A Song for Nero

A Song for Nero

Tom Holt / Oct 21, 2019

A Song for Nero History tells us that in AD Nero fled his palace in Rome stabbed himself in the throat with a pen and was trampled to death by horses in a muddy ditch But here s another possibility Nero did not

  • Title: A Song for Nero
  • Author: Tom Holt
  • ISBN: 9780349116143
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • History tells us that in 69 AD, Nero fled his palace in Rome, stabbed himself in the throat with a pen, and was trampled to death by horses in a muddy ditch But here s another possibility Nero did not die in that ditch, but somebody who looked very much like him did This gives Nero the opportunity to start a new life in pursuit of his first love music But Nero is beingHistory tells us that in 69 AD, Nero fled his palace in Rome, stabbed himself in the throat with a pen, and was trampled to death by horses in a muddy ditch But here s another possibility Nero did not die in that ditch, but somebody who looked very much like him did This gives Nero the opportunity to start a new life in pursuit of his first love music But Nero is being pursued by two people who have reason to suspect he is still alive one wants him dead, the other is a passionate fan of his dreadful music and wants his genius recognized.

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      • Tom Holt

        Tom Holt Thomas Charles Louis Holt is a British novelist.He was born in London, the son of novelist Hazel Holt, and was educated at Westminster School, Wadham College, Oxford, and The College of Law, London.Holt s works include mythopoeic novels which parody or take as their theme various aspects of mythology, history or literature and develop them in new and often humorous ways He has also produced a number of straight historical novels writing as Thomas Holt and fantasy novels writing as K.J Parker.


    257 Comments

    1. Don't get me wrong, I love stories that are based in real events and made fiction by adding twists and turns which make any story more interesting. And I love mysteries.A Song for Nero started okay, a little witty, and I thought 'thank God, I won't regret buying the book' and somehow, thankfully, upon finishing the book, I really didn't.Firts hundred pages, the story dragged and swear, I almost put it down(but I didn't because that's just not me-I always give a book a chance). But as soon as the [...]


    2. Diarrhea, not to mention flights of ideas. The story was all over the place. But it baffled me in the end. I SOLEMNLY SWEAR I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT. Yes, that. The narrator was leading me on all throughout. Iwow, it kinda broke me to pieces you see. It was a bitter sweet ending. Mind boggling (because of the diarrhea yes, it takes away brain energy but also because of Chapter 21 - the last chapter).The ending to the story was something I wasn't ready for. It got me there lol I love it, the endin [...]


    3. Tom Holt is very witty and knowledgeable, but you pretty much learn after while that things are never going to work out for his protagonists. This is a rough and tumble, world crossing and back again alternative history adventure about Nero escaping from his death. Complicated characters and complicated moral situations abound. A lot of ups and downs, and it is slow at times, but worth spending some time with.


    4. N.B. I loved this a lot and would probably give it 4.5 stars, but, without spoilers, the end was extremely detrimental to my enjoyment.


    5. The opening "about the author" piece was hilarious! I thought, wow, this is going to be a witty and fun story! But without a clear goal after 100+ pages, I just didn't want to keep reading. There are so many other books out there! This book just does not carry the time period or interesting characters, sadly.Nero was a tyranical and cruel emperor. While he increased the arts and had a reign of peace abroad, there was much more chilling episodes to his reign. And while I've never had a problem wi [...]


    6. A Song for Nero follows the adventures of Galen, a con artist from a small village just outside Athens, as he travels around the Roman Empire with none other than Nero Caesar (believed dead). Their exploits see them escaping from gangsters, involved in a treasure hunt, and escaping certain death on numerous occasions.My main issue with this book is that it really doesn't hold your attention, despite everything the author throws at you. As our protagonists are involved in increasingly desperate s [...]


    7. It reads like a Greek comedy, and I laughed my way through it just as much as I did through I, Claudius, though this one is much more approachable for people who are not classicists.[For IC, you don't get why it's funny unless you read a lot of classics and their translations.]


    8. OK, it's actually 4.5 stars, but who cares: I liked it. So why not 5 stars? Would have been, if this book counted - say- 75 pages less. Still: very enjoyable. Highly recommended if you like your historical novels with a nice dose of tongue-in-cheeky humor.


    9. The subtlest historical novel by the author; starts a bit slow and takes a while to fully appreciate both its subtlety and its powerful themes, though the darkly ironic tone of the narrator keeps it going A powerful ending to boot


    10. It reads like a Greek comedy, and I laughed my way through it just as much as I did through I, Claudius, though this one is much more approachable for people who are not classicists.[For IC, you don't get why it's funny unless you read a lot of classics and their translations.]


    11. This book was bloody great! I took it off the community bookshelf at my local pub on a whim and finished it in hours. Brilliant!




    12. I read this ages ago, before , and I'm not going to read it again just to review it. And the only reason I know I read it is because my husband remembers me going on and on about it.


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