February 8th, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

#28, 29

The desktop computer at work is with the IT guy getting fixed, so during lunch I managed to finish reading two books.

First was an ebook, Osprey Campaign #29: Omdurman 1898: Kitchener's Victory in the Sudan. During that era, more photography was already taking place, and so there's a lot of visual material in this book, as well as plates and maps. Fairly interesting.

Second was Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific which is a recollection of the US Marine experience of the author. The book was a significant portion of the material used in the HBO series Pacific, about the Marines in WWII. Although there's some good material in here, I wasn't as moved by this book as I'd hoped to be, nor did I find it all that useful in understanding the campaigns. It deals almost exclusively with the soldier-eye-view of each battle Leckie was sent to. Not bad, but not a keeper.
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Also, yesterday, I picked up and tried reading the new Bernard Cornwell novel, Death of Kings. I've read a lot of Cornwell's work, and I like most of his work, especially the Sharpe series. However, there's other series that I'm less enamored of, and this book is the latest one of his "The Saxon Tales" series about the wars that set up the Kings of England before the coming of William the Conqueror. I just haven't cared for them, and so I dumped this one. Can't wait for the next Sharpe, though...