March 16th, 2014

Dead Dog Cat

#27, 28

I've been so pressed that I haven't had a chance to read much, and if and when I have, I haven't had time to post about it, so I'm taking a moment to write it down here.

In the last several days I've finished reading two books. First was The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis. For some reason the author decided to step away from Falco, her longstanding protagonist, an "informer" (what in modern times would be a PI) in Imperial Rome, and instead she's shifted her focus to Falco's adopted daughter, who is trying to make her way some years after the last novel in the same job. This is the first novel testing those waters, and although it has a slow start, Davis does a good job of it in the end. If you've read any of the Falco series (which started with The Silver Pigs and moved on from there), this is a fine successor. If not, this can and will stand alone, though a few background details would be clearer if you've read the other books.

More recently, I finished reading Osprey Men-at-Arms #431: Britain's Secret War: The Indonesian Confrontation 1962 – 66, a war that I'd never known about. When this one was going on, I was in elementary school, and though we heard a bit about WWII, Korea, and more obviously, Vietnam, I never heard a peep about this fight. There's a lot of information about the whole issue including the political situation, and descriptions about the various battles. If you have any interest in the late history of European colonialism, this might be a book to read.
Dead Dog Cat

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I've been rushed in the mornings for some time, and I really can't recall how far back I'd have to go to get caught up, so I'm just going to chat a bit about one thing or another that's happened in the last couple of weeks, and let it go for that.

About a week back, we had dinner with Molly; as it turns out, there weren't enough people attending her services (you know, the Havurah and Jewish stuff and all that), so she simply invited us over for a bite. Dinner was very pleasant and chatting for a couple of hours was relaxing. Delightful.

We've watched the entirety of the fourth season of Downton Abbey via Netflix discs; solid acting, melodrama of course, but the costuming is spectacular. I have no idea if they're going to take this all the way up to WWII and beyond, but I certainly am curious how they weather The Great Depression.

We went to Courtney's place Thursday night as soon as I was able to get home from work, and brought some goodies from Boston Market to share with the revelers. Xander had made it to the final four on King of the Nerds; unfortunately we missed the Eastern feed, and so I overheard someone mentioning that Xander had lost. To be honest, the crowd was rather noisy, and I couldn't hear a fair amount of what was said in the show. Still, it was fun to hang out, and we all thought that Xander had done very well throughout the season. Lots of airtime!

Dungeonmaster today! It should be a fun episode...should be lots of laughs!