Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

Although I had a busy day working, yesterday, I had a few books that were near completion in my reading, and so I found time to finish.

First was another book set in the Honor Harrington Universe by David Weber; called Cauldron of Ghosts, it barely gives Harrington more than a walk-on and deals with the politics and revolution occuring on Mesa, an adversary planet to Harrington's Manticore. Very good read, possibly better than the last two or three in the saga.

Next was Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow, a story about a fictional attempt by the US Navy to frighten Japan into surrendering rather than forcing the Allies to invade near the end of WWII. In this, they use an actor from the old monster movies to wear a lizard costume and destroy a model Japanese city in front of Japanese envoys. I've read a number of novels by this author, and this is the best that I can recall. Nice twists and turns, he uses the history of Hollywood, the real history of the final months of the Pacific War, the realities of life in the US during rationing to give solid versimilitude to the story. Very good.

Lastly, I read Osprey Command #11: Hannibal, a short but informative book on the Carthaginian general. After listening to The History of Rome podcast, this filled in a few gaps in their coverage, but is necessarily incomplete due to the book's size. Not bad at all.

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