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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3900 on: July 11, 2017, 03:58:31 AM »
I finished 'Les Miserables' not too long ago. Its actually quite hard going in places although it is a good story. Unfortunately, he often goes off into descriptions of places and people that really don't mean much unless you are familiar with 19th century France.

I admit it took me quite a time to finish it as I would leave it for periods and then go back to it.

I also recently finished the 2 volumes by Hozier about the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent uprising in Paris. Victor Hugo's name crops up several times as a participant.
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Re: What are we reading?
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3902 on: July 12, 2017, 09:40:07 AM »
I just picked up this book last week:



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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3903 on: July 12, 2017, 04:40:40 PM »
Makes you wonder what subliminal process caused to the ice planet in Empire Strikes Back to be named 'Hoth'.
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« Reply #3904 on: July 12, 2017, 05:55:52 PM »
I got that one in my library right now W8. Good book but I wish it had been longer.
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« Reply #3905 on: July 12, 2017, 06:33:45 PM »
Just started this. Single-volume history of the NZ Div in WW2. Great read so far, lots of photos, tables and maps.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3906 on: July 12, 2017, 06:37:17 PM »
Finished Prit Buttar's "Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914" which gives a good detailed account of the fighting and decision making.

Just started his "Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915".

Also finished "July 1914: Countdown to War" by Sean McMeekin. The book provides great insight into the political and diplomatic thinking during the July Crisis and how war could have been adverted many times.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3907 on: July 12, 2017, 08:28:49 PM »
Buttar's books about WWI on the Eastern Front are great. The third book is, "Russia's Last Gasp" and the fourth and final book is due out in September if I remember correctly and already on my 'must have' list.
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« Reply #3908 on: July 12, 2017, 09:34:51 PM »
Yes, I am working my way through Buttar's series. I really liked Norman Stone's book on the Eastern Front too.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3909 on: July 13, 2017, 03:24:56 AM »
One day I will read all of Buttar's books. Slash has got me started, like a drug dealer.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3910 on: July 13, 2017, 06:36:16 AM »
You fargin' bastages. Added that Collision of Empires to my wishlist.


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3911 on: July 13, 2017, 07:16:22 AM »
Makes you wonder what subliminal process caused to the ice planet in Empire Strikes Back to be named 'Hoth'.

I know right?


I got that one in my library right now W8. Good book but I wish it had been longer.

Yeah and the print is really big which is great for my old tired eyes but I can already tell after finishing the first chapter that I wish there was more.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3912 on: July 13, 2017, 08:50:26 PM »
Finished Prit Buttar's "Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914" which gives a good detailed account of the fighting and decision making.

Just started his "Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915".

Also finished "July 1914: Countdown to War" by Sean McMeekin. The book provides great insight into the political and diplomatic thinking during the July Crisis and how war could have been adverted many times.

I've read Collision and it was very good.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3913 on: July 17, 2017, 05:52:26 PM »
I  just read the first book in the Axis of Time trilogy, Weapons of Choice.  I thought it was so-so.

1.  I would have loved for the author to spend more time describing the ships, their systems, and their designed uses.  There were bits and pieces of this, but there seemed to be so much left unsaid. 

2.  It's touched on a few times, but not really explored, on the fact that the weapons they brought with them, is all they're going to have for a long time.  There should have been a more thought put into how best to use those weapons.  The knowledge that the Allies would win and about how long it would take was brought back.  Yamamoto was right that the Allies wasted a lot of weapons using them the way they did. 

3.  It seemed like the author was trying to pursue too many story lines, but never seemed to progress them very far or in much depth.  I understand this is just the first book, but they just seemed hollow.

4.  The best thing that I think the author did was the social impacts and conflicts when throwing people from 80 years difference together.  It might have been nice to see Nimitz or FDR drop the hammer on a couple of flag officers with an either accept it or your out ultimatum. 

I'll probably get the other books, but I'm not in a hurry to get them. 
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3914 on: July 17, 2017, 07:36:26 PM »
I  just read the first book in the Axis of Time trilogy, Weapons of Choice.  I thought it was so-so.

1.  I would have loved for the author to spend more time describing the ships, their systems, and their designed uses.  There were bits and pieces of this, but there seemed to be so much left unsaid. 

2.  It's touched on a few times, but not really explored, on the fact that the weapons they brought with them, is all they're going to have for a long time.  There should have been a more thought put into how best to use those weapons.  The knowledge that the Allies would win and about how long it would take was brought back.  Yamamoto was right that the Allies wasted a lot of weapons using them the way they did. 

3.  It seemed like the author was trying to pursue too many story lines, but never seemed to progress them very far or in much depth.  I understand this is just the first book, but they just seemed hollow.

4.  The best thing that I think the author did was the social impacts and conflicts when throwing people from 80 years difference together.  It might have been nice to see Nimitz or FDR drop the hammer on a couple of flag officers with an either accept it or your out ultimatum. 

I'll probably get the other books, but I'm not in a hurry to get them.

I mostly liked it.  But the female NYT writer who suddenly gained automatic weapons skills was annoying if I'm remembering correctly.