Household Gods (2020)

Household Gods Judith Tarr Harry Turtledove Household Gods Nicole Gunther Perrin is a modern young professional lawyer proud of her skills but weary of the daily grind of childcare sexist coworkers and her deadbeat ex husband Then after one exceptionally
  • Title: Household Gods
  • Author: Judith Tarr Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780812564662
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
Household Gods Judith Tarr Harry Turtledove Nicole Gunther Perrin is a modern young professional lawyer, proud of her skills but weary of the daily grind, of childcare, sexist coworkers, and her deadbeat ex husband Then after one exceptionally awful day, she awakens to find herself in a different life, that of a widowed tavernkeeper on the Roman frontier around A.D 170.Delighted at first, she quickly begins to reaNicole Gunther Perrin is a modern young professional lawyer, proud of her skills but weary of the daily grind, of childcare, sexist coworkers, and her deadbeat ex husband Then after one exceptionally awful day, she awakens to find herself in a different life, that of a widowed tavernkeeper on the Roman frontier around A.D 170.Delighted at first, she quickly begins to realize that her new world is as complicated as her old Violence, dirt, and pain are everywhere slavery is commonplace, gladiators kill for sport, and drunkenness is taken for granted Yet, somehow, people manage to face life everyday with humor and goodwill.No quitter, Nicole manages to adapt, despite endless worry about the fate of her children back in the twentieth century Then plague sweeps through Carnuntum, followed by brutal war Amidst pain and loss on a level she had never imagined, Nicole must find a reservoir of strength she had never known before.
Household Gods Judith Tarr Harry Turtledove

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  1. Richard Derus

    Yuck Sanctimonious self righteous nineties divorced lawyer and mother of two has a bad day, gets sent back in time to the second century CE, has a bad life, comes back to the present all wise and everything, and is just as sanctimonious and self righteous but now with good for her, anyway outcomes.Unpleasant character who should have been crucified Time travel was nicely handled Nothing, but NOthing, should cause you to pick this book up as anything other than a defensive weapon 500 pages in 6 x [...]

  2. Alyson

    Time travel to ancient Rome Yes Except ugh Could we have a better protagonist, please So, we ve got this nineties single working mother who, upon having an incredibly shitty day, wishes to go to a simpler time and is sent mind, not body to a second century Roman town Sounds like fun, except that Nicole Gunther Perrin is apparently the stupidest, most uneducated lawyer that s ever existed, and that severely diminished my enjoyment of this story For one, she s feels likes a liberal feminist as wri [...]

  3. Jane

    More like 3.5 Time travel is not something I d read by choice but I m so very desperate for novels set in Rome I haven t read I picked this one up Delightful and quick read most of it taking place in the Pannonia of Marcus Aurelius time but for a beginning and ending telling how the heroine got to and from the city of Carnuntus, which I found out actually existed, as well as the main male character, the in the novel fuller dyer Titus Calidius Severus, historically a former Roman soldier statione [...]

  4. Joy

    Be careful what you ask for You might just get it Nicole Gunther Perrin has had a bad day Her ex husband is late as usual with the child support, her baby sitter is decamping to Mexico, her law career is in trouble, and her 4 year old has just puked in her car In despair at the struggles of her modern life, she wishes to be transported to simpler time and the Roman gods Liber and Libera take pity on her and grant her wish She wakes up in the 2nd Century AD, in the body of a tavern keeping ancest [...]

  5. Ashley Daviau

    Initially I was quite excited to read this book as I m a huge fan of time travel And it s not often you find a book set in Ancient Rome I thought it would be a really interesting combination Sadly though, I was very disappointed and I couldn t have been wrong This book was an absolute bore and I really struggled to get through it Not only was the main character incredibly annoying but the whole time it felt like we were being told what happened rather than shown what happened It is a true testa [...]

