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Title: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 03 November 2012, 06:40:05 PM
Let us know your current page turner.

I'm reading With Zeal and Bayonets Only - the British Army on campaign in North America by Matthew Spring. I've had this for ages and only just round to reading it. So far so good - well researched and a good overview  of operations, logistics and tactics. There are quite a few good books on the British Army - wish there were more on the American forces.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 November 2012, 06:53:49 PM
Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden, really enjoying it so far! Monguls please...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 03 November 2012, 07:58:03 PM
Anno Dracula
Panzer Tactics (again)
Generation Kill (again)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 03 November 2012, 08:05:40 PM
War Without Garlands by Robert Kershaw. A simply superb account of Operation Barbarossa.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Squirrel on 03 November 2012, 08:14:21 PM
'Lucifer's Hammer' by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, a post meteor strike apocalypse romp  :D

Cheers,

Kev


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Albie Bach on 03 November 2012, 08:23:51 PM
Just finished War Without Garlands. An excellent read with plenty of scenario ideas.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: vladgothic on 03 November 2012, 08:39:38 PM
The winter soldiers, AWI. And just started android Karenina a steampunk adaptation of the classic.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fred. on 03 November 2012, 08:42:39 PM
Just finished Hydrogen Sonata the new book by Iain M Banks. Most enjoyable, classic Banks and in this one the Culture Minds take centre stage, more so than a human character.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 03 November 2012, 10:44:15 PM
Book 6 of 'Song of Ice and Fire'.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Shedman on 03 November 2012, 11:34:44 PM
Finished today The authentic history of the war between Russia and Japan by Frederic Unger (1905)

Started today With the Cossacks; being the story of an Irishman who rode with the Cossacks throughout the Russo-Japanese war by Francis McCullagh (1906)

Both free at http://archive.org/details/authentichistory00unge and http://archive.org/details/cu31924052732066


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 04 November 2012, 12:24:35 AM
P.G. Wodehouse.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: barbarian on 04 November 2012, 01:52:44 AM
The answers on this topic.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: far4ngn on 04 November 2012, 07:07:59 AM
Hammers Slammers again
Two SteamPunk books...looking to expand my wargames collection hehe so need inspiration


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sdennan on 04 November 2012, 07:17:01 AM
Zapata if Nexico


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 04 November 2012, 08:39:01 AM
Quote
The answers on this topic.

 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Luddite on 04 November 2012, 08:39:56 AM
I've got a few things on the go actually.

Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps - Barbera and Allan Pease

A compilation of the Dying Earth novels by Jack Vance

And yesterday i bought a bunch of comic books:

Missionary Man (read)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1990s (next up)
John Carter: Warlord of Mars
Kingdom: Call of the Wild



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 04 November 2012, 11:52:14 AM
A History of the Indians of the United States

Never realised that the broken promises, land grabs and general destruction of so many tribes occurred so much earlier in the US history than I thought.

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Sandinista on 04 November 2012, 03:05:59 PM
WRG's Armies of Fuedal Europe, Sicily may be the area for my Saga forces to play  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Nav on 04 November 2012, 08:28:41 PM
an over 600 page book on Napoleon Bonepartes Napoleonic  wars


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Nosher on 04 November 2012, 08:54:34 PM
'This thread...'

 :-[ :-[ :-[


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Raider4 on 04 November 2012, 09:29:58 PM
Live & Let Die by Ian Fleming.

Which is an eye-opener about which language was deemed acceptable in the early fifties, I can tell you.

Suffice to say, I doubt it would be published today . . .

Cheers, Martyn
--


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 05 November 2012, 09:05:27 AM
Kursk- the Greatest Battle by Lloyd Clark - told from both points of view, with many first-hand anecdotes (and, yes, German machine-gunners did fire the MG42 from a standing position with the weapon on the number two's shoulder. Necessary to be able to see over the standing wheat.)

The Skinner by Neal Asher - Spatterjay is not a planet I would willingly visit!

Lancaster - the Second World War's Greatest Bomber - Leo McKinstry's follow-up to his Spitfire and Hurricane.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Gennorm on 05 November 2012, 09:45:23 AM
The Peninsula War by Charles Esdaile.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 06 November 2012, 03:41:14 PM
Tannenberg by Denis Showalter - excellent narrative of the opening of the 1914 campaign on the Eastern Front.

Re-reading August 1914 by Solzhenitsyn for another take on the same thing and inspiration to purchase hordes of WWI Pendraken figs.

Traitor's Blood by Michael Arnold - to get me ro finish my ECW armies.

The End by Ian Kershaw - fascinating if unevenly written account of the end of the war from the German perspective.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Luddite on 16 November 2012, 04:20:14 PM
Quote from: Luddite
Missionary Man
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1990s
John Carter: Warlord of Mars
Kingdom: Call of the Wild

All read.

Missionary Man - not bad
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1990s - excellent as ever
John Carter: Warlord of Mars - um...
Kingdom: Call of the Wild - interesting ideas but felt like a prologue

Also finished all 16 volumes of the Walking Dead (vol 17 on order).  Excellent

Not sure what will be next...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 November 2012, 04:52:43 PM
I've been listening to "The Burning Land" by that nice Mr Cornwell, while I've been pushing the putty about.....
I loved it !!
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: OldenBUA on 16 November 2012, 08:53:05 PM
A bit tough going, but an interesting read: "Einführung in das Kriegsspiel". Subtitled "Wegweiser zur Lösung von Kriegsspielaufgaben für Offiziere des Beurlaubtenstandes aller Dienstgrade sowie für jungere Offiziere des activen Dienststandes".

Basically a 'how to' guide for playing the Kriegsspiel games of the Imperial German Army. How to write your orders, and what is the best method to tackle a given situation (advance/retreat/attack/defense etc). Published in 1913, and therefore much is written with the FPW in mind. The scenarios for example, while talking about a 'blue' and 'red' army all take place in the Alsace-Lorraine area, and a contemporary map is included that shows a part of this.

Reading this really gives you an idea where all the (old-school) wargames rules derive from.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 16 November 2012, 09:03:15 PM
Sounds really cool.
How detailed is the map? :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: OldenBUA on 16 November 2012, 09:54:02 PM
Scale 1:100.000, based on the 'Landesaufnahme' of 1884. Similar to this one:

(http://images-02.delcampe-static.net/img_large/auction/000/124/419/661_004.jpg?v=1)

This might give an idea why it's tough going, the whole book is in old gothic 'Black letter'.

(http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u26/OldenBUA/Other%20stuff/Kriegsspieljpg.png)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 17 November 2012, 07:42:43 AM
Nasty!
What a brilliant find though, do you think you would ever play it 'for real' or is it a research piece?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Pruneau on 17 November 2012, 10:21:53 AM
I'm 'reading'the e-book of an old manuscript on medicinal use of herbs and trying to convert it to a herbalist ruleset for RuneQuest.  The tome in question is  the Cruijdeboeck from Dodoens (http://archiv.ub.uni-marburg.de/dodoens/boeck/) , a herb dictionary from a Belgian doctor finished around 1740. Apart from that, it's mainly flipping through rulebooks looking for better ways to write my WW2 rules.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: OldenBUA on 17 November 2012, 10:51:51 AM
Nasty!
What a brilliant find though, do you think you would ever play it 'for real' or is it a research piece?

Well, it's more of a 'general interest' piece. Also, you'd need (something like) the original Kriegsspiel rules to actually play a game. This book is more of a guide in participating in those games, not the rules themselves.

I'm 'reading'the e-book of an old manuscript on medicinal use of herbs and trying to convert it to a herbalist ruleset for RuneQuest.

That one looks pretty tough going as well! But fascinating, too.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 17 November 2012, 11:03:16 AM
Well, it's more of a 'general interest' piece. Also, you'd need (something like) the original Kriegsspiel rules to actually play a game. This book is more of a guide in participating in those games, not the rules themselves.


I bought von Reisswitz's Kriegs Spiel of 1824 back in the early eighties. I don't think I've ever read it right through, let alone played the rules.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Pruneau on 17 November 2012, 02:31:24 PM


That one looks pretty tough going as well! But fascinating, too.

It's not as hard as it sounds: I'm just on the lookout for authentic ancient looking plant drawings and names, and this book delivers.  From there it's just inventing an effect and pouring it into a rule of some sort.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 20 November 2012, 08:47:20 PM
Courtesy of the birthday present of an Amazon voucher from my son, I have now got to get my teeth into these:

The Northern Crusades - Eric Christiansen
France at Bay 1870-71 - Douglas Fermer
Marlborough's Wars Vols 1 & 2 - Frank Taylor

Should keep me going for a while!

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 20 November 2012, 08:56:46 PM
Wow Chad!  Great choices and a brilliant present.  Has the Frank Taylor been reprinted?  I have an original, and it's one of my favourite books.  Now you've reminded me I must get the Fermer book, I really liked his Sedan. 

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 21 November 2012, 02:49:36 AM
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. I wish a few more first-language speakers could write English like that Russian. I wish I  could, damn it!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 21 November 2012, 08:58:57 AM
Mollinary

I too enjoyed his Sedan and am looking forward to this.

Had not heard of the Taylor books, but came on them searching Amazon for ways to spend my birthday present. Now in 2 volumes in paperback, about £26 together.

If it's good enough for you then I think I will enjoy them.

Cheers

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 21 November 2012, 09:12:28 AM
Quote
Courtesy of the birthday present of an Amazon voucher from my son, I have now got to get my teeth into these:

The Northern Crusades - Eric Christiansen

That's a good one  :)

Alan Palmer's Northern Shores is also worth a look if you're interested in that area/period.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 21 November 2012, 09:51:42 AM
Greetings

Re-reading parts of Gill's 'Thunder on the Danube' and Valeriy Zamulin's 'Destroying the Myth' on Kursk.

Regards

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Paint it Pink on 21 November 2012, 10:29:13 AM
I finished reading Christopher Booker's The Seven Basic Plots, which is his life's work, taking 34 years to write. It's excellent.

I then started Warstrider Symbionts by William Keith, which is book four in the series. Rather good mecha series that knocks the spots off pretty much anything published for BattleTech.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 30 November 2012, 08:22:29 AM
Just started House of Suns by Alistair Reynolds. I really enjoyed his Revelation Space series - epic sci-fi on the grandest of scales so i'm looking forward to this one


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mart678 on 30 November 2012, 09:55:19 AM
"Slim master of war" byRobert Lyman, also "The Battle of Sangshak" by Harry Seaman both on Burma


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 30 November 2012, 10:55:51 AM
Listening to "The Fort" by that nice Mr Cornwell.....I'm not concentrating on it though, and keep getting confused as to who are the 'Yanks' and who are the 'Brits'....
Oh all right....Those who want independence and those that don't.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Gran76 on 30 November 2012, 11:43:12 AM
Just finished The Walking Dead:Rise of the Governor novel, good book! Dusty Warriors by Richard Holmes and Bonapartes Avengers: An Alain Lausard Adventure by Richard Howard.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rothgar68 on 30 November 2012, 01:57:31 PM
I just finished Sharpe's Honor. Rereading through the series again.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 01 December 2012, 07:11:35 PM
Chad,

I hope you enjoy the Taylor, it's a hundred years old now, and is written in the manner you might expect for that period. But if you can get over the "wallpaper" and the very pro British slant, it is still a mine of information, and rattles on at a pretty fair pace. And some great battle descriptions!

Mollinary.  :-bd :-bd


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 01 December 2012, 07:24:58 PM
Just started re reading I Claudius again


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Phobos on 01 December 2012, 08:09:51 PM
Rey Lobo "Wolf King" a story about an iberian mercenary in the Sicilian wars... too soft, only two fights in 300 pages, historical mistakes...

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ055jv2ZCbEV__Qo-29_bycoGnevnUoHdxW32KnRCGy3PkMkznh1AD1GA9)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 01 December 2012, 08:45:54 PM
Just started re reading I Claudius again

Great choice !


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 02 December 2012, 12:35:22 AM
Great choice !
Try his poetry while you're at it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 14 December 2012, 09:36:52 PM
Christmas edition of Radio Times. Another Yuletide of turgid dross awaits us.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 14 December 2012, 11:41:16 PM
Try his poetry while you're at it.
Avoid Count Belissaruis, it's just a rehash of I Clavdivs!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Phobos on 15 December 2012, 08:00:56 PM
I liked Count Belisarius!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 28 December 2012, 10:16:13 AM
Just finished listening to 'Dodger' by that nice Mr Pratchett.
After the first half hour or so I thought "I am definitely NOT going to enjoy this !"

And had completely changed my mind by the end.
Now on to Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 28 December 2012, 12:47:51 PM
That nice Mr Pratchett is completly nuts ( before current problems).

I'm currently reading - 3rd in the Destroyermen series and "All Hell Let Loose" by Max Hastings - cause I winned it.

IanS  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 28 December 2012, 07:59:07 PM
Half way through Marlborough's Wars Vol 1 by Frank Taylor


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 29 December 2012, 01:51:03 PM
Browsing through Waterstones in Truro on Boxing Day, I came across a Haynes owner's manual (just like the one my dad had for his Morris Marina) but for a Tiger Ausf E tank. Amongst the snippets gleaned I found that, since the Tiger had a steering wheel instead of just brake levers, it could be driven one-handed. There was no indication of what the driver was doing with his other hand though. Like all the Haynes manuals it featured exploded line drawings (pre-combat, of course) of all relevant assemblies and full details of routine maintenance.

I was sorely tempted.  :D

Oh, and there's one for the Sherman Firefly too.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 29 December 2012, 04:01:17 PM
Those are a bit geeky for me.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: General Bt Sherman on 30 December 2012, 02:29:43 AM
I just finished listening to the Outpost by Jake Tapper. Today, I started the first book of the North and South trilogy.

-Bryan


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 30 December 2012, 08:53:21 AM
World War Two by John Keegan. Bought it in the '80s and haven't read it since. Picked it off the bookshelf whilst waiting for the family to return and haven't looked back since :). Excellent author and a great read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 02 January 2013, 09:29:11 AM
A collection of short stories by Robert Silverberg. One of my favourite sci fi short story authors from the days when all sci fi appeared to come in the form of a large yellow hardback in the local library


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 02 January 2013, 09:47:56 AM
Christmas acquisitions to the reading stack included:

      Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs by Lewis Page. A no-holds-barred expose of waste and blundering in the Military.

      VC Heroes by Nigel Cawthorne - the stories of every VC winner since WW2

      The Titanic Secret by Jack Steel - a spy thriller set pre WW1, pacy but a little light on authenticity.

      Shadow of the Scorpion by Neal Asher. Another in the Agent Cormac series, blood and guts in the far future.

Also Mr Midshipman Easy by Captain Marryat on the e-book for in-car reading. (No, not while driving)  :P

 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sixsideddice on 02 January 2013, 03:36:43 PM
Ahhh   finally back; I had no internet the WHOLE of Christmas and New Year, uuuugh was tearing my hair out.

Still, it gave me a chance to catch up on my reading:

Curently reading (and have just read):

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Zulu Nation

The Steampunk Trilogy

Book Three of Game of Thrones





Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 02 January 2013, 09:30:43 PM
The one ring and Primeval role playing games :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: J.S. on 20 January 2013, 08:06:09 PM
Etling's Swords Around A Throne: Napoleon's Grande Armee. A great read  :-bd

+  From Eylau to Friedland: The Polish Campaign, 1807 by  Francois Guy Hourtoulle. Awkward translation sometimes, but nice and helpful pictures; I'd recommend this one.

just ordered those:

for me:
(http://www.jandjbooksandcoffee.com/images_books/0141007036.jpg)

for my grandfather..but 'll probably also read it:
(http://www.weltbild.de/media/ab/2/053207110-im-panzer-iv-und-tiger-an-der-ostfront.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 20 January 2013, 08:11:37 PM
Over Xmas I read:
Lords of The Bow by Conn Iggulden - violent and fun!
Hydrogen Sonata by Ian M Banks - superb and uplifting.
Zero Point by Neal Ascher, superb and gritty.
Now am back at work, the reading has stopped!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 20 January 2013, 08:21:44 PM
A collection of short stories by Robert Silverberg. One of my favourite sci fi short story authors from the days when all sci fi appeared to come in the form of a large yellow hardback in the local library

I didn't realise they used to have stories in the yellow pages


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 20 January 2013, 08:28:38 PM
A dictionary: Not much of a storyline but at least it explains it as you read on...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 20 January 2013, 08:30:54 PM
As usual, listening rather than reading...
Now on to "Claudius" by Douglas Jackson....Fiction...And not being an historical expert on the period, I don't know just how much of it is based on fact.
Not sure about Claudius Hefferlump being taken to 'Britain' ?
But I'm thoroughly enjoying it anyway.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 20 January 2013, 08:45:34 PM
Drawing from the mists of time I think Claudius' hefferlump is fact,  but I wouldn't bet hard cash on it!

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 20 January 2013, 08:48:35 PM
It must be true, it's in I CLVDIVS!  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 21 January 2013, 08:37:33 AM
Right then...

So...Is it true that Claudius came to Britain to 'take the credit' as a political move to 'big himself up' in the eyes of the Roman people.....and his hefferlump had been taken there in advance, with all its finery, so he could ride it around and impress the Brits ? :-\

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 21 January 2013, 08:46:07 AM
He was here, that is known. The elephants however...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveH on 03 February 2013, 10:16:45 PM
Flashman at the Charge - George MacDonald Fraser

The Spanish Ulcer - David Gates

And a couple of sets of rules.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 February 2013, 07:31:40 AM
Black and Blue - Ian Rankin....'Stormingly' enjoyable.
Now you see her - James Patterson..... 'Thriller'....Convoluted, with a somewhat daft plot....But I still listened all the way through.
Now onto.... Taken - By Robert Crais.....Another 'thriller'.....Again a bit OTT....But still quite fun to help pass the time.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 04 February 2013, 09:13:01 AM
The Young Hussar: French Cavalryman of the Napoleonic Wars at Marengo, Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau and Friedland by Baron de Marbot
This is one of three in a series that a friend lent me the series, very enjoyable, once you get over the archaic and naive writing style!!!
 Short enough chapters to read in chunks without loosing the long term history (he's besieged in Genoa at the moment and it's going REALLY badly)!   :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mart678 on 04 February 2013, 04:43:20 PM
Warlords and Holy men Scotland AD 80 to 1000 get me ready for playing Scots in SAGA
also Burma the turning point

Martin


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: i_am_win on 04 February 2013, 04:50:58 PM
i'm reading a review copy of the new osprey "jason and the argonauts", its not bad if your into greek mythology (which I am...)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mijalo on 04 February 2013, 05:17:58 PM
Peter Turchin's 'War and peace and War - The Rise and fall of Empires'; so far very interesting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 05 February 2013, 09:34:34 AM
The Young Hussar: French Cavalryman of the Napoleonic Wars at Marengo, Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau and Friedland by Baron de Marbot
This is one of three in a series that a friend lent me the series, very enjoyable, once you get over the archaic and naive writing style!!!
 Short enough chapters to read in chunks without loosing the long term history (he's besieged in Genoa at the moment and it's going REALLY badly)!   :D

Marbot appears in the bibliographies of many serious historical works on the Napoleonic Wars. He has to be treated cautiously, however, since the concensus seems to be that he was not above embroidering the facts if it meant his own part appeared more heroic.  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 05 February 2013, 09:53:14 AM
Almost certainly, I wouldn't expect anything more or less of a retired Napoleonic General trying to win favour with the restored monachy.  ;D However, it's a riotous read!  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 07 February 2013, 10:01:03 PM
Vulcan 607 about Black Buck attack on Port Stanley.  Doesn't just cover the raid, but the scramble by the RAF to get SOMETHING in place, including trying to get the Vulcans ready for air to air refuelling, because the tubes had been blocked (They found the bit they needed- on another airfield being used as a ashtray), the compressed training to get the crews ready - the instructor had to compress Night Qualification into one night so he was qualified to teach the Vulcan crews.  Only half way through - its in the kitchen at work, so I read 2-3 pages while waiting for the kettle.

Best bit so far (even better than Vulcan Crews keep spanking USAF at Red Flag etc) was when the Argentinian newspapers were screaming how British SUbs had been detected round the Falklands, and the Argentians had to airlift every thing, rather than go by boat.  This was confusing for our Military Attache at the UN, as he knew the closest 2 were still hundreds of miles away.  He is talking to the French Ambassador, when a Soviet Admiral walks past, and with out stopping says "Our submarines are being helpful to you?"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 08 February 2013, 08:35:07 AM
Now read Nigel 'Sharky' Ward's version of events 'Sea Harrier Over the Falklands: A Maverick at War', no love lost between FAA and the RAF then...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 08 February 2013, 08:37:49 AM
Vulcan 607 is a great book. So is Rowland White's next book Phoenix Squadron about the dash of HMS Ark Royal to Honduras to save the colony from invasion by Guatamalan troops. You wouldn't believe it if it were fiction. It's not.  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 08 February 2013, 08:59:51 AM
Vulcan 607 sounds a fascinating read!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 08 February 2013, 09:23:06 AM
Brilliant book, better than Vulcan I thought, must have read it in about 24 hours, without a break, a few summers back!

I loved the Florida National Guard reaction to events!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Si Tyler on 08 February 2013, 09:36:02 AM
On my reading stand:

Through German Eyes:  The British and the Somme 1916 by Christopher Duffy.  German assessment of the British and Empire forces during the period of the Battle of the Somme.  
The Eleven Days of Christmas:  SAC Account of the Linebacker raids in 1972.
One Day in a Long War:  Assessement of the activities on 10 May 1972.
Phoenix Squadron, by Rowland White.
Blood, Steel, Myth: The II.SS-Panzer-Korps and the Road to Prochorowka


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 15 February 2013, 09:48:21 AM
Biography of Manstein - we are just approaching Sevastopol and Manstein's soemwhat equivocal handling of the Commissar Order..

Duffy's The '45 - background for planning a 10 mm Culloden campaign

Phil Rickman's latest Dr Dee novel - title escapes me for the moment but a damned good read  8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Phobos on 15 February 2013, 11:24:49 PM
Los sueos de los que est hecha la materia. Dont know its title in english, sorry. Compendium of original texts of Quantic mechanic, with explanations of S HAwking. Really interesting, but my knowledge of the subject is a bit rusty, so its being a bit hard.

The Selfish Gene, Rcihard Dawkins. A relecture, Im enjoying it even more than the first time ^^


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Albie Bach on 02 March 2013, 06:38:25 PM
Ive just finished The Fort by Bernard Cornwell. Its about the Penobscot Expedition of July & August 1779 during the AWI. The novel is not part of a series and has no single central character like Sharpe. There is plenty of action seen from both sides point of view. Well worth a read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 02 March 2013, 07:24:12 PM
Yes I enjoyed that oe too.

Just started The Russia House by John le Carre. Good classic stuff so far


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 02 March 2013, 08:17:18 PM
Finally finished Zitadelle by Mark Healy. Authoritative, if somewhat hard going - small type and long sentences. And the proof-reading could have been sharper, quite a few typos in the text.

Started reading Lord of the Rings again for the first time in sixteen years. I'd forgotten how good it is.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: J.S. on 03 March 2013, 01:04:49 PM
(http://www.hallofbooks.com/shop_image/product/122290.jpg)

Once again thanks to WeeWars for recommending me this gem of a book!  8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 03 March 2013, 10:03:10 PM
'American Gods' - Neil Gaiman
'Cutter and Bone' - Newton Thornburg


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 March 2013, 08:13:29 AM
John Grisham - The Summons.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: freddy326 on 04 March 2013, 08:29:23 AM
(http://www.hallofbooks.com/shop_image/product/122290.jpg)

Once again thanks to WeeWars for recommending me this gem of a book!  8)

I don't suppose you know how it compares to the 'The Great War in the Middle East' books by W T Massey?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Nosher on 04 March 2013, 11:03:46 AM
I was on the train to London a month ago and found a book left behind by a commuter, Boy Soldiers of the Great War by Richard van Emden which has been a good read. Two weeks later my Veteran's Association had in a guest speaker and WW1 tour guide Dave Empson who had contributed a story to the book. Our group is planning a 100 Year anniversary excurion to the great battlefields which i am really excited about.

I'm currently reading Soldier against the odds by Lofty Large and his escapades in Korea with the Glorious Glosters, captured at the Batlle fo the Imjin River he spent most of his time in Korea as a POW and was medically discharged unfit for duty only to re-enlist and then get through the gruelling SAS Selection to become a legend within the SAS. The book has some great humour in it as you'd expect and is written in a refreshingly simple way using simple language without any flowery embellishments or exaggerated action man style prose.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: J.S. on 04 March 2013, 07:29:11 PM
I don't suppose you know how it compares to the 'The Great War in the Middle East' books by W T Massey?

Unfortunately I can't help you out here..it's my first book on that topic so far.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: OldenBUA on 04 March 2013, 08:36:13 PM
For bedside reading, an anthology of war stories by various authors. Not military history, but short stories. Maybe not the best choice, because I've only read a few stories, and already there's Japanese and a US serviceman on a small Pacific island, Lawrence and the Arabs blowing up a Turkish train, US marines during the Tet offensive and a US patrol engaging the Jerries in an Italian town. And Pendraken makes figures for all of these! Damn you!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 05 March 2013, 07:44:12 AM
"Goodbye to all that" by Robert Graves. Haven't read it since the '80s so seems new and familiar at the same time (I have a good memory).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Windle Poons on 05 March 2013, 10:36:48 AM
'The Hundred Year old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window And Disappeared'

The Second World War by Anthony Beevor



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Albie Bach on 05 March 2013, 02:44:58 PM
The Second World War by Anthony Beevor
That reminds me, I've got that book but haven't started it. I enjoyed Stalingrad, D-Day and Berlin so I've just dug it out and it's next on the list.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Windle Poons on 05 March 2013, 10:49:41 PM
I can't recommend it enough. A thorough general history of the conflict with some really surprising stories about lesser known areas of the conflict. It is difficult reading at times, with some disturbing passages, but well worth it.


Title: Re: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 13 March 2013, 06:07:54 PM
I'm reading "Germany's High Sea Fleet" by Admiral Scheer. It's an OCR'd copy from the Internet Archive, so I'm correcting OCR errors as I go. Surprisingly, I've also found a few errors that the original editor should have caught.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 04 April 2013, 11:02:05 PM
Alternating chapters from the Last Mughal and World War Z


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 April 2013, 08:03:05 AM
Just finished First Family by David Balcacci...Now on to The Fifth Floor by Michael Harvey.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 05 April 2013, 08:32:27 AM
Just started Alastair Reynolds Pushing Ice. I do love a space-opera, and Reynolds produces some of the best.  :-bd


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 05 April 2013, 08:35:53 AM
yep i agree Reynolds does write some awesome galactic scale sci fi


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 05 April 2013, 12:35:31 PM
Henderson's Battle of Spicheren - a real belter for anyone interested in the FPW in particular and C19th warfare in general.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Phobos on 08 April 2013, 03:41:18 PM
Numancia, historic novel, really awful. A how to turn an awesome fragment of prerroman Spain into a bunch of boring and tedious moments.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 08 April 2013, 08:25:48 PM
D-Day to Victory: The diaries of a British tank commander.

Picked this up at our local library and fascinating stuff so far. All about 'C' squadron of the 9th RTR and their time from waiting to embark all the way up to the end of the war. Well worth checking out.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 10 April 2013, 09:42:54 PM
Absolutely motoring through "Death or Victory" (Dan Snow) - superb  8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 11 April 2013, 09:23:39 PM
just finished 1356 by Bernard Cornwell...Good fun read


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 11 April 2013, 09:58:39 PM
Greetings

A mix of Henderson's Battle of Spicheren and vol IV of the Official History of the War in the Air 1914-18.

Regards

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 12 April 2013, 08:16:59 AM
Listening to "Mad River" by John Sandford......
Slowly reading through "Greece And Rome At War" by Peter Connolly.....Only problem for a old numpty like me, is there's almost too much information for my brain to process. ;) :-[
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Jim Ando on 12 April 2013, 03:32:23 PM
Great book

lots of nice diagrams an drawings.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 12 April 2013, 04:19:25 PM
Yes Jim....But I have to keep going back through the text and look at the maps to know where I am, because I'm such a muppet. ;)
'Tis a fine book though !
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: General Bt Sherman on 12 April 2013, 06:20:56 PM
I just finished "Terror of the Autumn Skies" It's the story of WWI American ace Frank Luke, Jr. Not sure what's next.

Bryan


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 15 April 2013, 07:09:24 PM
The Psychopath test by Jon Ronson.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Serotonin on 15 April 2013, 07:12:37 PM
The Psychopath test by Jon Ronson.

I just read that! As a mental health professional with a special interest in personality disorders, I was very impressed with it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Serotonin on 15 April 2013, 07:16:09 PM
Im reading With Fire and Sword (Ogniem i mieczem)  by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz to get me in the mood for By Fire and Sword the wargame.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 16 April 2013, 06:36:36 PM
I'm on a Korean War kick. I started it before the recent tension, and it's a chilling look back to what might be. My reading has encompassed:

Scorched Earth, Black Snow by Andrew Salmon
To the Last Round by Andrew Salmon
The Edge of the Sword by Anthony Farrah-Hockley
Pork Chop Hill by SLA Marshall
Infantry Operations & Weapons Usage by SLA Marshall
The Korean War by Max Hastings
The Korean War published by Osprey

Aside from the film of "Pork Chop Hill" with Gregory Peckl, I've also watched "A Hill in Korea" with a very young Michael Caine.

Now, if only some friendly 10mm manufacturer would get round to producing a Centurion.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 16 April 2013, 07:30:50 PM
The Andrew Salmon book is very good as is the Max Hastings one. The Centurions tanks have been mastered so we just await a release date :D.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 16 April 2013, 09:08:15 PM
 :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 17 April 2013, 10:06:18 AM
I'm on a Korean War kick. I started it before the recent tension, and it's a chilling look back to what might be. My reading has encompassed:

Scorched Earth, Black Snow by Andrew Salmon
To the Last Round by Andrew Salmon
The Edge of the Sword by Anthony Farrah-Hockley
Pork Chop Hill by SLA Marshall
Infantry Operations & Weapons Usage by SLA Marshall
The Korean War by Max Hastings
The Korean War published by Osprey

Aside from the film of "Pork Chop Hill" with Gregory Peckl, I've also watched "A Hill in Korea" with a very young Michael Caine.

Now, if only some friendly 10mm manufacturer would get round to producing a Centurion.

Read the Max Hastings book. If the Chinese had known then what they know now.....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 17 April 2013, 12:18:08 PM
Greetings

Years ago I picked up the 2 volume British Official History of the war in Korea remaindered - I'll have to dig it out.

Regards

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 19 April 2013, 10:19:51 AM
I've finally got my hands on Runciman's history of the crusades. It's a real page-turner. :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 19 April 2013, 10:29:45 AM
Read that some years ago and you're right it's excellent.

The new one by Asbridge is not bad either if that's your current interest :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: General Bt Sherman on 19 April 2013, 06:22:57 PM
Im listing to Hitlers Rockets by Norman Longmate.

Bryan


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mijalo on 19 April 2013, 06:44:11 PM
I've just about finished Samuel Hawley's 'The Imjin War', in my opinion the best work in English on Toyotimi Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: clibinarium on 19 April 2013, 07:17:14 PM
Totally agree, though there's not much in English written on it. Kenneth Swope's book does provide a good Chinese perspective, but just wasn't as interesting a read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: YORSTONS on 19 April 2013, 07:57:15 PM
Just finished The Spanish Civil War by Mr Beevor and have started Bernard Falls Street Without Joy.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ryman1 on 19 April 2013, 11:28:31 PM
Just finished 'The Zulu kings' by Brian Roberts, a wonderful and well researched biography of the zulu kings from the inception of the kingdom to the woes of the king that never was - Dinizulu.
Highly recommend it to anyone looking to gain an insight into the foundations of British colonial intervention and the precarious kingship of the Zulu nation.

A mate picked it up in Oxfam for me for 2 quid so absolutely chuffed and definitely one to be re-read every few years.

Moving on to 'Revolutionary Boston, Lexington and Concord - the shots heard 'round the world' by Joseph Andrews.

Cheers

Ry


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 21 April 2013, 12:46:12 AM
I've a few chapters into "The Battle of the Rhine 1944", by Robin Neillands.

First book that I've read in a while that suggests Montgomery was actually any good as a general. He had, in fact more real experience than any five American generals in NW Europe in 1944. Also suggests that Eisenhower over extended himself and that Patton was a bit of a one trick pony.

Perhaps because this panders to my own logically arrived at, reasoned prejudices that I'm really enjoying it.

But nobody must tell me how it ends.  :-X


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 21 April 2013, 08:23:11 AM
Not a bad book FSN. I think I read it last year.

Picked up "Warsaw 1920" by Adam Zamoyski at the library yesterday, so looking forward to knowing more about this conflict (and also either gaming it or using some of the stuff for my AVBCW games :)).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 21 April 2013, 11:07:11 AM
I've just about finished Samuel Hawley's 'The Imjin War', in my opinion the best work in English on Toyotimi Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea.
Now if a few more Ming figures became available....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 03 May 2013, 08:04:14 PM
"Titans of History" by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Basically a book that presents potted histories of famous people who have shaped our World. So far an excellent book that often makes you want to find out more on some of the subjects, which is its aim really. The trouble is it makes you want to collect lots of armies to game some of the periods written about :D.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 04 May 2013, 10:48:33 AM
Just started Marc Morris's A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain. This was a man who, at sixteen, was married and already a powerful political figure. Great stuff.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: HPFlashman on 04 May 2013, 11:15:12 AM
Hmm, as per now, its War in the Sudan 1884-1898 by Stuart Asquith, Khartoum 1885 and Omduran 1898 both by Donald Featherstone for some research, Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper by Martin M Pegler and The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux, both for entertainment and other interests.  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Baconheimer on 04 May 2013, 07:45:32 PM
I am currently reading "The Divine Invasion" by Philip K Dick.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 May 2013, 09:59:40 AM
The Shark Mutiny by Patrick Robinson.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 05 May 2013, 10:04:06 AM
Re-reading the Battle for Geilenkirchen by Ken Ford.

Lived there when I was a kid, with BFPO. Had friends who dug up bullets and other things, but didn't really appreciate what had gone on.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveL on 05 May 2013, 04:59:12 PM
Hi.  Just finishing the final book in the trilogy about Atilla by William Napier.  Good stuff!

DaveL


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 08 May 2013, 07:22:54 PM
Am falling about reading 'Achtung Schweinehund' by H Pearson. Some of it too close for comfort.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 08 May 2013, 07:24:54 PM
Love that book!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 08 May 2013, 08:21:42 PM
Just started 'Skymen' by Robert Kershaw, all about the history of paratroopers from the earliest inception up to the present day. So far so good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 May 2013, 07:44:46 AM
Just started "Seconds Away" by Harlen Coben....Listening rather than reading, as per usual.
I think it's more of a book for youngsters.....But it'll help pass the time
I really must investigate.... and see if there are any of the books you lot find so useful, out there in audio format.
THEN it'll be a case of trying to bully the library van to get them in stock. ;)

Recommendations please chaps for books that just might be available in audio format.
Books dealing with "The Ancients" would be good for inspiration when I'm pushing the putty about.

(In truth, I doubt if there are going to be that many, as the 'reference' books that I know you all find so useful for info and inspiration probably rely a lot of diagrams/maps etc.......But you never know ! ;))

Cheers - Phil.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 09 May 2013, 01:31:01 PM
Re-reading the Battle for Geilenkirchen by Ken Ford.

Always worth a re-read along with his Assault Crossing River Seine

Just finished Operation Epsom Over the Battlefield by Ian Daglish and Michael Reynolds Eagles and Bulldogs will be next (Pen & Sword just had a sale)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveL on 12 May 2013, 09:41:06 PM
Finished Atilla.  Now reading trilogy by Ross Leckie about Hannibal, Scipio and Carthage. Very enjoyable

DaveL


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Poggle on 13 May 2013, 08:37:26 PM
Re-reading The Personal Memoirs of General Grant.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 14 May 2013, 01:45:36 PM
Quote
Finished Atilla.  Now reading trilogy by Ross Leckie about Hannibal, Scipio and Carthage. Very enjoyable

Excellent books. Much better IMHO than the ones by Ben Kane. Had to stop about a quarter of the way into the first one. :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: republic of tolworth on 15 May 2013, 01:17:20 PM
Re-reading HG Wells War of the worlds. Getting a bit caught up on martian wars on kickstarter  :-[


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 16 May 2013, 09:57:58 AM
Just finished The Austro-Prussian War of 1866: The Opening Battles by a certain John Drewienkiewicz and Andrew Brentnall and acquired at Salute last month. Highly informative; almost made me want to go off tramping around the Czech Republic (I did say "almost"!).

Can't wait for the Knigggrtz follow-up!  :-bd


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 22 May 2013, 11:34:28 AM
Right chaps.

Recommendations please.

Seeing as I've been doing lots of conversions for a number of you from periods I know absolutely bog all about.....I believe most of these are 19th C.....Which to me means 'Napoleonic'..(Yes....I know..sorry, I'm a historical ignoramus, which I truly regret)....Which I really have enjoyed doing.
I'm beginning to fully understand why folk get so engrossed in this 'period'.

It's time for me to take the plunge and actually read something now.....Not just listen to audio books.

I want to give myself some sort of overview on the history of this period, so that I don't feel such an ignorant twerp.
I'm not so interested in the minutiae of the uniforms at this point. I just want to start to understand the time-lines, the politics, what was going on etc.

I've been doing a 'trawl' for various possibilities that I might invest in.

So far....
I've come up with........

"Warfare in the 19thC (European History in Perspective)" by David Gates.
"Battle Zones - Warfare in the 16th to 19th centuries" by Mark Bergin.
"Warfare and Society in Europe 1792-1914, Warfare and History" by Geoffry Wavro.

Any of these been read by any of you ?.....Are they fairly comprehensive ?

They don't have to be perfect....I really want to get into the 'history' in a 'rough' sense.

Any others you'd say give a brief but useful 'history' ?

Cheers - Phil.







Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: OldenBUA on 22 May 2013, 12:04:23 PM
For a general overview of a period, I've found the Osprey 'Essential histories' series to be useful. They give you the time-line, major events and backgrounds of a period. And they provide a 'further reading' section with selected titles. Maybe worth a shot? That said, I think the usefulness may vary a bit from title to title, depending on the author involved. And I haven't seen any of their titles on the Napoleonic period, myself.

But I'm sure more knowledgable members will chime in shortly.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 22 May 2013, 12:37:26 PM
Many thanks 'O'.

That/those might well be worth a shot.
Like I say.....I just really want something that will give me a 'time line' etc....as you've mentioned....
No point in me diving in with anything that's too comprehensive....I know I'd get lost far too quickly.

I really do want to give myself 'some sort of education' regarding the history of what was 'going on' .....even if it's fairly annotated.
Cheers - Phil.




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mart678 on 22 May 2013, 01:25:44 PM
Hi Phil

Will drop of the couple of Essential Histories I have for you to read won't tell you which ones that will be a suprise??

Martin


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 22 May 2013, 02:16:10 PM
That'll be brilliant mate !
See you soon !  :)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: howayman on 22 May 2013, 09:48:12 PM
Re-reading the Tide at Sunrise, the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905.
  AND Pendraken do some figures.
                                                   next project ?


                                                          Possibly :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 22 May 2013, 10:41:37 PM
Just finished Adam Zamoyski's "Warsaw 1920".

Fascinating! Machine guns in horse drawn carriages, cavalry battles, sweeping movements and rolling routs. Cossacks and Polish lancers, Bolshevicks and citizen militia, FT17's and armoured cars.

Must just go and check the Pendraken inter-war ranges ...



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 24 May 2013, 06:43:40 PM
Just finished 'Persian Fire'. Excellent work on the Persian
Invasions of Greece by Darius and Xerxes and the
Historical background to the rise of Persia.

