Friday, December 21, 2007

Two very different histories

I'm currently reading two books, both rooted in history, but in very different ways.

The first is Falls the Shadow, a historical novel by Sharon Kay Penman. This is the second of a trilogy (though they seem to be able to stand alone) that takes place in 13th century England and Wales. Written much like a typical fantasy novel, but based on real events and royal families of the time, it's a quick read, despite its 600 pages.

The other is Maravich, a biography of the late, great basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich. I'm not impressed by the writing and editing of the book, but the story about this incredibly talented but troubled man is really interesting. There's another popular biography about Maravich, as well, Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich. The one I'm reading boasts access to Maravich's widow and includes lots of quotes and anecdotes from friends and family. I suspect the other is better written, though.

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