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Anno Mortis, by Rebecca Levene

Second paragraph of third chapter:
He could see nothing, one hand over his eyes to protect them from the razor-sharp jaws of the beetles, and he hit the far wall with an impact that jarred from his elbows to his backbone. His fingers scrabbled, desperately searching for a door that wasn’t there. Splinters of wood lodged painfully beneath his nails and he realised with a sick shock that he was making exactly the same sound the beetles had made inside the crate. Mindless creatures fighting to escape.
A delightful romp of zombies taking over Rome and bringing about the end of the reign of Caligula, with only a plucky young British barbarian woman, a slave and a debauched pratrician to prevent them Taking Over The World. Zombies not so much my thing, but I have an affection for Roman history and enjoyed this.

Shamefully, this was the sf book that had lingered longest unread on my shelves. Next on that pile is Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude and Giant Mutant Vegetables, by Simon Petrie.

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