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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:24 pm

Not a whole lot. Just war books mainly. There are times when I can only read history, and really dry history at that. . .

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:39 pm

Steve Evil wrote:Not a whole lot. Just war books mainly. There are times when I can only read history, and really dry history at that. . .


Steve E here's one for you.

http://www.amazon.com/Supreme-Commander ... thur+japan

Not dry though.
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Tor short original

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"A Clean Sweep With All the Trimmings" James Alan Gardner

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:55 pm

War books? Your lefty creds are suffering Steven. lol.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Rick Keeney » Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:03 pm

This had my attention over the holiday, Evil:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Life-Offic ... 1586483056

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Robert Nason » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:21 pm

As if lefties haven't particpated in countless wars in the past century. Initiated them, even.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:33 am

I just read the April 24th issue of the London Spectator, particularly for the superb article on Shakespeare by Daniel Hannan, "The Voice of Britain." To give you a quick idea of the extent to which Shakespeare created the language we speak, write, and think in, here's a passage from the article:

Across the British isles [and English-speaking world], we quote Shakespeare a hundred times a day, though we rarely notice it. We quote him whenever we see a sorry sight, or detect foul play (or, come to that, fair play). We quote him when we find ourselves in a pickle, or in stitches, when we can’t sleep a wink, or have our teeth set on edge. We quote him when the better part of valour is discretion, or when we dance attendance — possibly on someone hot-blooded, or stony-hearted or dead as a doornail. We quote him every time we say ‘at one fell swoop’ or ‘all of a sudden’, ‘truth will out’ or ‘woe is me’, ‘a sea-change’ or ‘a fool’s paradise’, ‘more in sorrow than in anger’ or ‘more sinned against than sinning’, ‘too much of a good thing’ or ‘the be all and the end all’.

We quote him, too, whenever we say ‘eyeball’ or ‘torture’ or ‘moonbeam’ or ‘fashionable’ or ‘scuffle’ or ‘swagger’ or any of the countless new-fangled words he invented (including, come to think of it, ‘countless’ and ‘new-fangled’).


I'd quote more, but that might be too much of a good thing, as the Bard would say.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:52 pm

Daniel Hannan? That guy is really crazy.

Brad Thor, I bet you love him.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:02 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Daniel Hannan? That guy is really crazy.

Brad Thor, I bet you love him.


Another ad honinem attack. Was there anything in the passage I quoted that was remotely "crazy"?

I've never heard of Brad Thor. Any relation to "The Mighty Thor"?
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Robert Nason » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:18 pm

That should have been ad hominem.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:20 pm

Ezra Lb. wrote:
Steve E here's one for you.

http://www.amazon.com/Supreme-Commander ... thur+japan

Not dry though.


Oh yeah! I've always wondered about those years. How the land of Yamamoto became the land of Godzilla vs. Megalon.

Funny enough, MacArthur comes across really badly in most of what I've read. . .

(So does Monty as a matter of fact.)

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:22 pm

FrankChurch wrote:War books? Your lefty creds are suffering Steven. lol.


I suppose ignorance of the topic would improve said cred? :roll:

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:23 pm

Rick Keeney wrote:This had my attention over the holiday, Evil:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Life-Offic ... 1586483056


Oh yeah, that too. Bring it on!

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:13 am

This is a really fine review of William Patterson's new Heinlein bio, plus another, critical, book on Heinlein: http://www.nyrsf.com/2014/07/being-a-re ... ume-2.html


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