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I don’t normally read detective fiction but I have long enjoyed the work of independent novelist David Chacko. So I picked up (digitally, on my Kindle) his 2008 Devil’s Feathers about a gruesome murder in a tourist town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. I was rewarded, as always with David, with another good story superbly told [...]
British historian Paul Johnson’s 2009 book A History of The Jews is as good as advertised by Roger L. Simon who called it “a fantastic book I had promised myself [to read] for years.” I’ve read so many histories of the Jews that I wondered if I could possibly learn anything new. Well, I have and [...]
Jess McLean of Dallas, author of the only compendium of the troops of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment (of whose unit I am finishing the first regimental history), is trying to preserve this old grave in Lyons, southeastwest of College Station. The lieutenant named on the tombstone, William H. Davis, began the war as a [...]
Whenever disaster renews itself, as it inevitably does in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc., I’m reminded of the many such events I had to “cover” in my 35 years as a print and electronic journalist and my recurrent discovery of the extraordinary degree to which ordinary people unselfishly pitched in to form a [...]
Posted: April 13th, 2013 under Blogosphere, I Review Your Book, Texana, Weather/Climate.
Tags: bruce schneier, Instapundit, rebecca solnit, spontaneous community, the good that comes from disasters
What a brilliant book, this epic of Italy in the first world war, with touches of the later rise of fascism and the contemptible Mussolini. It’s a dense story with much complexity about music, culture and love, in addition to the expected combat sequences. A few of the longer sentences are a bit hard to [...]
Scott at The Fat Guy recently asked me for some book recomendations. He was more interested in scifi than anything else, and I gave him a bunch of those, but this small-town horror tale by Stefan Kiesbye also is a winner. I picked up on it from PJMedia’s Andrew Klaven and decided to give it a [...]
Science Fiction and Fantasy author John C. Wright is quite the storyteller. I recently finished his new Hermetic Millennia (the sequel to his scifi Count To A Trillion) wishing the third book (of a projected five) was already done, instead of having to wait a year or more for the continuation of this series on interstellar [...]
It’s presidents like Barry and their overweening insistence on imposing their private opinions on the rest of us, by executive order if Congress can’t be pushed to do their bidding, that calls to mind the real reason for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was not just about raising a militia, or about hunting for [...]
I saw the movie, Downfall, first and am haunted by it yet. The haunting led to a search for Traudl Junge’s book which the movie was made from and it doesn’t disappoint though it drags a little in the middle. Hannah Arendt’s famous phrase “the banality of evil” crowns Junge’s avuncular Hitler like a satanic halo. [...]
I enjoyed this space opera, from beginning to end and never put it down for long. It’s a fluffy story, sure enough, but the way author Timothy Zahn structured it, I kept reading to find out what the latest twist was all about. I love the idea of a train to the stars—which is very [...]