks mysteries 17 avril 2001
Par Minsma - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a collection of short stories centering around Gordianus the Finder, Saylor's Ancient Roman "detective" first featured in his novel, *Roman Blood.* Chronologically, these stories fall within the eight years separating the first novel and the second, *Arms of Nemesis.* The collection is useful in finding out what has happened in Gordianus's life in the interim (and some events which will come into play in later novels): how Gordianus met his noble friend Lucius Claudius and Belbo the bodyguard; how he decided to adopt Eco; watching Eco grow up from age 10 to 18; how Gordianus first met Catilina (featured in novel #3, *Catilina's Riddle*). There are some nice character details, such as a taste of young Gordianus during his days in Alexandria; another story which allows slave-concubine, Bethesda, to solve a mystery; and a tale (told by Bethesda) about an Egyptian king, a thief and a courtesan which may explain why Gordianus sometimes says he's not sure if he picked Bethesda for his concubine or she picked him.
The stories range from simple fables to interesting mysteries and all are enjoyable--sometimes amusing, sometimes tragic, sometimes both at once. Their chief attraction for me was how they advanced the character development for the series as a whole. I like Saylor a great deal, but it is frustrating that there are such large time gaps between his novels. There's an even larger gap (nine years) between *Arms of Nemesis* and the third book, *Catilina's Riddle,* and so far nothing like *The House of the Vestals* to bridge that gap. This novel series is otherwise remarkable and entertaining, and I can only hope that Saylor will produce another collection of bridging stories soon for those of us who like to watch story and character unfold gradually.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 short whodunit stories from a writer of historical novels 8 août 1998
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Roaming the Internet a couple of months ago I stumbled across "The House of the Vestals", a new title by Steven Saylor. Ordering the book via Amazon.com was a new experience and proved to be both simple and efficient. During my holidays in Italy - where else - I found the time to read this collection of short stories that provides us with some answers as to how Gordianus, the main character in Saylor's "Roma Sub Rosa" sequel, got his nickname "the Finder". "Roma Sub Rosa" is set in the period in Western history wherein ancient Rome was getting ready to change its government from a tormented republic to an long-lasting empire. Saylor has a broad knowledge of the era and has the ability to remodel hints in history, mostly concerning events on the byways of time, to breath-taking mysteries. Saylor's books are interesting in that they provide the reader with more than just a whodunit plot. They alo give a lot of insight in both the po! litics and everyday life in Rome around 50 B.C. Saylor evidently needs all the pages of a novel to elaborate both a gripping plot and the historical setting. He isn't able to do this within the confines of a short story. Sure, it's all there: the humor, sex and violence that the cover promises. But each plot of "House of the Vestals" is so thin that it left me with a feeling of "is that all there is?". Still, I am looking forward to his next novel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An underrated gem for the Saylor enthusiast. 3 mai 2002
Par Erick Franz P. Vergara - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A worthy contribution to the historical mystery genre (if such a classification exists), "The House of the Vestals" exhibits both the detective skills of Gordianus the Finder and the remarkable writing ability of his creator to telling effect.
As Saylor himself points out in the foreword, some of his readers may have found themselves wondering what happened to the Roman sleuth between the years 80 BC (the setting of his first novel, "Roman Blood") and 72 BC (the year of the Spartacan slave revolt, as described in the sequel "Arms of Nemesis"). "The House of the Vestals" provides the answer, filling in the eight-year gap with nine intriguing short cases that test Gordianus' wits and leave the reader yearning for more.
Four of the stories are based, in varying degrees, on real events (in accordance with Saylor's acknowledged writing style) while the rest dwell on aspects of Roman life that have come down from us through the ancient sources. "The House of the Vestals" -- the closing story from which the entire anthology derives its name -- is by far the most faithful to history, inspired by the allegations of unchastity levelled against two Vestal Virgins and their alleged paramours by the demagogue Publius Clodius in 73 BC. Some of the characters in this and the stories preceding it have featured in Saylor's other novels, ensuring that this "flashback" addition to an otherwise chronologically released series maintains full relevance all throughout Roma Sub Rosa and throwing in a bit of irony as to the eventual fate of recurrent figures.
True enough, the stories included in the anthology are far too short for those (myself included) who may have gotten used to long-winded plots and vast settings in Saylor's other works. Be that as it may, the life of Gordianus the Finder could never be complete without these little in-betweeners to fill the time between more significant events. Moreover, "The House of the Vestals" offers a wonderful solution for people beset with a shortage of leisure time: read a story whenever you feel like it. (After all, for people like me, it takes a Herculean effort to pull away from a novel when things begin to turn exciting.)
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