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August 14th, 2016


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The first book I finished since I last posted was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two which I was gifted by friends for my birthday. As I'd heard, it was a quick read. The conflict made me uncomfortable, and for the most part, I've realized that I hate time travel stories, and this one is heavily dependent on time travel. OTOH, it really wasn't a bad read. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series of books, you'll probably like this one.

Next was Osprey Fortress #82: Scottish Baronial Castles 1250 – 1450 which was mildly interesting.

Then, Osprey Fortress #92: Strongholds of the Picts: The Fortifications of Dark Age Scotland. I can't pinpoint why, but I found this book to be more interesting than the previous one, even though geographically they deal with similar areas. Maybe I'm more into the Roman period than Medieval? I'm not sure...

Next, Osprey Elite #26: Tank War – Central Front: NATO vs. Warsaw Pact. Were all the tankers in Germany elite? Hard to say. Considering that Osprey's Elite series is now into the 200s, it gives you a vague idea how out-of-date this book is. Many of the Warsaw Pact nations listed here are now in NATO, for example. In addition, the tanks they discuss are years out-of-date. Still, historically it gives a fairly clear picture of what NATO faced in the 80s. Pretty good read.

Then, Osprey Campaign #297: The Gempei War 1180 – 85: The Great Samuria Civil War which I found to be a solid discussion of what happened and why.

Next, The Book of Fires by Paul Doherty from his Brother Athelstan series; I think I might have read this one out of order. Anyway, London is all a-tizzy due to several murders using Greek Fire, a horrible way to die...

Then and last for this post, Osprey Fortress #35: British Fortifications in Zululand 1879. Among the discussions are Roarke's Drift, and their defenses that allowed them to fight off the Zulu attackers. Not bad.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 14th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)

Yestermorrow

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What do you have against time travel stories (and does that apply to movies as well)?
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From:mycroftca
Date:August 15th, 2016 02:33 am (UTC)

Re: Yestermorrow

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Books, movies, TV shows, radio shows, you name it, I no longer enjoy them. The recent spate of television shows that depend on time travel I won't waste time on.

Why?

I find the shows too predictable to enjoy, honestly. Certain SF writers published excellent stories that made their cases in short stories that I read long ago, and I don't find the rehashing entertaining. There's plenty more stuff to enjoy out there, and I do.

More books to detail: The first book I finished since I last posted… - This ain't no party, this ain't no disco...

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