Chad

Ps. Weather here in Crete great


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 24 May 2013, 08:51:50 PM
Techno,
I have the concise version of these, edited by John Terraine, from the Cannonade at Valmy through to the end of the Second World War. Highly recommended for an overview of important battles as well as the 'gaps' in between. Worth checking out IMHO.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Decisive-Battles-Western-World-earliest/dp/0304358673/ref=pd_sim_b_2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Decisive-Battles-Western-World-Waterloo/dp/0304358681
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Decisive-Battles-Western-World-3/dp/030435869X/ref=pd_sim_b_1

As for my reading, a mix of 'Sky Men' by Robert Kershaw, along with DBA 2.2 and Black Powder rulebook.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 May 2013, 07:15:44 AM
Many thanks Steve. :-bd
I'll check those out !!
(What has surprised me are the prices that folk are asking for some of the "Essential Histories" from Osprey !
60+ for one particular one......Normal price from Osprey around 16...But it's currently out of stock.....Eeeek !!)
Cheers - Phil......Currently listening to "Firewall" by Andy McNab.....Having just finished "Long time coming" by Robert Goddard.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 25 May 2013, 08:30:55 AM
Phil - wait a while, Osprey are "kindeling" most of there stuff, and they also seem to be doing a Print on Demand for older titles.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 25 May 2013, 10:06:56 AM
Just finished 'Persian Fire'. Excellent work on the Persian
Invasions of Greece by Darius and Xerxes and the
Historical background to the rise of Persia.

Chad

Ps. Weather here in Crete great

Look out for Rubicon, also by Tom Holland, about the fall of the Roman republic. Also excellent.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 25 May 2013, 10:13:18 AM
Working my way through my D&D Eberron stuff - which I got out with a view to selling it...and then rediscovered that it's superb - which is why I bought it in the first place!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 25 May 2013, 10:27:56 AM
Just finished listening to Hart of Empire by Saul David, all good boys own stuff, with  more heroic deeds that won an Empire

Currently reading the place of dead lings by Geoffrey Wilson the follow up to Land of Hope and Glory which is about an England rules by an Indian Empire..all good fun

http://www.geoffreywilson.net/books.php

All of which is giving me some ideas for doing something different


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 May 2013, 02:25:46 PM
Phil - wait a while, Osprey are "kindeling" most of there stuff, and they also seem to be doing a Print on Demand for older titles.
IanS

Many thanks to you too Ian.
Worth checking out too !
(Though being a 'Techno'phobe, I haven't got around to investing in any sort of electronic 'reader' yet.)

Have ordered a couple of Steve's recommendations....that are apparently 'as good as new'....but only half the price.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 26 May 2013, 09:51:18 AM
Read Vietnam Firebases 1965-1973 by Randy Foster published by osprey.
Not the easiest of reads but very detailed.
Even included a few jokes about Firebase names...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 30 May 2013, 02:54:03 PM
A back issue of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy. Since it went Dutch this has become my favourite wargames mag. The content is consistently interesting, mixed (despite having a theme element each issue), and high quality. Reading an article on the 1642 siege of Portsmouth. It also had a couple of good articles on the Dark Ages and some very good modelling and painting tips. The reviews of new stuff are also plentiful, especially when figure comparisons are made.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: GrumpyOldMan on 26 June 2013, 03:26:12 AM
Hi

Just getting through Yangtze Patrol: US Navy in China http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1557508836 (http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1557508836), good book with lots of Info and background to the history and period, necessarily skewed to the US viewpoint.

Cheers

GrumpyOldMan



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 26 June 2013, 07:53:49 AM
I've just abandoned reading a SF book by an author who will remain namesless. Think he's writtens dozens in the particular universe, so there are probably a lot of assumptions I'm not getting.

Anyway, the reason I put it away was a mere slip of the keyboard, a tiny lapse in concentration. This universe is inhabited by giant crustaceans who are some 5 tons in weight who are not averse to feeding on humans or indeed a little casual cannibalism. This particular one is infected with a virus that gives him longevity, but he keeps needing to replace parts of himself. He does this by breeding with himself then chaining up his children to grow them for spare parts. All this is fine.

The scene that made me give up was when this evil giant crustacean was wandering through his dungeon of spare part children. Each was described as having one part or another of his anatyomy trained to be in prime condition for replacement surgery. The father was concerned about his legs which were turning custard yellow.

Custard yellow? Custard yellow? This giant crab is concerned about custard? How does it even know about custard? There is no mention of custard anywhere else: no orgy of custard consumption; no dunking of crabstick into a convenient bowl of creme anglais; no "leave the hu-man here until the latest batch of Bird's ready mix has arrived." The whole tension of the scene evaporated and these giant menances were reduced to multi-legged Telly Tubbies.

Pah!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 26 June 2013, 08:03:10 AM
'Armies of the Napoleonic wars' (edited by G Fremont-Barnes)
Got to concentrate on this one, as it's a library book.....But I've also started Decisive battles of the Western World....Volume 2.

While pushing putty about, I've just listened to...... "Library of the dead"......Hidden conspiracy plot....A load of old tosh, but quite fun.....And "The Diamond Frontier"..Set in the Transvaal in 1880....Not too bad.

Got a bit bored with listening to books while I'm working, just for now....So going through some of my favourite old rock albums instead.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ryman1 on 26 June 2013, 08:36:05 AM
Ordered in another batch of books last week to add to my zulu war collection, of the bunch I've started on 'Anatomy of the zulu army' by Ian Knight.

Was excited when so many dropped through the door but the enthusiasm is slowly turning to dread at the thought of having to concentrate.
The rest of the order was.......

Great zulu commanders - Knight
Nothing remains but to fight - Knight
Shaka zulu - E.A.Ritter
Dingane, Rule of fear - Peter Becker
Kingdom in crisis - John Laband
The rise & fall of the zulu nation - Laband
Illustrated guide to the zulu war - Laband/Thompson
The zulu of south africa - Kisa Sasaki

Much to be going on with  :)

Ry


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 26 June 2013, 08:39:57 AM
"Sword and Scimitar" - another excellent read by Simon Scarrow

Must ... resist ... temptation .... to ... buy ... ANOTHER ... pile... of... lead!!! :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 June 2013, 12:18:12 PM
Just started The Challenge by Andrew Lambert. A new account of the British - American War of 1812-14, and in particular the naval war, that debunks most of the hoary old myths and propaganda spread about by the losers (i.e the Americans). Detailed accounts of all the ship-to-ship actions of the war reveal exactly why each combat ended as it did. The author goes out of his way to be fair to the men on both sides and the result is a highly readable book.     


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Luddite on 26 June 2013, 12:26:50 PM
Halfway through the Dying Earth series, but i diverted this week and read 'Deadwardians'; a graphic novel by the prolific and marvellous Dan Abnett.

Absolutely cracking stuff.

Great read i'd highly recommend.

 :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 26 June 2013, 12:49:19 PM
Marius' Mules I - good fun and cheap as chips on Kindle.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rob on 26 June 2013, 01:17:47 PM
'Armies of the Napoleonic wars' (edited by G Fremont-Barnes)
Got to concentrate on this one, as it's a library book.....But I've also started Decisive battles of the Western World....Volume 2.

Treat this one with care Phil. There are some mistakes in the French chapter. The most irritating one for me was the statement that the carabiniers were armoured with a breast plate up to and including 1809.

The chapter on the Confederation-of-the-Rhine is the best one in my opinion.


Not sure if you are still interested in a book to put wars/troops into chronological order, but I think I have the perfect book for you. I had a copy when I was 11 years old and it is the book that made me determined to become a wargamer. Its a bit tatty now but still on my bookshelf. The narrative works through the history of warfare from the stone age to the sixties. Not only does it give you the history it is filled with beautiful illustrations and battle maps.  And you can pick up second hand copies for next to nothing.


"A History of Warfare" Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Warfare-Field-Marshal-Viscount-Montgomery/dp/0688016456 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Warfare-Field-Marshal-Viscount-Montgomery/dp/0688016456)

Don't get the concise version because its half the size. Get the full version for the illustrations.


Cheers, Rob  :)



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 26 June 2013, 01:21:37 PM
Ta Rob ! ;)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leon on 26 June 2013, 03:59:30 PM
The whole tension of the scene evaporated and these giant menances were reduced to multi-legged Telly Tubbies.

 ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 26 June 2013, 04:18:37 PM
The whole tension of the scene evaporated and these giant menances were reduced to multi-legged Telly Tubbies.

well i for one find the thought of multi-legged Telly Tubbies quite tense indeed


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 26 June 2013, 04:20:07 PM
I really do worry about you lot sometimes. :P :P
Cheers - Phil  ;) :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 10 July 2013, 07:49:34 AM
Borrowed "How wars begin" by A.J.P. Taylor and started on that......
Finding that really quite useful for a quick understanding of European history from the Napoleonic Wars and onwards.
(I can go on to my copies of "Decisive battles of the Western World" with a bit more confidence after this.)

But boy,.....Is it showing me how really, really ignorant I am regarding history.. :-[ :-[ :-[....At least it's correcting lot of  preconceptions.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mart678 on 10 July 2013, 10:34:43 AM
Hi Techno

Will give you an e-mail update in a day or two, I am currently reading ROAD OF BONES by FERGAL KEANE a very good book on Kohima and the build up and actions before it

Martin


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 10 July 2013, 11:12:08 AM
Subscribing to Free Kindle Books is keeping me busy

Currently rerading; Elite Panzer Strike Force: Panzer Lehr in WWII

Viking Panzers, Panzer Tactics, couple of volumes on US 29th Infantry, several ACW books etc in the pipeline. Also have stuff like the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on there and read one story every so often.

Also getting through some printed works just finished Op Bluecoat Over the Battlefield, 6th Guards Tank Brigade by Patrick Forbes arrived yesterday couple of chapters in already. About half way through Cornwell's Death of Kings too



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 10 July 2013, 12:11:46 PM
Tank Men by Robert Kershaw. Excellent book so far and much better than his one on the development of airborne forces.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 10 July 2013, 01:17:30 PM

Also getting through some printed works just finished Op Bluecoat Over the Battlefield, 6th Guards Tank Brigade by Patrick Forbes arrived yesterday couple of chapters in already.


Are those "Over The Battle" books any good? Tempted but haven't tried one yet.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 10 July 2013, 01:35:47 PM
Hi Techno
Will give you an e-mail update in a day or two

Look forward to that Mart.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 10 July 2013, 04:11:16 PM
Are those "Over The Battle" books any good? Tempted but haven't tried one yet.


Excellent IMHO Have read Epsom & Bluecoat recently (which I got for 10 each in a Pen & Sword sale). Will be familiar to you if you have read any of the Battleground Europe volumes as they are much expanded versions of those.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveL on 10 July 2013, 05:26:27 PM
Hi.

 Half way through the Simon Scarrow book  "Sword and Scimitar".  Not really my period, but they were selling the hardback in "The Works" for only 2.69" so I boughtbit.  Really glad I did because it@s really good.

Also just finished the second book in the Vespasian series by Robert Fabbri and the new Con Iggulden book about the aftermath of Caesar's assasination.  both brilliant books

Happy reading    DaveL



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: UZero on 10 July 2013, 05:40:31 PM
Hello,
Two thirds of the way through Fighter Pilot - biography of Robin Olds.
Looking forward to the bit on operation bolo.

All the best

Martin


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 10 July 2013, 06:42:41 PM
Hi.

 Half way through the Simon Scarrow book  "Sword and Scimitar".  Not really my period, but they were selling the hardback in "The Works" for only 2.69" so I boughtbit.  Really glad I did because it@s really good.

Also just finished the second book in the Vespasian series by Robert Fabbri and the new Con Iggulden book about the aftermath of Caesar's assasination.  both brilliant books

Happy reading    DaveL

Scarrow's not a patch on Iggulden. The latter's "Emperor" series is the benchmark for all "history as thriller" genre books.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ryman1 on 10 July 2013, 06:50:38 PM
Scarrow's not a patch on Iggulden. The latter's "Emperor" series is the benchmark for all "history as thriller" genre books.

Having read all of Simon Scarrow's books I have to say I'm a big fan but this is not the first time I've heard Iggulden promoted so I think it's time I went and got one to read.

On the Scarrow subject, has anyone read his brother Alex Scarrow's work? He has written a post apocalyptic series set in London and the north-east oil platforms which were a brilliant read (Afterlight), I highly recommend them to anyone playing or painting post-apoc as they're full of inspiring ideas.

Cheers

Ry


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Friedland on 11 July 2013, 03:50:04 AM

I get through a fair few books every month. Recent ones have been:

"Swords Around a Throne - Napoleon's Grand Armee" Robert R Elting.
"Fatal Avenue - A Travellers History of the Battlefields of Northern France 1346-1945" Richard Holmes.
"The Franco Prussian War" Michael Howard.

Also managed to grab a copy of David Chandler's "Campaigns of Napoleon" for 15 from a local market stall (1968 edition). Nice as I've been after it for ages and was reluctant to pay the usual 40 quid price tag.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 July 2013, 11:11:13 AM
The Confederacy's Last Hurrah. Hood isn't coming over this terribly well.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sixsideddice on 12 July 2013, 07:19:06 PM
Book 5... Game of Thrones


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 12 July 2013, 07:58:08 PM
I've just started "the Last Knight" by Norman F Cantor.

I have a number of prejudices when I read. Firstly, I never read SF written by women. Too much touchy-feely and not enough coruscating lasers. Secondly, I never read modern biographies, thirdly I never read histories written for Americans.

Americans talking about anything before 1600 are like fish discussing athlete's foot. They have no real frame of reference and their attempts to bring it to the understanding of the audience grate. Cantor compares cathedral canons to Ivy League professors, and suggests John of Gaunt spent millions of dollars. By the end of chapter 1 I was ready to toss the book out of the window. I may get into chapter 2.

To support my contention of American historians, one has only to watch some of the dross on the History Channel. It basically goes "Egypt/China invented it, Romans probably had something to do with it,  funny people in armour, then nothing until in 1823 Josiah P Hogswill of Clustermuck, Pennsylvania added a tiny, tiny bit and then the whole world was saved. Since then, America has been the best at everything and the rest of the world doesn't count." (I paraphrase.)

Please don't think I'm dissing America. I'm dissing parochial American historians, and the cultural imperialism of Hollywood, and this book which is unsympathetic to the period and plonks C21 morality onto the C14.

Yes. I know Cantor was Canadian.
 
   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: General Greenman on 12 July 2013, 11:21:28 PM
Just attempting to listen to some of the pre WW1 invasion literature from Gutenburg plus "Damm the torpedoes"  by BRIAN BURREL.
This is am interesting book that looks at some of the myths about combat and how it is re-corded


Title: Re: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 13 July 2013, 08:49:06 AM
Just stated The Red Effect by Harvey Black. It's a Cold War turned hot thriller set in the 1980s. I've read good things about it, and it's a good read so far.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 13 July 2013, 06:55:52 PM
Iron Gray Sea by Taylor Anderson. 7th in his Destroyermen alternate universe thingy.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mellis1644 on 14 July 2013, 02:46:51 AM
Low level hell - by H Mills.

Really great Vietnam helo scout pilot book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sixsideddice on 14 July 2013, 10:27:38 AM
book 6... Game of Thrones ^^


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 14 July 2013, 11:02:35 AM
"A Memory Of Light" (14th and last book in the Wheel of Time "Trilogy") by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

A Marmite series if ever there was.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: HPFlashman on 14 July 2013, 08:25:26 PM
Just finished " The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence" by Martin Meredith. A wonderful but depressing book on the development of Africa from the Colonial states upped and left and up to and including the beginnings of the "Arabian spring".

Excellent primer on the continents near/contemporary history.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ronan on 14 July 2013, 10:24:23 PM
"les cadets de Saumur" ( French cadets in Saumur 1940 ->  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saumur_%281940%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saumur_%281940%29) ) I don't know if there is an english version..
It's not far from here, I will visit the places indicated
(http://www.deastore.com/covers/978/225/808/batch2/9782258084209.jpg?1272427420)

and the osprey "World War II Battlefield Communications"
(http://www.ospreypublishing.com/images/books/covers/mainpageimages/9781846038471-th2.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 15 July 2013, 12:33:45 PM
Why is it (and I'm not getting at anyone here) that if you see someone whose first language is not English reading in English, you think "well, that's very clever", but if you see someone whose first language is English reading in foreign, you think "show off"?

Or is it just me? 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 15 July 2013, 12:35:36 PM
Picked up a copy of Kipling's Stalkey & Co for 60p at the local village fete. Haven't read it for years. Finally found out why Arthur Lionel Corkran was nicknamed "Stalkey". (In the schoolboy slang of the period it means cunning, devious.)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 15 July 2013, 12:35:59 PM
Book 5... Game of Thrones

book 6... Game of Thrones ^^

I think we all know how that ends!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ronan on 15 July 2013, 01:16:59 PM
Why is it (and I'm not getting at anyone here) that if you see someone whose first language is not English reading in English, you think "well, that's very clever", but if you see someone whose first language is English reading in foreign, you think "show off"?

Or is it just me? 

Hello
I'm not sure I understood what you meant.   :-/


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 15 July 2013, 03:52:09 PM
What I meant is that we are better at appreciating a non-native English speakers speaking English than we are native speakers speaking foreign. I suspect it's a jealousy thing. Possibly because there are so few English speakers who are bi-lingual.

Foreign speakers who talk English are coming into "our" environment and we can welcome them. English speakers speaking foreign is more unusual.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 15 July 2013, 04:12:42 PM
Possibly because there are so few English speakers who are bi-lingual.

Certainly compared to other nations !!
We're lucky......We just have to speak slowly and LOUDLY for the rest of the World to understand. ;)......At heart I think the British (including me) are somewhat lazy regarding other languages, which is why as fsn suggests, we think those that can are smart a**es.

Seriously though (for a change)....I always assume that our friends overseas learn English as a 'first choice' for a (their) foreign language, whereas over here, you're never sure whether to go for French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic.....etc etc.

So....You folk who don't have English as your native tongue, is my assumption correct ?
IS English the first choice for a foreign language ?
There must be quite a number of countries as well, where there are at least two different languages (not including English) spoken within a single country.
But it's a very small World nowadays, isn't it ?......I love the fact that we've got folk on the forum from almost every corner of this planet !! :-bd

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 15 July 2013, 04:43:48 PM
......I love the fact that we've got folk on the forum from almost every corner of this planet !! :-bd



Including the remoter parts of Wales


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 15 July 2013, 04:48:19 PM
Bought a couple of forum member recomendations for holiday reading - Vulcan 607 and Beevor's Normandy.
Managed to read Vulcan 607 while away and found it a cracking book. Now rippig through Beevor at a rate of knots and again not disappointed.

As to the language debate, just got back from the south of France (Carcassonne) and was vey reassured by the fact that every Fench person I spoke to had as much grasp of English as I have French! I hate nothing more than going abroad attempting the lingo and being dissed by perfect English responses.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leon on 15 July 2013, 05:02:05 PM
I always feel quite embarassed on holiday, when my entire vocabulary consists of 'Ola' and 'Gracias'.  Even using those two feels like a bit of a sham... like I'm pretending I've got this wealth of Spanish at my fingertips...  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fred. on 15 July 2013, 05:22:56 PM
Thats because you are on holiday in France...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 15 July 2013, 05:26:06 PM
 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leon on 15 July 2013, 05:44:36 PM
Thats because you are on holiday in France...

 :D :P


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: HPFlashman on 15 July 2013, 06:03:06 PM
Dette var da en underlig diskusjon...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leon on 15 July 2013, 06:25:59 PM
Dette var da en underlig diskusjon...

Ja...  :-[


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ronan on 15 July 2013, 06:56:53 PM
(...)I always assume that our friends overseas learn English as a 'first choice'
So....You folk who don't have English as your native tongue, is my assumption correct ?
IS English the first choice for a foreign language ?

You're right.. BUT some people choose their neighbour-country fisrt (ie. peolple in the south will learn spanish, in the south-east italian, in the north-east german)
Then you are seriously encouraged to pick english as your second foreign language.
My daughters could also choose chinese in theur college. Times are changing  ;)

(...) just got back from the south of France (Carcassonne) and was vey reassured by the fact that every Fench person I spoke to had as much grasp of English as I have French! I hate nothing more than going abroad attempting the lingo and being dissed by perfect English responses.

You should go to "lost places" in France. No one could speak english or  understand you ( and sometimes I can't myself !  ;D )


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: HPFlashman on 15 July 2013, 07:06:45 PM
Ja...  :-[

 =D> :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 15 July 2013, 07:48:07 PM
Including the remoter parts of Wales
:P ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: OldenBUA on 15 July 2013, 08:07:20 PM
IS English the first choice for a foreign language ?

When I grew up it wasn't. Being close to Germany meant you could get either two Dutch or several German TV channels. So I picked up German first. Then in school it was German, English and French.

Nowadays, with multiple channels (with many American programs), the internet and whatnot, I'm pretty sure English will be first choice over here.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: HPFlashman on 15 July 2013, 08:20:56 PM
In Norway, yes, undoubtedly.

English is taught from the third grade, with a choice of normally either French or German from the 7 grade.  


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: GordonY on 15 July 2013, 08:43:01 PM
Here's a simply spiffing idea, lets have all these foreign johnnies abolish their native languages and adopt English as their mother tongue, then anyone could read anything, and I'd at least have a chance of understanding the telly when I'm on my holidays.  ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 15 July 2013, 09:41:07 PM
There's a rumour they may drop channel S4C over here, because barely any Welsh speakers even bother to watch it now.....So you might not have to worry about that particular station Gordon. ;)
Not that you'd be likely to come to Wales to top up your sun-tan though...... ;D ;D (Cue insult from Ian. :P)
Mind you.....The last couple of weeks.....Phew !.....Wotascorcha !
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: GordonY on 15 July 2013, 09:56:19 PM
I live in the (official fact this) the sunniest city in Scotland, we get more sun here than anywhere else in the country. So about 12 hours a year. AND so far there doesnt seem to be any plans of dropping the Gaelic programs, mind you its a hoot watching them, cue dialogue : "hurdy gurdy gurdy hurdy gurdy gurdy hurdy gurdy gurdy AEROPLANE hurdy gurdy gurdy hurdy gurdy gurdy hurdy gurdy gurdy AMBULANCE hurdy gurdy gurdy"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 15 July 2013, 10:07:09 PM
Ahem! Getting this thread back on topic ... I don't know who it is that distracts the forum into all sorts ... I've ditched the American Medieval History. Too much like Tony Curtis in "The Black Shield of Falworth".

So now, I'm reading "Suez: The Double War" by Roy Fullick and Geoffrey Powell.

Very readable history of the Suez Crisis. I'm still at the political bit, can't wait for the Centurions! 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fred. on 15 July 2013, 10:13:25 PM
I'm reading Shetland Bus, by David Howarth - his story of helping run the fishing trawlers that ran from Shetland to Norway during WWII. Not a part of the war I knew much about - the Norwegian crews were incredibly brave - they only sailed during the winter, and had to survive storms as well as German patrols.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 16 July 2013, 08:52:39 AM
I can only think that language teaching on the continent is so much better than here. I did the standard six years of French at school and came away unable to string two sentences together. It's only recently, fifty years on, that I've gone back to school and am at least able to ask the way to the railway station. This is possibly due to the fact that my tutor is a native French-speaker.  :-bd

Of course, this may have something to do with my ability to learn.....  :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 16 July 2013, 09:02:58 AM
I'm reading Shetland Bus, by David Howarth - his story of helping run the fishing trawlers that ran from Shetland to Norway during WWII. Not a part of the war I knew much about - the Norwegian crews were incredibly brave - they only sailed during the winter, and had to survive storms as well as German patrols.

One of my favorite books - probably because I come from Shetland.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 27 July 2013, 08:25:31 AM
Just borrowed "Storm from the East" (From Genghis Khan to Khubilai Khan) from the library van.
It's great....It's got lots of pretty pictures for me to look at. (I especially like the photo of the heavy cavalry charging towards the camera !...Only thing that spoils that is that all the actors are grinning like loons, rather than looking fierce ! ;)
Apparently it accompanied 'the major TV series'.....But as that was aired all the way back in 1993, there's not much chance of finding it on DVD. :'(
That'd have been rather useful for reference.

Not a bad read at all.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 27 July 2013, 09:20:10 AM
As if by magic...

http://watchdocumentary.org/watch/the-mongol-hordes-storm-from-the-east-episode-01-birth-of-an-empire-video_f760b6538.html

Enjoy, Phil  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Gran76 on 27 July 2013, 12:17:12 PM
  Reading The Walking Dead : The road to woodbury which is getting me in the mood for some zombie gaming using All Things Zombie: Final fade out rules and some Pendraken zombies when they come out  8). Watched trailer for The Walking dead season 4 which gets me excited for October.   :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 27 July 2013, 12:34:34 PM
As if by magic...
http://watchdocumentary.org/watch/the-mongol-hordes-storm-from-the-east-episode-01-birth-of-an-empire-video_f760b6538.html
Enjoy, Phil  :)

Well I'll be hornswoggled !! ;)
Thanks Nik...I'll have to get some more speakers for the PC at some stage soon....
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 27 July 2013, 01:28:48 PM
No worries, Phil  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 27 July 2013, 06:37:05 PM
Tonight I will start reading Henry Hyde's newly released Wargaming Compendium which looks like its going to be a classic to be ranked alongside the works of Featherstone, Grant etc.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 05 August 2013, 10:51:45 PM
Grey Tide in the East - a great read. What if, instead of invading Belgium in 1914, the Germans had launched their main offensive against Russia and simply held Alsace-Lorraine against the French. Britain now has no excuse for a declaration of war against Germany. Furthermore the French can't attack through Belgium because Britain has guaranteed its neutrality. Points to ponder (to quote Mr. Featherstone).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 06 August 2013, 09:17:50 AM
Halfway through The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick, one of the great twentieth century sci-fi novels. The bulk of the world's surviving population is locked in underground bunkers after a devastating war, whilst on the surface a ruling elite lives in spacious luxury. The book reeks of sixties cold-war paranoia, but it's still a great read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 07 August 2013, 04:42:27 PM
Just started the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Hmmm ... early Chinese.  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Nosher on 07 August 2013, 07:18:36 PM
PHTLS - Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support

Because I'm all loved up  :x and geeky  :-B about my new job and keen to get on the pathway to full blown para as quickly as possible :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sixsideddice on 07 August 2013, 11:50:27 PM
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Book 5... Game of Thrones


book 6... Game of Thrones ^^


Quote
I think we all know how that ends!

 ;D


Currently reading Mists of Avalon... again.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sixsideddice on 07 August 2013, 11:54:40 PM
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I'm reading Shetland Bus, by David Howarth - his story of helping run the fishing trawlers that ran from Shetland to Norway during WWII. Not a part of the war I knew much about - the Norwegian crews were incredibly brave - they only sailed during the winter, and had to survive storms as well as German patrols.



I`m massively impressed with David Howarth`s books. His Waterloo and Trafalgar still stand out in my mind as true classics.


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Post by: goat major on 08 August 2013, 10:38:01 PM
Back on the Horus Heresy


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Post by: Ithoriel on 08 August 2013, 10:40:30 PM
14th and final book of the "Wheel of Time" series - definitely thick enough to count as a "tome"


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Post by: Fenton on 08 August 2013, 10:43:17 PM
I am re reading the Allan Mallinson stuff, all a bit of fluff but good  fun


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Post by: Friedland on 09 August 2013, 12:58:44 AM



I`m massively impressed with David Howarth`s books. His Waterloo and Trafalgar still stand out in my mind as true classics.

Same here. Love his Napoleonic books - bought them both in a set for 2 from charity shop few years back. I'll definitely grab a copy of Shetland Bus.


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Post by: NTM on 09 August 2013, 08:05:38 AM
... the Allan Mallinson stuff, all a bit of fluff but good  fun

Agreed though I've nor read any for some years now


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Post by: Hertsblue on 09 August 2013, 09:41:30 AM
Ditto - never in the same league as O'Brien for historical atmosphere (but then, who is?)


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Post by: mad lemmey on 13 August 2013, 12:14:46 AM
Game ofBattleships by Toby Frost arrived today.
May need a few baths to finish this one!


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Post by: Womble67 on 13 August 2013, 11:07:43 AM
Hi there           
          I'm in the process of reading Uniforms and Weapons of the Zulu War and thoroughly enjoying it amazingly it's over 30 years old now

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Friedland on 16 August 2013, 08:22:15 PM

'Gettysburg' by Stephen W Sears.

About two chapters in and already ordered two others of his ACW titles 'To the Gates of Richmond' and 'Landscape Turned Red'.


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Post by: mad lemmey on 16 August 2013, 10:37:45 PM
Try 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Killer-Angels-Michael-Shaara/dp/1846972663/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376689016&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killer+angels


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Post by: haupt on 16 August 2013, 11:04:51 PM
Civil War Railroads & models, by E. Alexander, lovely scale drawings of 4 different railguns.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Friedland on 17 August 2013, 02:37:48 AM
Try 'The Killer Angels' by Michael Shaara
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Killer-Angels-Michael-Shaara/dp/1846972663/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376689016&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killer+angels

It's also already on the way Lemmy! Always been intrigued by the Shaara book after realizing that the 1993 Gettysburg film was based on the book.


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Post by: mad lemmey on 17 August 2013, 07:33:44 AM
 :-bd


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Post by: Hertsblue on 17 August 2013, 10:59:44 AM
Currently half-way through Dan Abnett's Embedded. The plot involves a journalist being inserted into the consciousness of a soldier involved in fighting against insurgents. When the soldier is badly wounded, the journo is forced to assume control of the body. A fascinating scenario.


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Post by: Zippee on 17 August 2013, 09:57:01 PM
The Korean War - Max Hastings (just to check that FSN has the right tanks)
and
Terms of Enlistment - Marko Kloos (work commute)
and
The Eagle Has Landed - Jack Higgins (for a CoC scenario)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 17 August 2013, 10:06:15 PM
The Korean War - Max Hastings (just to check that FSN has the right tanks)

Pages 94, 196, 253, 256, 260, 264-7. 


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Post by: Zippee on 17 August 2013, 11:03:30 PM
Pages 94, 196, 253, 256, 260, 264-7. 

Page references don't work on Kindle  :D

Although many of them will be 8th Hussars and getting hosed at Imjin

Did see lots of Cromwells, so really no need for anything else though  :o


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Post by: ianrs54 on 18 August 2013, 08:46:51 AM
11 Cromwells and 48 Cents...DO THE MATH....

IanS


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Post by: fsn on 18 August 2013, 08:52:26 AM
In the film "A Hill in Korea" (which has a host of British stars as well as introducing a young Michael Caine), the dastardly Chinese bring up a tank which is ... a Cromwell!


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Post by: howayman on 18 August 2013, 07:14:02 PM
In the middle of The Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham. 
That Cecil Rhodes chappie was a bit of a cad what.


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Post by: Leman on 18 August 2013, 09:50:18 PM
Weirdly 'Heatwave' by Richard Castle. Who'd have thought it actually existed. I can already see why Becket was a bit flummoxed being portrayed as Nikki Heat (am I on the correct forum for this?).


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Post by: Ithoriel on 18 August 2013, 10:16:27 PM
I've often wondered if the Nikki Heat series is a spin-off from "Castle" or if "Castle" is just a promo for the books :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 August 2013, 01:48:56 PM
Chicken and egg I guess. Good read all the same, once you get your head round the American English.


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Post by: fsn on 19 August 2013, 05:04:01 PM
Nikki Heat books feature in Castle. They release about one per season, including the Derek Storm graphic novel. 

I think. Not that I'm that big a fan or anything.


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Post by: HPFlashman on 19 August 2013, 09:30:50 PM
In the middle of The Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham. 
That Cecil Rhodes chappie was a bit of a cad what.

I have that on the shelf, will give it a crack later. After you finish that Meredith Martins "State of Africa" is highly reccomended.  :)


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Post by: DaveL on 20 August 2013, 11:37:37 AM
Just started the 4th and final part of "The Serpentwar Saga" by Raymond E. Feist.  A 1990's series, but he's a great writer and it's a really good story.  I can imagine wargames set in this world - humans, elves, dwarves, lizard menand demons.

Best Wishes     DaveL


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: UZero on 20 August 2013, 08:10:05 PM
The Night of the Generals by Hans Hellmut Kirst. Finished Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy and finding TNotG's a bit slow going after Clancy.   :-\ Although I am enjoying some of the dialogue involving Grau so I'll give it a little longer.


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Post by: Malbork on 21 August 2013, 10:14:23 AM
Well worth perservering with NOTG; Kirst is a much underrated writer.

I would heartily recommend Officer Factory and The Wolves if you make it through with Grau  :)


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Post by: Hertsblue on 21 August 2013, 12:02:30 PM
Yeah, read them a long time ago, but you can really get into them.


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Post by: mad lemmey on 21 August 2013, 09:05:00 PM
I finally read a book!
My first since Rachel was born 14 months ago!
Space Captain Smith: A Game of battleships, by Toby Frost. A dashed good read, whatwhat!  :D


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Post by: TinyTerrain on 21 August 2013, 09:12:12 PM
Hi,

I can thoroughly recommend "Castles: A history of fortified structures, Ancient, Medieval and Modern"  which i picked up yesterday.

A quick review can be found here:

http://wargames.blog.co.uk/2013/08/21/review-castles-a-history-of-fortified-structures-16327547/

Cheers,

Craig
Tiny Terrain Models


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Post by: mollinary on 21 August 2013, 09:35:47 PM
World War II Infantry Tactics:Squad and Platoon by Dr Stephen Bull. I have no expertise in this area at all, but was inspired to get a copy as a by product of the enthusiasm for CoC by Too Fat Lardies.  I do not know how authoritative it is, but it is fascinating, and it does justify the approach taken by CoC.   Having tried recently to adapt rules to reflect tactical differences between combatants, I am a big convert to this way of producing Wargames rules.  Does this mean I will make my first foray into WW II since my Donald Featherstone days? Only time will tell!

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: jchaos79 on 21 August 2013, 09:38:29 PM
Little Wars.


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Post by: Uncle_Cthulu on 26 August 2013, 10:58:12 AM
Have on my bed side cabinet all in various stages of compleation:

 The Basque History of the World- History of the basque region
 Angel Exterminatus - Horus Heresy from GW
 Hyperion Omibus - Epic scale Sci Fi
 Bedlam- Sci Fi
 Illuminatus trillogy- What KLF based all there 'mythos' on
 And i want to start the Game of Thrones books again.

 I do like my reading!


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Post by: Womble67 on 29 August 2013, 12:40:08 PM
Hi there
          I am now reading,  Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift by Ian Knight, can anyone else suggest any really good books on the Anglo Zulu conflict.

Take care

Andy


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Post by: Hertsblue on 30 August 2013, 09:09:28 AM
The Woman Who Died a Lot the lastest in Jasper Fforde's alternative reality Thursday Next series. Thursday has been passed over as head of the SO-27 Literary Detectives department and has, instead, been appointed head of the Wessex Library Service - which has its own combat arm. Meanwhile, the Goliath Corporation has been turning out Thursday duplicates for their own nefarious purposes.

Anyone who can't laugh at Fforde's books has had a humour bypass.  :D   


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Post by: Fenton on 30 August 2013, 09:19:30 AM
I will have to try them

I love the Malcolm Pryce books Last Tango in Aberystwyth etc

Also re reading some Robert Rankin stuff at the moment


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 02 September 2013, 08:21:32 AM
i went to University in Aberystwyth. It never quite seemed that exciting at the time :)

Currently reading another Horus Heresy book and then on to a collection of Solzhenitsyn stories. One of these books may be better written than the other. One will feature more chainswords.


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Post by: Ithoriel on 02 September 2013, 12:14:27 PM
i went to University in Aberystwyth. It never quite seemed that exciting at the time :)

Went to the College of Librarianship (Coleg LLyfrgellwyr Cymru) in Aberystwyth back in the 70s and trust me there was plenty of excitement at that time. It's a small community at the "edge of the known world" - to quote my Director of Studies - where you had to make your own entertainment. Drink, drugs, adultery, wife-swapping, free love and general debauchery - I was aware of and missed out on pretty much all of them :)


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Post by: goat major on 02 September 2013, 12:25:33 PM
me too on most of them but i made up for it with the drinking.


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Post by: Russell Phillips on 04 September 2013, 10:26:27 AM
I've just started reading Tomorrow the World: In which Cadet Otto Prohaska Carries the Habsburg Empire's Civilizing Mission to the Entirely Unreceptive Peoples of Africa and Oceania. It's the fourth and last in the Otto Prohaska series by John Biggins, and so far is as good as the others. I'm also listening to the audio book of Seven Troop by Andy McNab, acquired via the local library, which is also interesting.

Having heard of his passing, I may have to acquire and (re-)read some Donald Featherstone books. I kept borrowing and re-borrowing copies of the Tank Battles in Miniature series from the local library in the 1970s, but I never got around to buying any of his books. I think I need to rectify that.


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Post by: Hertsblue on 04 September 2013, 10:34:17 AM
Are they still in print?


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Post by: Fenton on 04 September 2013, 10:35:51 AM
Think there were some re releases just recently

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=donald%20featherstone&sprefix=donald+fe%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adonald%20featherstone


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 04 September 2013, 10:52:53 AM
The History of Wargaming website is reprinting various old wargames books. Some are straightforward reprints, some are revised. This page has details: http://www.wargaming.co/books/homepage.htm


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 September 2013, 08:50:17 PM
Still reading 'Storm from the East'......But currently listening to 'Hadrian and the triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt.
Finding it very interesting.

Have to borrow it again when I get around to doing the next lot of Roman figures.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 09 September 2013, 08:59:44 PM
Or read your cd carefully?  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 10 September 2013, 08:32:10 AM
Having seen all the film versions and recently read about John Buchan's involvement in the war effort 'The 39 Steps' is currently at the top of my Kindle.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 10 September 2013, 08:47:25 AM
Just managed to get my Kobo registered on our Wi-fi net after nine months of trying. Woopee-do, I'm not a total techno-nerd!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 10 September 2013, 08:51:34 AM
Having seen all the film versions and recently read about John Buchan's involvement in the war effort 'The 39 Steps' is currently at the top of my Kindle.

Which, in your opinion, is the best film version?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 10 September 2013, 08:56:43 AM
i liked the Robert Donat one and the 2008 BBC version


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 10 September 2013, 08:57:21 AM
Just in the middle of Neal Asher's The Departure. Bears more than a passing resemblance to the Elysium movie I saw last Saturday - crumbling Earth, pampered elite living in idyllic orbiting habitat, revolutionaries out to break the system - all sounds terribly familiar. However Asher's book was published in 2011 (and he's used the scenario in previous books) so one wonders where Blomkamp got his ideas from....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 10 September 2013, 09:23:28 AM
Have read all Neal's books, great author, also follow him on Facebook & twitter, had a lovely discussion about how much damage you would take falling into a canyon in Mars!  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 10 September 2013, 09:39:59 AM
a lovely discussion about how much damage you would take falling into a canyon in Mars!  ;D

Is the month important when you fall in a canyon? ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 10 September 2013, 10:19:39 AM
Which, in your opinion, is the best film version?

I would never categorise my choice as  best but favourite would probably be the BBC version Fenton refers to


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 10 September 2013, 11:14:37 AM
one wonders where Blomkamp got his ideas from....

