Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

I get away for a while, and boy do I manage to read a lot. Like, work gets in the way of reading, you know?

Anyway, on the flight, I finished reading Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline, which talks about the early experiences of an American working as a waiter on several cruise ships. Fictionalized, and sensationalized, but a bit of a fun read.

Then, I read When the Eagle Hunts, the third (I think) book of the Cato series by Simon Scarrow, which deals with the Roman invasion of Britain under Nero, and their vicious interactions with the Druids. A good read; I'm moving on to the next book ... soonish...

Next was Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett; a children's book, sort of fables, sort of not. Silly, amusing.

Then, Osprey Fortress #29: US WWII and Korean War Field Fortifications 1941 – 53, which was well-illustrated with examples of the art. Pretty good read.

While there I came upon a number of Osprey books I'd been seeking, and having picked them up, I read them pretty rapidly. First was Osprey Raid #45: Killing Bin Laden: Operation Neptune Spear 2011 and I'm sure that many (or even most) details are either too secret for anyone to know yet, or are just wrong, but it was still a pretty fascinating read.

Then, Osprey Campaign #269: Alesia 52 BC: The Final Struggle for Gaul...I remember the lecture on this battle in The History of Rome podcast, and this book does a good job of expanding on what was said.

Following that, I also found Osprey Campaign #262: Manizert 1071: The Breaking of Byzantium; someday I expect another podcast to deal with this battle, which lead pretty directly to the Crusades, and so it was an interesting read.

Had I not had a headache on the flights home, I probably would have finished another book.

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