Nicholas the II, that is, but no, the late tsar was 5'7". Just in time for summer reading I've begun Greg King and Penny Wilson's The Fate of the Romanovs (Wiley) and am ineluctably reminded of my seventh-grade-summer infatuation with Robert Massie's crowd-pleasingly royalist Nicholas and Alexandra. It was one of those books I immediately reread after finishing, but I would hesitate to go back to it now--has anyone else? The Fate of the Romanovs is more of a grown-up book, and focuses on the execution of the family and subsequent attempts to ascertain just who died and when. While it sometimes reads like C.S.I. Ekaterinburg in its dense clinical forensic detail, I'm having a great time.
But while the book is satisfyingly big for a summer's read, it's too big to take along to ALA tomorrow. (As is Aidan Chambers' This Is All, my review of which is due, like, yesterday). I might pack my favorite New Orleans mystery, J. M. Redmann's The Intersection of Law and Desire, in order to scare myself to sleep, but I'm stuck for what to read on the plane. Any suggestions?