Neuromancer? The Spindle and Villa Straylight date from the mid-1980s. To be honest I'd be surprised if that was the earliest incarnation of "privilege in space" but it's the earliest I can come up with without rummaging Google :)


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Post by: Steve J on 10 September 2013, 04:17:43 PM
"D-Day; Piercing the Atlantic Wall" by Robert Kershaw. A good book so far with some interesting insights, especially from the German perspective.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: freddy326 on 11 September 2013, 08:27:47 AM
Currently reading a selection of books

Mostly The Deluge on Kindle as I'm trying to get into playing By Fire and Sword, at the moment reading the rules sends me to sleep  I-)

Just yesterday I managed to get a copy of Not over by Christmas NATOs Central Front in WWIII and couldn't stop myself from a quick read!!

and lastly dipping in and out of Allenby's War The Palestine- Arabian Campaigns 1916-1918 as this is on the to-do list!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 September 2013, 03:15:26 PM
Riding Roughshod Through Dixie by Mark Lardas, about the Grierson Raid, which was sort of filmed as The Horse Soldiers, although I guess John Wayne was never going to be cast as an ex-music teacher.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 11 September 2013, 03:47:10 PM
"D-Day; Piercing the Atlantic Wall" by Robert Kershaw. A good book so far with some interesting insights, especially from the German perspective.

I'll have to dig that one out again as I seem to recall being dissappointed with this one in comparison to 'It Never Snows in September'


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Post by: Steve J on 11 September 2013, 08:22:35 PM
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I'll have to dig that one out again as I seem to recall being dissappointed with this one in comparison to 'It Never Snows in September'
   

I think this was his first book and to be fair he is going over very well trodden ground. Certainly 'It Never Snows in September' and 'War Without Garlands'  are amongst the best WWII history books I've ever read.


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Post by: Shedman on 11 September 2013, 08:32:26 PM
Lancejack (The Union Series) by Phillip Richards - basically the British army in space

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BZODJZS/ref=oh_d__o01_details_o01__i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The 1st book C.R.O.W. is just as good

http://www.amazon.co.uk/C-R-O-W-The-Union-Series-ebook/dp/B008S1VH5K/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1

They are only available on the Kindle


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 11 September 2013, 08:36:13 PM
Pretty sure he wrote 'It Never Snows' first


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 11 September 2013, 08:49:13 PM
Pretty sure he wrote 'It Never Snows' first

That's what his profile says.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: GordonY on 11 September 2013, 11:01:57 PM
Currently enjoying "Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice, but not planning on gaming it this century.

/cue Music

.... I got all the time in the world!....

/end Music


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: seano1815 on 14 September 2013, 09:45:16 AM
Hi all . I'm currently reading Froissart's Chronicles  had it in paperback now on the kindle, a cracking good read.
Cheers
Sean


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 14 September 2013, 09:51:12 AM
Started Zero Point Neal Asher's sequel to The Departure. The death toll on Earth has risen to eight billion, and I'm only on page 97....   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 14 September 2013, 12:31:24 PM
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Pretty sure he wrote 'It Never Snows' first

Mea culpa :-[. Misread the dates; should have gone to Specsavers :D.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 14 September 2013, 08:37:35 PM
Wait til later Hertsblue!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: HPFlashman on 05 October 2013, 10:32:56 PM
Just finished "The house of silk" by Anthony Horowitz.

A great Sherlock Holmes pastiche, even if a whole lot darker than the canon.  :)

Highly reccomended.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: zaapark on 06 October 2013, 04:53:18 AM
"All you need is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

http://www.amazon.com/All-You-Need-Kill-Novel/dp/1421527618/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381031255&sr=8-1&keywords=all+you+need+is+kill (http://www.amazon.com/All-You-Need-Kill-Novel/dp/1421527618/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381031255&sr=8-1&keywords=all+you+need+is+kill)

Interesting sci fi yarn about an alien invasion and a trooper stuck in a time loop.  Will be a Tom Cruise movie in 2014 but looks like they strayed from the story by the character list.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631867/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1631867/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3)    :-\





Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 06 October 2013, 05:57:50 AM
Re-reading 'Waterloo, the great battle reappraised', always a good one if you don't know what to pick from the heap and need to get back into that 'Napoleonic feeling' for some paintjob that wants to get done...

Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 06 October 2013, 11:26:26 AM
Just finished reading Resistance by Owen Sheers

http://www.owensheers.co.uk/fiction.htm

They have just made a film of it to



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 06 October 2013, 11:31:59 AM
Avoid the film. It's very, very, very boring.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveL on 06 October 2013, 02:00:26 PM
Hi.  Just bought, and begun reading,  "The Wargames compendium" by Henry Hyde.  Expensive (but got a good deal at Derby) but a good, light read and trip down memory lane
.
Best Wishes   DaveL


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: haupt on 11 October 2013, 01:25:46 AM
The Civil War in color, It's full of well known photos that have been brought to life. There are a few errors, like the colour of NCO's chevrons and gun carriages, but pretty much a revelation IMHO.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 11 October 2013, 01:42:51 AM
German Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions 1939-1945 by Jorge Rosado and Chris Bishop.

Inspiration for colour schemes for my Pendraken Panzers.

Soviet Tank Units 1939-1945 by David Porter waiting in the wings for when I'm painting the other side.

Panzergrenadier volume ordered and hopefully en route.

Potted histories and pretty pictures!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 11 October 2013, 08:22:00 AM
Neal Asher Jupiter War
Getting good!  8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 11 October 2013, 10:34:31 AM
Listened to....
Crisis Four by Andy McNab.....
Reading....Still referring to 'Storm from the East' for the Mongols.....I wonder when the library are going to get that back ?  :D (Borrowed it over for over two months now...lucky no-one else seems to want to read it...... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 11 October 2013, 11:27:26 AM
I'm reading Barbarossa: The First 24 Hours - A Russian View.

Getting my wargaming juices flowing for T-35s.

 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 11 October 2013, 11:58:22 AM
..
Reading....Still referring to 'Storm from the East'

That will be about those bastards from Newport. wouldn't it?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 11 October 2013, 12:05:13 PM
Newport 'Mons' or Newport 'Pembs' ?
I assume you're referring to the one I live closest to F. :P ;D ;D ;D ;D
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 11 October 2013, 12:23:46 PM
Sorry - those cant be places in Wales - I can read and pronounce them.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 11 October 2013, 12:46:30 PM
Newport, Gwent (Monmouth) is known to the locals as "Casnewydd". My schoolboy Welsh tells me that "newydd" measn "new", but I don't know what "Cas" means.  :-\

Newport Pembs, goes under the alter ego of "Trefdraeth", which obviously means "Trevor can't hear properly".

 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 11 October 2013, 12:48:34 PM
Oh all right.....

Thought it'd be easier to say Newport... :P
In that case......Trefdraeth as fsn says  ;).....
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 11 October 2013, 01:01:44 PM
They're both a long way West of anywhere civilised but it's the one on the IOW you really need to worry about  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 11 October 2013, 01:06:33 PM
what about the one in Belgium with the slightly dodgy spelling


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 11 October 2013, 04:19:49 PM
Not forgetting Newport Essex!!

or perhaps its best we do.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Danyo on 11 October 2013, 11:26:58 PM
Alistair Hornes' The Price of Glory - Verdun 1916.
Fantastic read, really was horrific battle, with a good amount of maps to drool over for good measures haha


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Zippee on 12 October 2013, 08:46:36 AM
Currently:
Homeworld (E Currie) - Space Opera but fun
Bear Island ( A Maclean) - it was on TV last week and not how I remembered it so I wanted to check, damn the evils of instant download kindle books (which also saw me purchase HMS Ullsses, Ice Station Zebra, When Eight Bells Toll and Where Eagles Dare!)

Storm and Conquest - The Battle for the Indian Ocean 1808-10 (S Taylor)

just finished
Incomparable: Napoleon's 9th Light Infantry Regiment (TE Crowdy)
The Korean War (M Hastings)
The Eagle Has Landed (J Higgins) - more kindle inspired nostalgia!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 12 October 2013, 12:30:48 PM
Just finished the new Conn Iggulden - Emperor - the Blood of Gods.

Julius Caesar has been assassinated in the Senate but his adopted son, Octavian, has vowed revenge. All blood and guts stuff.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: GordonY on 12 October 2013, 01:35:31 PM
Dropzone Commander rulebook, suprisingly nice ruleset, the eye-candy in it is awesome.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 12 October 2013, 01:46:01 PM
Hi I`m reading The White Queen,pity the tv series got stopped....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 12 October 2013, 05:01:33 PM
City of Djinns by William Dalyrymple. Excellent so far and I like his style.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 18 October 2013, 05:51:05 PM
Have you read his From the Holy Mountain ? Very good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: haupt on 18 October 2013, 07:14:26 PM
Mars gets new chariots.   The iron horse in combat 1861-65 by Alan Koenig.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 18 October 2013, 08:35:43 PM
Have just got to page 200 of Shelby Foote's mammoth three volume history of the American Civil War. Only about 2700 pages to go - but it does read like a riveting novel.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 24 October 2013, 06:56:21 PM
Just started Christopher Duffy's 'by force of arms.

 :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 24 October 2013, 07:32:44 PM
Max Hastings "Catastrophe".  A great read,

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 24 October 2013, 08:29:36 PM
Finished listening to "Alexandria" and "The Jupiter Myth" by Lindsey Davis.....Enjoyed both.
Tomorrow will start "Dread Murder" by Gwendoline Butler...Shouldn't take long....5 hours 30 minutes apparently.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 24 October 2013, 08:48:30 PM
Lindsey Davis' Falco books are right riveting read.

I've just started "A Universe from Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss.

I have a headache. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 25 October 2013, 08:07:10 AM
With the nights drawing in it's back to the Kobo for my waiting-at-the-station-for-the-other-half stints. That's because the little beast is back-lit and I can read it in the dark. Currently half-way through Not Ordinary Men, John Colvin's account of the Battle of Kohima in 1944. One disadvantage of the e-book, though - it's bind flipping back to the maps.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 October 2013, 08:48:13 AM
Lindsey Davis' Falco books are right riveting read.

Very enjoyable indeed....Hope your headache's better fsn !
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 25 October 2013, 08:51:19 AM
If you're into ancient Roman sleuths try Steven Saylor's books based on the exploits of Gordianus the Finder. Real page-turners.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 October 2013, 08:54:02 AM
If you're into ancient Roman sleuths try Steven Saylor's books based on the exploits of Gordianus the Finder. Real page-turners.

Thanks Ray... :-bd
Another author to ask the dear old library van to look out for.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 25 October 2013, 10:04:36 AM
You mean you still got a library service, are the books in English ?  ;)

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 25 October 2013, 11:04:47 AM
At the risk of sounding like an online bookshop - If you like Falco and Gordianus you might also like R. S. Downie's Ruso, Rosemary Rowe's Libertus or David Wishart's Corvinus.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: clibinarium on 25 October 2013, 01:58:55 PM
Just started Christopher Duffy's 'by force of arms.

 :D

Hey, me too! Its on Amazon at a reasonable price at the moment.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 25 October 2013, 02:17:37 PM
I enjoyed the Ruso books..And Lindsey Davis has written a new book  ( well new to me)  about his son taking over the finder business


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: get2grips on 25 October 2013, 02:23:42 PM
"The Weirdstone of Brisingamen": odd one I know but read it as a kid and it helped (along with The Hobbit and Rings) to get me into the fantasy genre.

Nice walk down memory lane  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 25 October 2013, 02:27:00 PM
If you like roman sleuths I always enjoyed Marilyn Todd and David Wishart's  works


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 25 October 2013, 03:21:34 PM
"The Weirdstone of Brisingamen": odd one I know but read it as a kid and it helped (along with The Hobbit and Rings) to get me into the fantasy genre.

Nice walk down memory lane  ;)

Read "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" and "Moon of Gomrath" as a teenager on the promise from my Aunt that if I finished them by a certain time we'd go to Alderley Edge. The Edge at dusk after two days solid of reading those was really spooky


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 25 October 2013, 04:32:29 PM
I'll see the weirdstone and raise you 'The dark is rising' series by Susan Cooper.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: get2grips on 25 October 2013, 05:12:45 PM
Read "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" and "Moon of Gomrath" as a teenager on the promise from my Aunt that if I finished them by a certain time we'd go to Alderley Edge. The Edge at dusk after two days solid of reading those was really spooky..


Love it...wouldn't mind going myself ;)

I'll see the weirdstone and raise you 'The dark is rising' series by Susan Cooper.

Don't know anything about it Lem :-/


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 25 October 2013, 05:22:04 PM
I'll second the recommendation of "The Dark Is Rising." As with Weirdstone the main protagonists are kids/teenagers but if that doesn't put you off they are an excellent read. Stole several ideas from them for my tabletop role playing campaign!

Others I'd recommend in a similar vein are "Giant in the Snow" and "A Rag, a Bone, a Hank of Hair"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 October 2013, 05:37:16 PM
Thanks for the recommendations chaps !


You mean you still got a library service, are the books in English ?  ;)
IanS

I've never really looked Ian, to be honest...as I just grab as many audio books as think I can get through in three weeks.....But from odd 'scans' around the shelves I'd reckon 90+% are in English. ;)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 25 October 2013, 07:03:23 PM
Quote
Hey, me too! Its on Amazon at a reasonable price at the moment

Amazon was were I got my copy but I was extremely lucky.
I always put books that I would like to read, but are out of my price range
into my wishlist, then check the used copies available from time to time.
Every now and then a true bargain drops in your lap.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steeleye on 26 October 2013, 06:49:17 AM
I've recently finished reading 'Rising Sun' by Robert Conroy. This is an alternate history in which the Americans manage to lose the battle of Midway and the front line becomes the West Coast of America.

First off, the good bits.

This book is basically a 'ripping yarn' that kept me amused for two or three days. From a wargaming point of view there are some good ideas for Japanese raids on the American Coast (no doubt using those nice Japanese figures Pendraken make), plus there's a lot of fighting up in Alaska. Naval gamers should also get a few ideas from some of the situations.

Now for the not so good bits.

The entire book felt 'rushed' and there was little time for character development.

The author reused situations and scenes from his previous book '1901' and a lot of the characters reminded me of characters from that book. Also the characters didn't 'feel' right for the time period.

I also felt that Mr Conroy didn't do much research. I'm no expert on the period and the Pacific war doesn't really interest me over much, but some of the stuff he comes up with in the book just doesn't sit well with me. In fact I'd go as far as to say that it sounded plain wrong. But as I say I'm no expert.

In conclusion I'd say if you see this book in a charity shop or going cheap somewhere, buy it you might enjoy it. As I say it kept me amused, so who knows you might like it.

My copy of 'Rising Sun' will be going to the charity shop unlike '1901' which I kept and have read several times.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 October 2013, 10:18:27 AM
You mean you still got a library service, are the books in English ?  ;)

IanS

No, they're on papyrus. But they are thinking of introducing vellum soon.  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 26 October 2013, 10:34:34 AM
I'm sure audiobooks are the way to go Phil..Though it you must get cold and wet this time of year  listening to the towncryer in the marketplace shouting the book out to everyone


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: J.S. on 22 November 2013, 08:54:42 PM
(http://www.robertjkershaw.com/Images/It%20Never%20Snows.jpg)

Market Garden has always been of interest to me and I think that Mr.Kershaw did a great job in telling the story from "our" side. So far I didn't know just how ragtag the German defense really was, some passages were quite disturbing (eg old German Veterans form WW1  having to attack a hill which some of them had already stormed in 1914! Little wonder these poor old men didn't stand a chance against the British and American elite forces. And that's just one example of many).
I'd definitely recommend this one.

(http://img1.imagesbn.com/p/9780393003888_p0_v1_s260x420.JPG)

oldy but goldy. A collection of lectures by this famous British Professor. Highly readable, highly informative.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 22 November 2013, 09:13:48 PM
Half way through A Day of Battle - Mars-La-Tour, 16 August 1870 by David Ascoli, courtesy of Chad. The story of how one over-confident German general threw his army corps at the entire French Army of the Rhine and somehow got away with it. By rights the battle of Vionville - Mars-la-Tour should have been a crushing French victory, instead of which Bazain and his motley crew of marshals did not just snatch defeat, but embraced it and took it to bed. Incroyable!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: haupt on 22 November 2013, 10:42:37 PM
Vortex of Hell by Brian Pohanka, An in depth history of the 5th New York zouaves.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 23 November 2013, 12:36:58 AM
Flames Over Calais by Airey Neave.
WWII account of the German assault on Calais and the British and French last stand.

A rather rip roaring read.


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Post by: Russell Phillips on 23 November 2013, 08:18:00 AM
The Black Effect by Harvey Black. It's the second of a trilogy set during a Warsaw Pact invasion of West Germany in 1984. So far, it's damn good :-)

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Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveL on 25 November 2013, 05:27:52 PM
Just on the 2nd novel by Adrian Galsworthy about the Napoleonic wars (Peninsular).  I've bought all four of them from Amazon-really enjoying them.  I only discovered them by chance.  Never seen them Waterstones - are they choosey?? I,ve also seen some Roman books (Marius's Mules etc.) which again I,ve never seen before, so I think I might be staying with Amazon for my books from now on, as they seem to have a better selection than the High Street shops.

Best Wishes   DaveL


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 25 November 2013, 05:41:52 PM
I just typed Adrian Galsworthy in the Amazon search box, and this was the first thing offered.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WNZ3B24EL._SX342_.jpg)

Gave up after that.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 25 November 2013, 08:28:36 PM
I enjoyed the Ruso books..And Lindsey Davis has written a new book  ( well new to me)  about his son taking over the finder business

"The Ides of April" and it is his daughter who takes over, and I am afraid it didn't quite do it for me. Pity really as I loved the Falco novels, and the Saylor novels are well worth a read as well.  Strange how similar tastes are on this board.   :-\ :-\

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 25 November 2013, 09:24:51 PM
I loved the Falco books by Lindsey Davies, but the "the Ides of April" was disappointing.


Title: Re:
Post by: zaapark on 25 November 2013, 09:25:53 PM
The Black Effect by Harvey Black. It's the second of a trilogy set during a Warsaw Pact invasion of West Germany in 1984. So far, it's damn good :-)

Sent from my HTC Desire X using Tapatalk

Sounds interesting will have to pick it up.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Sandinista on 25 November 2013, 09:56:37 PM
Just finished reading "The Crusades Through Arab Eyes" by Amin Maalouf. Quite an insightful read, a different perspective on the subject than previous books I've read. He uses a lot of works of contemporary Arab chroniclers to paint a view of a society under threat from a barbaric alien culture. I would recommend it to those interested in the period and also those interested in current affairs.

Ian


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 26 November 2013, 07:13:33 AM
Just on the 2nd novel by Adrian Galsworthy about the Napoleonic wars (Peninsular).  I've bought all four of them from Amazon-really enjoying them.  I only discovered them by chance.  Never seen them Waterstones - are they choosey?? I,ve also seen some Roman books (Marius's Mules etc.) which again I,ve never seen before, so I think I might be staying with Amazon for my books from now on, as they seem to have a better selection than the High Street shops.

Waterstones (and every other book shop) has limited shelf space. Consequently, most books get six weeks (at most) on the shelves. If they don't sell during that time, they're sent back for a full refund. Amazon, on the other hand, have massive warehouses to stock books, and an effectively infinite space in which to display their stock. So they can display everything, including stuff that they'd have to order from the publisher.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 November 2013, 08:23:16 AM
Just on the 2nd novel by Adrian Galsworthy about the Napoleonic wars (Peninsular).  I've bought all four of them from Amazon-really enjoying them.  I only discovered them by chance.  Never seen them Waterstones - are they choosey?? I,ve also seen some Roman books (Marius's Mules etc.) which again I,ve never seen before, so I think I might be staying with Amazon for my books from now on, as they seem to have a better selection than the High Street shops.

Best Wishes   DaveL

The only problem there is that the high street bookshop will eventually go out of business and there will be nowhere to go to browse for likely titles. Oh, I know you can "browse" on Amazon, but it isn't the same. The same goes for the likes of Tesco cherry-picking the best-sellers at cut prices. And while I have an e-book that's useful for reading in the dark, it's a poor substitute for a real book - especially the sort of book where you have to keep consulting the maps. So I, for one, would be deeply saddened by the demise of the high street bookshop.

(ends whinge mode)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 03 December 2013, 08:54:56 PM
Just finished Max Hastings "Catastrophe".  WWI from August to December.  Great book!
Kipt


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 03 December 2013, 09:46:46 PM
The only problem there is that the high street bookshop will eventually go out of business and there will be nowhere to go to browse for likely titles. Oh, I know you can "browse" on Amazon, but it isn't the same. The same goes for the likes of Tesco cherry-picking the best-sellers at cut prices. And while I have an e-book that's useful for reading in the dark, it's a poor substitute for a real book - especially the sort of book where you have to keep consulting the maps. So I, for one, would be deeply saddened by the demise of the high street bookshop.

Honestly, the demise of the high street bookshop won't affect me. I grew up in a small village, the closest thing we had to a book shop within a reasonable distance was WHSmith, which had four book shelves. I didn't move to a place with an actual book shop until I was 32, and by then internet shopping and Amazon had appeared. So yes, I wouldn't be able to browse if all the book shops closed, but I don't do that anyway, because for a long time I couldn't, and by the time I could I'd got used to not doing.

I'd be vaguely sorry to see book shops disappear, and I'd be sorry for the poor buggers who lost their jobs, but I don't have a personal attachment to book shops like a lot of people seem to.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 03 December 2013, 10:39:20 PM
Panzer Commander by Hans von Luck

Doesn't quite fit with my AWI painting project  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 December 2013, 11:02:40 PM
Great read, especially the part where he is a prisoner of war.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 03 December 2013, 11:47:10 PM
Honestly, the demise of the high street bookshop won't affect me.

It might when Amazon are the only place you can get a book and it's all e-books at fifty quid a throw


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 December 2013, 07:08:59 AM
I've listened to loads of stuff over the past few weeks.
Enjoyed "The Long Earth" & "The Long War"....(which I thought I'd hate.)
Just about to start "The road to Jerusalem".....Can't tell from the blurb on the back whether it's a 'true' historical account of 'the great crusader' or fiction.
Craig will know, I expect.  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 04 December 2013, 08:49:57 AM
Greetings

George Gleig's 'The Subaltern' on kindle (account of a lieutenant of the 85th Foot of the late stages of the Peninsular War).

Regards

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 04 December 2013, 01:17:30 PM
Marines by Jay Allen, first of the Crimson worlds series.

pretty good so far.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 04 December 2013, 08:45:44 PM
It might when Amazon are the only place you can get a book and it's all e-books at fifty quid a throw

If that were to happen, then yes, it might. The "it's all e-books" bit wouldn't bother me, since I prefer e-books. I don't believe it will happen, though, for a number of reasons. Amazon are currently the big guys, but I doubt they always will be. Some years back in the US, Barnes & Noble were the big guy with shed-loads of money, and Amazon was the little guy, now it's the other way around. Jeff Bezos himself said recently that "Companies have short life spans, ... And Amazon will be disrupted one day."

Amazon are in a business where it is relatively cheap and easy to set up in competition, especially when it comes to selling e-books. Plus, books have lots of competition, and always will. Even if Amazon were the only place you could buy books, and they only sold e-books, and they charged 50 a book, there's no reason to think that Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive and the like would stop offering out-of-copyright books for free. Which means that every 50 book from Amazon has to compete with loads of free books. They also have to compete with every other form of entertainment available - TV, films, music, (even web forums ;) )

While the demise of book shops wouldn't bother me a great deal, I would be very sorry to see the demise of libraries. Unlike book shops, everywhere I've lived there has always been a local library, and over the years I've spent a great deal of time in them. Nowadays I take my son and daughter to the local library, and I hope the library is still there when they're old enough to go by themselves.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 11 December 2013, 11:40:38 AM
Unfortunately libraries are also facing a lot of pressure Russell. In Lincolnshire the council is proposing closing 41 out of 47 libraries  >:(

I started wargaming through finding book the Wesencraft book in my local library (which is now Leon's local library). It would be awful to think they disappear from communities altogether


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 11 December 2013, 12:56:08 PM
Unfortunately libraries are also facing a lot of pressure Russell. In Lincolnshire the council is proposing closing 41 out of 47 libraries  >:(

Yeah, I know libraries are under pressure these days, and that is a real pisser. I've not heard of any libraries being under threat here, though there is a threat to the local museums. My local council is currently seeking feedback on their budget plans for next year, I sent mine in last week, and I really hope they don't end up closing any museums, though I suspect that they will :(

My kids and I spend most Saturday mornings in either the library or the museum. It'd be a real shame to lose either of them.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 11 December 2013, 01:57:07 PM
Greetings

Solzhenitsyn's 'August 1914'.

In relation to the ebook debate I'd looked for it on kindle and not found it, so decided that at some point I would get a second hand hardcopy.  The next weekend I saw a copy on the bookstall at the local church Christmas bazaar for 40p. 

Regards

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: richinq on 11 December 2013, 04:17:25 PM
Square Bashing rules 

I need to go and find my copy of Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914  to read over xmas.

Rich.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 13 December 2013, 12:42:17 PM
Half way through Max Hastings "Catastrophe" and I am enjoying it  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 13 December 2013, 06:09:47 PM
The Fighting Wessex Wyverns by Patrick Delaforce. Just started it and as with his other books very good so far. I bought a load of others for my 50th birthday treat, so have a nice stack waiting to be started over Xmas and into the New Year :).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: brummie76 on 13 December 2013, 10:11:00 PM
I'm reading Sharpes Tiger (again) and Jullllian Stockwins "Kydd" series..... with a splattering of Voices from WW1, A great book you can read at any point from any page!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 14 December 2013, 07:56:55 AM
Listening to 'Realm' by James Jackson....Set around the time of Armada.
Really enjoying it
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 14 December 2013, 08:00:59 AM
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard. Wonderful stuff !


Title: Re: Re: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 14 December 2013, 08:04:45 AM
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard. Wonderful stuff !

I really enjoyed the Brigadier Gerard stories. :-D They are great fun.

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Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 14 December 2013, 09:44:36 AM
Half way through Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre, the story behind the "Man Who Never Was" deception. The circumstances behind the fiction were even more involved and fantastic than the film could ever hope to show and reinforce the old truism that people believe what they want to believe.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 14 December 2013, 09:50:26 AM
I am reading Master and God by Lindsey Davies  ...not a Falco one but really good story set in the time of Domitian



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 16 December 2013, 06:46:06 PM
Rothenberg's 'The Army of Francis Joseph' and Henderson's 'Worth' (both Christmas presents from wife and children but if you wait until they've gone to bed, then verrrrry carefully peel the selotape away from the bottom corner ... )


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 16 December 2013, 10:31:51 PM
Mr Selfridge...sauce without chips....a must read,
also reading...In search of the Dark Ages-Michael Wood...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 17 December 2013, 09:43:02 AM
Fenton wrote:
Quote
I am reading Master and God by Lindsey Davies  ...not a Falco one but really good story set in the time of Domitian


Have to say I thought it was one of the worst books I've read  :( Not patch on the early Falco novels. 

The "fly" chapter more or less finsihed it for me :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 17 December 2013, 10:13:33 AM
Well I would agree its not as good as the Falco books but its an interesting way of giving an overview of the history of the period

I wonder how the Falco's daughter informer books will be received or are there just to many Roman detectives about now


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 17 December 2013, 01:24:51 PM
I think you're probably right - the ancient detective world is getting a little ovepopulated.

One of the ones I like is Gordianus the Finder in the Roma sub Rosa series.  Worth checking out if you like toga'd sleuths  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 17 December 2013, 02:14:24 PM
I still like the Marylin Todd Books as well as David Wishart. The Medicus books by Ruth Downie are good as well

The Gordianus ones aren't bad just dont like the character

I quite like the Rosemary Rowe ones as well


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveL on 17 December 2013, 02:27:01 PM
Keane's Company by Ian Gale.  Very good and some insight into a relatively unknown aspect of the Peninsular War - the spy network. And a good story to boot.

DaveL


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: General Greenman on 17 December 2013, 09:53:01 PM
Just reading Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt . I have really come to love VSF and between Hunt and Cherie Priest I am really spoiled . I even broke one of my own rules and purchased a set of In her magestys Name rules.!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 29 December 2013, 05:44:14 PM
Just begun Terry Pratchett's latest, Raising Steam. Not hard to tell that Pratchett is a steam fan. Looking good so far.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 29 December 2013, 07:03:16 PM
Snap, Ray !
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 31 December 2013, 09:41:39 AM
Ah, Christmas, what would would we read without it?  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 31 December 2013, 09:57:58 AM
Spend the money on lead instead?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 31 December 2013, 10:01:36 AM
Not my money!  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 31 December 2013, 10:19:49 AM
I must be going through an aviation phase at the moment :-[
I have just read The Vulcan Story 1952-2002 by Tim Laming, which was a good read for anyone like me who used to love watching those gracefull beasts at airshows.
My wife bought me Goosepool, The History of RAF and RCAF Middleton St George and Teesside Airport by Stanley D Howes which gives a good history of the airport and the crews who flew from there.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Elliesdad on 31 December 2013, 11:07:33 AM
All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To - by Stuart Laycock.
Quite enjoyable. It just goes to show how bellicose we Brits are.

It needed spell-checking though (the example that springs to mind is the word Napoloen/Napoloenic).

A fine addition my my porcelain library.

Geoff


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 31 December 2013, 11:08:38 AM
Been listening to 'Bomber' by Len Deighton over the past couple of days while I've been pushing putty around.
(The Radio 4 adaptation from years ago.).....

I was MOST impressed....Got totally involved in it even though it was fictional.
That was a 3 bargain from the local market !....Looked up what people wanted for it on Amazon....Stroll on !!
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 31 December 2013, 01:25:14 PM
Been listening to 'Bomber' by Len Deighton over the past couple of days while I've been pushing putty around.
(The Radio 4 adaptation from years ago.).....

I was MOST impressed....Got totally involved in it even though it was fictional.
That was a 3 bargain from the local market !....Looked up what people wanted for it on Amazon....Stroll on !!
Cheers - Phil.

I found Bomber genuinely harrowing, fiction, well yes but every incident (including the bombed hospital decanting its occupants into the fire) was based in fact. I first listened to it with an old Bomber Command chum of mine, DFC DFM, the real deal; the only emotion he showed was when the poor pilot threw the towel in and was LMF'd all medals to be returned; so unfair, he said, they'd just reached the end of their rope, can't do better than your best, and that from a genuine hero, he understood what they'd endured, an insight not normally vouchsafed to shiny bums.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 31 December 2013, 01:38:49 PM
Just begun Terry Pratchett's latest, Raising Steam. Not hard to tell that Pratchett is a steam fan. Looking good so far.

I knew there was something I forgot to ask for on my Christmas list


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 31 December 2013, 02:28:28 PM
I found Bomber genuinely harrowing, fiction,

Definitely Cam.....But I couldn't stop listening.....It was so well done......In many respects far too well.....Although fiction, it was very uncomfortable (to say the least)....Certainly as I was assuming a lot of the 'plot' was 'lifted' from real events/happenings.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 31 December 2013, 03:42:30 PM
Just finished Al Murray's 'Watching War films with my Dad' a great read and much of it similar to my own experiences/outlook


Title: Re: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Russell Phillips on 31 December 2013, 04:04:50 PM
I'm reading Devils With Wings by Harvey Black. It's about a Fallschirmjager platoon in WWII, first in Poland, then assaulting Eben Emael.

It's very good, a real page-turner.

Sent from my HTC Desire X using Tapatalk


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 31 December 2013, 04:33:13 PM
Just finished Al Murray's 'Watching War films with my Dad' a great read and much of it similar to my own experiences/outlook

Just started it. It's actually quite interesting - not what I was expecting at all!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 31 December 2013, 04:53:13 PM
Definitely Cam.....But I couldn't stop listening.....It was so well done......In many respects far too well.....Although fiction, it was very uncomfortable (to say the least)....Certainly as I was assuming a lot of the 'plot' was 'lifted' from real events/happenings.

Cheers - Phil.

I know what you mean Phil, morbidly compelling, when the crewman got shot in the face with the phozzy shell I had to leave the room.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 31 December 2013, 05:07:45 PM
I think morbidly compelling sums it up perfectly Cam.

Having not done any checking before I started listening, I couldn't be sure that I wasn't listening to a dramatized version of true events.....
Took a little while before I was fully sure that it WAS just a 'made up' story.
What (I assume) were non actors (RAF & Luftwaffe crew/pilots....also civilians) chipping in with their own memories of wartime horrors, every so often, gave it a dreadfully realistic feel.

Cheers - Phil.






Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 31 December 2013, 05:42:02 PM
Phil were you aware that it was first broadcast in 'real time' starting early in the morning and finishing late at night?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 31 December 2013, 05:52:23 PM
Hi Cam.

Yes.... That bit I did read from the cover plate. :)
I'm guessing that that made it even more compelling !
There was no 'real time' for me when I listened to it....and that was 'bad enough' !

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 03 February 2014, 06:29:07 PM
Still Mr Selfridge......


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 February 2014, 08:49:31 PM
Gave up trying to listen to "The October List" by Jeffery Dever.......
'Cos it's done backwards......You start with the last chapter and then go on (back ?) to the previous chapter.....and then again...and again until you get to how the story 'started'.

That is.... the last chapter you listen to is really the first chapter in the story.
Confused ?.....I was.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 03 February 2014, 08:53:03 PM
So did you fail to finish it or fail to start it ?  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 February 2014, 08:58:40 PM
Well....I listened to the last/first chapter.....(No.36, I think).....Then went on (backwards ?) to chapter 35.....Then lost interest completely.  =) =)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: get2grips on 04 February 2014, 08:26:19 AM

That is.... the last chapter you listen to is really the first chapter in the story.
Confused ?.....I was.



Similar to "Times Arrow" (Martin Amis).

Told via reverse chronology; it's the stroy of a Nazi concentration camp "doctor".  Very powerful, if utterly disturbing read.  Highy recommended.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 February 2014, 09:08:44 AM
I'm sure it could be made to work.....I just thought the 'last' chapter wasn't much of a finale anyway.
It seemed more like it should have been the penultimate chapter.
So it was never going to work...for me, at least.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 04 February 2014, 09:53:49 AM
Finally finished Not Ordinary Men, the story of the Siege of Kohima in 1944. What intrigued me was to find that the campaign was by no means done and dusted when Kohima was relieved. There followed months of arduous "winkling-out" of isolated Japanese garrisons from ingeniously constructed bunkers, after which the battalions of 7th Indian and 2nd Divisions were reduced in some cases to under two hundred men. And all in the unrelenting downpour of an Indo-Burmese monsoon.  :o :o :o 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 05 February 2014, 01:41:07 PM
Greetings

A mix of Norman Stone's 'The Eastern Front 1914-1917', Showalter's book 'Tannenberg Clash of Empires' and Golovine's (translated) 'The Russian Campaign of 1914'.

Regards

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 February 2014, 02:40:19 PM
Just finished listening to "The Sparrows of Sycamore Road."
Should have bee put off by the cover when I borrowed it.....But as it was set during the Blitz, I thought it might have been OK.
Ooops !.....Somewhat (Oh, all right, FAR too) twee for my liking.....
"And they all lived happily ever after.".....Sort of !
Passed a few hours I suppose. (:| (:| (:|
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 06 February 2014, 03:31:11 PM
Greetings

A mix of Norman Stone's 'The Eastern Front 1914-1917', Showalter's book 'Tannenberg Clash of Empires' and Golovine's (translated) 'The Russian Campaign of 1914'.

Regards

Edward

If this is your period don't forget Solzenitzyn's 'August 1914', fantastic.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveL on 06 February 2014, 09:24:48 PM
Hi.  Just finished Scarrow's  "Arena".  Brilliant.  Also just read Cornwell's  "Pagan Lord"  Again, a very good read.

Have now started the first of 5 books about "Marius' Mules" - Roman Army in the time of Caesar.  Read about 100 pages, and so far very IMPRESSED.

Best Wishes   DaveL


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 08 February 2014, 02:28:35 PM
Just picked up D-Day by Ambrose in WHSmiths: 5 in hardback  8)

Also got Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: 5 in hardback as well (that one's for Isaac [7], honest  ;))


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: bigjackmac on 08 February 2014, 03:02:08 PM
Reading "D-Day with the Screaming Eagles" by George Koskimaki.  It's pretty good, lot of personal stuff, a lot like Ambrose's works in that it's a collection of stories thrown together into a single narrative to tell the story.  I'm through the lead-up/training, the drop itself, and almost finished with actions on 6 June 1944.

Jack


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sixsideddice on 09 February 2014, 04:32:29 AM
Don't know if this counts, but currently listening to the complete unabridged and annotated Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (10 and 57 discs respectively) on my cd system while I sit painting a heap of metal.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 09 February 2014, 04:55:25 AM
Don't know if this counts, but currently listening to the complete unabridged and annotated Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (10 and 57 discs respectively) on my cd system while I sit painting a heap of metal.

That definitely counts and shows very good taste  :-bd  A HOTT army by any chance? ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: sixsideddice on 09 February 2014, 09:23:48 PM
Quote
A HOTT army by any chance?
   ;D

I`m torn between using HOTT2 and my own LotR rules system at the moment  ;) 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 09 February 2014, 09:53:00 PM
A quick zoom through what (gaming-wise) I'm reading at the moment

http://nikharwood.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/rules-reading-list.html (http://nikharwood.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/rules-reading-list.html)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 09 February 2014, 10:24:30 PM
If anybody is interested in WW-2 Naval warfare be sure to read 'Last stand of the Tin Can Sailors' about the USN/IJN at the battle off Samar in october '44.
The story about Taffy 3 during the naval engagement around the Phillipines is absolutely breathtaking. Personal, bloody and accurate; one of the best books I've read in years!

Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 10 February 2014, 08:54:21 AM
Sister-in-law gave me Game of Thrones by George R R Martin for my birthday. I've never watched the TV series so it comes as completely fresh. Not as truly dreadful as I expected, but I still can't make heads or tails of the maps after a week's trying.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 10 February 2014, 08:57:23 AM
Warhammer Historicals' 'Age of Arthur' which is extremely good :).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 10 February 2014, 10:42:33 PM
Warhammer Historicals' 'Age of Arthur' which is extremely good :).

That's wargamer porn right there, Steve  ;) ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 10 February 2014, 11:31:05 PM
Panzergrenadier Divisions 1939-1945 by Chris Bishop

Inspiration in an attempt to break "painter's block."


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 09 March 2014, 12:35:35 AM
Still Mr Selfridge....................


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 March 2014, 09:27:56 AM
Just finished 'Alexandra' (again).....Now on listening to Lustrum by Robert Harris. (Well, I AM about to start on the Imperial Romans, so these are slightly relevant....at least they have got 'Romans' in them. ;))
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 09 March 2014, 09:34:11 AM
Halfway through Rome's Fallen Eagle by Robert Fabbri, part of another series based on an historical personage as action hero. This time it's Vespasian. I have to say that this is one of the better ones - almost up to Conn Igulden's standard. And there are at least three more books in the series.  :-bd


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 09 March 2014, 11:07:18 AM
Techno,
Maybe Rosemary Sutcliffe's 'Eagle of The Nineth' may be more apt as you do them and finish the Picts!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 March 2014, 12:21:36 PM
Techno,Maybe Rosemary Sutcliffe's 'Eagle of The Nineth' may be more apt as you do them and finish the Picts!

Only if I can get it as a talking book, Will...I can only listen  when I'm pushing putty about...But I have got my own copy of 'Clavdivs' now.....I'll soon be playing that again. ;)

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 09 March 2014, 12:23:26 PM

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/the-eagle-of-the-ninth/id426856229 ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: clibinarium on 09 March 2014, 12:42:10 PM
Only if I can get it as a talking book, Will...I can only listen  when I'm pushing putty about...But I have got my own copy of 'Clavdivs' now.....I'll soon be playing that again. ;)

Cheers - Phil.

Snap! I really can't work unless I have something to listen to, and its a great way to read things I otherwise wouldn't have time to. I am on book 3 of Shelby Foote's Civil War trilogy this morning, its huge and has been keeping me going for a few weeks now.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 09 March 2014, 12:44:05 PM
Clib

I am not sure if you know this but N.I libraries have loads of audio books online


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 09 March 2014, 01:01:42 PM
LibriVox.org is great for being read lots of old books.





Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: get2grips on 09 March 2014, 01:26:46 PM
"Legions of Rome: The definitive history of every Roman legion."  Stephen Dando-Collins

Does what it says really: the history of EVERY Roman legion from creation to disbandment or destruction: awesome.  Also includes a study of Roman unit organisation.

Got it on my Kindle for 1.99!!!  Bargain :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 09 March 2014, 01:36:49 PM
Our local library gives us access to this

http://www.recordedbooks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=rb.ocd

though I am sure its available throughout the UK


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 March 2014, 04:59:01 PM
Sounds (ahem  :-[) interesting gang !
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 09 March 2014, 05:55:10 PM
Oh sorry, Techno. You know your wax cylinders? Well they now do them as plate like things for the new fashioned phonograph. Then, they took them and made them smaller and used a type of magic called "laser" to put them onto little disks. This was by converting the sound into a lot of little one and zeros, it's called digitised. Now, they don't even need the compact disks, and you can get the digitised sounds on your computer. You can buy books being read by people at a number of sites on the world wide web at places like Amazon. You can also get them free on LibriVox. You can get a copy of them on your computer. 

Conmputer? Well you know your typewriter ...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: get2grips on 09 March 2014, 07:04:06 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

 =O =O =O

 ;D ;D ;D

He has a point...you are like...really really...erm...well...mature :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 March 2014, 07:47:50 PM
I could really, really go off some people. :P ;D ;D ;D ;D
Cheers - Phil (Black book time for the pair of you.)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 09 March 2014, 07:49:43 PM
Is that the same balck book you had last year Phil? Your chisel must be starting to wear out  by now, FSN could tell you about papyrus if you wanted,its the up and coming medium I hear


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: get2grips on 09 March 2014, 08:00:16 PM
Is that the same balck book you had last year Phil? Your chisel must be starting to wear out  by now, FSN could tell you about papyrus if you wanted,its the up and coming medium I hear

Nah, wax tablet.  I've heard he's a dab hand with the stylus :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 09 March 2014, 10:10:51 PM
I hear tablets are the in thing?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 March 2014, 10:28:13 PM
I've got hundreds of tablets.......They're a bit small to write on though.

Is that the same balck book you had last year Phil? Your chisel must be starting to wear out  by now, FSN could tell you about papyrus if you wanted,its the up and coming medium I hear.

Still the same one, Steve......I'm using the big bit of bluestone that some old friends left lying about near here a little while a go..(seems like only yesterday)...They said they were going to build something big and impressive, but that the one I'm chipping away at, was surplus to requirements.
Dunno what happened to the other lumps they gouged out.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 10 March 2014, 08:00:44 AM
I hear tablets are the in thing?

Yes I've got a clay kindle.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 10 March 2014, 08:05:11 AM
Perhaps there's a cream that can ease that?  :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 10 March 2014, 08:23:58 AM
Yes I've got a clay kindle.

IanS

Must make turning the pages a little problematical.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 10 March 2014, 11:07:14 AM
Must make turning the pages a little problematical.

I think I may have posted the link before but here's the Help Desk solving a "paging" problem :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUQRbqc2qtY


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 13 March 2014, 12:22:13 AM
Just finished reading Field Grey by Phillip Kerr about Bernie Gunther a 1930's Berlin policeman though the story jumps back and forward between then and 1954...loads of books in the series .....highly recommended


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 13 March 2014, 04:22:08 PM
I discovered him a few months ago and read the entire series in a fortnight, not great literature but definitely page turning stuff with lots of fascinating little snippets of history thrown in.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 14 March 2014, 08:31:42 AM
Literature = all those books the critics laud but which no one can be bothered to read.  :d


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 15 March 2014, 09:45:46 AM
Just finished 'Happy Odyssey', the memoirs of General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, VC. He was twice wounded in the 2nd Boer War, lost an eye in Somaliland, was wounded several times, including the loss of a hand, in the Great War, and survived a crash-landing in the sea and became a POW in Italy in the Second World War. He served as a model for Brigadier Ben Ritchie-Hook in Waugh's 'Sword of Honour' trilogy. He headed the British Military Mission during the Polish-Soviet War where he was a great success with the Polish officer corps since, as Norman Davies puts it, 'he was wealthy, aristocratic, cosmopolitan, Catholic, heroic, and indefatigably foolhardy.'  The memoirs make a fascinating read and you have to admire the old-fashioned modesty of the man: he does not once mention his VC.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 15 March 2014, 09:55:27 AM
Just finished Raising Steam by T Pratchett...bit disappointed I think this the third or 4th book in a row now by him I havnt actually laughed at during any part of the book


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 15 March 2014, 03:15:43 PM
Just finished Raising Steam by T Pratchett...bit disappointed I think this the third or 4th book in a row now by him I havnt actually laughed at during any part of the book

Even struggling with early-onset Alzheimer's disease he writes a better yarn than most. The recent books were amusing rather than laugh-out-loud funny but I still enjoyed them immensely.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: get2grips on 15 March 2014, 07:19:45 PM
They are getting darker...

Started off silly...
Then became funny with a hint of social conscience...
Now dark with puns.

Funny though, I've loved every stage :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 15 March 2014, 08:50:50 PM
still Mr Selfridge......too busy painting...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 March 2014, 08:17:30 AM
"How the Light gets in"....By Louise Penny.
Apparently the ninth and final (?) book in a series about corruption in a section of the Canadian police force. (Fiction)
Pity.....It's been rather good.....But now I know how al the loose knots from the earlier stories tie together, I wouldn't want to listen to them. ;)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 16 March 2014, 02:45:24 PM
Just started Mike Rapport's '1848: Year of Revolution.' So far a lively, detailed read. Best anecdote thus far concerns a Spanish exponent of militarist reaction who, on his death-bed, was urged by his confessor to forgive all his enemies. 'I don't have any,' he replied, 'I've had them all shot.'


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 16 March 2014, 03:12:47 PM
Just started Mike Rapport's '1848: Year of Revolution.' So far a lively, detailed read. Best anecdote thus far concerns a Spanish exponent of militarist reaction who, on his death-bed, was urged by his confessor to forgive all his enemies. 'I don't have any,' he replied, 'I've had them all shot.'

I've always been taken with Macchiavelli's deathbed scene:

Priest: My son, do you renounce the devil and all his works?
Macchiavelli: Father, this is no time to be making enemies.

Almost worth becoming a Catholic to have a parting shot like that to look forward to.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 16 March 2014, 03:51:05 PM
I've always been taken with Macchiavelli's deathbed scene:

Priest: My son, do you renounce the devil and all his works?
Macchiavelli: Father, this is no time to be making enemies.

Almost worth becoming a Catholic to have a parting shot like that to look forward to.

I always thought that quote was attributed to Voltaire


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 16 March 2014, 10:45:58 PM
If one believes Wikipedia, they give the following account of Voltaire

"The accounts of his deathbed have been numerous and varying, and it has not been possible to establish the details of what precisely occurred. His enemies related that he repented and accepted the last rites given by a Catholic priest, or that he died under great torment, while his adherents told how he was defiant to his last breath. According to one story, his last words were, "Now is not the time for making new enemies." It was his response to a priest at the side of his deathbed, asking Voltaire to renounce Satan."


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 16 March 2014, 11:29:04 PM
Damn. I'd rather have an Italian say it. But it's none the worse in French.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 17 March 2014, 03:00:19 AM
Damn. I'd rather have an Italian say it. But it's none the worse in French.

This forum really needs a "like" feature :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 17 March 2014, 03:43:41 AM
It seems on further inquiry that it may have been neither of them, and possibly only a joke. Reality is letting us down, folks.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 17 March 2014, 08:18:14 AM
Reality generally does.....

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 17 March 2014, 08:54:38 AM
Begun Kohima 1944 by Chris Brown - one of the Battle Story Series. Slightly disappointed to find that Mr Brown seems to think that Kohima is in Burma....  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 17 March 2014, 11:09:59 AM
Regarding Voltaire's death-bed, the fullest account I've come across is that in  'Death and the Enlightenment', John McManners, OUP, 1981, pages 265-9. He argues convincingly that Voltaire wanted to be buried according to the rites of the church, to avoid scandal and because he felt that he had a duty as a royal official and a member of the Academy to do so. However, he did not want to disown his writings or recognise the divinity of Christ or the efficacy of the sacraments. He received the absolution, which was needed for the burial to go ahead, from a somewhat naive priest whom he then refused to see again. His nephew recorded everything in proper legal form in case a law suit ensued on his death forbidding the burial. 'He paid tribute to social decencies, the institutional framework of morality and the traditions of his nation.' When asked towards the end if he recognised the divinity of Christ his reply was 'Laissez-moi mourir en paix'--'Let me die in peace.'


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 17 March 2014, 11:16:47 AM
It seems on further inquiry that it may have been neither of them, and possibly only a joke. Reality is letting us down, folks.

Who does one apply to to get a history rewrite ?...I was thinking Hollywood but that might be too expensive, any other suggestions?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 17 March 2014, 11:49:15 AM
Just in the middle or reading ' The Man who died  laughing' by Tarquin Hall, books are about an Indian private detective Vish Puri and his detective agency, well written and funny, and the crimes are nicely thought out with lots of Indian background flavour to the novels..Recommended


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 17 March 2014, 11:51:58 AM
Who does one apply to to get a history rewrite ?...I was thinking Hollywood but that might be too expensive, any other suggestions?

What a question for a wargamer to ask! What's our hobby all about?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 25 March 2014, 07:24:48 PM
Just completed 'Her Privates We' by Frederic Manning, published 1929, a fictionalised memoir of the author's time as a 'gentleman ranker' on the Somme in 1916. I was very impressed by the way it gave a voice to the ordinary tommy (the original edition had to be published privately because the language would have been censored otherwise). The experiences of battle and of the pointless shuffling about behind the line are both very vividly presented. A remarkable piece of work.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 26 March 2014, 08:37:43 AM
Yes I liked it too, bit bleak; have you read 'The Advance to Mons' ?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 26 March 2014, 09:24:37 AM
Past few weeks....Listened to ....
"Guns in the gallery" by Simon Brett.....OK (ish)...A tad 'twee'.
"How the light gets in" by Louise Penny......Loved that one ! (About political and police corruption in Canada.)
"When will there be good news" by Kate Atkinson......Bit disappointed with that one in the end.
"Alexandria" by Lindsey Davis (again).....Great stories, great characters in this series..
Currently listening to "Found wanting" by Robert Goddard....A 'conspiracy theory' mystery type fiction, about the death of the Russian Royal family......Jumps about a bit too much....rather a daft plot line..... but reasonably entertaining.

I wonder what the library van will have on board today. ;) .....Some more Lindsey Davis, I hope.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 26 March 2014, 09:40:19 AM
Currently reading "Ides of April" by Lindsey Davis. Albia Flavia has taken over the family profession from Marcus Didius. Having been enormously fond of Marcus and Helena I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it but I've been pleasantly surprised.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 March 2014, 09:54:32 AM
Just completed 'Her Privates We' by Frederic Manning, published 1929, a fictionalised memoir of the author's time as a 'gentleman ranker' on the Somme in 1916. I was very impressed by the way it gave a voice to the ordinary tommy (the original edition had to be published privately because the language would have been censored otherwise). The experiences of battle and of the pointless shuffling about behind the line are both very vividly presented. A remarkable piece of work.

Indeed. "Privates" in this context being locate below the belt!  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 26 March 2014, 04:46:11 PM
Yes I liked it too, bit bleak; have you read 'The Advance to Mons' ?

No, but I'll look out for a copy, thanks.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 26 March 2014, 04:47:27 PM
Indeed. "Privates" in this context being locate below the belt!  :D

Very much so---the middle parts of Fortune!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 27 March 2014, 11:25:52 AM
No, but I'll look out for a copy, thanks.

Excellent account of German advance and first contact with BEF (they didn't enjoy the experience); written by Walter Blum (father killed at Spichern); nice chap, traditional 19th century German nationalist, decidedly not anti-Semitic but post Versailles threw in his lot with the NDSPD; son killed on eastern front; rather tragic figure but commanding respect - IMHO.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 27 March 2014, 02:55:47 PM
my menu, I`m starving.... ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 27 March 2014, 02:59:14 PM
 =O =((


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 28 March 2014, 03:54:12 AM
Very much so---the middle parts of Fortune!

Ah, these little embers of literacy in the ashes of post-Thatcher UK schooling!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 28 March 2014, 07:52:05 AM
Just started "Siege of Khartoum" by John Wilcox.
That's going to last a few days.......15 CDs.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: howayman on 28 March 2014, 08:27:49 AM
Does it take that long to read a cd ?
My preThatcher education must have failed me.   ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 28 March 2014, 08:33:33 AM
Ah, these little embers of literacy in the ashes of post-Thatcher UK schooling!

Thatcher was still a Lincolnshire housewife when I left school.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 28 March 2014, 08:38:19 AM
Just started "Siege of Khartoum" by John Wilcox.
That's going to last a few days.......15 CDs.
Cheers - Phil

I will have to have al ook online to see if the library has it for download..I find with audiobooks that even though the subject matter might be interesting , if we dont like the reader then we probably stop listening to it


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 28 March 2014, 08:56:41 AM
Hi Steve...

The reader is Graham Padden.

I'm certain I've listened to another 'book' in this series 'starring' ex Captinn Simon Fonthill (set in India ?) and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This one's good too.
It IS fiction....In case you were thinking it's a factual account of the 'event'. ;)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Womble67 on 31 March 2014, 09:32:35 AM
Just started Wolfe at Quebec

take care

andy


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 31 March 2014, 10:58:10 PM
Re-reading Peter Fleming's 'Invasion 1940' which is about exactly that: the threatened Nazi invasion of these islands and the measures taken against it. I like his dry humour and well-chosen anecdotes, especially the account of "a 63 year old Zulu whose father had led one of Cetewayo's impis against the British and who had been at one time a lion-tamer; he was among the first volunteers [LDV, later Home Guard] in a coastal district of Glamorganshire where it was hoped that, if the invaders landed, his appearance on the foreshore might suggest to them a serious error in navigation had been made."


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 03 April 2014, 11:28:32 AM
'Soldier Sahibs'; interesting history of the Sikh Wars and the Young Men on the North-West Frontier around the middle of the 19th century.
Lots of interesting personal accounts though slightly confusing with all of the characters, functions and positions that keep whirling around. Some decent maps throughout the book would have been nice too! Really hate having to look up that one map everytime and then find out that the town or pass mentioned in the text is not on it... :(

Ah well, I'll get used to it... someday...

Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 April 2014, 12:04:27 PM
Finished listening to the Siege of Khartoum....Thought it wasn't too bad at all.
Now on to 'The Quarry' by Ian Banks.

The 'hero' is portrayed as a tad 'strange' (very 'hyper')....But done sympathetically.....Quite enjoying it...Even though he admits to playing the EE's games on his computer early on in the story. ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: freddy326 on 07 April 2014, 08:41:56 AM
Just finished Thunder in May and following it with Seelowe Nord both by Andy Johnson, I'm trying to get my early WWII mojo back!!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 07 April 2014, 12:45:07 PM
"Arena" by Simon Scarrow and T. J. Andrews. A prequel to the Macro and Cato series.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 07 April 2014, 04:48:20 PM
Having been initiated into Robert Fabbri's Vespasian series I've just had to read all the rest of them. Finished Rome's Tribune, No 1, and now halfway through Rome's Executioner, No 2, I'm well immersed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 07 April 2014, 04:57:00 PM
My father dropped off three of the Vespasian series last time he was here. Looking forward to reading them.

Andrzej Sapkowski's "Time of Contempt" (part of the Witcher series) up next though, after Arena.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: GordonY on 07 April 2014, 07:32:40 PM
Wading through the entire Terry Pratchett Discworld novels, a cracking read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 07 April 2014, 07:37:59 PM
I am re reading Thief of Time as I type


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 07 April 2014, 07:40:42 PM
'Soldier Sahibs'; interesting history of the Sikh Wars and the Young Men on the North-West Frontier around the middle of the 19th century.
Lots of interesting personal accounts though slightly confusing with all of the characters, functions and positions that keep whirling around. Some decent maps throughout the book would have been nice too! Really hate having to look up that one map everytime and then find out that the town or pass mentioned in the text is not on it... Sad

Ah well, I'll get used to it... someday...


Drives me nuts; maps with no N-S axis, no scale and half the places mentioned in the text omitted, grrrrrrrrrr  >:(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 07 April 2014, 08:42:39 PM
Train spotters weekly


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 07 April 2014, 08:53:59 PM
Train spotters weekly

Really ?

Do you have issue 603?, the one with the Double converse bogie controversy?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 07 April 2014, 09:48:39 PM
Excuse me. I think you'll find that under Section 6, Sub Section 4, Paragraph 3c of the "Pendraken Forum, Purchasers and Members Commentary", (version 6, with annotated maps and glossary) it clearly states that "Any that mention M____ R_______ in anything except a lampooning, derogatory or humorous purpose or as a matter of ridicule, shall fall forfeit as befits and amuses the Slightly Soiled Lord (now the Dark Lord) in whatever mood he shall be when presented with the accusation."

You two are in trouble!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 07 April 2014, 10:30:08 PM

You two are in trouble!

Is that in a pretending to post as somebody else even after Aprils Fools day is over and being called an oik and being put in the 'Very Extra Special, just wait till I get to you' black book sort of trouble?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 08 April 2014, 07:04:13 AM
Well, I don't want to be the only one outside the headmaster's office.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 08 April 2014, 07:53:31 AM
It HAS gone in to the very Special Black Book reserved especially for extremely naughty boys.
It may seem a trifle harsh, but Matt has gone into the 'normal' black book for laughing.
Discipline must be maintained.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 08 April 2014, 08:26:59 AM
Wow! Shadenfreude rules, OK!  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 08 April 2014, 10:46:37 AM
Quote
It may seem a trifle harsh, but Matt has gone into the 'normal' black book for laughing.

 :o no fair!

(Its all FSN's fault, my mom says I shouldn't sit by him)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 08 April 2014, 11:51:44 AM
Now on to 'The Quarry' by Ian Banks.The 'hero' is portrayed as a tad 'strange' (very 'hyper')....But done sympathetically.....Quite enjoying it...Even though he admits to playing the EE's games on his computer early on in the story. ;)Cheers - Phil

Don't worry Matt.
Life has just got its own back on me....... =)
The story (above) that I was quite enjoying, seemed to have a very abrupt and unfinished 'ending'......Until I checked, and found that the final CD was missing.
The fact that there was no "We hope you have enjoyed....Other titles available from Isis Audio Books etc"...Should have set alarm bells ringing.
I presume that the last person that borrowed it has either left it in his or her CD player, or put it back into the case of another 'book' he/she had at the time :'( :'( :'(

Damn Oik !!
Cheers - Grumpy of Wales. ;)




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 08 April 2014, 11:59:13 AM
I suppose I'll get the blame for that as well!

 :P

PS They all die, but I don't know if I care or not.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 08 April 2014, 12:03:00 PM
I suppose I'll get the blame for that as well!  :P

Yup !!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 08 April 2014, 12:19:32 PM
Don't worry Matt.
Life has just got its own back on me....... =)
The story (above) that I was quite enjoying, seemed to have a very abrupt and unfinished 'ending'......Until I checked, and found that the final CD was missing.
The fact that there was no "We hope you have enjoyed....Other titles available from Isis Audio Books etc"...Should have set alarm bells ringing.
I presume that the last person that borrowed it has either left it in his or her CD player, or put it back into the case of another 'book' he/she had at the time :'( :'( :'(

Damn Oik !!
Cheers - Grumpy of Wales. ;)




Thats happened to me more than enough...I download them from the library instead


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 08 April 2014, 07:04:34 PM
Just finished Peter Green's 'Alexander of Macedon'. V enjoyable and informative. Scholarly, detailed (good on battles) and witty: "We may doubt, then, that Archelaus' support for the arts made any impression beyond his immediate entourage. Most Macedonian nobles preferred the more manly pleasures of hunting, carousing, and casual fornication. Sodomy--with young boys or, at a pinch, with each other-- they also much enjoyed; but they had no intention of letting it be contaminated with decadent Platonic notions of spiritual uplift."


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 08 April 2014, 07:29:48 PM
Just finished Peter Green's 'Alexander of Macedon'. V enjoyable and informative. Scholarly, detailed (good on battles) and witty: "We may doubt, then, that Archelaus' support for the arts made any impression beyond his immediate entourage. Most Macedonian nobles preferred the more manly pleasures of hunting, carousing, and casual fornication. Sodomy--with young boys or, at a pinch, with each other-- they also much enjoyed; but they had no intention of letting it be contaminated with decadent Platonic notions of spiritual uplift."

If you like this period I recommend Mary Renault's 'The Alexander Trilogy', excellent.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 08 April 2014, 07:48:17 PM
Agreed. I read them a while back and should re-read them. I was hooked on the Greeks in Persia after doing a book of the 'Anabasis' for O Grade Greek back in 1965. Renault captures that world beautifully.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hussargeneral on 08 April 2014, 07:51:40 PM
Christian Cameron, the long war series. Very similar to Bernard Cornwell but set during the Greek Persian Wars.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 08 April 2014, 08:20:25 PM
Christian Cameron, the long war series. Very similar to Bernard Cornwell but set during the Greek Persian Wars.

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll put it on the list!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 08 April 2014, 10:22:01 PM
Beasts of no nation


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 09 April 2014, 09:32:52 AM
Beasts of no nation

Is that a title, Marie, or just your general opinion of the forum?  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 09 April 2014, 09:49:17 AM
Beasts of No Nation film - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1365050/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1365050/)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 09 April 2014, 10:46:53 AM
Worlds of Arthur by Guy Halsall, not very far through but interesting enough

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Worlds-Arthur-Facts-Fictions-Dark/dp/019965817X/ref=la_B001HD1NSC_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397036789&sr=1-1


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 10 April 2014, 10:49:13 PM
An old, battered volume of Punch, got for a ten bob note at a jumble sale decades back, full of fine Tenniel cartoons relating to the Zulu and Afghan Wars plus some witty cartoons by du Maurier on the aesthetic movement of the period involving Mrs Ponsonby de Tomkyns and Mr & Mrs Cimabue Brown. Great stuff. Bismarck is depicted in cuirassier uniform with cigar and tankard of Black Velvet throughout: stereotyipng or what?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 April 2014, 07:39:37 AM
In the past few weeks...
Listened to 'Flesh wounds' by Chris Brookmyre, 'Deadly Business' by Quintin Jardine, 'Chasing Darkness' by Robert Crais and 'The Uninvited' by Liz Jensen.
First three were very enjoyable, but 'The Uninvited' fizzled out quite spectacularly.
I'd describe it as a sort of sci/fi supernatural 'thriller', and it was fairly creepy for the first half of the story but ended as a 'damp squib'.

I really should be listening to my own copy of 'Claudius' while I'm making the 'Imperial Romans'..but I've borrowed too many books from the library to give that one another listen for the time being. ;)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 25 April 2014, 10:06:03 AM
I really should be listening to my own copy of 'Claudius' while I'm making the 'Imperial Romans'..but I've borrowed too many books from the library to give that one another listen for the time being. ;)

I'd suggest Simon Scarrow's Macro and Cato series as inspiration for Early Imperial Romans rather than "I, Clavdivs"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 April 2014, 11:50:54 AM
Hi I.

"CLAVDIVS" is a fictionalized account of the Romans invading our fair shores, set around 43AD.....I assume that the author (Douglas Jackson) has done a fair old bit of research and then 'shoehorned' that into parts of the story itself....I suppose I would describe it as an historical 'thriller'....But it's very enjoyable.  ;)
Lots of political intrigue....Lots of battles....and what I assume is a reasonable amount of accuracy.
Cheers - Phil :)

(And it's got a 'hefferlump' in it too.)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 25 April 2014, 12:45:09 PM
Oh, that one. More appropriate than the more political "I Claudius" right enough. My recollection is of a little too much graphic violence for my taste and of a book that could have done with a bit of careful pruning in the third quarter of the story but a good read none the less.

Still recommend Scarrow over this :)


Edited to deal with predictive text  >:(  Scarrow NOT Sparrow  =)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 25 April 2014, 01:04:43 PM

(And it's got a 'hefferlump' in it too.)

The grammar on this forum is slipping again, it's 'han hefferlump'.  :P


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 April 2014, 01:36:13 PM
Oh, that one. More appropriate than the more political "I Claudius" right enough. My recollection is of a little too much graphic violence for my taste and of a book that could have done with a bit of careful pruning in the third quarter of the story but a good read none the less.Still recommend Sparrow over this :)

Thanks I. I'll keep an eye out for it.

The grammar on this forum is slipping again, it's 'han hefferlump'.  :P

Of course.....What a mistake-a-to-make !  ;D ;D ;D

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 April 2014, 09:52:06 AM
I'd suggest Simon Scarrow's Macro and Cato series as inspiration for Early Imperial Romans rather than "I, Clavdivs"

Try Robert Fabbri's "Vespasian" series if you like blood and guts combined with a well-researched plot line. The latest book, The Lost Eagle of Rome covers the Claudian invasion of Britain.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 27 April 2014, 05:25:55 PM
Currently reading 'The Game of Kings' by Dorothy Dunnett and enjoying it greatly. It's about 40-50 years old but somehow I missed it until now. Six fat volumes in the series set between 1547 and 1558 all over Europe and beyond.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: howayman on 27 April 2014, 08:45:30 PM
Rereading Okinawa 1945 by Ian Gow.
Recommend it if you're interested in that era.
 Hopefully will get me moving on my 10mm Japanese force again, sort of hit a wall with them.
 Is the Game of Kings actual-historical or pseudo-historical ?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 28 April 2014, 07:48:16 AM
"Is it actual-historical or pseudo-historical?" Hard to say as I've only started volume one. The basis is in Scottish history certainly and many of the characters are actual historical figures. I'll have to read a good bit more before I can give an informed answer.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Si Tyler on 28 April 2014, 08:53:17 AM
Tannenberg Clash of Empires - Dennis E. Showalter

Cracking account of the build up of the German and Russian forces in early 1914 and the initial engagements.  Lots of blundering around with poor reconnaissance, lots of opportunity for smaller engagements such as Landwehr brigades (both mixed and infantry brigade compositions vs Russians.

and backing it up

Imperial German Army 1914 - 18; Organisation, structure, Orders of Battle - Hermann Cron, Translated by C.F. Colton, MA


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 29 April 2014, 07:10:52 PM
Hi I.

"CLAVDIVS" is a fictionalized account of the Romans invading our fair shores, set around 43AD.....I assume that the author (Douglas Jackson) has done a fair old bit of research and then 'shoehorned' that into parts of the story itself....I suppose I would describe it as an historical 'thriller'....But it's very enjoyable.  ;)
Lots of political intrigue....Lots of battles....and what I assume is a reasonable amount of accuracy.
Cheers - Phil :)

(And it's got a 'hefferlump' in it too.)

I thought 'I CLAVDIVS' was written by Robert Graves ?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 29 April 2014, 08:46:51 PM
"I, Claudius" is about the Emperor Claudius and intrigue among the upper classes while "Claudius" is about the Claudian invasion of Britain as viewed by, among others, a Roman heffalump keeper. I think we need a meerkat to front a campaign to distinguish the two. Simples :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 29 April 2014, 09:20:51 PM
"The Red Army Handbook" by Zaloga and Ness. Full of wonderful bits of information that I'm finding very useful for future use for wargames. Not a light read by any means but a great book none-the-less.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Si Tyler on 15 May 2014, 09:35:12 PM
"Home before the leaves fall - A New History of the German invasion of 1914" by Ian Senior.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 May 2014, 08:14:50 AM
"Master and God" By Lindsey Davis......'Fraid I found it dragged on a bit at the end.
"Nemesis" By Lindsey Davis (again).....Like this one. ;)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 16 May 2014, 08:59:10 AM
Currently wading my way through E.E. "Doc" Smith's complete Lensman series. Delightfully dated (they were written in the late forties) but still inventive and excellent story-telling. A good waiting-at-the-station-for-the-wife's-train time-filler.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hussargeneral on 20 May 2014, 07:47:27 PM
The Lensman Series are superb.....read them when I was about 13 or 14....Loved them :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 20 May 2014, 08:06:55 PM
Finished listening to....
"Hell Gate" by Linda Fairstein.......Thought it was great to start with......But it was just a little lame at the end.
"Paul Temple & The Margo Mystery " by Francis Durbridge....A nice change from some of the modern 'thrillers'.....thoroughly enjoyed it !
Now on to "The Thief" by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott....Seems quite promising.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: slugbalancer on 21 May 2014, 01:33:12 PM
The River War by that nice Mr W.S. Churchill.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 21 May 2014, 02:15:33 PM
"Master and God" By Lindsey Davis......'Fraid I found it dragged on a bit at the end.
"Nemesis" By Lindsey Davis (again).....Like this one. ;)
Cheers - Phil.

Have always been a big Lindsey Davis fan, but I think she  has gone off the boil with the switch from Falco to Flavia as the central character. Odd really.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 21 May 2014, 04:43:58 PM
Blockade Runner by David Kent-Lemon, about running the Union blockade into Charleston and Wilmington. Written in the first person - an English shipping clerk - and very much in the Victorian style. Not as much action as I was expecting as our hero spends much time ruminating on his lurve of a southern belle, whilst at the same time romping with an ex-prostitute in Nassau between voyages. Maybe there was plenty of action after all  ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 22 May 2014, 08:21:33 AM


Started reading Michael Moorcock's Colonel Pyat series again; if you haven't read them you should; his cowardly publishers in the US withdrew the novels thirty years ago but they've just been re-released; highly recommended.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 22 May 2014, 09:50:57 AM
The actual "Colonel Pyat as the hero" series must be about the only Moorcock I *haven't* read! I find his stuff a bit samey and a bit new age these days, but I still harbour a very soft spot for the Corum celtic-ish series (as opposed to the "...of Swords" series), Edward Bastable and especially Jerry Cornelius :D

I've just managed to finsih the first "Bolitho" book (as a newly posted Frigate Captain in the Americas Rebellion), took me seven months due to new baby. Reading time is... sparse :D I've just started "Island in a sea of time" again (by SM Stirling). Modern day (well, @2000ish) Nantucket is sent back to @1250BC Bronze Age, and fun* ensues. Good series, flags a bit on the third book where he retells Rourkes Drift almost minute for minute between a Nantucket Expeditionary Force and fascist-Mycenaean barbarian auxiliaries, even going so far as to call the leader of the Nantucketeers Captain O'Rourke...

He nicks a couple of other historical actions, but none quite so blatantly! Apart from that it's good clean alt-history fun :)

*By fun, I mean not at all fun, for pretty much anyone


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: burnaby64 on 23 May 2014, 02:41:20 PM
I have given up on the Dorothy Dunnett six-volume Lymond Saga at the end of the second book: completely exhausted my supply of willing suspension of disbelief.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 26 May 2014, 07:54:10 AM
A History of Assyria.

So far I have leaned two main things.

1) They were a bit lackadaisical in the building of temples, which had constantly to be rebuilt after it rained.
2) The army was used to gain tribute and plunder. The tribute and plunder was needed to maintain the army, which was used to gain tribute and plunder ...

Riveting read with some tongue twister names.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 26 May 2014, 08:05:35 AM
I'm rather looking forward to painting up an Assyrian army when I've recovered from my pike-and-pilum push. They do look good on the table, despite their piffling melee effect.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 May 2014, 09:29:32 AM
A History of Assyria.

So far I have leaned two main things.

1) They were a bit lackadaisical in the building of temples, which had constantly to be rebuilt after it rained.
2) The army was used to gain tribute and plunder. The tribute and plunder was needed to maintain the army, which was used to gain tribute and plunder ...

..... and to rebuild the temples.  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 27 May 2014, 12:12:48 AM
Malaria cures..... ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 27 May 2014, 07:29:37 AM
Aint one....

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 27 May 2014, 08:05:18 AM
Malaria cures..... ;D

So do salt, woodsmoke, and sunshine. All good for bringing home the bacon.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 27 May 2014, 10:02:21 AM
Didn't he write all Shakespeare's plays?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 27 May 2014, 11:02:30 AM
No, the consensus of desperate Ph. D. candidates is that Shakespeare's plays were written by somebody else with the same name.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 June 2014, 11:23:24 AM
Just finished listening to "Raising Steam" by TP.
About to start "Vespasian....Rome's Executioner", by Robert Fabbri.
I'm going to really miss the library van when it stops visiting in a few months ! :'( :'( :'(
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 03 June 2014, 11:34:48 AM
Raising Steam is the first TP book I havent bought, got it from the library and it was okish

Does your local library not have the overdrive or oneclick digital system that allows you to download audiobooks to your computer?



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 03 June 2014, 11:35:42 AM
'The Fall of Carthage' Adrian Goldsworthy

so far good overview of the Punic wars


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 03 June 2014, 12:11:14 PM
Raising Steam is the first TP book I havent bought, got it from the library and it was okish

Does your local library not have the overdrive or oneclick digital system that allows you to download audiobooks to your computer?




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 03 June 2014, 12:12:34 PM
Whoops - finger troubles. Meant to say - asking Phil to do something technical......

Got my copy of Raising Steam for free on my Kindle.

ianS  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 June 2014, 01:50:01 PM
I thought Raising Steam was only OK-ish too, Steve.
Not all that keen on the chap that was reading it, though.....
In some passages it sounds as though he's reading the words one.....at......a.....time, which is slightly irritating.

There is a download system at the library (which I see you've already spotted.... ;))......When I get the new PC.....and a new pair of speakers...(I blew the last ones up after fixing a new jack-plug onto a damaged lead*. :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[).....I'll probably give that a go.

* I was ashamed at doing that.....Sort of little soldering job that I can normally do with my eyes shut..... :-\.....Perhaps that was the problem.

Cheers - Phil



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 June 2014, 02:09:37 PM
Armies of Bismark's Wars by Bruce Bassett Powell. It's a pretty good and very readable account of the development and structure of the Prussian army from 1815 to 1867 with an extensive section on the appearance and armament of the army in the 1860s.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 03 June 2014, 07:46:02 PM
Must read that.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 June 2014, 08:20:17 PM
Ooooooh!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 June 2014, 09:14:42 PM
And it's only 9 something on kindle. I have the original which only does shades of grey, but I also have the free kindle app on my laptop so I get the screen size figure illustrations in colour there.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 04 June 2014, 11:09:42 AM
Sorry has to be paper or I can't read it in the bath!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 04 June 2014, 11:12:02 AM
Sorry has to be paper or I can't read it in the bath!

Yeah, I can buy a whole heap of second-hand paperbacks for the cost of a tablet and if I drop one in the bath I wind up with a collection of pages I can still read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 04 June 2014, 05:50:04 PM
When a man tires of London he reads a Kindle in the bath. P.S if you want the paper version fork out the 35!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Norm on 05 June 2014, 08:49:21 AM
King Tiger Vs IS2 from the Duel series by Osprey. In the past couple of weeks I have also read Jagdpanther Vs SU100 and Panther Vs Sherman.

I have loved the series, but have started to note that within these slim volumes, there is a growing tendency to move away from the core subject and take in general terms about a campaign that the vehicles were involved in. In that regard, it can feel a little like reading two books with a differing focus. I have written to Osprey to ask if this is intentional - depending on the answer, I may stop buying into the Duel series and spend more time with the Vanguard series.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 05 June 2014, 02:29:25 PM
When a man tires of London he reads a Kindle in the bath. P.S if you want the paper version fork out the 35!

When a man tires of London he pulls the electric fire into the bath....  X_X


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 05 June 2014, 03:37:52 PM
London - I think we shall no go there - tis a silly place (with apologies to Monty Python)

ianS  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 05 June 2014, 03:50:02 PM
I re-re-rereading Creasy's 15 Decisive Battles of the World.

Apparently William had 50,000 (yes 50,000) cavalry and 5,000 infantry at Hastings, and Harold definitely copped one in the eye.

Creasy also goes on at length about how great England is because of the Normans. He wrote it in 1851, so I'm wondering about the political context.


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Post by: Ric on 05 June 2014, 04:24:19 PM
At the moment it's 'the gruffalo' followed by 'the dinosaur that pooped a planet', every night for that the last month!I occasionally get  'the king of space' in there if the little man is still awake, haha!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 05 June 2014, 05:32:51 PM
My Little Shopping Bag and Hairy McLary From Donaldson's Dairy about six times a night here for my little one, although in the last few weeks her tastes have moved away from rhyming baby books to infant books with a plot, so there is hope...

Until she does this every five minutes:
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc94/madlemmey/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps58c7ebe5.jpg) (http://s214.photobucket.com/user/madlemmey/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps58c7ebe5.jpg.html)

And I wonder why I haven't read a whole book on months!


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Post by: Techno on 05 June 2014, 05:57:31 PM
Is it me ?......Or is the terrain on the floor just a little on the large side for 10mm. ?
I see the cavalry have given up and gone mountain climbing. ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 05 June 2014, 05:59:38 PM
 ;D =O =O =O :-bd


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 05 June 2014, 06:24:13 PM
I thought it was a Dragoon


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 June 2014, 08:26:09 PM
Do Dragoons ride three legged horses ?
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 06 June 2014, 08:10:30 AM
I know most kids would like to get on TV - but there must be another way.....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DanJ on 06 June 2014, 03:08:22 PM
I've just finished 'The Knight who Saved England', the story of William Marshall, facinating stuff.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 06 June 2014, 05:52:25 PM
The newly reissued and revised On To Richmond rules, with a particular eye to the FPW variant. I think the morale/kill effects of the artillery for the FPW have been printed the wrong way round, but waiting for a response from Mark Severin to confirm this.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 06 June 2014, 05:55:36 PM
Finished listening to "Vespasian...Rome's Executioner"
Really enjoyed it.....I assume it weaved a certain amount of 'colour' fiction in with historical facts.

Those rulers in ancient Rome weren't very nice people, were they ?  ;)
Complete & utter b******s would be nearer the mark.

For a total change, I'll be giving "Classic Tales of Horror" a go next week.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 06 June 2014, 09:00:58 PM
My Classics Professor described 'the average Roman's personal politics as being somewhere to the right if Hitler, to the Left of Stalin and behind Gehengis Khan'!
If you read Terry Jones' 'Barbarians' it is very clear that Rome went into Dacia with one aim, extermination!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 07 June 2014, 01:28:28 AM
it is very clear that Rome went into Dacia with one aim, extermination!

I think that's a little unfair ... they were keen to loot anything worth having too :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 07 June 2014, 09:58:28 AM
Finished listening to "Vespasian...Rome's Executioner"
Really enjoyed it.....I assume it weaved a certain amount of 'colour' fiction in with historical facts.

Those rulers in ancient Rome weren't very nice people, were they ?  ;)
Complete & utter b******s would be nearer the mark.

Cheers - Phil

You did exactly what I did, Phil, and started reading the series in the middle. If you get the first book Tribune of Rome it fills in some of the missing detail.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 07 June 2014, 11:29:54 AM
I'll see if the library has got (can get) any of the others, Ray.
Thanks for the info ! :)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 16 June 2014, 11:40:24 AM
Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War 1914. I've only just started this, so I'm still in the pre-war phase, but Max Hasting's take on events is fascinating. Like the book I've just read on the Prussian army of the 1860s, it's really well written and a very good read. As I said, his take on events is quite an eyeopener, eg. Gavrilo Princip killed the only man in Austria with the intent and power to prevent war with Russia; a number of influential Russians did not trust their French allies, and as for the Serbs.....! Anyone interested in the events of 1914 should give this a look.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 16 June 2014, 12:40:04 PM
What book was that (the one on the Prussian Army in the 1860s); have you read Sleepwalkers?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 16 June 2014, 12:48:33 PM
Reading The Great War by Les Carlyon again


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 June 2014, 02:05:21 PM
Just finished listening to "Even" by Andrew Grant.
Totally over the top.....Involving a sort of 'black ops'  agent from Royal Navy Intelligence....and some very naughty bad people.
I loved it.