  6. Travis

    This book had so much potential What an amazing idea leaving 20th Century LA for 2nd Century Roman Europe And I should end this review there on that happy note Because this isn t the book it could have been and I m so disappointed Part of the problem is the main character, Nicole Gunther Perrin She is brittle and unlikable from the first page And her story is predictable in spite of the wild premise Except when she meets the emperor of Rome Really That scene felt like a movie where some overzeal [...]

  7. Phair

    This is one book that has stayed with me Great read I absolutely loved discovering what life was like in a 2d century Roman frontier Carnuntum Vienna town along with the protagonist who finds herself transported back in time from modern day While she suddenly now speaks and understand Latin she still thinks like a 21st c woman and remembers modern life so the lifestyle changes are a bit overwhelming Far from landing in a simpler time she finds all the same problems and just dressed differently [...]

  8. Lefteris Chaniotakis

    The first half of the book amazed me with the depiction of a completely neurotic, puritanical and ignorant single mom Nobody in their right minds would really believe that a woman s life in the roman empire would be better than in the 1990 s And the notion that women in the second century AD were equal in social status to the men Even as ignorant as Americans tend to come out in folklore, surely they are not that ignorantIf you manage to get past the first half of the book and bear with the prot [...]

  9. Velvetink

    Nicole, In her fantasies, she thinks about a simpler time and makes a wish to a statue of a Roman god that she could go back to the simple, happy days when the statue was made.She wakes up the next morning smelling the incredible stench of a Roman city and speaking Latin She s as ignorant of history as most people, but soon figures out that she s living in a time after Julius Caesar and before the Fall of the Roman Empire Beyond that who knows

  10. Steven

    Tarr and Turtledove have written a novel, which is hard to put down, thoughtful, and brings ancient history to life They send the spirit of a modern day lawyer into the body of an ancestor, who runs a tavern in the second century Roman city of Carnuntum now in Austria Depressed with her job prospects, office sexism, her kids and ex husband, and modern life in general, she wishes for a simpler, less artificial and less hateful time in which to live but when she arrives there, she finds slavery, a [...]

  11. Dennis

    I had difficulties with this one.The whole point of the book is to look at the time of ancient Rome through the eyes and morals of a 1990 s California liberal.My problem is that I had major issues with the filters the main character was using For example, I have problems with an educated person insisting that you shouldn t drink wine, and should only drink untreated water My umbrage is towards how she insists briefly, of course that others under her control only drink water and unsurprisingly, t [...]

  12. Traci emerson

    This book could have been so much better The idea is great send a modern feminist attorney into the 2nd century Roman empire and hijinx ensues however, the result fell very flat It s completely unbelievable that an educated person would be as laughably ignorant of history as the protaganist A 7th grader would be better equiped to understand the the culture time she was transported into The very specific modern details of 1990s Los Angeles living made me groan, and severly dated the book.I ve lik [...]

  13. James Aura

    Brilliant time travel depiction of ancient Rome, with plenty of humor and color thrown in.Turtledove and Tarr make a good combination.

  14. Wayne

    An excellent historical novel The story centers around Nicole, a divorced mother of two attorney She is passed over for promotion, she thinks because she is not part of the old boys network at the firm Her ex husband runs off with a young coed and her life just too stressfull, hectic, and complicated She wishes for a simple life where her accomplishments can be appreciated without regard to her gender She just happens to be making this wish next to an idol of the Roman god and goddess Liber and [...]

  15. Dan

    Pro 1 It was fun to get a personal view of life for an average person in ancient Rome 2 The novel has a good heft I like a chance to get to know the characters 3 There is definitely a feminist bent to the novel, and indeed the main character is a woman Personally, I found that this added to the novel, both in the present and ancient times that is, it was a nice change to get a woman s point of view 4 The ending was a good extension a follow up to the main part of the story that took place in an [...]

  16. Virginia

    I think that I would rate this 3.5 stars if I could I liked all the descriptions of ancient Roman life, the details that were described here, but it was not a perfect book and there were a couple of other things that just bugged me the whole time I was reading it For instance, the main character she was just so wooden and naive and constantly blindsided by basic stuff like the fact that historically, life smelled much worse She was incredibly uncurious, for a supposed intellectual, although I am [...]

