How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It

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How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It

by K J Parker (Orbit, 2020); audiobook read by Ray Sawyer (Isis, 2020)

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The besieged stalemate that Parker envisages evokes Hannibal’s 15-year occupation of Italy, only with sardonic observational humour and a cynical, world-weary thespian placed in charge of the defence. Sawyer’s audiobook reading matches the protagonist’s pessimism a little too closely, to enervating effect.

 

 

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