Now onto "The prayer of the night shepherd", by Phil Rickman....Bit slow at the moment....I'm waiting for the murders to start. :D
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 16 June 2014, 09:55:05 PM
What book was that (the one on the Prussian Army in the 1860s); have you read Sleepwalkers?
     Armies of Bismarck's Wars: the Prussian Army 1860-67 by Bruce Bassett-Powell   -   the first half is a very good analysis of the development of both the Prussian army and navy. The second half is an in depth description of the organisation and uniforms. There are 23 colour plates very much in the style of MAA illustrations. Much of the info can also be applied to 1870, especially as numerous units entered the war still wearing the pre-1867 uniform. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 17 June 2014, 09:04:44 AM
Thanks, I'll get that.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 17 June 2014, 02:35:51 PM
Prego!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 17 June 2014, 07:00:32 PM
Reading the late JG Farrell's 'Singapore Grip' again for the umpteenth time, such a tragedy that he died so young, 'Troubles' and 'The Siege of Krishnapur' are equally good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: haupt on 17 June 2014, 07:59:02 PM
War of the Worlds,Aftermath. Very steampunky with appearances of a young Churchill,and an unnamed Sherlock Holmes   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 18 June 2014, 01:59:50 AM
Reading the late JG Farrell's 'Singapore Grip' again for the umpteenth time, such a tragedy that he died so young, 'Troubles' and 'The Siege of Krishnapur' are equally good.

I must watch out for the other two; enjoyed The Siege of Krishnapur too. TY for the alert.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 18 June 2014, 09:48:24 AM
His final novel 'The Hill Station' is also good but v frustrating as it runs out before the end (author drowned in fishing accident, so tragic, fell into sea, had suffered from polio in later life with resulting loss of power to upper body, couldn't get back ashore), it would have been the final in the Empire Quartet, appositely dealing with the British withdrawal from India. Such a loss.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 18 June 2014, 09:51:31 AM
Not to mention Die Kunst der Fuge, the requiem mass, Edwin Drood, Sanditon....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 18 June 2014, 09:52:42 AM
Just finished Penumbra by Eric Brown. Well told, middle-of-the-road sci-fi. Must see if I can find more.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: freddy326 on 18 June 2014, 02:36:19 PM
Just started The Siege of Brest 1941: A Legend of Red Army Resistance on the Eastern Front by Aliev, Rostislav


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 08 July 2014, 01:05:09 PM
     Armies of Bismarck's Wars: the Prussian Army 1860-67 by Bruce Bassett-Powell   -   the first half is a very good analysis of the development of both the Prussian army and navy. The second half is an in depth description of the organisation and uniforms. There are 23 colour plates very much in the style of MAA illustrations. Much of the info can also be applied to 1870, especially as numerous units entered the war still wearing the pre-1867 uniform. 

Arrived today so only a brief look; bit disappointed by the quality of the B&W plates, also one caption, Prussian Infantry crossing the Bistritz is a bit misleading since I can see boats in the background and also mountains; the Bistritz it is not  ;D however that said its good to have books on the period so I won't get hypercritical.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 08 July 2014, 01:07:02 PM
A Study in Scarlet. Victorian pulp is always fun to relax with.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 08 July 2014, 01:17:30 PM
I'm reading "A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action [Kindle Edition] " by Christopher Matthew, or possibly Matthew Christopher. Ought to be a law against people having two given names and not a proper family name. Saul David - he's another one, and that Elton John. Still, who'd want to be called Reg?

"A Storm of Spears" is a very detailed analysis of the Hoplite in action - sort of as the name suggests. The Author makes a very good case for the overhand use of the spear being heroic rather than practical and argues persuasively for hoplites standing obliquely in line (rather than full front or side on) and using the spear underhand. The plethora of overhand poses on vases he suggests are either javelins, or a convention based on the memory of javelins, and perhaps all the better to show off the figure.

I have some problems with his thesis. Potters were probably part time hoplites, so I would have thought a few would have said "this is all wrong, I'm going to put underhand spear action", but the book is very interesting, and very detailed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 08 July 2014, 01:22:13 PM
What is the evidence for oblique files? It sounds a heck of a lot more difficult to me. And even pikes were used at high port in modern times (and, indeed, bayonettes).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 08 July 2014, 01:28:27 PM
I s'pose if you see promo piccies of footballers they're all running heroically around kicking the ball, not writhing on the floor in simulated agony or biting people...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 08 July 2014, 01:32:18 PM
But there's a difference between what they're intended and trained to do, and what they are compelled to do by circumstances (like having someone jab a spear into their necks).

I am reminded of Peter Greenhalgh speaking about the Dendras cuirass: "If Hector had been wearing one of these, he would be alive to this day."


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 08 July 2014, 05:58:47 PM
The files weren't oblique, the hoplites stood with the body slightly turned - left foot forward allowing more play for the right spear-holding hand. The book maintains that the hoplite didn't stand full on, or totally sideways like a fencer. The shield wall would be solid and in close formation, overlapping.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 08 July 2014, 09:04:11 PM
I'm reading "A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite in Action [Kindle Edition] " by Christopher Matthew, or possibly Matthew Christopher. Ought to be a law against people having two given names and not a proper family name. Saul David - he's another one, and that Elton John. Still, who'd want to be called Reg?

If you think those names are bad ... when I was at Uni Alan Meredith was introduced to ... Meredith Alan ... they got married and she is now Dr Meredith Meredith  ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 July 2014, 02:31:26 AM
I've always regretted that my little lady wouldn't agree to our adding each other's surnames to our own and becoming Lertanantawong-Hay-Whitton. And, indeed, my previous wife was a van Pletzen; if we'd gone the same road too, I could have had a really super-silly surname by now.

Ah, well, nobody's become Major Major Major Major yet....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 July 2014, 02:36:30 AM
The files weren't oblique, the hoplites stood with the body slightly turned - left foot forward allowing more play for the right spear-holding hand. The book maintains that the hoplite didn't stand full on, or totally sideways like a fencer. The shield wall would be solid and in close formation, overlapping.



Heath makes the fairly obvious point that the overlapping big shields were a major reason for the hoplite phalanx, and precluded the underarm thrust. He adds that in Hellenistic times, the formation may have become less dense (but then the hoplite was becoming something like the Gloucester Gladiators at Malta in WWII).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 09 July 2014, 07:18:56 AM
Matthew suggests the spear was not held underarm, but couched. The point would then project between the curves of the two shields.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 July 2014, 07:20:53 AM
Wouldn't that make for a rather feeble thrust? Little room to extend or swing your arm. A hoplite isn't propelled by a big horse.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 10 July 2014, 01:42:21 AM
how to wire an N Gauge railway...selfridge on hold....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 10 July 2014, 03:21:26 AM
Just finished "Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The Disastrous Java Sea Campaign of World War II".  Great detail of ship to ship and aircraft to ship combats.  Detail is amazing.  Last week finished "Fast Carriers", which is also WWII (obviously), and also has great detail.  Halsey does not come off well.  The author has a lot of critique of the different carrier admirals.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: pierre the shy on 10 July 2014, 11:23:18 AM
Found a very good book in the local library that I'm ploughing through at the moment - Peter Barton's "Battlefields of the First World War - Unseen Panoramas of the Western Front" put out by the IWM.

its a fairly weighty tome but fantastic detail and gives a very good idea of typical terrain for 1914 - 5 games for people like me who are somewhat removed from the actual locations (I live in NZ) - great for our upcoming Arretez game :)

I've seen Peter Barton on a few programmes about military subjects that have been on the telly over here - he certainly knows his stuff. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 10 July 2014, 08:35:17 PM
Just finished "Under the Shadow of Napoleon: French Influence on the American Way of Warfare from the War of 1812 to the Outbreak of WWII".

Up to 1812 the American way of war (drill and tactics) really didn't follow anything, although there was British influence.  Winfield Scott's success in 1812 led to a following of French tactics, which continued to and through WWI.  During the next 2 decades technology shifts and then the German successes led to a move away from the French ideas.

Interesting looks at battles of 1812 (Chippawa and Lundy's Lane), the Mexican War, the Civil War (ACW), Spanish-American War and WWI.  The author is a major in the US Army.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 12 July 2014, 10:32:34 AM
Just started reading "Wellington's Guns" by Nick Lipscombe.

Apparently he called all artillery officers "Nancy" and blocked the development of a milllatreuse type machine gun.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 12 July 2014, 10:33:53 AM
Though I may be misremembering those bits.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 12 July 2014, 02:44:02 PM
Spanish Civil War Tanks by Zaloga. As you'd expect from Zaloga an excellent and informative read. I've already got ideas for some SCW forces as well as AVBCW ones, and I'm only half-way through.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 16 July 2014, 04:41:35 PM
Just finished "Battle Exhaustion: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Canadian Army, 1939 - 1945".  Lots of psychiatry but the interaction between casualties, fatigue, leadership and how it affected units (battalion level) I found most interesting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 16 July 2014, 07:00:56 PM
'Moon over Malaya', 2nd Batt Argyll & Sutherlands in Malaya/Singapore.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 20 July 2014, 03:13:16 PM
Finished "1636: Seas of Fortune".  This is the 15th book in the series "1632"  It is alternate fiction where the US town of Grantville gets deposited in Germany during the Thirty Years War.  The latest book takes place in South and North America, which is influenced by the "uptimers" encyclopedias and maps.  Didn't like it as much as those that take place in Europe.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 20 July 2014, 05:26:47 PM
I've read quite a few of the Max Mad series by MJ Trow.  He's a aging history teacher who falls into murder mysteries.

He spends his spare time recreating the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1:1 in 54mm.

Great fun.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 21 July 2014, 12:07:14 PM
JUst finished Engineman by Eric Brown. Middle-of-the-road science fiction, tending a little towards the theistic. Capable story-teller, though.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 21 July 2014, 12:23:40 PM
Finished "1636: Seas of Fortune".  This is the 15th book in the series "1632"  It is alternate fiction where the US town of Grantville gets deposited in Germany during the Thirty Years War.  The latest book takes place in South and North America, which is influenced by the "uptimers" encyclopedias and maps.  Didn't like it as much as those that take place in Europe.

I quite liked the first couple (1632 & 1634?) but after that it all got too hard to track; well, too much by too many people that I could be bothered to track! Love the shared world idea for writers, and I like the amusing clash of culture and technology and societies but too much wandering around from too many people. Too many cooks and all that...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 30 July 2014, 04:18:12 AM
Just finished "A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire" by Geoffrey Wawro.  Its amazing how bad, naive, unprepared, delusional the Austrian leadership was.  Even though I know the history, one expects the Austrians to collapse before 1915.  Only thing that saved them in the beginning was the bad logistics of the Russian Empire (later it was the Germans that saved them).  Conrad was worse than McClellan in my mind, and I don't like McClellan.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 30 July 2014, 08:31:21 AM
Got through about seven talking books in the last three weeks, the last of which was "Transition" by Iain Banks.
That one was fun. A bit difficult to follow at times, as it dealt with 'folk' who zipped around alternate versions of earth....But I enjoyed it.
Hope today's library van is going to bring me one of the 'historical' tales about ancient Rome, (which Ray recommended in an earlier post).
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 30 July 2014, 09:49:59 AM
Picked up a copy of Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant from a charity stall in Southend a couple of weeks ago. Some of the stories seem vaguely familiar - I put that down to various BBC productions over the years - but the man could write!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 30 July 2014, 11:09:09 AM
...and did he ever hate Germans!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 30 July 2014, 11:14:14 AM
Just finished Quintin Barry's Franco-Prussian War Vol.1 as a sort of refresher course.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 30 July 2014, 11:14:57 AM
Just finished "A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire" by Geoffrey Wawro.  Its amazing how bad, naive, unprepared, delusional the Austrian leadership was.  Even though I know the history, one expects the Austrians to collapse before 1915.  Only thing that saved them in the beginning was the bad logistics of the Russian Empire (later it was the Germans that saved them).  Conrad was worse than McClellan in my mind, and I don't like McClellan.

Please, please, please do NOT believe everything you read in Wawro; he is frequently wrong and always predudiced against Austria; I haven't read his book but I would bet money its stuffed with derogatory comments about the non German races of the Monarchy. His book on the Austro Prussian war is ruined by poor scholarship and appalling bias.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 30 July 2014, 01:56:40 PM
Just finished Quintin Barry's Franco-Prussian War Vol.1 as a sort of refresher course.
Have you read Prof Howard's book on the FPW, now that IS good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 30 July 2014, 03:08:51 PM
Whatever you do don't read Wawro's book on the Franco-Prussian War. It's awful and full of very elementary mistakes, like forgetting that the Prussian Garde du Corps existed. On the other hand Michael Howard's book is still the best single volume overview of the war. essential for any FPW gamer.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 30 July 2014, 06:06:42 PM
Indeed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 30 July 2014, 06:15:13 PM
Listening to...."Vespasian....Tribune of Rome." (Robert Fabbri)
Damn fine, so far !
Thanks, Ray.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 30 July 2014, 10:26:14 PM
"Please, please, please do NOT believe everything you read in Wawro; he is frequently wrong and always prejdudiced against Austria; I haven't read his book but I would bet money its stuffed with derogatory comments about the non German races of the Monarchy. His book on the Austro Prussian war is ruined by poor scholarship and appalling bias."

I thought he was pretty even handed in his treatment of the nationalities.  His family comes from the old Austria-Hungary - eastern Galicia - so perhaps there is some bias, but not recognizable to me.  I have the Austro Prussian book but haven't read enough other books to comment on poor scholarship and bias.


"Whatever you do don't read Wawro's book on the Franco-Prussian War. It's awful and full of very elementary mistakes, like forgetting that the Prussian Garde du Corps existed."

Not sure what part you are talking about here.  The chapter on Gravelotte references the Prussian Guard on pages 170, 173, 175, 176, 177, 179.  Granted he discusses Steinmetz a lot, and how he got hammered, but he hasn't forgotten the Guard in this chapter.

Not defending him, but the writing style works well as far as I am concered.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 31 July 2014, 06:19:55 AM
The Garde du Corps was a cavalry regiment.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 31 July 2014, 08:18:44 AM
The cavalry regiment from a status point of view.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 31 July 2014, 04:24:49 PM
My mistake for reading too fast.  And I have the unit painted.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: howayman on 31 July 2014, 08:15:47 PM
Reading The Battle of the Narrow Seas by Peter Scott.
WW2 small ships shooting the hell out of each other at 50 yards and 30 knots.
 10mm MTBs anyone?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 01 August 2014, 08:23:49 AM
Bit big those - but 1/3000th I have.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 01 August 2014, 09:04:14 AM
Wow! 1/3000th destroyers are small enough.... 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 01 August 2014, 09:09:15 AM
Just finished re-reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: beautifully written; am now on to The Swan Thieves (also by her) - again, beautiful prose  8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 01 August 2014, 02:42:01 PM
Ploughing my way through Max Hasting's '1914'. Excellent read. Never realised how many useless officers there were at all levels in all armies.

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 01 August 2014, 02:46:38 PM
Good isn't it. I've just read about how crap we were at Heligoland Bight and we still won!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 01 August 2014, 03:54:28 PM
It was a surprise to learn that in the first French assaults
of the war they actually suffered more casualties than the
British on the first day of the Somme.

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 01 August 2014, 04:18:52 PM
Not really - tactics used by the French were appalling.  Despite the impressions the Somme isn't particularly bad, it's 37% of the troops involved, the average for that type of operation was 33%. There is also the nature of casualty reporting. The Germans often falsified theirs, and did not include lots of minor stuff the British did. The Russian may well not of known what theirs were.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 01 August 2014, 04:22:43 PM
Tell that to my great uncle Tommy who's scattered all over the place around Mammetz.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 01 August 2014, 09:27:21 PM
Just finished Ian Robertson's "An Atlas of the Peninsular War".  Well done with good maps.  Helped me understand the battles in the Pyrenees better.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 01 August 2014, 10:19:23 PM
Tell that to my great uncle Tommy who's scattered all over the place around Mammetz.

As is my Great Uncle Norman, a volunteer barbed wire cutter on July 1st, with one of the Pals Battalions of the Manchester Regiment.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 August 2014, 04:46:37 PM
Finished "Vespasian" (Tribune of Rome).....Was damn excellent (Thanks again, Ray !)
Now on to "Warrior of Rome" (The Wolves of the North) by Harry Sidebottom.

Enjoying it so far.....Though I was a bit put off by some of the names of the characters....(Maybe it was the way the reader was pronouncing them, to start with).
Not quite Sillius Soddus & Biggus Dikkus......But.......Close enough to wonder whether I was listening to a spoof, early on.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 05 August 2014, 06:59:45 PM
After being slightly mauled when I suggested that Greek warriors may have used spears underhand rather than overhand, I was gratified to see that Lindybeige had made a video expressing far better than I the same points. I know this doesn't sound like it should be in this thread, but it does follow from my previous posts. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYN0UCUkXQE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYN0UCUkXQE)





Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 05 August 2014, 08:41:14 PM
What, the top 10 anti-religious comedy routines? Hilarious, but Ancient Greek?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 05 August 2014, 10:04:57 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klOc9C-aPr4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klOc9C-aPr4)

 :-[ Sorry.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 05 August 2014, 10:36:42 PM
But with a phalanx you are locked into the shields of the guys on either side of you. There is no room for manueover. You clashed shield to shield with your opponent, the only space was over a handed thrust between shield tops into the faces of the rank behind.
A thousand Greek vases can't be wrong...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 06 August 2014, 01:54:50 AM
Sending fsn a friendly and reassuring hug. Had no intention of even appearing to be trying to attempt to have a go at mauling him.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 06 August 2014, 03:32:42 AM
Sending fsn a friendly and reassuring hug. Had no intention of even appearing to be trying to attempt to have a go at mauling him.

 >:<


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 06 August 2014, 06:47:49 AM
Osprey's MAA, The Ottoman Army 1914-18.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 06 August 2014, 04:41:29 PM
Sending fsn a friendly and reassuring hug. Had no intention of even appearing to be trying to attempt to have a go at mauling him.

I took it to be a friendly mauling in the search for knowledge.  >:<

A thousand Greek vases can't be wrong...

Well, LindyB makes the point that the overhand possibly more useful in a heroic one-to-one, but the vases that show groups of troops are more likely to be underhand.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 06 August 2014, 04:45:00 PM
Re-reading the Maurice rules prior to my next game. May have overegged the National characteristics last time round so hoping for an improved game by randomly selecting two only of those cards. Will be using the Grand Marquisate of Flamboyance army.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 07 August 2014, 12:49:48 PM
Quote
Finished "Vespasian" (Tribune of Rome).....Was damn excellent (Thanks again, Ray !)
Now on to "Warrior of Rome" (The Wolves of the North) by Harry Sidebottom.

Enjoying it so far.....Though I was a bit put off by some of the names of the characters....(Maybe it was the way the reader was pronouncing them, to start with).
Not quite Sillius Soddus & Biggus Dikkus......But.......Close enough to wonder whether I was listening to a spoof, early on.


I like the Vespasian saga, although they seem a little liek children's books at times. Currently on Volume IV, with the emperor to be trying to get one of Varus' eagles back.
The warrior of Rome series however left me cold. Read the first one,but gave up on this particular one.  Learning worn a little too heavily for my liking....

Nick Brown's Agent of Rome series is a bit lighter and has some interesting characters; Recommended if you like Roman fiction.

At the moment reading Collision of Empires about the opening months of WWI on the Eastern Front, before launching into Solzhenitsyn's August 1914 again. Tried to reread this a few years ago and got stuck so I'm hoping that the centenary will give the spur I need to get to the end. :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 07 August 2014, 01:51:50 PM
I like the Vespasian saga, although they seem a little liek children's books at times. Currently on Volume IV, with the emperor to be trying to get one of Varus' eagles back.
The warrior of Rome series however left me cold. Read the first one,but gave up on this particular one.  Learning worn a little too heavily for my liking....
Nick Brown's Agent of Rome series is a bit lighter and has some interesting characters; Recommended if you like Roman fiction.

Thanks, M.

I think I know what you mean re the 'Warrior' book.
It's been something to listen too.....But it hasn't 'grabbed me' in the same way as the 'Vespasian ones'.
I can tell I haven't truly enjoyed it, as I haven't concentrated on it properly.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 07 August 2014, 03:47:48 PM
Techno,

just remembered another good Roman read: Britannia, Part I: The wall by somebody Denham. Bit of an uninspiring title but the tale rolls along well enough - set just as Roman power is declining and everyone is going up and over the wall; I haven't quite finished it because I stupidly left it at my father in law's, but three-quarters of the way in.  I'll definitely be looking out of others in this series


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 07 August 2014, 04:18:23 PM
Thank you, again ! ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 08 August 2014, 10:04:14 PM
Just finished "The Battleship Era" by Peter Padfield.  Used book, not sure where I bought it, but printed in 1972.

Great book on the development of the battleship.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 09 August 2014, 09:44:05 AM
In the middle of Bretheren by Robyn Young. The Crusades from both sides at the same time. Touted as a Sunday Times best-seller. Not sure why, though. Lacks a little medieval atmosphere to me.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 August 2014, 10:07:14 AM
Britannia, Part I:The Wall... set just as Roman power is declining...

omnia in omnibus, later modo es alter in muro.

o magister! noli pueros laedere illos!

ravis ab roseis


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 09 August 2014, 10:17:41 AM
According to Google translate:

all in all, brick way, you are on the wall.

O Master! Children do not hurt them!

gray from rosy


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 August 2014, 10:18:37 AM
The name Floyd meansgrey.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 09 August 2014, 10:21:23 AM
By the way, which one is Pink?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 August 2014, 10:23:31 AM
roseus.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 August 2014, 10:25:21 AM
I think I've sorted out the Moleworthian Latin by now. It's been a very long time.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 August 2014, 11:21:10 AM
By the way, which one is Pink?

Have a cigar (for the quote, Will.)
You're gonna go far.  ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 09 August 2014, 11:46:15 AM
Didn't know Mole spoke Latin in 'Wind in the Willows'!  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 09 August 2014, 01:17:17 PM
My first professional post was as a school librarian. I was chatting to a teacher of one of the remedial classes and she commented that her class had arrived for class that morning repeatedly singing a line from Pink Floyd's "The Wall." The line in question being,"We don't need no education." In her view the class then spent 45 minutes proving how wrong they'd been :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 09 August 2014, 01:58:02 PM
Have a cigar (for the quote, Will.)
You're gonna go far.  ;)
Cheers - Phil

Glad someone got the quote!  #:-S =O


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 August 2014, 02:31:10 PM
 ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 10 August 2014, 05:44:10 PM
Just finished "Napoleon's German Division in Spain, Volume II: The Germans in Catalonia 1808-1813", by Digby Smith.

It felt disjointed to me because the author follows a unit through a campaign and then follows another through the same period.  This makes the text repetitive to a certain extent, but is necessary.  Lots of small actions are mentioned which would make good small scenarios.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 11 August 2014, 03:45:05 PM
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Britannia, Part I: The Wall

It will be interesting to see if the rest of the proposed series is also inspired by Pink Floyd albums. I think they did a live one in Pompeii back int he '70s so there's definitely potential.

Quote
Robyn Young
Crikey!! I read one of hers a few years ago and found it to be absolute tosh - also set in the Crusades, with apprentice Templar knights telling the Grand Master where to get off and the love interest finally paying her own way to Jerusalem by boat like some gap-year student.  Plenty of deatil but just didn't hang together; have avoided her stuff ever since, despite being tempted by the covers :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 11 August 2014, 07:54:14 PM
It will be interesting to see if the rest of the proposed series is also inspired by Pink Floyd albums. I think they did a live one in Pompeii back int he '70s so there's definitely potential.

The Final Cut ?  :D

I've run out of 'Roman' books to listen to at the mo'.....So back to the 'thrillers'.
Alex Gray's " A pound of flesh" at the moment.

A little different.....A serial killer targets street walkers in Glasgow.....And someone else is targeting the serial killer.....Only she keeps getting it wrong and is becoming a 'serial killer' herself.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 August 2014, 09:09:55 PM
Thankfully nobody targeted me when I was walking through the streets of Glasgow.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 12 August 2014, 07:54:40 AM
In this particular story... To be at risk....You'd either have to be a streetwalker, or any man driving around in a white Mercedes who picks one up,  DP  ;) ;D
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 22 August 2014, 07:20:34 PM
Started to re read Les Carlyon ..The Great War


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 29 August 2014, 09:25:13 PM
Finished "Collision of Empires, The War on the Eastern Front" by Prit Buttar.

Austro Hungarians, Russians, Germans and Serbs.  Good operational history.  Many first person anecdotes and very well written.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 31 August 2014, 05:49:57 PM
Finished "the Siege of Paris" by Robert Baldick (1964).  Not much military, but the experiences inside Paris week by week.  I have been reading as much FPW as I can get, putting aside my Napoleonic, ACW and WWI books.  I have "The Siege of Strasborg" to be read and have "to the Last Gaiter Button" on order.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 31 August 2014, 05:56:56 PM
Don't forget Ascoli's 'A Day of Battle', not as well written or detailed as some, but a cracking read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 31 August 2014, 06:50:25 PM
Grenadiers: The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt Panzer Meyer by Kurt Meyer.

So far a cracking read, with lots ideas already generated for future games, and I'm only at the battle for Kharkov!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 31 August 2014, 07:00:20 PM
<Don't forget Ascoli's 'A Day of Battle', not as well written or detailed as some, but a cracking read.>

Yep, have it and liked it much.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 31 August 2014, 07:36:19 PM
Listening to...'The Humans' by Matt Haig.....Entertaining, though a tad strange.   ;)

Hi kipt .....
Did we congratulate you on your promotion from Cadet ?  :)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 31 August 2014, 09:35:35 PM
Don't forget Ascoli's 'A Day of Battle', not as well written or detailed as some, but a cracking read.

Yes, I'll second that too.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 31 August 2014, 10:21:58 PM
Nice one kipt


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 01 September 2014, 11:06:24 PM
Gentlemen,
I thank you.  I never really expected to get out of Cadet, and really doubt I will go past Second Louie. (Tho' I should at least try and reach my previous rank of CPT).

I will mainly post in Books (I read a lot) but will do and occasional AAR.  Next one will be a large FPW campaign with 7 tables that we will do in late October.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 September 2014, 12:05:32 AM
Fab! Have to see those.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 02 September 2014, 08:19:03 AM
That's going to be a campaign worth looking out for make sure you post pictures.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 02 September 2014, 10:58:48 AM
That's going to be a campaign worth looking out for make sure you post pictures.

Absolutely  8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 02 September 2014, 11:13:58 AM
Currently reading the blog of the Gelderland Campaign, an imagi-nation campaign which uses Maurice and is set in the period of the Seven Years War. It is a very amusing read, eg the battle which took place so an army could replenish its supply of undies to stop the chafing of its hessian trousers, and the battle of Fuchhol. The background information about the various states involved is hilarious.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 September 2014, 11:32:00 AM
Got a link? ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 02 September 2014, 11:34:24 AM
http://mauricecampaign.blogspot.co.uk


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 September 2014, 11:46:13 AM
Just read the first post, superb! Thanks


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: howayman on 02 September 2014, 06:51:27 PM
Just getting into "A Soldier with the Arabs" by John Bagot Glubb. He was the commander of the Arab Legion during 1948. Interesting inside views so far.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 02 September 2014, 09:55:34 PM
Just read the first post, superb! Thanks

It's definitely worth reading - absolute quality  8)

(thanks, DP, for the heads-up)  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 September 2014, 12:03:28 AM
Read them all this afternoon as my daughter got her pre-new-school haircut.
The hairdressers must have thought me mad as I sat in their window seat guffawing! Brilliant!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 03 September 2014, 03:39:13 AM
Gentlemen,
I thank you.  I never really expected to get out of Cadet, and really doubt I will go past Second Louie. (Tho' I should at least try and reach my previous rank of CPT).

I will mainly post in Books (I read a lot) but will do and occasional AAR.  Next one will be a large FPW campaign with 7 tables that we will do in late October.

One post a day calling for Aztecs, and before you know it you'll have a stomach ulcer be a general.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 03 September 2014, 08:22:50 AM
One post a day calling for Aztecs, and before you know it you'll have a stomach ulcer be a general.

No it will get you banned.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 September 2014, 08:26:04 AM
You spell damned with a D and an M, Ian.  ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 03 September 2014, 08:28:04 AM
No - use c17th spelling - any banned way I want...

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 03 September 2014, 12:57:42 PM
Nutters  ;) ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 03 September 2014, 05:03:02 PM
I can prove I'm sane, got a certificate to say so....


IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 04 September 2014, 02:44:48 AM
Hats off to John and Andrew for "The Austro-Prussian War of 1866: The Opening Battles", vol 8 of Wargaming in History.  Now I am eagerly waiting Koniggratz.  When I showed the book to our gaming group, two members immediately said this is what a wargaming book should look like and took down the information so they could buy it.

We use RF&F for the America Revolution and War of 1812 and F&F for ACW and its adaptation for Napoleonics.

This is the first of the Wargaming in History I have purchased and it appears I will need to get the other 7 volumes.

Again, well done!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 04 September 2014, 04:09:39 AM
I can prove I'm sane, got a certificate to say so....


IanS

This is an expired TV licence with the words TV Licence crossed out and the words Sanity Certificate written in in crayon!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 04 September 2014, 06:01:58 AM
This is an expired TV licence with the words TV Licence crossed out and the words Sanity Certificate written in in crayon!

Reminds me of showing my New Zealand drivers license to an American once, years ago.  His first question was, where is your photo. They didn't have them back then.

After thumbing throught the little book that was the license he asked his second question, the last of the stickers in the back says your license expired 3 years ago!  Oh, they stopped making us buy those stickers every year....

Fortunately he was not a US Police Officer  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 04 September 2014, 08:36:48 AM
My British driving license doesn't have a photo to this day. I could elect to have one issued, but it then becomes mandatory to renew it every ten years, on pain of a 1,000 fine. So why would I?  :P :P :P


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 September 2014, 10:44:15 AM
It's about the only sort of ID I've got.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 05 September 2014, 10:42:31 AM
Just starting 'The Bayonets of the Republic' by John Lynn.

Hope to use this as a basis for developing rules for battles
of the French Revolution. The idea is to use a set of 18th century as
a base to which I would add rules for the formations and tactics of
the early French revolutionary armies.

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 12 September 2014, 11:12:58 PM
Not reading, but I am currently re-watching (and, of course, thoroughly enjoying) all of my Sharpe DVDs. Top-notch.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 13 September 2014, 12:02:14 AM
Achtung Schweinehund! by Harry Pearson.

Disturbing echoes of my own past :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 13 September 2014, 08:56:17 AM
My CD player died recently...So got a new all singing all dancing one.
Wonderful sound....But the CD player has an irritating laser reader 'click,click,click' while it's playing....and has a one second pause between tracks, which makes it a real b*gger listening to talking books.... as it splits a word every few minutes, like th............................is.
Better than nothing........just ! :'( :'( :'( :'(

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 13 September 2014, 10:08:45 AM
So it's singing a waltz whilst dancing a rhumba then?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: lentulus on 13 September 2014, 12:26:53 PM
I have quite a few books on the go right now, most relevant to this forum is  Take Budapest!: The Struggle for Hungary Autumn 1944 by Kamen Nevenkin.  Off to a good start with a clear explanation of the strategic importance of Hungary to all sides.

Anyone else use goodreads?  I've been using it to track the books I've read for the past few months and it's been a nice way to keep track of my impressions

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/23053935-les-howie?shelf=currently-reading


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 September 2014, 04:56:22 AM
Just finished "The Last Gaiter Button: A Study of the Mobilization and Concentration of the French Army in the War of 1870", by Thomas J. Adriance.

Gets into details which is perfect for the campaign I am putting together.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 September 2014, 05:00:43 AM
Also finished "The Siege of Strasbourg" by Rachel Chrastil.  It has some military about the 1870 siege, but really explores the civilian side and notably the women.

I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but as I previously said, I am reading everything on the FPW I can get a hold of.  Reread the first part of Howard's "The Franco Prussian War" also for dates, commanders qualities and troop dispositions.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 14 September 2014, 05:22:38 AM
Exploring the women? Are you posting on the right thread?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 14 September 2014, 10:09:40 AM
Worth getting hold of The Seige of Paris too.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 14 September 2014, 10:42:47 AM
Wading my way through a trio of Michael Crichton thrillers, Next, Micro and Prey. Well researched, if somewhat far-fetched, page-turners. What I think of as "waiting at the station" reading.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 14 September 2014, 03:51:39 PM
the "What are you currently reading ?" thread on this forum. (has another smartass said that before me?)



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 14 September 2014, 03:56:56 PM
Yes, on page 1 ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 14 September 2014, 04:10:31 PM
Lemmy - stop bulling the junior officers.

IanS  >:(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 14 September 2014, 04:43:05 PM
Sorry. :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 14 September 2014, 06:35:01 PM
Re-reading Field of Battle Second Edition as I'm thinking of giving it a SYW outing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 14 September 2014, 06:38:39 PM
Lemmy - stop bulling the junior officers.IanS  >:(

Can I bully them ?
Cheers - Phil  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 14 September 2014, 08:03:34 PM
 :)

Often I find myself perusing this, while visiting the necessary. I can't drive though  ;D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51sN--O8YML._SY300_.jpg)

Totally absorbing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 14 September 2014, 08:20:29 PM
I'm reading "Battles of the Dark Ages" by Peter Marren.

Hence http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,10584.0.html (http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,10584.0.html)

I'm not getting at Mr Marren. I've shelled out for several of the Bretwalda Battles series and had much the same result. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 14 September 2014, 10:05:31 PM
probably next book I read will be fiction ~

Jun'ichi Watanabe - Beyond the Blossoming Fields

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Blossoming-Fields-Junichi-Watanabe/dp/1846880785 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Blossoming-Fields-Junichi-Watanabe/dp/1846880785)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 15 September 2014, 11:57:23 AM
That sounds a cheery read. Think I'll pass up on that one.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 17 September 2014, 01:29:02 PM
Just finished "The Last Gaiter Button: A Study of the Mobilization and Concentration of the French Army in the War of 1870", by Thomas J. Adriance.

Gets into details which is perfect for the campaign I am putting together.
Fascinating, I've never heard of this one, is it a modern work? Have you read Richard Holmes 'The Road to sedan', highly recommended.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 17 September 2014, 02:28:17 PM
"The Last Gaiter Button" was printed in 1987.  I bought it through Amazon from Jomini6400 (whoever that is).  It is a Greenwood Press print, part of the Contributions of Military Studies, number 73.

I do have Holmes, as well as "The Siege of Paris" noted previously.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 17 September 2014, 02:29:49 PM
Finished "US Navy Dreadnoughts, 1914-45", an Osprey.  Interesting history of the old dreadnoughts.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 17 September 2014, 02:49:58 PM
Neil Thomas, One Hour Wargames. Looks like it could generate some good games.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Poggle on 17 September 2014, 04:31:49 PM
Catastrophe 1914: Europe goes to war, by Max Hastings. An interesting read.  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 19 September 2014, 07:41:06 PM
Think I might have to order this, just read the first sample:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/19/hilary-mantel-short-story-assassination-margaret-thatcher (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/19/hilary-mantel-short-story-assassination-margaret-thatcher)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 19 September 2014, 08:28:51 PM
Allenby's War - The Palestine-Arabian Campaigns, 1916-1948 by David L Bullock

Just starting but fascinating so far.

Thanks for the loan Peter :)

Hence my questions here http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,10617.0.html (http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,10617.0.html)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 September 2014, 10:27:13 PM
Rally Round the King.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 20 September 2014, 01:19:05 PM
'Quiet Flows the Don' by Mikhail Sholokov. Good story about Don Cossacks during WWI. Written in Soviet times by an 'approved' writer, his political asides (the Tsar's insipid daughters etc) are grating, however its a good insight into Cossack life and gives a flavour of the campaign in the east. The sequel 'The Don Flows Home to the Sea' deals mostly with the civil war.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 20 September 2014, 01:21:01 PM
Have you tried Don Giovanni?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 20 September 2014, 01:57:01 PM
Quiet Flows the Don is the film of the two books combined. Rocks along at a good pace, and a couple of good 1914 battle scenes of cossacks charging A-H infantry and cossacks attacking A-H hussars who are trying to make off with a Russian gun. Some pretty harrowing scraps in the Civil War section, and it is a very long film. It's in English and stars Rupert Everett.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 21 September 2014, 10:54:36 AM
Quiet Flows the Don is the film of the two books combined. Rocks along at a good pace, and a couple of good 1914 battle scenes of cossacks charging A-H infantry and cossacks attacking A-H hussars who are trying to make off with a Russian gun. Some pretty harrowing scraps in the Civil War section, and it is a very long film. It's in English and stars Rupert Everett.
Ah, didn't know that. I'll see if I can dig it out.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 21 September 2014, 01:25:36 PM
Got mine from Amazon.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 21 September 2014, 05:48:05 PM
Got mine from Amazon.
Watched a bit on Youtube; too sanitised for me, try the book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 22 September 2014, 08:51:09 AM
Trial by Battle: The Hundred Years War, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Sumption.

Started reading this last night and quite simply it is superb. I was gripped from the very first page. Can't recommend it highly enough.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Glorfindel on 22 September 2014, 07:14:56 PM
The Last Ironsides by Jonathon Riley.    Only a few pages in but a very good
read already.   Tells the story of the last remnants of the New Model Army
sent by the newly restored Charles II to Portugal to meet marriage treaty
obligations and keep potential trouble-makers out of the country at the same
time.

Looks to be an excellent history of a forgotten campaign in which a small
English contingent excelled abroad.   Some good maps and background detail

Recommended !

Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 23 September 2014, 09:41:43 AM
Quote
Quiet Flows the Don is the film of the two books combined. Rocks along at a good pace, and a couple of good 1914 battle scenes of cossacks charging A-H infantry and cossacks attacking A-H hussars who are trying to make off with a Russian gun. Some pretty harrowing scraps in the Civil War section, and it is a very long film. It's in English and stars Rupert Everett.

Have to say that in IMHO opinion the film is terrible. Rupert Everett, much as I like him, is totally unconvincing as Gregor the tough Cossack.  Okay, the battle scenes do offer something, but I really wouldn't bother, even on youtube !!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 September 2014, 10:37:19 AM
One man's meat. Now, turning the brightness up on the target on my forehead I've just started Ken Follett's  Fall of Giants.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 23 September 2014, 03:24:07 PM
 ;D ;D

Absolutley right about the meat.  Mr Follett is on my list after my wife has finished it


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 23 September 2014, 03:44:55 PM
Masquerade by the ever popular Pratchett. I've read all of his books (31) in my collection at least twice each and I can still find them funny. Could it be the forgetfulness of age? Don't know but I still like 'em.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 September 2014, 05:22:43 PM
There you go, you see; I can't abide Disc World.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 23 September 2014, 05:30:52 PM
Neither can I.

Looks like I'm rapidly making enemies across the baord here..... :( :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 23 September 2014, 05:32:02 PM
If Terry had written just six books and edited 'em properly, discarding the plagiarism and repetition, he'd be set to be remembered and admired much longer.

I have spoken.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 23 September 2014, 05:41:21 PM
Ah! FK. Wrong as usual :)

Love Terry Pratchett's work, haven't come across a book of his I haven't enjoyed. The later ones are less laugh-out-loud than the early ones but are better stories IMHO.

Though, more seriously, reading (especially fiction) is a very subjective thing and I don't expect other people to like the things I do. Nice when you find someone who shares your passion for an author though. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 23 September 2014, 08:39:13 PM
If Terry had written just six books and edited 'em properly, discarding the plagiarism and repetition, he'd be set to be remembered and admired much longer.

