Title: “Alexander & Alestria”
Author: Shan Sa
Number of Pages: 256
Date of Publication: July 22, 2008
1 star: Alexander the what???
This is just a quick review, but I had to post it while it was on my mind. Anyone who has seen my library knows that I am a huge fan of Alexander the Great. I’ve read numerous nonfiction books about him, and anyone who knows me knows that I do not usually care for nonfiction. I also of course read any historical fiction about Alexander that I can get my hands on. So when I came across this book, I had to read it!
And wow was it bad. The blurb says that his father Philip of Macedon abused him. Okay I can see that, but in this book, Philip wants to have sex with him. Weird. But even if you can swallow that (many books portray Philip as having sex with anything that moves), the main problem is Alexander himself. The author describes Alexander as wanting to be a girl…. Dresses, makeup, the works.
Alexander is a huge wimp. And it goes on and on and on. Frankly I couldn’t finish this. I just could not get into it. This was the man that conquered most of the known world? I don’t think so. If you’re a fan of Alexander the Great, I would definitely not recommend this.
But maybe it’s just me! I have a crush on Alexander, that’ s obvious. So those of you who don’t, maybe you’ll be able to get into the girly-Alexander. If so, check out Shan Sa’s novel.
Missed my last post? It was Review: “The Aviary Gate” by Katie Hickman