Friday, November 09, 2012

Gates of Fire

Gates of Fire attempts to make history "come alive" by novelizing the Greek battle of Thermopylae. Unfortunately, it does so by attempting to inject 20th century vulgarity in to the life B.C.-era Sparta. It just doesn't jive together. Instead of making the Spartans seem like real, modern people, it just makes them feel like modern frat boys acting out. Perhaps it just needs an editor to clean up the book, and shorten the tedious parts. Then, it may just be the root of an appealing story.

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