I have spoken.

I think that he will be remembered for a very long time -probably a lot longer than any of us. In some circumstances plagiarism and repetition it may be but personally, I don't give a rat's ar*e. The bloke has been making me laugh since I first came across
'The Colour of Magic' (although I still reckon it's one of the least funny of the lot). The way he takes real life and translates it into the Discworld setting is glorious in a lampooning way. Best of all I think his observations of people and situations are sometimes the funniest.

Ah! FK. Wrong as usual :)

Love Terry Pratchett's work, haven't come across a book of his I haven't enjoyed. The later ones are less laugh-out-loud than the early ones but are better stories IMHO.

Agreed.

I would love for him to write a book about Casanunda.

I haven't read a military orientated book in any format for a couple of years now -I'm having a bit of a sabbatical. More into Horror, SciFi and Fantasy at present.






Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 24 September 2014, 08:09:43 AM
I can never get the image of skiing elephants out of my head.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 24 September 2014, 10:35:34 AM
I can never get the image of skiing elephants out of my head.

IanS
Or his description of camels running while mentally doing high level maths.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 24 September 2014, 10:36:32 AM
I think that he will be remembered for a very long time -probably a lot longer than any of us. In some circumstances plagiarism and repetition it may be but personally, I don't give a rat's ar*e. The bloke has been making me laugh since I first came across
'The Colour of Magic' (although I still reckon it's one of the least funny of the lot). The way he takes real life and translates it into the Discworld setting is glorious in a lampooning way. Best of all I think his observations of people and situations are sometimes the funniest.


Hear, hear. He, Tolkein and Patrick O'Brien are the only authors I can see surviving what might possibly be the last book-reading generation.  :( :( :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 24 September 2014, 05:30:50 PM
Surely JK Rowling will be a standard  for many years to come?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 24 September 2014, 10:27:38 PM
Harry Pothead and the Philosopher stoned?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 26 September 2014, 04:48:49 PM
Reading The Three Musketeers for about the bazillionth time. Lovely.  8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 26 September 2014, 05:18:10 PM
Apart from the twenty paragraphs Dumas spends describing the yellow horse, only for out hero to flog it as soon as he get to Paris!!!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 26 September 2014, 09:39:07 PM
Apart from the twenty paragraphs Dumas spends describing the yellow horse, only for out hero to flog it as soon as he get to Paris!!!

True, true  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 27 September 2014, 05:24:21 PM
Just finished the last two thirds of 'Flames over Calais' over the last two days, cracking Ww2 read, but my goodness the incompetence of the British High Command in 1940!  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Daisy on 29 September 2014, 07:12:48 PM
Currently re-reading "Wintersmith". Who cannot be enamoured by the Feegles ?! ! Lovely !

Also on the go is the Saga rules..

And "The Great Boer War" by Arthur Conan Doyle. I love his work including of course his fictional detective.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 29 September 2014, 07:13:56 PM
Now onto Toby Frost's 'End Of Empires', it's a bit good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 29 September 2014, 09:04:42 PM
Now half-way through Secrets of the Conqueror by Stuart Prebble - the story of the nuclear submarine H.M.S. Conqueror, that sank the General Belgrano. Apparently, it did a lot more besides in the Cold War.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 03 October 2014, 05:05:59 PM
Just finished both of Bruce Weigle's 1859 and 1866 rules (I previously read the 1870 rules).  I am immensely impressed by his writing and logic.  His why and how for the particular rules are very well explained.  The quotes he uses do a great job of illustrating the rules also.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 October 2014, 05:45:18 PM
Just finished Fall of Giants by Ken Follet, mostly set during WWI. So good I haven't picked up a paintbrush for a week. Now halfway through the sequel - rise of the Nazis, Spanish Civil War and WWII. A right riveting read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 03 October 2014, 07:30:58 PM
Just finished both of Bruce Weigle's 1859 and 1866 rules (I previously read the 1870 rules).  I am immensely impressed by his writing and logic.  His why and how for the particular rules are very well explained.  The quotes he uses do a great job of illustrating the rules also.


With you on all the above, Kipt.  A real gent, a master terrain maker and modeller. In fact, as they used to say, a Legend in his own lunchtime!

 :D

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 03 October 2014, 07:56:44 PM
I'm not sure about in the UK but in NZ someone who is a "a Legend in his own lunchtime" is someone who thinks they are great but this view is not widely shared  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 October 2014, 08:31:42 PM
Yes Paul, it's pretty much the same here, but I must admit that Bruce Weigle has done wonders for the European mid-C19th wars. Even if you're not mad keen on the rules, all the historical, military and organisational information is priceless, and the scenario maps and OOBs are a wargamer's dream come true. His explanation of Austrian tactics in 1866 has not been bettered.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 03 October 2014, 08:50:23 PM
I'm not sure about in the UK but in NZ someone who is a "a Legend in his own lunchtime" is someone who thinks they are great but this view is not widely shared  ;)

It was certainly not my intention to imply that, just shows I should avoid using phrases I never properly understood!  :). Bruce is "the business". Oops, there I go again!  ;D

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 03 October 2014, 09:24:32 PM
It was certainly not my intention to imply that, just shows I should avoid using phrases I never properly understood!  :). Bruce is "the business". Oops, there I go again!  ;D

Mollinary

Hence my confusion the two parts of your comment didn't seem to go together  ;) :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 04 October 2014, 05:40:14 PM
Yep, Bruce is a real gent and his books are wonderful. Having just picked up some 2/3mm buildings from Brigade models today, I may be inspired to re-visit my 2mm armies for this (and other) periods.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: barbarian on 04 October 2014, 08:40:14 PM
Anabase - Snophonte


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 05 October 2014, 12:19:30 PM
It was certainly not my intention to imply that, just shows I should avoid using phrases I never properly understood!  :). Bruce is "the business". Oops, there I go again!  ;D

Mollinary

Cordwood?
 ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 05 October 2014, 01:59:00 PM
Cordwood?
 ;D

Funny you should say that, but that is a term I always understood completely!  :D

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 06 October 2014, 09:16:17 AM
Just started Ian Morris's Why the West Rules - For Now, in which he attempts to plot the patterns of history and predict future developments. It's a sort of survey of Life, the Universe and Everything. In which case I guess we could all tell him the answer....  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 06 October 2014, 10:43:20 AM
When you've finished you might want to start learning Mandarin, just in case.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 07 October 2014, 08:32:56 AM
I was thinking more along the lines of 47.  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 07 October 2014, 01:49:12 PM
Finished "The Battle of Barrosa 1811: Forgotten Battle of the Peninsular War" by  John Grehan & Martin Mace.

Good description of the battle and the campaign for Cadiz.  Makes as a point that Joseph and Soult would probably have won the whole Peninsular War if they had taken Cadiz.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 07 October 2014, 02:35:00 PM
Tales from Moominvalley. Cor, she knew how to choose the right details for a story!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 08 October 2014, 09:05:03 AM
Have now made it to volume 3 of Ken Follet's Century Trilogy - Kicks off in Berlin in 1961. Volume 2 had my heart pounding in many sections as people in Germany and Russia tried to cope with the Gestapo and NKVD, while the Americans were getting on with nuclear research. A real page turner.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 08 October 2014, 06:23:04 PM
Have now made it to volume 3 of Ken Follet's Century Trilogy - Kicks off in Berlin in 1961. Volume 2 had my heart pounding in many sections as people in Germany and Russia tried to cope with the Gestapo and NKVD, while the Americans were getting on with nuclear research. A real page turner.

Have you ever read any of the Bernie Gunther novels? A Berlin detective before, during and after the 3rd Reich; touch of the Philip Marlowes but rattling good reads.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 08 October 2014, 06:53:42 PM
Thanks for the info.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 09 October 2014, 06:16:07 PM
The new Elric and the Ruby Throne graphic novel.
Awesome.
Sickening, thought provoking, evil as you expect Melinobeans to be.  Just awesome.  :d


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 10 October 2014, 08:38:15 PM
Just finished "The War in the Crimea" by General Sir Edward Hamley.  It was good but I was hoping it would have been more like his "Operations of War".  However, the battles and siege descriptions are good.  No OB's but they are obtainable elsewhere I presume.  Not a war I game however.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 11 October 2014, 12:29:58 AM
Just finished "The War in the Crimea" by General Sir Edward Hamley.  ... Not a war I game however.

Yet  ;) ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 11 October 2014, 07:55:06 AM
Crimea - it's not a war - just glorious. A Frenchman said so.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: pierre the shy on 17 October 2014, 10:12:39 AM
Just finished "The Last Torpedo Flyers" by Arthur Aldridge and his son. Aldridge was a Beaufort torpedo bomber pilot with 217 Sqn in the UK, Malta and Ceylon in 1941-2. Its one of the best accounts by a wartime flyer that I have read (he was still alive as of late 2013). He is very forthright and honest about his chances of survival and seeing so many of his contempories set out on missions never to return.

I found a few bits of the book a little colourful in the light of hindsight (the Tirpitz is the biggest battleship in in world?) but to him in wartime it was what was thought to be the case. He was the pliot who torpedoed the Italain crusier "Trento" during the desasterous Harpoon/Vigorous convoy operations to relieve Malta in June 1942. I wonder if Jeremy Clarkson will follow up his recent rather good TV documentary on PQ-17 with one about the June convoys which ended almost as disasterously.

Overall a great read.     


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Dave on 24 October 2014, 08:54:51 PM
I'm currently reading the three volume set published in the early 50's on the RAF in ww2 currently working my way through book 2 and coastal command

Dave


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 25 October 2014, 07:08:27 AM
No doubt written in the "heroic stiff upper lip" style.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 October 2014, 07:38:34 AM
Listening to 'Purity in death", by Nora Roberts.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 25 October 2014, 08:26:05 AM
Techno!!!!  Nora is one of my faves. Could we have been separated at birth?


I'm re-reading "A Universe from Nothing" by Laurence Krauss. It explains how a matter can actually spontaneously come into existence. I read one page, understand it fully, then turn the page and magically know nothing.

Cheese, Philly - FSN


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Dave on 25 October 2014, 08:39:20 AM
No doubt written in the "heroic stiff upper lip" style.

IanS

Yes, abit hard to read in places, and glossing over cock ups.

Dave


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 25 October 2014, 10:45:40 AM
Techno!!!!  Nora is one of my faves. Could we have been separated at birth?
Cheese, Philly - FSN

Well.....We quite possibly share the same great, great, great, great (repeat a few thosand times) grandmother/grandfather, I suppose.
I sometimes wonder whether there was just one single celled orgasm organism that effectively 'gave birth' to every single creature on the Earth....In which case, we're all related, in a way. :-\ ;)

'Ere....Why did my PC decide to 'lose the hour' yesterday afternoon.....I hope it doesn't do it again tomorrow morning.....It's getting confusing !....Life's daft enough as it is !

Cheers - Phil (Probably)...... But I AM enjoying the Nora Roberts, writng as J.D. Robb, story  ;)


 







Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 25 October 2014, 12:02:56 PM
Picked up a copy of the Osprey Campaign volume for Ramilles 1706 yesterday. I find the Osprey titles vary greatly in quality, but this one seems, at first sight, to be one of the better ones. At least the author, Michael McNally, has grasped the first requirement of any wargamer - an order of battle for both sides.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 25 October 2014, 11:41:10 PM
Reading the Blackpowder rule book to see if I want to buy it :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 01 November 2014, 01:20:28 PM
Finished "Lee's Army during the Overland Campaign, A Numerical Study" by Alfred C. Young III.  It is as it says.  Through extensive research the author has compiled a pocket history of the Army of Northern Virginia's Corps, divisions and brigades, with reference to every regiment.  108 pages of tables listing casualties by regiment by each battle.  Also 41 maps to go with the text.  I found it more interesting than I first thought.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 01 November 2014, 02:04:06 PM
The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell.  Good story, well plotted, well written, loads of period feel.  I am definitiely a fan of this series.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 01 November 2014, 03:03:52 PM
Oooh...Squeaks of excitement !
Didn't realize that was out.....Straight off to see whether there's an audio version yet.
Ta for the heads up, M
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 01 November 2014, 03:28:46 PM
Oooh...Squeaks of excitement !
Didn't realize that was out.....Straight off to see whether there's an audio version yet.
Ta for the heads up, M
Cheers - Phil

Your welcome!   :D

Mollinary (awaiting the imminent arrival of FK!)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 01 November 2014, 05:38:54 PM
Finished' The Assassination of Margret Thatcher'
Jolly good collection of short stories.
Now trying to get my head round FogR...  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 01 November 2014, 07:00:23 PM
All the rules in Fog are very aptly named.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Nirnman on 02 November 2014, 09:53:48 AM
FoG  R I quite agree have read through it several times and find getting more confused every time, and that was with the advantage of having watched a small game played at the local wargame society before getting the rules.  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 02 November 2014, 10:42:55 AM
Finished' The Assassination of Margret Thatcher'
Jolly good collection of short stories.
Now trying to get my head round FogR...  :-\

I like the idea of that short story. :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 02 November 2014, 02:12:20 PM
You do realise that "reading the rules" is a direct contradiction of the male ethos? Rules are effectively manuals, and no real man ever reads a manual before starting a task. No wonder I get confused....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 02 November 2014, 02:39:09 PM
I thought we read manuals but not instructions?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 03 November 2014, 01:17:22 PM
Three of us spent about two hours yesterday afternoon trying to get Source of the Nile moving, mainly scrabbling around in the rulebook. One was a woman, admittedly (indeed, she still is, very much so).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 04 November 2014, 12:46:03 PM
Finished volume 1 of Quintin Barry's "The Franco-Prussian War 1870-71".  It is a good read as has been mentioned on this forum before.  On to volume 2.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 04 November 2014, 02:23:09 PM
For a great Fiction read, I have just finished 'Island of Ghosts' by Gillian Bradshaw. All about Sarmation Cavalry on patrol by Hadrian's Wall. Great period detail and a storyline that keeps you reading.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 04 November 2014, 04:17:32 PM
I agree with you Bodvoc, Excellent tale. Made me think a bit of the film King Arthur


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 04 November 2014, 05:26:46 PM
Just finished Arthur Braynt 18802-1812 - not the best of reads (real title escapes me - but free on Kindle)

2 SF novels and an ERB Martian anthology.

IanS - 24.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 04 November 2014, 07:08:12 PM
Dan Howard - "Bronze Age Military Equipment"

Interesting, though I've only just started and already disagree with some of his assumptions  =)

Mainly interested in what he has to say about the Sumerians.

Not a period I've found much info on, so any port in a storm and all that ...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 04 November 2014, 10:09:43 PM
Just begun Neal Asher's Jupiter War, the third book in the Owners series. One of the few books I've come across where the central character is almost as repellent as the villain.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 04 November 2014, 10:54:35 PM
Asher does that!  ;D That's one of the reasons I really enjoy his work!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Sandinista on 05 November 2014, 07:22:52 AM
I picked up a nice copy of Sun Tzu's Art of War at the weekend. Seems interesting so far, whether it will help me in any way I'm unsure  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 November 2014, 07:31:17 AM
Listening to 'No one left to tell' by Karen Rose.....Not at all bad....Though rather lengthy.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 05 November 2014, 12:21:45 PM
Sun Tzu is a bit theoretical and of its time .

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 05 November 2014, 12:43:06 PM
Final part of Joe Abercrombie's 'The First Law' trilogy; great stuff, like 'Game of Thrones' with a sense of humour  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 06 November 2014, 12:23:33 PM
ERB - John Cater of Mars

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 14 November 2014, 08:13:22 PM
Finished listening to.....
The Empty Throne by that nice Mr Cornwell.....REALLY enjoyed that !
The Watchful Eye......Priscilla Masters.......Not quite my cup of tea...But not too bad, at all.

Then had a break to listen to Pink Floyd's new CD.

Now onto 'Private Games'  (James Patterson & Mark Sullivan).....Sounds promising (Oh, all right.....The sort of 'thriller' I tend to enjoy. ;))

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hussargeneral on 14 November 2014, 10:08:57 PM
Final part of Joe Abercrombie's 'The First Law' trilogy; great stuff, like 'Game of Thrones' with a sense of humour  :D

Seconded, great reads, not read a bad one yet. Also recommend anything by Peter F Hamilton (Commonwealth books are excellent)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 17 November 2014, 03:11:36 AM
Now finished volume 2 of Quintin Barry's "The Franco-Prussian War".  It deals with the war "After Sedan".  Just as good as the first volume and good OB's.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 17 November 2014, 08:46:29 AM
I need to read that. It's been sat on the shelf for 18 months now.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 18 November 2014, 04:03:07 PM
Finished 'Private Games'
Now onto 'The Blood Crows' by Simon Scarrow......Sounds very promising so far.
Though not by the same author it appears (?) to almost be a follow on from 'Claudius'
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 November 2014, 09:24:05 AM
The Bloody Big Battles rulebook and scenario book. Had to look carefully at some scenarios to clarify the rule about skirmish bases, ie. 7S means 7 bases one of which is a skirmish base; 5 2S means 5 bases two of which are skirmish bases. Otherwise the rules seem to be very clear.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fred. on 19 November 2014, 05:20:59 PM
I'll be interested to hear more about these - looking for some ACW rules currently.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 19 November 2014, 05:28:05 PM
Finished 'Private Games'
Now onto 'The Blood Crows' by Simon Scarrow......Sounds very promising so far.
Though not by the same author it appears (?) to almost be a follow on from 'Claudius'
Cheers - Phil

Just finished listening to Blood Crows... Now listening to  A dead man in Malta by Michael Pearce


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 19 November 2014, 06:41:24 PM
I'm about half way through it, so far, Steve......Thoroughly enjoying it !
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 November 2014, 06:49:49 PM
I'll be interested to hear more about these - looking for some ACW rules currently.
 
At the moment the rules are concentrating on Europe 1850-1900. However the rules blurb mentions fighting Gerttysburg in 3 hours on a 6'x4' table, so I would imagine an ACW scenario book is on the way. The rules are designed for units between 2 and 7 bases, where a base is 25mm to 30mm square, and a division is made up of 2 or three units, so these are high level rules. You might also be interested in Altar of Freedom, which have a 60mmx30mm base per brigade and are designed specifically for the ACW. The rules are supported by a website with two scenario books for Eastern and Western theatres, some free scenarios, free buildings, scenario tips, AARs and so on.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fred. on 19 November 2014, 09:19:04 PM
Altar of Freedom looks good - spent a while rummaging though their site and links. I'll see what my gaming buds think.

AoF has much better overall presentation than BBB


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 20 November 2014, 09:35:52 AM
Across a danerous feild looks good as well. Thought AOF was about AWI?

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 20 November 2014, 02:02:01 PM
Just finished "Studies From The Franco Prussian War, 1, The French Imperial Army 1870-71" by Stephen Shann, 1991.  He is the author of the Osprey booklets on the French for the FPW.  Not a long book (other than size) but it has a short paragraph on each Imperial regiment, including artillery and engineers, with the strength of the regiment as of 1 August and its history.  It also lists the colonel of each regiment. There is an OB of all the corps plus the 12th Corps in the back.

Evidently he has also done a study on the Republican troops (1991), as well as books on Wissembourg and Froeschwiller (both 1987).  I would love to get all 3 of these but not in Amazon.  I will need to search around.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 20 November 2014, 05:00:27 PM
Oh okay. I need that book!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 20 November 2014, 05:46:51 PM
"Studies From The Franco Prussian War, 1, The French Imperial Army 1870-71" by Stephen Shann, 1991.

It appears the book is privately published.  There is no company listed.

I can't find any reference so far for the other books.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 21 November 2014, 02:46:25 PM
Finished "The Seeds of Disaster The Development of French Army Doctrine, 1919-39" by BG Robert A. Doughty.

The title says it all.  Typically I like books that get into theory but as it turned out it was a bit of a slog.  Probably because it was a book I only read on lunch break.  Took too long to go through.

I did enjoy the sections of the differences of development on battle tanks vs cavalry tanks.  The infantry kept tanks close to them, in theory, but the cavalry people developed a tank to support their old time roles of scouting, harassment and pursuit.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 22 November 2014, 12:40:58 AM
Finished issue 50 of The Gettysburg Magazine.  Typically the magazine has military  articles.  I believe over the previous 49 issues every brigade, North or South, has been covered.

This issue was about the 3 reunions; 1913, 1939 and 2013.  Personal remembrances rather that military.  I didn't enjoy it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 22 November 2014, 02:07:18 PM
Crikey! someone had personal memories of Gettysburg in 2013!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 22 November 2014, 05:21:41 PM
Does anybody here read non-military books?!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 22 November 2014, 05:31:36 PM
There are non-military books?  :o

I'm currently reading one of the "In Death" SF crime novels, and I've got a couple of original "Saint" novels queued. I've also got a book about time keeping called "A Short History of Time" on my bedside elephant.


Literary man about town - FSN 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 22 November 2014, 05:33:37 PM
Waiting for Neal Asher's "Dark Intelligence" to be published.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 22 November 2014, 06:24:56 PM
Does anybody here read non-military books?!

Yes, sir.....I do.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 22 November 2014, 08:14:11 PM
I read military history, history or travel books. Nothing else seems to grab me these days.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 23 November 2014, 08:59:43 AM
Me - I read Sci-fi, military history, some thrillers and rules.

Currently - Claws of the Bear on the Kindle, The Given Sacrifice in my coat (S.M. Sterling post disaster).

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 November 2014, 09:12:21 AM
France at Bay 1870 1871 - the second in Douglas Fermer's history of the FPW. Once again a book on a subject I thought I knew a lot about which includes events I knew little of after all, such as the events at Chateaudun and the battle of La Bourgance.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 23 November 2014, 11:32:07 AM
Does anybody here read non-military books?!

I read sci-fi, crime, general history, thrillers and anything that looks interesting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 23 November 2014, 12:03:39 PM
Does anybody here read non-military books


I listen to all sorts of stuff currently listening to Deep Waters by Barbara Nadel about a Turkish detective


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 23 November 2014, 12:16:03 PM
About half way through the fantasy novel "Half a King" by Joe Abercrombie, enjoying it very much.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 23 November 2014, 02:19:49 PM
Henderson's Battle of Spicheren.
Very readable.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 November 2014, 04:37:43 PM
Henderson's book is tremendous value for money. He also did a good one on Froeschwiller, also available from Helion.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 25 November 2014, 09:54:01 PM
My Kobo book, for reading at the station now the nights have drawn in, is Whispers Underground one of Ben Aaronovitch's tongue in cheek supernatural crime novels.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: General Greenman on 26 November 2014, 06:36:08 AM
Just reading Warhorse by Philip Sidel which has been awaiting an in depth perusal and just about to Start on Sarbin's Lost battles due to doing a rehash of some ancient rules
My wife and shelves are soon to start groaning again
And in the far distance a bank manager will start gibbering !
As I am already planning at least 3 more armies as an initial result !


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 26 November 2014, 07:25:46 AM
Listening to 66 degrees North by Michael Ridpath.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 26 November 2014, 02:01:51 PM
Quote
Henderson's book is tremendous value for money. He also did a good one on Froeschwiller, also available from Helion.

Hello there

Got that one too, its next on the to read list.   :)

regards

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 November 2014, 05:39:29 PM
Just finished "Kris Longknife, Tenacious" by Mike Shepard.  Outer space Sci-Fi.  This is the 12th book in the series.  In the same vein as the Honor Harrington series.

Generally I read military history but like the military Sci-Fi as well as some fantasy, eg "Game of Thrones".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 November 2014, 06:03:44 PM
Finished the Osprey "US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75" by Mark Stille.  Always good data from him.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 28 November 2014, 07:32:38 PM
66 Degrees N now finished.
Now listening to 'The Riot' by Laura Wilson.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 29 November 2014, 11:16:06 AM
Just started Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World by Jorgensen, Pavkovic, Rice, Schneid and Scott. It covers the period 1500 to 1763, but I'm not sure yet if it's more than a superficial skim-through.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 03 December 2014, 04:22:37 AM
I did find Steve Shann's booklet "The Franco-Prussian War, Froeschwiller 6th August 1870".  It was published by Anschluss in 1987.  22 pages of text including 13 maps (all the same but the first, and each map generally shows troop positions, but at the brigade - for cavalry- and division or corps for infantry).  It then has 11 pages of OB's and suggestions for wargaming with unit strengths in figures and reinforcement schedules.

Nothing new but then it was written in 1987 and at that time much appreciated, I'm sure.

So, I still need to find his booklet on Wissembourg and volume 2 of his French Army, the Republican troops.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 December 2014, 04:45:53 PM
Finished "1636:The Viennese Waltz" by Eric Flint and co-authors Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff.  It is the 15th book in the 1632 series that also has 11 other Gazettes or compilations or books by other authors using Eric Flint's world.

An alternate universe scoops a West Virginia town out of the US in 1998 (I think) and puts it in the middle of the Thirty Years War.  Up time science and people in a down time area.  Very well written and a lot of fun.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 December 2014, 06:08:03 PM
Also finished "The Marne Campaign" by LTC F.E. Whitton.  It cover s the first 6 weeks of the war, with a chapter for each week of the Marne.  It has a paragraph at the end of each chapter for the other areas of the war, eg East Prussian, Austria -Russian, Servia (Serbia), naval and Africa.

The interesting part is that it was first published in 1917, while the war is still going on, with this edition done in 1921.  It has 6 folding maps  and had one in the pocket in the front specifically for the Marne.  Unfortunately that is missing.  It was able to use information out of Germany as well as England and France and is generally accurate for what happened.  The reasons for German decisions during the battle on the Marne are pretty good guesses.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: goat major on 18 December 2014, 07:54:29 AM
Reading the Flashman books that I got cheap on the kindle. Great stuff but a tad politically incorrect in places :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 18 December 2014, 11:20:43 AM
Just finished "The Nameless Dead" by Paul Johnston.....Quite enjoyed that....Tho' for once I had problems with 'suspending disbelief' towards the end. Don't know why, as I've enjoyed far more far fetched stuff.
Now listening to "Alex Cross, Run" by James Patterson....Very good, so far.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 18 December 2014, 12:52:03 PM
Reading the Flashman books that I got cheap on the kindle. Great stuff but a tad politically incorrect in places :)

A tad! Gloriously, excessively, magnificently incorrect, just the best.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 18 December 2014, 02:22:54 PM
Finished "Images of War: the Central Powers on the Russian Front 1914 -1918" by David Bilton.

Interesting with a chapter for each year and then numerous photos.  One tidbit I found interesting was the Russian use of Bactrian camels as part of their supply train.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 19 December 2014, 08:42:52 AM
Just started The Coming of the King by M.C. Scott, another Roman Empire historical epic. Well written and plotted. Unfortunately, I've just realised that it's the middle book of a trilogy. Don't you just hate that when it happens?  :'( :'( :'(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 19 December 2014, 08:58:36 AM
Yes. I love SF, but hate it when you get "Book 2 of the Third part of the Vexillorium Trilogy set in the Under-Nova Universe"!   >:(



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 19 December 2014, 12:23:22 PM
I have just reread Soul Music by Terry Pratchett.  :D :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 19 December 2014, 12:38:19 PM
I have just reread Soul Music by Terry Pratchett.  :D :D

Love that book !
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 19 December 2014, 12:42:03 PM
Love that book !
Cheers - Phil.

Buggrit, buggrit, millennium hand and shrimp!*


*Translation: I love all of his books :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 19 December 2014, 02:04:51 PM
Jupiter War by Neal Asher.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 19 December 2014, 02:36:23 PM
Great book.
Hopefully someone has taken my hint about Dark Intelligence this Xmas!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 20 December 2014, 10:58:40 AM
Jupiter War by Neal Asher.


Yes, read that a couple of weeks ago. Thank goodness for an author who finishes up a trilogy properly, instead of wittering on into the distance in the hope of cashing in on an increasingly worn-out idea.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rob on 20 December 2014, 12:43:32 PM
I am currently on my 4th "Waterloo" book of the latest releases. I seem to have such a lot of books published on the subject of Waterloo and usually I am not disappointed with the newer releases as they unearth new evidence. So in reverse order:

The current book is no exception and covers the whole campaign in detail: 'Waterloo'; author Tim Clayton. I am really enjoying this one. Tim really gets into the detail of the events.  8)

Prior to this I read 'NAPOLEON the END OF GLORY'; author Munro Price. Not really a Waterloo book as such but did culminate with Waterloo. An unusual book in that its main content is the political and diplomatic battles of 1813-1815 with the military events as a backdrop. You do see all of the principle actors in a different light with Napoleon being a bit of a clux when it comes to diplomacy with Metternich as the master craftsman. Enjoyed this one and learnt a great deal.  8)

The 2nd of the four was '24 HOURS AT WATERLOO', author Robert Kershaw. Not many books make a big impression on an old codger like me, but this book I think is brilliant. Mr Kershaw has the ability to transport your imagination to particular episodes during the battle and then take you through the experiences of the people that were there. I found it quite exhilarating to be forming up for D'Erlons big attack and later quite destitute and fatalistic as part of Lambert's brigade standing in squares and being cut down by skirmishers and artillery. If you have ever read 'Waterloo a near run thing' by David Howarth, this is a similar diary driven account. But modern research has produced a lot more diary accounts, German, French and British. It is a much bigger book and I would say better written.  8) 8)

The 1st of the four was the only disappointment - 'WATERLOO' Bernhard Cornwall. I found this disappointing because IMHO Mr Cornwall has a way of making the tactics of the period seem stereo-typed and completely predictable with the French being a little dim to keep persisting against the solid British soldier standing in line. There is no new research and it is simply the basic history of the campaign set against a "Sharpe the Hero" type approach to the combat. I couldnt finish the book I am afraid.  :(

Cheers, Rob  :) :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 20 December 2014, 06:34:03 PM
I've read the first couple of chapters of the Cornwell book and not too impressed so far either. Asked for it for my birthday last month then found out Robert Kershaw had written a Waterloo book which would probably been a far better option.

Started reading The Bloody Road to Tunis today as background for my project for next year.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 22 December 2014, 04:12:48 PM
I am currently on my 4th "Waterloo" book of the latest releases. I seem to have such a lot of books published on the subject of Waterloo and usually I am not disappointed with the newer releases as they unearth new evidence. So in reverse order:

The current book is no exception and covers the whole campaign in detail: 'Waterloo'; author Tim Clayton. I am really enjoying this one. Tim really gets into the detail of the events.  8)

Prior to this I read 'NAPOLEON the END OF GLORY'; author Munro Price. Not really a Waterloo book as such but did culminate with Waterloo. An unusual book in that its main content is the political and diplomatic battles of 1813-1815 with the military events as a backdrop. You do see all of the principle actors in a different light with Napoleon being a bit of a clux when it comes to diplomacy with Metternich as the master craftsman. Enjoyed this one and learnt a great deal.  8)

The 2nd of the four was '24 HOURS AT WATERLOO', author Robert Kershaw. Not many books make a big impression on an old codger like me, but this book I think is brilliant. Mr Kershaw has the ability to transport your imagination to particular episodes during the battle and then take you through the experiences of the people that were there. I found it quite exhilarating to be forming up for D'Erlons big attack and later quite destitute and fatalistic as part of Lambert's brigade standing in squares and being cut down by skirmishers and artillery. If you have ever read 'Waterloo a near run thing' by David Howarth, this is a similar diary driven account. But modern research has produced a lot more diary accounts, German, French and British. It is a much bigger book and I would say better written.  8) 8)

The 1st of the four was the only disappointment - 'WATERLOO' Bernhard Cornwall. I found this disappointing because IMHO Mr Cornwall has a way of making the tactics of the period seem stereo-typed and completely predictable with the French being a little dim to keep persisting against the solid British soldier standing in line. There is no new research and it is simply the basic history of the campaign set against a "Sharpe the Hero" type approach to the combat. I couldnt finish the book I am afraid.  :(

Cheers, Rob  :) :)

If you haven't already, read Alessandro Barbero's 'The Battle', also about waterloo, quite magnificent, the best I've ever read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 22 December 2014, 05:30:20 PM
I'm reading the Cornwall book at present. I don't know what I'm expecting. Perhaps colour rather than new information - 'cos I'm probably not alone in having several books on the subject.

My favourite is still "A Near Run Thing" by David Howarth.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 22 December 2014, 05:43:21 PM
I would agree


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 22 December 2014, 06:13:25 PM
Try Barbero, I really can't praise it enough.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rob on 23 December 2014, 10:19:26 AM
If you haven't already, read Alessandro Barbero's 'The Battle', also about waterloo, quite magnificent, the best I've ever read.
Hi praise indeed, why would you say it is so good? I'll probably get it anyway.  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rob on 23 December 2014, 10:26:46 AM
I'm reading the Cornwall book at present. I don't know what I'm expecting. Perhaps colour rather than new information - 'cos I'm probably not alone in having several books on the subject.

My favourite is still "A Near Run Thing" by David Howarth.

I love that book too. I bought it again earlier this year for my son and he also thinks its great.

Its an interesting point that if someone started a thread over the most books in everyones collection centered around one battle, I am sure Waterloo would win hands down. I just had a  quick count along the bookshelves and I got to 9. The other ones which feature in more than one of my books are Arnhem and D-Day.


Cheers, Rob  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 23 December 2014, 11:30:24 AM
It's because after 200 years us Brits are still unsure whether we should be claiming points for a score draw or a win.
The Germans claim the win, having two teams in the pitch.
The Dutch claim a heroic substitution of their lead player after 85 minutes should never have happened.
The French claim the match was postponed due to flooded pitch.
The Belgians claim that despite only fielding half a team, with no management, it is their pitch, and ball, and they're going home early...


It's always difficult when there's more than one team playing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 23 December 2014, 11:37:51 AM
 ;D



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 23 December 2014, 01:08:31 PM
Hi praise indeed, why would you say it is so good? I'll probably get it anyway.  :)

Very balanced, wonderfully written, lucid, gripping, informative, humorous ... "the English soldier, well nourished with meat and beer, stimulated with gin, and convinced of his own racial superiority to the foreign rabble he had to face, was a magnificent combatant, as anyone who has ever seen hooligans in action at a soccer match can readily imagine..."



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 23 December 2014, 08:09:29 PM
Print books

1) Aubrey-Maturin Series: The Surgeons Mate
2) Moller and Cedra: Uniforms of the War of the Pacific

Ebook

1) Quinting Barry the Franco Prussian War I
2) Sears: To the Gates of Richmond
3)Embree: Bishmark's First War


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 December 2014, 10:54:32 PM
I'm struggling with Barrie's Road to Koniggratz; it's terribly dry.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 24 December 2014, 11:15:48 AM
I'm struggling with Barrie's Road to Koniggratz; it's terribly dry.
Know how you feel. Just finished Liberty's Exiles by Maya Jasanoff. This year I've been having an AWI fest (including trip to Concord, Lexington & Boston) so it seemed a good idea to find out how the Loyalists got on when the war ended. A very scholarly work and opened up your eyes to how the land of the free treated anyone who disagreed with them but, quite frankly, it got to the stage where I couldn't give a monkeys myself (poor show, I know  :-[).

So, AWI fest now over (except awaiting Black Powder Rebellion from Santa :-w). Now back to Sharpie's Enemy (yes, I've still to finish the series!) ... now there's a good read!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 24 December 2014, 12:16:21 PM
I'm struggling with Barrie's Road to Koniggratz; it's terribly dry.

Agreed, very worthy and all that but unreadable, are the FPW ones any better?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 24 December 2014, 01:16:20 PM
If you read by battle, whilst standing on the terrain, yes.

Try read them dry, and I promise you will never have insomnia again!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 27 December 2014, 11:19:40 AM
Just read Mark Urban's book on the 95th, very good though I thought Fusiliers was better.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 27 December 2014, 01:10:56 PM
Just read Mark Urban's book on the 95th, very good though I thought Fusiliers was better.
Thanks for bringing that up. I enjoyed Fusiliers myself (read and re-read it about 3 times now over the years) and almost forgot I had put Rifles on my reading list. Good man!  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 27 December 2014, 04:02:18 PM
Emma. Got to come back to that regularly.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 27 December 2014, 04:09:01 PM
Is that a  Gentleman's magazine?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 28 December 2014, 09:04:34 AM
Total OIK.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 28 December 2014, 09:22:28 AM
Is that a  Gentleman's magazine?

 ;D ;D ;D ;D =O =O =O =O ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 29 December 2014, 04:22:27 AM
Just finished Quintin Barry's "The Road to Koniggratz: Helmuth von Moltke and the Austro-Prussian War 1866".  I thoroughly enjoyed it (and didn't find it dry - but I like detailed books about the logistics, etc).  It also discusses the Danish War and shows how this is the background to the war of 1866 and goes through the campaign in quite a bit of detail.

I liked it much.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 29 December 2014, 08:43:40 AM
I have gone back to finish off Collision of Empires, the war on the Eastern Front in 1914. In my opinion better written and more engaging than the Koniggratz book,


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 29 December 2014, 12:28:53 PM
Just finished Quintin Barry's "The Road to Koniggratz: Helmuth von Moltke and the Austro-Prussian War 1866".  I thoroughly enjoyed it (and didn't find it dry - but I like detailed books about the logistics, etc).  It also discusses the Danish War and shows how this is the background to the war of 1866 and goes through the campaign in quite a bit of detail.

I liked it much.

Agree entirely. Very readable.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 30 December 2014, 05:07:27 PM
Gave up on the last book I was listening to.....I skipped 7 CDs, and went straight to the last one.....It was dire.
Now listening to 'Bleak Expectations'.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 31 December 2014, 04:40:06 AM
I give up!  And I always finish a book!  After 209 pages (out of 703) I have stopped reading "Poltava 1709: The Battle and the Myth".

I thought it would be a good read on the battle for the early horse and musket period.  I have others on the battle and Peter the Great, but this one did me in.  It does have a good chapter on "Peter's Dragoons: How the Russians Won at Poltava", but then gets into chapters such as"Poltava: A Turning Point in the History of Preaching" (this is what stopped me), "Love's Labour's Lost: Mazepa's Grammar of Romance" and other such.

It is part of the Harvard Papers in Ukrainian Studies and has 26 contributors.  Much more of a social history/archeology/literature graduate studies type of book.

Oh well, back to blood and guts.  At least I have 3 other books going at the moment.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: far4ngn on 01 January 2015, 03:14:01 AM
I've been reading about Solo wargaming as I try and decide what to collect next.


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Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 01 January 2015, 11:34:19 AM
Just started The blade itself by Joe Abercrombie

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 01 January 2015, 04:25:31 PM
Just started Ortona by Mark Zuelke. Might push me to finish my Fallschirmjager for BKCII so that I can game some of the actions...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 01 January 2015, 04:34:31 PM
2015 Beano Annual


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 01 January 2015, 05:51:48 PM
Mission to Paris by Alan Furst, one of a series of espionage novels set between the Wars. This one concerns Nazi infiltration into the higher echelons of French government in 1938/9.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 02 January 2015, 10:32:08 AM
2015 Beano Annual

Sure you can cope - looks a bit advanced.

my current - Lost Stars novel, about to read SOTCW Journal 82, and Neiros War - a Kindle SF freebe.

IanS  :d


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 04 January 2015, 12:42:29 AM
Finished "the World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin, along with Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson.  It is as it says a precursor to The Game Of Thrones.  A long, oversized book with many illustrations (324 pages).  It has the lineages of the Targaryens, the Starks and the Lannisters.

Hard to keep the various kings, princes, lords and knights straight.   But interesting for the history of wars, battles and heritages.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 04 January 2015, 11:04:45 AM
I imagine the above would be ideal for those who like their fantasy battles to have a Medieval slant.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: bigjackmac on 05 January 2015, 03:00:43 AM
Panzer Aces, but it's not helping my wargaming prowess...

