Anyone have some good suggestions on books that give that ehm "Civilization feeling"? I really like Edward Rutherfurd's books, for example: Sarum and London. They are about a place that you see developing through the ages as seen by its inhabitants. Engrossing stuff (well, to me at least ) I'm looking to discover new material. I'm sure great stories will be written up on this very site again, like Pax Romana by Vanadorn for example and I look forward to those, but I also want some solid books to sink my teeth in. Anyone got suggestions? Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.