  17. Joyce McCombs

    So what if you went to bed an exhausted , newly divorced mom of two who can t get her ex to keep up with child supportd who is also full time lawyer who just found out she didn t make partner, on the same day that her day care provider closes down with no notice.wishing you could live long ago when things were less complicated and real and what if you woke up in an unfamiliar bed, to an overwhelming stench, forty pounds lighter, with darker hair and eyes and a really good tan, and wearing a burl [...]

  18. Tara

    I was skeptical when given this book to read I am not typically a fan of time travel type books, or at least I didn t think I was But I must admit I really enjoyed this book I have read a lot of the reviews from other people complaining about the heroine Frankly I don t agree with them at all Not everyone remembers everything about ancient history so that when they are transported back in time they can cope better or understand the struggles they are up against Frankly, as much as I love ancient [...]

  19. Roz

    A woman, Nicole, is dissatisfied with her life and wishes for what she thinks is a honest, simpler, less sexist time, ending up in second century Roman Empire There s a line in an old Joanie Mitchell song that goes You don t know what you have till it s gone So true This simpler time is full of slavery, disease, pain, hunger, inequality, war, violence and just plain hard work So how does she get back to where she belongs That s the trick.The books was well written and entertaining Thoroughly en [...]

  20. Kristin(MyBookishWays Reviews)

    Absolutely one of my favorite books ever I read it twice, which, given how many books I have yet to get through, says alot A modern day woman, fed up with the demands of her professional life, and a deadbeat ex husband, wakes to find herself in the body of one of her ancestors, a tavern keeper, that lived in the city of Carnuntum in Roman times around A.D 170 or so This take on the grass is always greener is eye opening and sometimes tragic, as she witnesses the plague sweep through her city and [...]

  21. Dawn

    I m not quite halfway through the book yet, but I am already so sick and tired of the self righteousness of this character I understand and appreciate feminism, but come on This character spends her time in LA being the victim very anti feminist and her time in ancient Italy hating men Not a fan of the writing thus far.

  22. Reanna

    Wonderful book I have read it twice over the past 5 years or so and it is easily one of those books that you can treat like an old friend I have introduced it to many of my other friends, think about it and its lessons at odd moments, and plan on visiting it again soon The story is well written, the settings detailed w o being overbearing, the characters are believable.

  23. Lara

    Excellent story, excellent rendition of life in the Roman Empired a heroine who whines and frets and hasn t read any of the right books, who feels all high and mighty about drinking water as opposed to small beer until the diarrhea kicks in, who impulsively frees a slave and doesn t think for an instant about the consequences to her or to the slave sighs

  24. Jessica

    I put this under historical fiction, because I think Tarr always walks a fine line Sure, it s about a woman who goes back in time and inhabits the body life of an ancient Roman ancestor, but other than that, there is no magic It s a straightforward look at the life of a widow during Marcus Aurelius time A wonderful book

  25. stormhawk

    Long Way long Awfully way too long After a couple of mentions of the stench, we get it Anachronistic feminism set against the vivid backdrop of the backwater of the Roman Empire wasn t all that entertaining for me as a reader.

  26. Chris

    This is a weak book in some areas As in some time travel novels, Nicole accepts things a little too easily What saved the book is watching Nicole grow Despite her status as a single mom, she is almost unlikable at the beginning of the book By the end she has grown as a character.

  27. Patti

    Sorry Maree, but I thought this book was slow Mostly because the main character goes off on tangents about women s lib and animal rights I had to skip a bunch of paragraphs The sotry itself was pretty good kind of a the grass is always greener

  28. Margaret

    This was a very entertaining time travel adventure romance story Light on the science fiction side the time travel happens when two little god statuettes act , butthe main character is very well done and the ancient denizens of Rome are portrayed in an interesting way as well.

  29. Becky Roper

    Interesting idea of traveling back to Roman times and living for a while there The contrast from modern to Romas times was eye opening but the writing was ho hum and the book was WAY longer than it needed to be to get the story across.

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