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: lentulus on 05 January 2015, 05:25:48 PM
The Orenda - Huron vs Iroquois in 17th century New France.  Brutal stuff, really captures the how alien 17th century Europeans are just as much as 17th Century 1st nations.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 14 January 2015, 04:39:08 PM
Just finished Boys of '67 about Vietnam riverine actions from the view of one company. Hard read in places (due to the graphic nature) but compelling stuff.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 14 January 2015, 07:04:53 PM
Just finished Boys of '67 about Vietnam riverine actions from the view of one company. Hard read in places (due to the graphic nature) but compelling stuff.

I know almost nothing about this part of the Vietnam War and have noticed a few expressing interest of late. Did the VC and/or the North have riverine forces and were there battles between riverine forces? Or was it more a case of the US and South using riverine forces to disrupt supply routes and project power?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 14 January 2015, 08:20:40 PM
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I know almost nothing about this part of the Vietnam War and have noticed a few expressing interest of late. Did the VC and/or the North have riverine forces and were there battles between riverine forces? Or was it more a case of the US and South using riverine forces to disrupt supply routes and project power?

I'm only just getting into the history myself but it is more the latter. Charlie were basically hiding out in the Mekong delta and using it as a staging area for infiltration into the South. The US used the river to basically go in on seek and destroy missions as the terrain wasn't suitable for vehicles. It was an awful job for the young conscripts - snipers, booby traps and incidents were whole platoons pretty much wiped out in ambushes. Lots of young men dying for no good reason  :(
The book is well worth a look if you're interested in this period as its all based on interviews with vets.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 14 January 2015, 09:30:27 PM
Now reading the Valley Campaign (abridged title), jointly written by Holdfast. Very informative and an interesting view on the legend of T J Jackson.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 15 January 2015, 08:54:39 AM
Just finished Hunter Killers by Iain Ballantyne, a potted history of Royal Navy nuclear submarines. Fascinating details of Cold War shenanigans in the Barents Sea and the North Atlantic. You wouldn't think it possible for two submarines to collide, given the huge expanses of water they operated in, but there were several Soviet/British and Soviet/US comings together over the course of thirty years cat-and-mouse adventures at sea.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 15 January 2015, 01:27:59 PM
Now reading the Valley Campaign (abridged title), jointly written by Holdfast. Very informative and an interesting view on the legend of T J Jackson.

Perhaps we could invite Holdfast to post something concerning his views on Jackson. I think (and I may be wrong) that I heard him criticise Henderson once for promulgating views that were unduly complementary of Jackson.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 15 January 2015, 03:49:36 PM
He most certainly does in the introduction and furthermore states that Henderson's book was still on the Sandhurst reading list in the 1970s.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: holdfast on 15 January 2015, 03:51:43 PM
My point on Henderson is, briefly put, that he wrote 2 books on the FPW and 2 on the ACW. Of these, the 2 on the FPW are really detailed and offer plenty of detail, but are a bit dry. The two on the ACW are a volume on Fredericksburg which is short but solid and the two volume Stonewall Jackson, which is based on a lot of correspondence during the 1880s with those who worked for Jackson. It is extremely forgiving of Jackson, not a bit dry, and became the set text for the British Staff College in the 1890s.
Whenever something goes wrong for the Confederacy it is the fault of the staff officers according to Henderson. Whenever something goes right it is because of Jackson's brilliance, which it is sometimes, but it is also sometimes because of mistakes that the other side makes, unbeknown to Jackson, or the meddling of the Union War Department (read Lincoln) in Washington.
The book was seized on by the British Army as portraying the ability of barely trained enthusiastic Southern gentry (read Brits) to defeat more numerous but duller and plodding Yankees (read French or German or Austrian), and it influenced the debate about whether conscription might be needed for the Brits in the early 1900s.
As we know the effect of not having conscription was to have an army that was too small for Continental warfare in 1914, with unfortunate consequences.
I was astonished to find the Campaign was one of about 6 that were needed to be studied for the captain to major promotion exam up until 1974 (the other 5 were more recent).
Enough of this, Cameronian, you are perfectly able to afford your own copy. Tell your PA to rush out and buy yourself a copy with some of the vast wealth that you have amassed from performing open heart surgery on goldfish.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 16 January 2015, 01:12:42 PM
'Vast wealth' LOL, you are a card, and thank you for the short, informative disquisition.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: holdfast on 16 January 2015, 01:32:08 PM
A pleasure, though I have not the foggiest idea what a disquisition might be, even though I may have produced one.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 January 2015, 03:51:26 PM
First person that mentions 'the Spanish disquisition' gets their coat hurled at them. ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 16 January 2015, 03:55:39 PM
First person that mentions 'the Spanish disquisition' gets their coat hurled at them. ;)
Cheers - Phil

Not a pillow or comfy chair then?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: OldenBUA on 16 January 2015, 03:57:21 PM
First person that mentions 'the Spanish disquisition' gets their coat hurled at them. ;)
Cheers - Phil

That would be you then, wouldn't it? Shall I do the honours?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 January 2015, 04:01:06 PM
Not a pillow or comfy chair then?

Not unless the chair's small enough to hurl as well.  ;)

That would be you then, wouldn't it? Shall I do the honours?

Dammit !......Foiled again.  :'(  ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 16 January 2015, 04:56:40 PM
No body EXPECTS the Inquisition........


IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 17 January 2015, 09:57:51 AM
And we're off!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 17 January 2015, 10:19:04 AM
Ha! I would add ... hang on there's someone at the door.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 17 January 2015, 10:25:12 AM
I'm reading a "Spell it Out: The Singular History of English Spelling".



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 17 January 2015, 10:43:47 AM
So, who do we blame?  >:( >:( >:(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 17 January 2015, 10:47:20 AM
Reading 'Blood Runs in The Family' Book 5 of The Order Of The Stick.
Hilarious


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 17 January 2015, 11:17:05 AM
Just begun Mosquito; Menacing the Reich by Martin W. Bowman. The exploits of the "Wooden Wonder" in WW2, a bomber that could outrun most of the fighters sent up to intercept it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: marie on 18 January 2015, 11:00:25 AM
Empires of The Dragon.....more tea vicar....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 18 January 2015, 11:03:10 AM
So, who do we blame?  >:( >:( >:(

So far, the Catholic Church trying to put  Anglo-Saxon from runes to Latin.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 18 January 2015, 12:23:01 PM
I've just reverted back 40 years and started reading the John Carter of Mars series by E R Burroughs inspired by watching the film on TV over Christmas. I got the first 5 books for 79p for my Kindle. This is the first bit of sci-fi I have read in years but now have some 18mm figures of little green and red martians hopefully on their way!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 18 January 2015, 02:56:05 PM
As you read the books you realise all the animals on Barsoom are carnivorous. Makes you wonder what the smaller ones ate.... 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 18 January 2015, 02:59:26 PM
I've just reverted back 40 years and started reading the John Carter of Mars series by E R Burroughs inspired by watching the film on TV over Christmas. I got the first 5 books for 79p for my Kindle. This is the first bit of sci-fi I have read in years but now have some 18mm figures of little green and red martians hopefully on their way!

You mean the film didn't put you off?  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 18 January 2015, 03:27:13 PM
As you read the books you realise all the animals on Barsoom are carnivorous. Makes you wonder what the smaller ones ate.... 
Mars mallows?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 18 January 2015, 03:27:41 PM
It wasnt that bad......

More may be following.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 18 January 2015, 03:47:26 PM
I thought the film was far better than I had been led to believe, and now another studio has bought the rights to hopefully make more.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 18 January 2015, 04:38:15 PM
Thirded on the "it was better than the critics reported" front.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 18 January 2015, 08:33:04 PM
This thread, when I should be painting. The Prussians will never take to the field if I don't fold this laptop and get on.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 20 January 2015, 12:24:16 PM
I am working my way through "The SS :- A New History" by Adrian Weale, it deals with the whole spectrum of the SS from first concept to the end of the war..............warts and all :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 20 January 2015, 01:46:44 PM
Listening to 'The Last Conquest' by Berwick Coates.
About something that happened in 1066......Pretty good, so far.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 20 January 2015, 01:49:37 PM
Mrs Figgis of Colosseum Close, Pevensey, was watching a very interesting sailing regatta.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Luddite on 21 January 2015, 05:46:31 PM
Currently reading The Hobbit again.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 21 January 2015, 06:16:10 PM
When you've done, could you explain how it became a film trilogy? I remember it as a rather slim tome.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 21 January 2015, 10:58:15 PM
I believe it's called dramatic licence. In this instance some side references in the book were turned into major episodes in the films. Haven't seen the third one yet.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Luddite on 21 January 2015, 11:03:05 PM
When you've done, could you explain how it became a film trilogy? I remember it as a rather slim tome.

I believe they drove a dump truck full of cash up to Peter Jackson's door.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 21 January 2015, 11:10:39 PM
Read online that a fan has condensed the 3 hobbit movies into  one 4 hour movie


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 21 January 2015, 11:16:23 PM
When you've done, could you explain how it became a film trilogy? I remember it as a rather slim tome.
Just dont get me started....
saw a brilliant quote today... after someone saw the last episode in the trilogy... Something along the lines of ...It was like watching the last film in the lord of the rings 11 years ago and wishing Peter Jackson would make the Hobbit.... says it all really...
At the mo re-reading the Lord of the Rings and rules wise... Science versus Pluck


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 21 January 2015, 11:26:56 PM
Read online that a fan has condensed the 3 hobbit movies into  one 4 hour movie
Funnily enough I just read that today..... not sure how as the DVD isnto out for the third episode.. well in the UK


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 21 January 2015, 11:49:30 PM
Funnily enough I just read that today..... not sure how as the DVD isnto out for the third episode.. well in the UK

I doubt there's a film ever made that isn't "out" ... if you're not too fussy about the legality (and possibly quality) of the download.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 21 January 2015, 11:55:44 PM
I doubt there's a film ever made that isn't "out" ... if you're not too fussy about the legality (and possibly quality) of the download.
I was thinking more in advertising the fact you had done it...not that clever really


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 23 January 2015, 04:36:33 AM
Finished Volume 2 of "Wargaming in History: The War of the Austrian Succession".  After reading volume 8 (Great, great, great...) I decided I needed to acquire all of them.  Volumes 1 and 9 are currently out of print, but the rest may show up for my birthday.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 23 January 2015, 02:04:27 PM
Funny I was thinking the same, I've been impressed with what I've read so far, also it will be a good introduction to different periods - not that I'm interested in other periods you understand, purely educational  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 23 January 2015, 02:06:55 PM
Me sees massive purchases of all sorts of things coming on...

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 January 2015, 04:44:38 PM
Invasion 1914. Concentrates on the French and Germans in the early war, so a useful adjunct to Collision of Empires re. the Eastern Front; and it was only 99p on Kindle.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 23 January 2015, 05:40:48 PM
Yes that is a good one...read a few months back.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 23 January 2015, 05:46:49 PM
Mrs Figgis of Colosseum Close, Pevensey, was watching a very interesting sailing regatta.

Must have missed that bit.....(Was using the Dremmel a lot last week.)
All I managed to glean from "The Last Conquest" was that there was some b**tard called Norman along with a load of his chums, using Scouts to find stuff out.
The scouts never tied a single knot, so they weren't much cop.
As far as I could tell......Norman's mob were supposed to be French.....But the accents seemed to come from Scotland, Ireland and Birmingham....Most confusing !
 
Going to start "Arena" by Simon Scarrow & T.J. Andrews next week.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 January 2015, 08:48:23 PM
With all the LOA doing the rounds at the mo I'm surprised we haven't heard more about Williamandmary who was very fond of a nice juicy clementine and painted his navy orange.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SerialLoser on 26 January 2015, 12:26:38 PM
With all the LOA doing the rounds at the mo I'm surprised we haven't heard more about Williamandmary who was very fond of a nice juicy clementine and painted his navy orange.

....and all that?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cbr3d.com on 26 January 2015, 03:01:35 PM
Just yesterday picked up my old copy of 'Herodotus The Histories' off the shelf.  Been a few years since I read this first time round at Uni.  OK, well make that quite a few years.   :o

Amazing backdrop to the history of the ancient world and different peoples, habits, and indeed armies.  It is also a bloody good read.   :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 26 January 2015, 03:31:44 PM
I have two versions. An old Penguin version that has fallen to bits, and a Kindle version.

Ought to be compulsory reading for everyone.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 26 January 2015, 03:37:15 PM
Crowbarred in "The Three Musketeers", Radio 4's full cast dramatisation, before I start on "Arena".
Nobby would like it.....It's got Milady in it.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 27 January 2015, 08:56:51 AM
I have two versions. An old Penguin version that has fallen to bits, and a Kindle version.

Ought to be compulsory reading for everyone.   

In Latin - or Greek. Just because it's there....  :P


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 January 2015, 05:12:25 AM
Finished Norman Friedman's "US Cruisers: An Illustrated design History".  Large book (oversize with 496 pages) with facts, number, anecdotes and many pictures.  Very technical but interesting to see the necessary tradeoffs in size, speed, armaments and armor to get to a certain spec.  Also what happened because of the London Treaty before WWII.

Now I want his books on destroyers, battleships and carriers.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 28 January 2015, 09:06:54 AM
His book on Naval Firepower was cheap on the Kindle a few weeks back.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 28 January 2015, 11:41:48 AM
Just finished "Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder.

Now this is by a female writer (not normally a fan) in the first person (which normally I HATE) but it works.

Some good characterisation and would be a nice setting for a fantasy campaign (wargame or otherwise).

Picked it up for 99p on Kindle.  Loved it!  Highly recommended.  Had the feel of the Golden Compass trilogy but for adults (please do not judge GC on the film which, quite frankly, was garbage).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 28 January 2015, 11:48:03 AM
I am reading 'Go Strong into the Desert'  a really good book. I wanted to buy it but wanted to have a look at it first. My lovely librarians bought it in...I thought it would be a little used book so I could keep getting it reissued... Sadly not there is now a queue. At least I know if it is worth buying  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 28 January 2015, 11:55:25 AM
Just finished "Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder.

Now this is by a female writer (not normally a fan)....

I shall burn my copies of Jane Austen at once.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 28 January 2015, 12:01:52 PM
I shall burn my copies of Jane Austen at once.

 ;D ;D ;D

Personal preference and massive generalisation.   ;)

For example, I prefer Elizabeth Gaskell to Dickens and the list is endless but, on the whole (and certainly in terms of fantasy), I prefer male authors.  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 28 January 2015, 12:32:36 PM
Jane Austen is a frightful bore. Add in the Bronte sisters, Dickens and Hardy. Tedious reads, all of them.  (Yes, I have tried them all.)

The only Austen I liked was the one on "Old Harry's Game" whose catchphrase was (in a heavy cockney accent) "back off, or I cut yer!"



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 28 January 2015, 12:36:25 PM
Jane Austen is a frightful bore.

She's a bloody snob!   Bit harsh given when she lived but...meh  :-<


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 28 January 2015, 02:30:57 PM
Just finished - Into the Valley of Death - Berridge

D-Day - Ambrose
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold - Le Carre


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 28 January 2015, 03:46:46 PM
Just finished Bundori by Laura Joh Rowland


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 January 2015, 04:11:43 PM
I have Friedman's book on Naval Firepower, hard copy.  I don't like the electronic books.  My daughter gave me a Nook at one point and I gave it to my wife.

My military collection is upwards of 7,000 books with about that many more on diverse subjects in the house (no TV).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 28 January 2015, 07:19:11 PM
Kindles have their uses, but I don't like them for "proper" books with maps and pictures and so forth.

Just started reading "Inside Wellington's Peninsula Army". More a collection of essays than a single topic. Just got into the essay on Observing Officers.

 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 28 January 2015, 08:21:50 PM
I have a kindle and use it all the time for what I call pot boiler books ie novels. For reference material you can't beat a good solid hardcopy book.

As I have just started painting FPW chaps I thought it would be a good idea to find out a bit about the war. Von Moltke's Franco-German War seemed a s good a book as any.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 28 January 2015, 08:41:55 PM
I would also go for Howard's Franco-Prussian War and Ascoli's 'A Day of Battle'.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 28 January 2015, 09:11:43 PM
I find the tablet or phone good for "entertainment books" I'm not very bothered about sinking in permanently but can't beat actual hard copy for reference or rules etc.

Jut restarted the Wheel of Time series. Can't find my copy of book one so jumped straight to book 2. Also reading the Basic D&D Rules Compendium for old school flavour and Megablitz as we're running a game at WMMS in March :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 28 January 2015, 09:35:49 PM
I have the kindle app on my tablet and like to buy, read and store lots of books and rules on there (as my other half can't trace them so easily). Also, when on holiday I can take a whole library with me. However for a really important book or set of rules an actual book is always best.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 29 January 2015, 09:05:08 AM
I have the kindle app on my tablet and like to buy, read and store lots of books and rules on there (as my other half can't trace them so easily). Also, when on holiday I can take a whole library with me. However for a really important book or set of rules an actual book is always best.

Agree entirely. Great for blotting out the world when on holiday, but for serious reading give me a hard-back every time. Have you ever tried referring back to a fronticepiece map from the middle of an e-book? Don't bother!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 29 January 2015, 09:11:49 AM
I would also go for Howard's Franco-Prussian War and Ascoli's 'A Day of Battle'.

Thanks for that, I'll look out for them.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 29 January 2015, 09:19:10 AM
Agree entirely. Great for blotting out the world when on holiday, but for serious reading give me a hard-back every time. Have you ever tried referring back to a fronticepiece map from the middle of an e-book? Don't bother!
On a Kindle Fire there is a sidebar which can be revealed which enables you to go to different parts of the book, such as maps. Takes no longer than flipping back and forth in a book. I also discovered the tap twice feature which enlarges pictures and maps. Great for Ospreys.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 29 January 2015, 09:24:27 AM
Agree entirely. Great for blotting out the world when on holiday, but for serious reading give me a hard-back every time. Have you ever tried referring back to a fronticepiece map from the middle of an e-book? Don't bother!

Agree totally with this.  Although, as Leman says you can be clever with tabs, it just isn't the same as reading and referring (ie flicking between the two pages).  I tried to read an account of the Waterloo; so frustrating!  >:(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 30 January 2015, 09:17:36 AM
The Somme 1870 -71 by Quintin Barry. So far it's proving to be a good read, maybe because it deals with a very specific campaign. Couple of oddities though. In one place the same illustration is shown twice, one page after the other. Also all the colour photos taken on the battlefields appear throughout the book again in black and white. Nevertheless a valuable in depth look at an important part of the FPW, and inspiration for using those fusiliers marins.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 30 January 2015, 12:30:19 PM
DP I'm interested - why the change of name?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 30 January 2015, 12:46:02 PM
Currently ploughing our way through all the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough on audio book


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 30 January 2015, 03:21:30 PM
Cameronian - someone suggested it was a bit long, and I had gone off it myself, not having done any ECW for a good few years now. The time was right.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 30 January 2015, 07:21:56 PM
Mongols, Huns & Vikings - Hugh Kennedy - Cassell's History of Warfare
(care of North Yorkshire County Library)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 30 January 2015, 09:23:59 PM
Currently ploughing our way through all the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough on audio book

Great set of books. It needs to be turned into a TV mini-series!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 31 January 2015, 12:58:42 AM
Beau Geste by PC Wren.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 31 January 2015, 08:15:03 AM
"Beau Sabreur", the second is the series is dedicated 'to "Nobby," true comrade, to whom this book owes much'.


Funny don't remember PC Wren from my time in the Legion - FSN


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 31 January 2015, 10:12:19 AM
Beau Geste, Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal are all essentially the same book written from three different viewpoints.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 31 January 2015, 03:29:55 PM
Beau Diddley, however, is about a musician. Beau Locks is a general refutation of the French method of desert warfare. Beau Mont is a travel guide extolling the beauty of the Swiss countryside.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 31 January 2015, 04:21:21 PM
While Beau Ring is a critque of Wagner's Ring Cycle :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 31 January 2015, 04:33:58 PM
 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 31 January 2015, 07:46:14 PM
I hear Beau Brummell is dandy...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 01 February 2015, 04:12:00 PM
Don't forget Beau Jangles - tribute to Mr Neil Diamond


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 01 February 2015, 04:44:22 PM
Beau Peep - one of the few lady voyeurs.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 01 February 2015, 07:28:53 PM
What about "Mercy Beau Coup", the story of sympathetic regime change?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 02 February 2015, 08:23:11 AM
ENOUGH ENHOUGH

Phil - get his coat.....if it's not too chewed.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 02 February 2015, 08:48:23 AM
Long Beau is a NSFW tale of a gay archer who has to flee to Morocco after being falsely accused of stealing Henry's lipstick in the 100YW.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 02 February 2015, 08:49:34 AM
Stop posting, everyone! This page is on the sacred number; would you want to be the one who interrupted it?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 02 February 2015, 09:17:20 AM
Yes


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 02 February 2015, 09:20:33 AM
As in interuptus? Beau Wave, a book on the mispronunciation of British nautical terms.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 02 February 2015, 09:22:39 AM
Beau Belle - pretty Cockney :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 02 February 2015, 09:23:58 AM
Beau Belle - pretty Cockney :)

Contradiction in terms...

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 02 February 2015, 09:36:48 AM
Only if she opens 'er maarf.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 02 February 2015, 10:28:54 AM
Take it we are ignoring the tame cat....

As to the subjet - I'm on fiction at the moment - re-read of a Lizzy Moon fantasy (to lazy to check title), 2nd Speedicut Papers novel, and 4th in the Destroyermen Series by Taylor Anderson.

IanS  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 11:20:42 AM
Just started " Donald Featherstone's Solo Wargaming"; realise  I may be a tad late to this :-[

Very dated but some cracking ideas (no looking around for matchboxes).

The title is misleading though inasmuch as the suggestions can be used for any amount of players; good book. :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 02 February 2015, 11:55:06 AM
No wonder I'm the only happily-married one here!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 12:45:13 PM
Yu are never too late for the Blessed Featherstone!

Is it one of the reprints? They, IM not so HO, lose something. The airborne wargames book tell us that the M60 was a popular weapon in use by the 101st Ab Div in 1944!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 12:49:52 PM
Yu are never too late for the Blessed Featherstone!

Is it one of the reprints?

Don't know (realise I'm about to get harangued here) it's on my Kindle.  Will check out the edition tonight.

Don't really care though. it's just full of cracking little ideas :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 12:57:09 PM
It'll be the new one. I got several of them, but still love the old, battered tomes from the 1970's.

Just to derail the thread again ...

Beau Stard - A right swine
Beau Legged - The man who couldn't stop a pig in the road
Harry Beau - The sweet manufacturer
Cross Beau - the grumpy archer
Beau Beau - the sleepy one
Beau Tox - The inscrutable one

and finally ...

Beau Vine - The bull with the one liner jokes. 

I can chew my own coat, thank you - FSN


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 01:11:59 PM
Beau Jolais - Wine producer
Beau Locks - The fastenings to FSNs lovely white Jackets  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 01:37:39 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

Gentlemen, with the advent on Westmarcher and the return of Getagrip, may I suggest that the evil genius quotient of the Forum has increased (by my calculation) by 37.4%.

Beau Ring - The one who keep droning on about his engagement
Beau Leigh-Wood - The Indian film star
Beau Endry - The damp course fitter
Beau Dee - The Professional CI5 agent
Beau Deshoppe - The cosmetic manufacturer

I'm thinking of having a coat made out of Bourbon biscuits - FSN


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 01:43:55 PM

Beau Dee - The Professional CI5 agent


 ;D ;D ;D

Beau Selecta (Techno at work with his Dremmel: "Can I get a re-grind?")


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 02 February 2015, 01:59:20 PM
I rather like some of these !
I'll hang onto the coats for a while.

(I think I know why Gareth edited his post, though..... ;))
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 02:11:21 PM

(I think I know why Gareth edited his post, though..... ;))


Do tell... :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 02 February 2015, 03:35:59 PM
 ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 03:42:25 PM
;)
Cheers - Phil

 ;D

Phil, you're an enigma wrapped up in green stuff :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 02 February 2015, 06:56:43 PM
Cupid's Beau, same sex partner of the recently outed God of Love.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 02 February 2015, 07:03:12 PM
Beau Regard, Confederate General with a very high opinion of himself.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 07:06:03 PM
Ox-Beau:  Technical term for crap learned at school you never, EVER need!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 07:10:12 PM
Beau Gerroff - The crotchety old country dweller - not Techno.
Beau Berfat - The space bounty hunter
Beau Bill Head - The man with the extraordinarily large, and wobbily cranium.
Beau Filo-Gals - Won't you come on outside?
Beau Beau - The Yogi's little friend
Beau Derek - An really good female impersonator. Scored 10, in fact.  


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 07:10:53 PM
Beau Sanquet. Ex cricketer driven out of England for inventing a damned "un-English"  delivery.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 07:13:15 PM
Beau String.  A fellow who set up a rather disreputable nightclub.?!

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 07:14:56 PM

Beau Filo-Gals - Won't you come on outside?
 

 ;D  =O  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 07:16:34 PM
Beau Ne Part. A megalomaniac French auto accessory firm temporarily out of stock.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 February 2015, 07:18:43 PM
Violet Beau Regard, an optician?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 02 February 2015, 07:23:30 PM
Beau Ne Part. A megalomaniac French auto accessory firm temporarily out of stock.

Mollinary
;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 02 February 2015, 07:55:53 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

Das Beau't - a story about a submarine
Beau Ling - a game played by Sir Francis Drake
Beau Ner - a possible side effect in the Top Totty thread
Beau Daline - that last definition


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:06:28 PM
Beau de L'aire - rather dandified French pilot with poetic tendencies.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:09:23 PM
Beau Res Gares - Frenchman concerned with matters to do with railway stations.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 02 February 2015, 08:10:02 PM
Beau de L'aire - rather dandified French pilot with poetic tendencies.

Mollinary

OMG I was just about to post - Beau De Layer, an exceptionally fecund hen!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:12:02 PM
Beau ny protuberance - Upstart Frenchman's nose.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 08:12:37 PM
I feel something akin to the Yorkshiremen sketch from the "At Last the 1948 show".  

Right ...

Beau Mer - US nuclear submarine
Beau Zee - From a town in Idaho
Beau Gee - Inveterate nose picker
Here Comes Honey Beau Beau -  an annoying child
Beau Klearning - Who never experienced life, got all his knowledge from reading
Beau Koharam - An Islamic terrorist
Beau Colharem - Sang "A whiter shade of pail" (it was on his bucket list)
Beau Fort - A polymath who was interested in wind speed, castles and torepdo bombers
Beau N "Dick" Cumber-Patch - strangely heart-throb actor
El Beau - Spanish with active arms

... and went to bed before we got up.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:13:06 PM
Beau champs - Frenchman with nice teeth.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 02 February 2015, 08:14:32 PM
Beau Ner, porn actor with an exceptionally large ...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:15:29 PM
Colonel Beau Ghi - senior French Officer with a penchant for clarified butter.

Mollinary.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:17:10 PM
Beau Gus - Imitation Legionnaire

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 08:18:58 PM
Nice one, Mollinary!

Humphrey "Beau" Garde - A two-fisted actor, who stole milk.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:23:35 PM
Coat de Beau' ne - legionnaire's wine stained jacket.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:26:05 PM
Madame Beauvary. some what changeable wife of a legionnaire.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:31:12 PM
Beau Morris - a rather odd dancer with a castle obsession.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:34:58 PM
Beau Lynn.   Legionnaire who is very good at tying knots.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:37:36 PM
And, especially for FK. Beau Thai - Siamese Legionnaire.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 02 February 2015, 08:39:04 PM
;D ;D ;D

Das Beau't - a story about a submarine
Beau Ling - a game played by Sir Francis Drake
Beau Ner - a possible side effect in the Top Totty thread
Beau Daline - that last definition
Beau Ner, porn actor with an exceptionally large ...
Beat ya!  :P  :P

( ... just Beau Sting ...  ;) )



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:41:46 PM
Boatswain - male offspring of a legionnaire.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:44:17 PM
Bowshot. - Extremely good looking legionnaire.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 08:44:42 PM
Dem beauns, dem beauns, dem dry beauns...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:47:06 PM
Beau's Lion - the Queen Mother.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 08:56:50 PM
Beau men. Legionnaire toxophiliites.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 09:04:38 PM
Ho-beau: unemployed legionnaire


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:08:22 PM
Ho-beau: unemployed legionnaire

Nice One!   Plac-e-beau!  Vanilla, sugar flavoured, Legionnaire.

Mollinary



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 02 February 2015, 09:09:51 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
These are good.
I'm taking all of your coats to the dry-cleaners.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 09:14:51 PM
Ro-beaux cop: Legionnaire MP


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:21:50 PM
Chicken Gum Beau - somewhat toothless and cowardly legionnaire.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 09:24:38 PM
Chicken Gum Beau - somewhat toothless and cowardly legionnaire.

Mollinary


 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:31:04 PM
Dum- beau.  Legionnaire with sensationally big ears!

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 02 February 2015, 09:35:16 PM
beaucoup..A French military take over and revolution


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:36:06 PM
Rambeaud,

Curiously poetically fixated male sheep with a desire to join the legion.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:38:17 PM
Beaufort,

Strong legionnaire who designed a dreadful aircraft.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:41:03 PM
Beau-ting,  Chinese legionnaire with a love for maritime dalliances .

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:42:46 PM
Beau-trace.  Hint that a legionnaire had rowed from Putney to Mortlake.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 09:44:57 PM
Bil-beaux: In a hole in the ground there lived a legionnaire.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 09:47:35 PM
Bil-beaux: In a hole in the ground there lived a legionnaire.

 =D> =D> =D>

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 10:09:28 PM
You would have thought there were fewer Beau puns than there were fish puns ... but you'd be wrong.

Beau Lards - Fat Legionnaire who stands in the road to stop cars going through.
Beau Leesha Beacon - Legionnaire with a light on his head who stands by the road
Bew Beau - Legionnaire with the plague


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 10:10:26 PM
Lim-beau .  Legionnaire with an astonishing capacity for dancing under a pole.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 February 2015, 10:16:32 PM
Beau Docea - Female lectionary in a chariot
Beau Terr - in a batty straw hat

Should beat the monthly record for posts by about 4th Feb if this keeps up.

Who started all this?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 02 February 2015, 10:16:47 PM
I give up...I can't remember what's gone  :'(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 10:21:03 PM
Beau Docea - Female lectionary in a chariot

lectionary?  Lectionary?  LECTIONARY?  What the .....?

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 10:28:50 PM
Beau Bridges - legionnaire with considerable engineering capabilities.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 February 2015, 10:33:43 PM
Beau Gus - a disappointed guy.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fred. on 02 February 2015, 10:45:47 PM
Beau locks - what this thread has become  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 10:46:31 PM
Beau Gus - a disappointed guy.

ML,

I thought I had already bagged that one?
Beau sting - the legionnaire's practice of over stating his achievements.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 10:48:49 PM
Beau locks - what this thread has become  :o

Beau locks  - an answer that was introduced in a post long long ago!

Mollianry


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 02 February 2015, 10:55:43 PM

( ... just Beau Sting ...  ;) )
Beau sting - the legionnaire's practice of over stating his achievements.

 ... count as already bagged? ...  :P

Wonder if kustenjaeger has finished reading Beau Geste yet?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 02 February 2015, 11:05:15 PM
... count as already bagged? ...  :P

Touch This thread has gone on so long we are all thrashing around looking for new " beau mots" in a very shallow pool, and it is running dry.

Molliary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 February 2015, 11:11:50 PM
Beau it!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 02 February 2015, 11:15:35 PM
[Thank you, Mollinary. What a gentleman. One more .. (who started this anyway?) .. ]

Beau Maris Piper - the legionnaire formerly known as Mr Potato Head.

  :-\
I must find a book to read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 03 February 2015, 08:12:25 AM
You do realise this has gone on for 5 pages now. That surely is a record, and one that needs to be taken off the gramophone at once.

So to close, I suggest we have a song from that old Blue Lectionary Beau Diddley.

Yes Lectionary - he's got a teaching post - FSN


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 03 February 2015, 08:13:32 AM
You do realise this has gone on for 5 pages now. That surely is a record, and one that needs to be taken off the gramophone at once.


Yeah, we were brill! :D :D :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 February 2015, 09:40:00 AM
Sorry everyone. On a more prosaic note I am reading a jolly 99p romp from Kindle entitled Britannia, set at the time of the Great Barbarian Conspiracy in the late 360s.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 03 February 2015, 10:11:08 AM
You do realise this has gone on for 5 pages now. That surely is a record, and one that needs to be taken off the gramophone at once.


Yes Lectionary - he's got a teaching post - FSN

I think were still ifne Nobby. As long as you can keep supplying the earwax to make the gramphone masters I think we can go a few more pages


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 03 February 2015, 10:28:51 AM
As long as you can keep supplying the earwax to make the gramphone masters I think we can go a few more pages

 :-&
[beau'k]


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 03 February 2015, 12:36:13 PM
Beau Sting (yes I know) A self regarding pop star.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 03 February 2015, 12:37:21 PM
L Beau - A handsome learner driver.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 03 February 2015, 12:53:41 PM
I've just read "Ark Royal" - A piece of SF rip-roaring adventure in which the British are the main protagonists. Starting on vol 2 - "The Nelson Touch". Annoys me that the second in command is called the "XO" and not "No 1".


Blue Beau Tull - depressed legionnaire who eats a lot of s%!t
Beau na Vista - Shell company for a Mickey Mouse organisation




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 03 February 2015, 01:32:02 PM
Beau-ler Hat: Headgear Americans think British Legionnaires wear.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 February 2015, 02:02:33 PM
No-one seems to have put down

Beau Nidle......The lazy legionnaire.

(Mind you...There's so many of them now, I may have missed it !)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 03 February 2015, 03:22:02 PM
We must have a Beau Talion by now.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 03 February 2015, 09:37:11 PM
Dammit! I thought I would be the last, and so be crowned "King of the Beau Puns"!

Right ...

Beau Doire - Legionnaire often found in a ladies bedroom
Beau Colic - A cry baby legionnaire in the country
Beau Beau Black Sheep - The oft ostracised legionanire
Beau der Line - Austrian legionnaire who's on the edge
Flam Beau - Legionnaire on fire
Bim Beau - The airhead legionnaire
Ko Beau - The handy Legionnaire eReader
Ben Beau - Transferred in from the Admiralty
GoBeau - legionnaire that was long waited for
Beau Bon - Regal legionnaire with a taste for chocolaty biscuits
Beau Riginal - The Australian Legionnaire



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 03 February 2015, 09:46:52 PM
Dammit! I thought I would be the last, and so be crowned "King of the Beau Puns"!

Right ...

Beau Doire - Legionnaire often found in a ladies bedroom
Beau Colic - A cry baby legionnaire in the country
Beau Beau Black Sheep - The oft ostracised legionanire
Beau der Line - Austrian legionnaire who's on the edge
Flam Beau - Legionnaire on fire
Bim Beau - The airhead legionnaire
Ko Beau - The handy Legionnaire eReader
Ben Beau - Transferred in from the Admiralty
GoBeau - legionnaire that was long waited for
Beau Bon - Regal legionnaire with a taste for chocolaty biscuits
Beau Riginal - The Australian Legionnaire



Hardly! Half of these require Beau to be pronounced either as Bar, or Bew, or Boo, or Bore or bizarrely Doh!  Channeling Homer Simpson?  ;D

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 February 2015, 10:08:48 PM
So, has Beau Na Me (Asian Legionary who likes to make friends and host parties) run out here?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 February 2015, 07:41:06 AM
Finished listening to 'Arena'......Enjoyed that.
Now listening to 'Portrait In Death' by J.D. Robb...and reading 'How to use your TENS machine'......(Subtitled) Because you couldn't be bothered to read the instructions thoroughly in the first place, could you ?  :D

(Still worked damn well.... :))

This is the right thread  for books, isn't it ?

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 04 February 2015, 08:47:52 AM
Dont know, think I've lost the plot......

IanS  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 04 February 2015, 09:19:08 AM
Dont know, think I've lost the plot......

IanS  ;)

beau'n weary? :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 February 2015, 10:21:56 AM
I may have to start returning some of these coats soon. ;)
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 04 February 2015, 10:51:38 AM
Don't take mine off anymore and I sit by the door :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 04 February 2015, 11:13:22 AM
Don't take mine off anymore and I sit by the door :D

Beau_ing to the inevitable Gareth?😀


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 04 February 2015, 11:52:37 AM
Beau_ing to the inevitable Gareth?😀

 Here's your cloakroom ticket Steve :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 04 February 2015, 12:04:54 PM
Here's your cloakroom ticket Steve :D

I have my own multipass now thank you


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 February 2015, 12:41:25 PM
Yes.....But I do have to put the official stamp on it, Steve.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 04 February 2015, 01:05:06 PM
I have my own multipass now thank you

Yes.....But I do have to put the official stamp on it, Steve.
Cheers - Phil

 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 10 February 2015, 08:27:03 AM
I am currently reading "The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great" by Paul Hill. I bought this book at the Vapnartak Show and it is proving to be a very good read. It details how Alfred learnt from experience and developed his tactics to deal with the Viking threat.
 Having finished re-basing (and added several new units and command stands) my 10mm Normans I am now doing the same to my Anglo-Saxons/Anglo Danes. This book is making me impatient to get onto my Vikings. It has also made me think of a few tweaks I need to make to my own rules for the period.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 12 February 2015, 10:41:05 PM
Just finished number 4 of volume 78 of "The Journal of Military History".  It is $60 per year and publishes quarterly.  Membership also gives access to the online previous volumes.

Articles are varied; in this volume there are:
"Did They Really Take None but Gentlemen?  Henry Harman, the Maryland Line, and a Reconsideration of the Socioeconomic Composition of the Continental Officer Corps".
"The Road from Kandahar: The Politics of Retention and Withdrawal in Afghanistan, 1880-81".
"Field Marshal Montgomery's Role in the Creation of the British 21st Army Group's Combined Arms Doctrine for the
Final Assault on Germany".
"The Weight of History: Wehrmacht Officers, the U.S. Army Historical Division, and U.S. Military Doctrine, 1945-1956".
"No 'Technical Knockout': Giap's Artillery at Dien Bien Phu".
"When 'The Institute was Heard From" in World War II: VMI Alumni on the War Department General Staff, 1939-1945".
"The Ever Controversial General Charles Lee".

In addition, there are 84 pages of essentially current book reviews covering a multitude of military topics, ancient to current day.

always interesting, even if not always on a subject I am into.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 13 February 2015, 05:37:48 AM
I also just finished "Historical Examples of Sieges from the Franco-German War of 1870-1" by Frobenius, translated by Captain MHC Bird.  It was printed in 1906 by the RA Institute.  When I first received it and opened to the beginning, I was a bit disappointed because it starts with Volume 2 - Metz.  However, upon further thumbing through, volume 1 - Belfort and Strassburg appear after volume 2.

Frobenius was a lieutenant colonel of engineers in the German Army when he wrote it, and like all the German texts from the period, goes into great detail.  I will try and post a couple of pages if there is an interest.  The book would have helped me when I set up my Sappy Nappy campaign last October.  Being an engineer myself I probably would have gone into too much detail for investments and sieges, so it was probably good that I didn't start reading it until after the campaign was completed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 15 February 2015, 10:57:19 PM
Reading Osprey's Rossbach & Leuthen 1757 (again). Just finished Rossbach.

The stage was set for the Prussian cavalry to apply the coup de grace and turn the flight into a headlong route.  In this they were frustrated, however, by the four battalions of the Swiss regiments of Planta and Diesbach who formed square and fought off the pursuing Prussians ...... the two Swiss regiments were like rocks in the swirling sea of fugitives and Prussians as they carried out a fighting retreat. Frederick is said to have remarked, "What is this red brick wall that my artillery cannot manage to bring down?" and, being told it was the French Swiss infantry, he silently saluted them by doffing his hat as they marched off the field with colours flying and drums beating.

