Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley

Books! I finished reading several more books in the last ten days, but I didn't have time to post about it over the weekend.

Since I last posted, the first book I finished reading was Down and Out in Purgatory by Tim Powers. Powers has a real knack at writing eerie stuff, and this one is right in line with it. A man has been tracking down an old friend who married and then murdered a woman that the man had always loved, but by the time he found the friend/murderer, he was already dead, and so the man wanted to die to completely wipe the friend from the Universe. Strange and eerie. Worth reading, as is much of Powers' works for the last twenty years or so.

Next was My Guide to RPG Storytelling, another gaming guide for gamemasters. It had some good ideas, some of which are sparking thoughts that I may use at my next gaming session, whenever that'll be.

Then I read Osprey Raid #30: Red Christmas: The Tatsinskaya Airfield Raid 1942. In support of the destruction of a German army at Stalingrad, a large formation of Russian tanks broke into the German rear areas, and wreaked havoc at one of the airfields that the Luftwaffe was trying to use to supply the cut-off units. The brave Russian raiders ended up being cut-off themselves, and this book discusses the overall effectiveness of this particular raid. I found it very interesting.

Next then was Figs: A Global History, not bad. Worth a peek at the library.

Then, Osprey Campaign #21: Gravelotte- St. Privat 1870: End of the Second Empire. I found this one pretty hard to read. I think that was mostly due to my fairly limited knowledge of the events of that particular war. Unfortunately, I didn't find the author's work engaging, so I had to slog my way through the book. Not great.

On to the next book!

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