What's not to like?.  And squares. In the SYW.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 15 February 2015, 11:00:56 PM
Just started Shadow and the Sword by Tom Holland. Not bad so far


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 15 February 2015, 11:02:39 PM
Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher.
Awesome.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 16 February 2015, 12:10:51 AM
Just finished "Baptism of Fire" by Andrzej Sapkowski, part of The Witcher series - loved it. Wish they'd get all of his stuff translated!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 16 February 2015, 07:01:04 AM
Just finished' The Battle of Ortona' which I found a bit disappointing :(. Now onto Osprey's Baltic Crusades as prep for some Lion Rampant and Hail Caesar gaming.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 February 2015, 07:12:42 AM
Just started listening to "Emperor - The field of swords", by Conn Iggulden.
Pretty good, so far.
Cheers - Phil



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 16 February 2015, 08:41:35 AM
Just started listening to "Emperor - The field of swords", by Conn Iggulden.
Pretty good, so far.
Cheers - Phil

They start a bit slow, and you do need to read all of them, but good series those.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 February 2015, 08:57:50 AM
Thanks, Ian.

I managed to get the one above, and the following two to listen to.....looks like I'll miss out on the first two in the series...
Not to worry...They'll pass the time !  ;)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 16 February 2015, 09:06:01 AM
Try his Mongol series as well.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 16 February 2015, 11:49:45 AM
Regards the Mongols, yes, definitely.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 February 2015, 12:06:16 PM
I'll have to check which ones are available.
Thanks, Chaps !! :-bd
(Preview facility still seems to be awol. ;).....Wonder whether there's some updating going on.)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 18 February 2015, 12:25:30 PM
Finished volume 6 of "Wargaming in History, First Bull Run". Super job as a wargaming book and as a history book.  I continue to be impressed with the series.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 18 February 2015, 01:26:47 PM
Robert Harris - Enigma


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 18 February 2015, 01:33:59 PM
Good book. Like it a lot.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 18 February 2015, 01:40:23 PM
Couldnt get into it or understand it

Dont know how anyone could read it...

Page 1 was like

O POYH YHRQRPKL UXM CIUQYIX FZTXE UL VUOO LDQTJ. ABT IBYY QCTBRPW UV QYDC EBYQYGAK. BPA DPTBXCUZH MLOAK IT QFJB RETE... QDSVFP BPKF VLUX. ITC OBGCBXJPF YYZ UX FTNV EBMDU'O MAAGF... WHM TAYAXR BTU OAXEPVLZV. KBNTBQPA R TMUI YUZDSKA TUCN EGTHI LCIELMV AIUUPDG YISAD; IUN GDOSGJ OTM RKLJT RTICLZM GD XTKXTLZQJB... IK SJRAJTGBTBT. L YAPR KXJ HIWD HWT AKCMOL, HNTKFILCZ, OXPNQNI XI FPYJ. LQIIVMXD WLZXMAJ


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 18 February 2015, 01:45:18 PM


Page 1 was like

O POYH YHRQRPKL UXM CIUQYIX FZTXE UL VUOO LDQTJ. ABT IBYY QCTBRPW UV QYDC EBYQYGAK. BPA DPTBXCUZH MLOAK IT QFJB RETE... QDSVFP BPKF VLUX. ITC OBGCBXJPF YYZ UX FTNV EBMDU'O MAAGF... WHM TAYAXR BTU OAXEPVLZV. KBNTBQPA R TMUI YUZDSKA TUCN EGTHI LCIELMV AIUUPDG YISAD; IUN GDOSGJ OTM RKLJT RTICLZM GD XTKXTLZQJB... IK SJRAJTGBTBT. L YAPR KXJ HIWD HWT AKCMOL, HNTKFILCZ, OXPNQNI XI FPYJ. LQIIVMXD WLZXMAJ

Wow, it's like you can actually read FSN's mind :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 18 February 2015, 03:42:45 PM
BBC Red Button - page 302.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 18 February 2015, 03:51:30 PM
Couldnt get into it or understand it

Dont know how anyone could read it...

Page 1 was like

O POYH YHRQRPKL UXM CIUQYIX FZTXE UL VUOO LDQTJ. ABT IBYY QCTBRPW UV QYDC EBYQYGAK. BPA DPTBXCUZH MLOAK IT QFJB RETE... QDSVFP BPKF VLUX. ITC OBGCBXJPF YYZ UX FTNV EBMDU'O MAAGF... WHM TAYAXR BTU OAXEPVLZV. KBNTBQPA R TMUI YUZDSKA TUCN EGTHI LCIELMV AIUUPDG YISAD; IUN GDOSGJ OTM RKLJT RTICLZM GD XTKXTLZQJB... IK SJRAJTGBTBT. L YAPR KXJ HIWD HWT AKCMOL, HNTKFILCZ, OXPNQNI XI FPYJ. LQIIVMXD WLZXMAJ
Will that change tomorrow?
Army or navy codes?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 18 February 2015, 03:56:09 PM
I used this

http://startpad.googlecode.com/hg/labs/js/enigma/enigma-sim.html


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 18 February 2015, 04:01:50 PM
So did I, but I got this from encoding the first sentence from the book

WRHLFCNOA SF ANK UQGSIN IEZXSY HB GDM RTO: C TWPGA FXDA.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 18 February 2015, 04:09:33 PM
So did I, but I got this from encoding the first sentence from the book

WRHLFCNOA SF ANK UQGSIN IEZXSY HB GDM RTO: C TWPGA FXDA.



CAMBRIDGE IN THE FOURTH WINTER OF THE WAR: A GHOST TOWN


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 18 February 2015, 04:17:58 PM
APJO QYYV P'WB NJ FWXJWE PTVLOBN XKCXSG HKCDKB.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 18 February 2015, 04:24:29 PM
NLLHJUGR UCE RTJSQJY DDKFXLW XXSY DM PUKI DL. RJWYT XLY CMUDSPYW UM SWWF IZWQI


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 February 2015, 07:57:55 AM
Sounds riveting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 19 February 2015, 08:26:39 AM
The Junior Officers Reading Club, good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 19 February 2015, 11:15:01 AM
NLLHJUGR UCE RTJSQJY DDKFXLW XXSY DM PUKI DL. RJWYT XLY CMUDSPYW UM SWWF IZWQI

 ;D ;D =O


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 19 February 2015, 11:17:52 AM
I used this

http://startpad.googlecode.com/hg/labs/js/enigma/enigma-sim.html

I did start looking at using a chapter from 50 Shades of Grey, but then decided to use Paddington Bear (the first page) ... But in the end went for the television comedy quote.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 19 February 2015, 01:15:39 PM
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 19 February 2015, 01:20:02 PM
Sorry, most I know in Welsh is Cymru am byth.
Or, even, Cwmru am byth.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 22 February 2015, 05:08:23 PM
Finished "Wargaming in History, volume 4, The Seven Years war, Hastenbeck, Rossbach and Leuthen".  Enjoyable read and now off to volume 5.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 22 February 2015, 10:13:44 PM
Just finished 'The Second World War' by Anthony Beevor. Excellent read.

Next 'Kursk'


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 February 2015, 08:03:53 AM
I wonder if Winston Churchill ever said that?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 23 February 2015, 08:33:51 AM
Just finished 'The Second World War' by Anthony Beevor. Excellent read.

Next 'Kursk'

Anything by Beevor is usually good; Stalingrad is superb!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 23 February 2015, 10:28:08 AM
Just started Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell. Got it for my birthday back in January. Interested to see if he has anything new or original to say about a fairly thoroughly explored subject.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 23 February 2015, 11:08:22 AM
Quote
Just started Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell. Got it for my birthday back in January. Interested to see if he has anything new or original to say about a fairly thoroughly explored subject.

Not really, but entertaining account never-the-less


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 23 February 2015, 02:08:15 PM
"Bronze Age Military Equipment" by Dan Howard. Interesting (if it's a period you're interested in!) but not exactly a page turner!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 23 February 2015, 03:01:34 PM
O'N XRAPZ PACVJHX LHWFKQ.  :D

http://startpad.googlecode.com/hg/labs/js/enigma/enigma-sim.html (http://startpad.googlecode.com/hg/labs/js/enigma/enigma-sim.html)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 23 February 2015, 03:17:39 PM
O'N XRAPZ PACVJHX LHWFKQ.  :D

http://startpad.googlecode.com/hg/labs/js/enigma/enigma-sim.html (http://startpad.googlecode.com/hg/labs/js/enigma/enigma-sim.html)

This doesn't work when I do it :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 23 February 2015, 04:52:27 PM
DECA BB MCNXJ OJD VLS BA ALHOA?

sorry, but; yer what?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 23 February 2015, 04:54:02 PM
Something to do with Hawaii I think


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 23 February 2015, 05:00:10 PM
NLLHJUGR UCE RTJSQJY DDKFXLW XXSY DM PUKI DL. RJWYT XLY CMUDSPYW UM SWWF IZWQI

well, if i take the above and decode it it says:

"GETAGRIP HAS DIAMOND STUDDED ONES HE TOLD ME. HENCE HIS NICKNAME ON THIS FORUM"

and that's what I was told the other day, too. so it's still working as far as i know  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 23 February 2015, 05:03:14 PM
And who would write that sort of malicious nonsense


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 23 February 2015, 05:04:46 PM
well, if i take the above and decode it it says:

"GETAGRIP HAS DIAMOND STUDDED ONES HE TOLD ME. HENCE HIS NICKNAME ON THIS FORUM"

and that's what I was told the other day, too. so it's still working as far as i know  :-\

You said you'd keep that between you and me :'(

I feel cheapened  :'( :'(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 23 February 2015, 05:12:01 PM
I make that your 1,000th post.
Congratulations, Colonel.
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 23 February 2015, 05:13:27 PM
1000th actually


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 23 February 2015, 06:20:49 PM
1000th actually


Blimey Grip! What's your run rate?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 23 February 2015, 06:45:51 PM
I do waffle on a tad don't I?  :-[

Thanks Phil  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 23 February 2015, 06:46:49 PM
Congrats Colonel.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 23 February 2015, 06:51:25 PM
1000th actually
I've cheated and changed it.  ;)
(Oh the fun of having these new buttons to click.)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 23 February 2015, 06:59:36 PM
Congrats Colonel.

Thank you sir.

Will be meeting all in the forum bar later; drinks are on FSN.

Wibble.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 24 February 2015, 04:02:32 AM
Finished  "The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North: with a Sword in one hand & Jomini in the other" by Carol Reardon. The quote on the back jacket by James M McPherson sums it up..."This book provides one of the best accounts of leadership, morale, and combat stress in the Union Army".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 24 February 2015, 10:18:27 AM
This is one hijacked thread. :-X

Seems pointless but 'Warpaint' Vol 3 Dick Taylor; tank bling.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 24 February 2015, 01:15:55 PM
Not really, but entertaining account never-the-less
Dang! That's what I thought (I'm about to start reading Bernard Cornwell's Waterloo also. Like, Hertsblue, a gift.)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: xccam on 24 February 2015, 01:50:47 PM
I'm about 500 words into Robert Harvey's 'The War of Wars, The Epic Struggle Between Britain and France: 1789-1815'. I've been enjoying it quite a lot, even if I've only been reading it rather sporadically.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 25 February 2015, 01:53:27 PM
This... [care of North Yorkshire County Libraries]

http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Covert-War-Michael-Parker/dp/1460966384/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1424872184&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Covert-War-Michael-Parker/dp/1460966384/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1424872184&sr=8-1)

Michael Parker: A Covert War

(http://www.rahvaraamat.ee/images/products/000/252/871/thumbnails/view/096a40ae1f8acccd0905ba2066614732e067ca90/covert-war.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 25 February 2015, 02:05:38 PM
To maintain a theme...

Britain Against Napoleon: Organisation of victory 1793-1815

Only just started but reads well considering the potential lethargy of the subject matter.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Dunnadd on 26 February 2015, 01:20:47 AM
Half the World - fantasy rather than history, but by Joe Abercrombie, so includes a lot of realistic ruthless dark age or medieval style politics and warfare.

History books i'd reccomend - Pyrrhus of Epirus by Geoff Champion, The Great Warbow by Matthew Strickland (focus is on longbows but covers almost every type of medieval warfare), The Art of Warfare by Charles Oman (bit dated but interesting all the same), all the Wargames Research Group "Armies of" books - much better value for money and more informative than Osprey books. I do like the artwork in Osprey books, but they're very short on info and very pricey for a very narrow subject compared to much wider coverage of each WRG book.

On The Wars of Independence, 'Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland', 'The Wars of the Bruces' and 'William Wallace : Brave Heart'. Despite the cheesy name of the last one all three are pretty unbiased histories that show Wallace and Robert the Bruce as considerably more ruthless and less romantic figures. And also show that the Wars of Independence were as much civil wars between rival Scottish noble families and alliances as wars between Scotland and England.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 26 February 2015, 06:30:45 AM
A Blaze of Glory, by Jeff Shaara, a novel of the Shiloh campaign. It's a first in an ACW trilogy focusing on the western theatre.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 27 February 2015, 08:38:33 AM
Trying to listen to "Emperor.....The Gods of War" by Conn Iggulden, at the moment.
Still using the Dremmel, so much, I have to keep pausing it, and end up losing the thread.

Finished "The Field of Swords" by the same author.
Think I enjoyed that....But I was having a similar problem, because of making such a racket....Didn't take much of the story in. :(

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 27 February 2015, 09:20:38 AM
Trying to listen to "Emperor.....The Gods of War" by Conn Iggulden, at the moment.
Still using the Dremmel

Phil at work:

(http://olivebranchministries.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Dust-to-the-Face.jpg)

 :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 27 February 2015, 12:32:40 PM
Phil at work:


Phil - WORKING ????? -

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 February 2015, 05:14:49 PM
Finished "Wargaming in History, volume 5: The Seven Years War, Minden, Kunersdorf, an Action at Torgau and Maxen".  On to the Peninsula next.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 06 March 2015, 11:21:30 AM
The Last King Of Scotland.

(https://p.gr-assets.com/max_square/fill/books/1320448041/112683.jpg)

(http://st-listas.20minutos.es/images/2010-02/191716/2101785_640px.jpg?1265990318)

'Modern' African wars anyone?



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 06 March 2015, 03:48:13 PM
Sol shall rise. 1st book (actually the only book so far) in the Pike chronicles
by GP Hudson.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 06 March 2015, 04:11:28 PM
Caligula, by Douglas Jackson.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 06 March 2015, 04:50:00 PM
Operation Barbarossa - The German Invasion of Soviet Russia

Robert Kirchubel: cracking read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cbr3d.com on 06 March 2015, 06:32:08 PM
Ottoman Warfare 1500-1700 by Rhoads Murphy.

Interesting so far. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 07 March 2015, 12:19:57 AM
Finished "Wargaming in History, volume 7: Peninsular Actions".  I've run out of these until a new one and reprints come out.  I'm off to FPW Republican phase and History of Naval Warfare.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 07 March 2015, 08:21:48 AM
Can recommend Quintin Barry's The Somme 1870-71. Very good individual campaign book and full of inspiration for FPW Republican phase actions.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 07 March 2015, 02:37:21 PM
Yep, reading that now.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 07 March 2015, 05:36:48 PM
Good isn't it!. It has inspired me to prepare a 10mm Black Powder scenario for the Prussian right flank of the Battle of Amiens.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 07 March 2015, 05:42:39 PM
Good isn't it!. It has inspired me to prepare a 10mm Black Powder scenario for the Prussian right flank of the Battle of Amiens.

On that theme, I reckon books have cost me about 200+ in lead  >:(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Sandinista on 08 March 2015, 09:47:56 AM
I have just received "Famous by my sword" by Charles Singleton, about Montrose. My initial impression is good, will read and report back.

Cheers
Ian


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 March 2015, 03:49:41 PM
Finished "Dix theses sur la guerre" by Elie Barnavi (please forgive the lack of accent marks).  Different for me as I am a slow reader in French.

Elie Barnavi is an Israeli and as the title says, has 10 articles about war.  Ancient times to modern fighting in the Middle East.  But all relate to the Israeli fighting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 March 2015, 03:52:00 PM
Also finished "The Somme 1870-71: The Winter Campaign in Picardy" by Quintin Barry.  Enjoyed the narrative immensely, but was disappointed by the lack of place names in the maps (although the maps are pretty).  It is hard to follow the action when villages named in the narrative are not shown.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Mesius on 16 March 2015, 05:57:38 PM
War In The East by Quentin Barry.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 March 2015, 06:21:48 PM
King's Gold by Michael Jecks. (Listening...as per usual)
Pretty good, so far.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 16 March 2015, 06:23:32 PM
King's Gold by Michael Jecks. (Listening...as per usual)
Pretty good, so far.
Cheers - Phil

Ive just finished that one


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 March 2015, 06:25:03 PM
Your rating, Steve ?
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 16 March 2015, 06:46:46 PM
Yeah not bad....7/10...Usual Jecks type of book , enjoyable enough


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 March 2015, 08:57:51 PM
Thanks, Steve.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 17 March 2015, 07:50:39 AM
War In The East by Quentin Barry.

I've got that, not started it yet though.

Any good Mesius?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 17 March 2015, 12:00:19 PM
Just finished Bernard Cornwell's Waterloo. Better than I thought it would be (probably because I started off with low expectations). A few "oh, oh" moments (e.g., has a habit of using battalion and regiment to describe the same thing - didn't work with a "battalion of lancers."). Story well told (as one would expect) and liberally dotted with eye-witness accounts (which I always enjoy) some of which I'd never read before (or forgotten?). Methinks it is a good introductory book on the battle for guys like most of my pals who are not very historically minded (never mind wargame minded).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 17 March 2015, 12:39:00 PM
I, too, have just finished Bernard Cornwell's Waterloo. I agree entirely with Westmarcher. A good, readable novelist's account marred by trivial errors of fact.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Mesius on 17 March 2015, 06:01:26 PM
@getagrip - I am staring it proper tonight - only flicked through it so far. Will let you know.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 17 March 2015, 06:05:09 PM
@getagrip - I am staring it proper tonight - only flicked through it so far. Will let you know.


I thank you :)

Looks a decent read ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 19 March 2015, 09:21:40 AM
Just started The Battle of Cannae by Mark Healy, one of the Osprey History series. I find his style somewhat stiff and wordy, but he knows his subject and the illustrations and maps, as you would expect from Osprey, are first class.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 19 March 2015, 09:45:56 AM
Just started The Battle of Cannae by Mark Healy, one of the Osprey History series. I find his style somewhat stiff and wordy, but he knows his subject and the illustrations and maps, as you would expect from Osprey, are first class.

I may have to look into this one too :-[


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 March 2015, 10:05:02 AM
Getting stuck in to Blucher, the rule book, at the moment. A rather unusual situation for me as I am painting non-Napoleonic figures for other rules at the same time. One of the most innovative ideas to come out of these rules is the opponents control of the momentum dice. I would strongly advise getting a game with someone who already has the rules as 28 is a hefty investment (almost as much as a Pendraken starter army). I did this and was impressed enough to get them, but then I like big diorama type bases.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 19 March 2015, 10:26:32 AM
I, too, have just finished Bernard Cornwell's Waterloo. I agree entirely with Westmarcher. A good, readable novelist's account marred by trivial errors of fact.

If it's as enjoyable as Mr Cornwell's usual work....may have to see if the library have got an audio version.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 19 March 2015, 01:02:11 PM
I'm reading the latest two books of Cornwell's Warrior chronicles. Finished the pagan lord last weekend now getting stuck into the empty throne. Helps with motivation to get some armies painted for Dux Bellorum.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 19 March 2015, 01:15:40 PM
I'm reading the latest two books of Cornwell's Warrior chronicles. Finished the pagan lord last weekend now getting stuck into the empty throne. Helps with motivation to get some armies painted for Dux Bellorum.
Was about to start The Empty Throne which I was given as a Christmas present. By the looks of things, I have a few earlier books to read first?  :-/


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 19 March 2015, 01:44:28 PM
Love that series !
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 March 2015, 05:39:11 PM
Was about to start The Empty Throne which I was given as a Christmas present. By the looks of things, I have a few earlier books to read first?  :-/
I think it's five or six.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 19 March 2015, 06:47:30 PM
It's actually the eighth in the series


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 19 March 2015, 06:51:04 PM
I think it's five or six.
It's actually the eighth in the series
:o :o
Dilemma. Do I read it now or dig the others up in the local library first? I've read most of the Sharpe stories out of sync so suppose I could read The Empty Throne now (besides Cornwell wrote the Sharpe series out of sync). Thoughts anyone?  (thanks in advance)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 19 March 2015, 07:28:19 PM
:o :o
Dilemma. Do I read it now or dig the others up in the local library first? I've read most of the Sharpe stories out of sync so suppose I could read The Empty Throne now (besides Cornwell wrote the Sharpe series out of sync). Thoughts anyone?  (thanks in advance)

Purely from a personal point of view, I would try and read this series in chronological order if you can. The history of this period is confusing enough as it is, without juggling the order of events!  :o

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 19 March 2015, 07:48:13 PM
I'm with Mollinary on that.
I listened to them somewhat 'out of sync' from the library, to start with....(Though I've gradually treated myself to the whole series now.)......If you listen to them in the wrong order, you'll have a few 'spoilers'.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 19 March 2015, 09:31:08 PM
I'd also suggest reading them in order as there are several story arcs to follow.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 19 March 2015, 09:41:36 PM
Oh, well, as far as The Empty Throne is concerned it looks like its, "Roll up that map: it will not be wanted these ten years." (Pitt the Younger on receiving news of Austerlitz).

What you say makes sense, guys. Thanks.

To the library!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 24 March 2015, 08:26:21 AM
Finished 'King's gold'. Not bad at all.
Making a start on 'A Game Of Bones', by David Donachie.
Sounds promising, so far.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 24 March 2015, 08:59:52 AM
Just started Panzerkrieg: The Rise and Fall of Hitler's Tank Divisions by Peter McCarthy and Mike Syron. I thought at first it was going to be a superficial run-through of WWII from a German perspective, but having got further into it I find there are some useful insights and background information.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 24 March 2015, 09:45:34 AM
Greetings

Dipping in and out of 'The Eagle Unbowed' by Halik Kochanski on Poland and the Poles in WW2.  Interesting but grim reading in places.

Regards

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 25 March 2015, 12:47:40 PM
Slowly ploughing my way through the Sharpe series. About to start "Sharpe's Honour" after which I only have three more to read. Trouble is, I'm always reading something in between. Who knows when I'll start Cornwell's Dark Ages stuff!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 25 March 2015, 06:37:50 PM
Slowly ploughing my way through the Sharpe series. About to start "Sharpe's Honour" after which I only have three more to read. Trouble is, I'm always reading something in between. Who knows when I'll start Cornwell's Dark Ages stuff!

Worth waiting for, and worth the effort, I think.  For me Cornwell's best work was his "Warlord Trilogy" on Arthur, but some of the Saxon books come a close second

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 25 March 2015, 06:49:12 PM
I'm just starting "The Battle of Waterloo, a series of accounts, by a Near Observer*".

It has gatefold maps and diagrams! It has C19th casual racism, and soaring hyperbole, with copious footnotes ** and has chapters called things like

FURTHER PARTICULARS

OF THE

BATTLE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

FROM

DIFFERENT SOURCES

What's not to love?

*Anyone else thinking of the Two Ronnies Phantom Raspberry blower being written by "Spike Milligan and a Gentleman"?
**Like this one


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 25 March 2015, 07:40:47 PM
Worth waiting for, and worth the effort, I think.  For me Cornwell's best work was his "Warlord Trilogy" on Arthur, but some of the Saxon books come a close second

Mollinary

Agree with this entirely, through I did think the Vagabond series was better than the Saxon books which in a way were too similar to the Warlord Trilogy


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 25 March 2015, 08:34:48 PM
I enjoyed the Vagabond trilogy too. Only read one of the Warrior series but know what you mean about similarities


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Raider4 on 25 March 2015, 08:40:56 PM
. . . For me Cornwell's best work was his "Warlord Trilogy" on Arthur . . .


Okay, you've sold me. Just bought the Winter King for my kindle.

Cheers, Martyn
--


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 25 March 2015, 10:36:35 PM
I'm just starting "The Battle of Waterloo, a series of accounts, by a Near Observer."

Let us know when you've finished it, Nobby. Would be interested to find out how or if it lived up to your expectations. Ta.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 29 March 2015, 12:23:15 PM
I picked up in a junk shop "Small Arms Manual" by Lt Col J A Barlow SAC, The West Yorkshire Rgt (With many illustrations.) from about 1940 as it is aimed at the Home Guard.

Instructions on rifles, LMGs, MMGs and pistols. Includes the .256 inch Revelli Medium Machine Gun - length "rather longer than the Vickers."


This is useful stuff, but what is so interesting are the adverts:

Gilette: blades last longer and save steel. (1s/3d for 5 - that's about 7p)
Buy your clothes from Rego and put the money you save into war savings.
There's nothing like Nufix for perfect hair health and perfect grooming. Eliminates scurf-dandruff. Handy, convenient and safe to carry. Bottles 7 1/2d.

 




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 29 March 2015, 12:25:34 PM
(With many illustrations.) from about 1940 as it is aimed at the Home Guard.


What are you implying?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 30 March 2015, 01:00:31 AM
Armies of the Middle Ages (Heath). Annoying quirk he developed writing this: says utilize all the time (rather than use, which a human being would say), and clearly has no understanding of the word decimate.


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Post by: Ithoriel on 30 March 2015, 02:32:48 AM
decimate
ˈdɛsɪmeɪt/
verb
verb: decimate; 3rd person present: decimates; past tense: decimated; past participle: decimated; gerund or present participle: decimating

    1.
    kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.
    "the inhabitants of the country had been decimated"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 30 March 2015, 05:37:07 AM
decimate
ˈdɛsɪmeɪt/
verb
verb: decimate; 3rd person present: decimates; past tense: decimated; past participle: decimated; gerund or present participle: decimating

    1.
    kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.
    "the inhabitants of the country had been decimated"

1/10 isn't really a large proportion
Unless of course you are the one


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 30 March 2015, 08:02:42 AM
The word decimate ceased to be reserved solely for the loss of a 1/10th sometime in the last millennium!

Do keep up with the language or you'll wind up as far behind as FK  :D :D :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 30 March 2015, 01:55:37 PM
From a man (courtesy title) who hasn't learned to put a full stop at the end of his sentences. Hmmmm.

BTW, I was pleased to note that the Doctor's nemesis ordered the decimation of the human race with due respect to history, lexis, and arithmetic.


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Post by: getagrip on 30 March 2015, 01:58:17 PM
From a man (courtesy title) who hasn't learned to put a full stop at the end of his sentences. Hmmmm.

BTW, I was pleased to note that the Doctor's nemesis ordered the decimation of the human race with due respect to history, lexis, and arithmetic.

From a man who uses a superfluous comma before his conjunction.   :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 30 March 2015, 02:05:31 PM
Only decent thing Oxford has done since the ECW.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 30 March 2015, 02:10:09 PM
Only decent thing Oxford has done since the ECW.

 ;D ;D ;D

Touche! ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 31 March 2015, 03:43:49 PM
From a man who uses a superfluous comma before his conjunction.   :D

Would you describe BTW as a conjunction? I would have said its a prepositional phrase, anyhow it shouldn't be used to start a sentence but to introduce a new, less important topic  :P


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 31 March 2015, 03:54:02 PM
Would you describe BTW as a conjunction? I would have said its a prepositional phrase, anyhow it shouldn't be used to start a sentence but to introduce a new, less important topic  :P

Cam, I think he is talking about the comma before "and arithmetic."  There is no comma before BTW. ;)

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 31 March 2015, 05:09:07 PM
Cam, I think he is talking about the comma before "and arithmetic."  There is no comma before BTW. ;)

Mollinary

I thank you. ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 31 March 2015, 05:11:46 PM
Whats this full stop thing your all talking about?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 31 March 2015, 06:20:30 PM
Cam, I think he is talking about the comma before "and arithmetic."  There is no comma before BTW. ;)

Mollinary

Yes you're right, got mixed up with before and after ...  :-[


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 31 March 2015, 07:06:46 PM
Yes you're right, got mixed up with before and after ...  :-[

It's and easy mistake make to. :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 31 March 2015, 07:26:36 PM
Whats this full stop thing your all talking about?

Sounds like my early love life. My girlfriends would often shout "Fool! Stop!".

 :P


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 01 April 2015, 02:12:50 AM
I used to have trouble with the punctuation of "Don't! Stop!" and "Don't stop!"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 01 April 2015, 06:35:06 AM
The eyes are playing their usual early morning silly sods.
I couldn't see any difference..to start with.
Thought I just had a bit of double vision and the first 'Don't!' as it appeared to be 'Don'tt'

Strange...I know it's the correct way....Putting a ! or a ? directly after the last letter, but I find it clearer to leave a space.
What was that dodge to make the text bigger ?..... Ctrl + ?

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 01 April 2015, 09:33:00 AM
Just zoom your page in a little. ;)  (Or wear your optivizor  :D )

Started reading:

"The Battle of Gettysburg"  Bruce Catton.

Enjoying it so far, could have something to with the fact I'm just getting into ACW. :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 01 April 2015, 04:05:12 PM
His ACW history trilogy was very good - "The Coming Fury", "Terrible Swift Sword" and "Never Call Retreat" :)

Damnit, now the rest of my afternoon will be filled listening to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" on youtube :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 01 April 2015, 04:28:12 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

I will give them a go when I've finished this; good read so far. ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 07 April 2015, 12:43:29 AM
Finished "A History of Naval Tactics" by Rear Admiral S. S. Robinson.  Printed in 1942 but the writing was finished in 1940.  France had fallen but Greece was still an ally to Britain.

Much detail on age of sail and gets into essays on tactics regarding the ram and newly developed torpedoes.  Gets into WWI (mainly Jutland).

Long (924 pages) but interesting.


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Post by: Techno on 07 April 2015, 07:34:18 AM
Just finished listening to "Not Dead Yet" by Peter James.
First modern 'crime thriller' I've listened to , for ages.

Thoroughly enjoyed that.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 07 April 2015, 09:15:33 AM
Just zoom your page in a little. ;)  (Or wear your optivizor  :D )

Started reading:

"The Battle of Gettysburg"  Bruce Catton.

Enjoying it so far, could have something to with the fact I'm just getting into ACW. :)

Finished this last night ; really good!

Soooooooo looking forward to starting my ACW Now! :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: hobuyuran on 09 April 2015, 09:47:54 AM
A History of Warfare by John Keegan


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 12 April 2015, 02:19:27 PM
'Panzer Commander' by Von Luck. Interesting perspective!

Rob


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Post by: mad lemmey on 12 April 2015, 02:46:06 PM
That's a really good read. I like the fact he's really not interested in recounting the fighting.
The bit where he gets to a Russian POW camp is fascinating!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 13 April 2015, 11:04:46 AM
Just started The Glorious First of June - Fleet Battles in the Reign of Terror by Sam Willis. He examines in depth the factors that influenced the conduct of the French fleet beset by the bloodthirsty paranoia of the Jacobins. My sympathy lies with the poor sod who was arrested and guillotined just for asking for directions!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 17 April 2015, 02:23:03 PM
Grabbed a copy of Main Battle Tank by Niall Edworthy from my local library to tide me over until my next Sharpe novel arrives (only 3 to read now). Of particular interest because one of the neighbour's sons (plus his uncle is one of my best pals) was in one of the Challengers that moved into Basra in 2003. He was interviewed on TV at the time. Can't recall how many times he said his tank was hit by RPG rounds - left at least one impressive gouge in the vehicle skirts I seem to recall. He said it was like the wild west. Guys on roofs firing down on them as they moved through the streets, the tank rocking as it got hit, engaging targets, bodies thrown up in the air, etc. All experienced by a wee lad I watched grow up.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: getagrip on 20 April 2015, 09:14:35 AM
Just started:

The Chickamauga Campaign: A Mad Irregular Battle: From the Crossing of Tennessee River Through the First Day, August 22 - September 19, 1863 (David Powell).

Really good so far and nice to read about one of the less covered battles.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 21 April 2015, 08:12:13 PM
Finished "Gettysburg Magazine" issue 52. Always good and obviously gets into the battle in depth. This issue has an article about the railroad cut which refutes some of the "commonly known" facts. Also an article on Lee and then one on the Federal counterattack along the Emmitsburg Road on July 2nd. R


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 24 April 2015, 09:47:40 PM
Recently finished Main Battle Tank by Niall Edworthy.  Focuses on SCOTS DG in the 2nd Iraq War in Basra. Tells you a lot more of than the media reporting of the time - surprisingly enjoyable read (recommend). Still waiting for my next Sharpe novel on order from the library (why won't people return their books on time?) so pulled out another, this time set in Afghanistan, The Killing Zone by Lt Col Richard Dorney, about the Grenadier Guards in Helmand in 2007. Different type of story from 'MBT' but riveting nevertheless.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 April 2015, 12:02:55 PM
Just started The False Inspector Drew by Peter Lovesy - as a change of pace from military history. Lovesey's whodunnits are always innovative and unconventional and this one is no exception. It won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger, which will give you some idea of how good it is.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 26 April 2015, 12:22:47 PM
I have read his 'Bertie' mysteries and Keystone and they are all excellent


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 26 April 2015, 12:39:00 PM
Indeed. I started out with Wobble to Death, the first Sergeant Cribb novel back in the early sventies. I've been hooked ever since.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 29 April 2015, 10:50:41 PM
Finished "The Battle of Mataplan" by SWC Pack.  He was on officer on the Formidable during the aqction.  Lots of ship tracks and very well done.  I love used book stores.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 07 May 2015, 05:44:29 PM
Recently finished Afghanistan, The Killing Zone by Lt Col Richard Dorney, about the Grenadier Guards in Helmand in 2007. Didn't enjoy it as much as the one prior to that, Main Battle Tank by Niall Edworthy (about the SCOTS DG in the 2nd Iraq War in Basra) but like MBT, tells you a lot more of the action than the media reporting of the time. Have now gone for a change of pace and era with The Last Highlander by Sarah Fraser - a biography of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat (1670 - 1747) erstwhile spy, clan chief, traitor, polyglot, deserter and philosopher. Only read a couple of chapters but looking good so far.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 07 May 2015, 07:56:23 PM
Gone back to listening to the 'Uhtred, Warrior/Saxon' series by Bernard Cornwell.
Finished 'The Last Kingdom'....Will start 'The Pale Horseman', tomorrow.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 07 May 2015, 08:25:15 PM
Finished something different than my usual military fare. "Paris et ses palais". Which is, as the title states, about the palaces in Paris. Sumptuous photographs and interesting text. Printed in 2012.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 07 May 2015, 08:45:30 PM
Regressing a bit here. Just about to begin re-reading the Jon Carter of Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs on the kindly thing. Had them all on paper during the 70's but I thought I'd give them another go.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 08 May 2015, 09:56:13 AM
Halfway through Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves, one of the classics of Sci Fi from one of the old masters.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 08 May 2015, 10:23:21 AM
Halfway through Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves, one of the classics of Sci Fi from one of the old masters.

You can't beat a good bit of Asimov...or Heinlein for that matter. His Stranger in a Strange Land and I Will Fear No Evil are a couple of my all time classics.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Womble67 on 08 May 2015, 10:33:57 AM
Just started Before Stalingrad by Glantz

Take care

Andy


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bloodaxe on 08 May 2015, 06:34:43 PM
Ive been reading a lot on the Anglo-Zulu War.  Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana are probably the best known battles. 1879

Movies- Zulu (Rorkes Drift) and Zulu Dawn (Isandlwana)

BlackPowder Zulu rules by Warlord Games.


Any books by Ian Knight are good.

Isandlwana 1879 Ian Knight
Rorke's Drift Ian Knight & Ian Castle
Zulu War Osprey Campaign 14
Rorke's Drift Osprey Campaign 41
The Zulu War Osprey- Men at Arms series
British Fortifications in Zululand Osprey Fortress 35
British Infantryman VS Zulu Warrior Ian Knight
Washing the Spears Donald Morris
Like Lions They Fought Robert Edgerton
Brave Men's Blood Ian Knight
The Zulu War pictorial history Michael Barthorp
Great Zulu Battles 1838-1906 Ian Knight

Rorke's Drift had 140 British fight off 3,000-4,000 Zulus. 11 Victorian Crosses & 4 Distinguished Conduct Medals were awarded.

Islandlwana was the only real Zulu victory. But it was quite a pyrrhic victory. The British colum was destroyed, nearly 1300 men. (but many were Natal troops and Auxillary), the Zulus themselves lost 1,000 dead and 2,000 badly wounded. They lost the war with the first battle, even if they considered it a victory.  The British didnt make such a large error again, they fought behind fortifications.  The Zulu sustained crippling casualties at the battles of Kambula & Ulundi. The British were seriously outnumbered, but their greater firepower prevailed. 

Great stuff.

I see a British & Zulu army in my immediate future. Probably Baccus 6mm to have huge units.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: bigjackmac on 09 May 2015, 02:13:59 AM
Undefeated, America's Fight in Bataan and Corregidor (Dec '41 - Apr '42)

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Shecky on 09 May 2015, 04:23:18 AM
Currently reading, "Franklin Barbecue: a meat-smoking manifesto". It's the story behind the award winning bbq joint in Austin.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 May 2015, 04:56:24 AM
re: Zulu

Michael Caine had a brief spell of being remarkably good-looking, didn't he?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: shireman on 09 May 2015, 05:06:01 PM
James Kennaway's "Tunes of Glory" (the novel of the Alec Guinness/John Mills film). Not a book to read while matching the characters dram for dram but a fine piece of writing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bloodaxe on 09 May 2015, 05:31:16 PM
re: Zulu

Michael Caine had a brief spell of being remarkably good-looking, didn't he?

I think the last time I saw him was in Batman as Alfred.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 May 2015, 05:33:27 PM
That's a great deal later.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 12 May 2015, 12:27:15 PM
Finished "Naval Weapons of World War One" by Norman Friedman.  Super detailed and covers every major gun, torpedo, mines and ASW of the warring parties, as well as some neutrals.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 14 May 2015, 01:03:16 PM
Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley's Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum by Colonel Mike Snook.. I got it on an inter library loan and have 8 days to read it... :o :o :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 14 May 2015, 02:13:58 PM
Read - FASTER  ;)

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 14 May 2015, 11:34:00 PM
"The Woman who died a lot"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 15 May 2015, 07:16:43 AM
Just listened to...
'King Solomon's Mines'.

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 15 May 2015, 10:31:06 AM
"The Woman who died a lot"

Jasper Fforde - absolutely brilliant. Fantasy in a literary world with a wicked twist.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rob on 15 May 2015, 06:23:59 PM
The End of Empire, Napoleons 1814 Campaign ,,,,, George Nafziger


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hertsblue on 16 May 2015, 10:48:32 AM
Half-way through Marc Morris's The Norman Conquest which debunks a lot of the conventional wisdom about the coming of the Normans. For example, it's almost certain that Edward the Confessor (nothing like as pious as his nickname would suggest) did promise William the throne of England and formally took him as his heir.

See also this author's A Great and Terrible King about Edward I. Both excellent.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 16 May 2015, 01:03:19 PM
Finished Jack Campbell's "The Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier: STEADFAST".  Military Sci-Fi and Space Opera.  This is the 10th in the Lost Fleet series.  It's OK, but not as good as Honor Harrington.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 19 May 2015, 02:49:50 PM
Finished Jack Campbell's "The Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier: LEVIATHAN". This is book 11 in the series. A fast read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 19 May 2015, 03:23:13 PM
Finished "Principles and Methods of Conducting Wide Envelopments, as Illustrated by Operations of the Franco-Prussian War".  This is a small booklet, 22 pages including the bibliography and is a reprint by the U.S. Government in the BiblioGov Project (although I bought it through Abe Books).

It was a research project by a Captain Shely for his Command and General Staff School requirement. Done in 1934.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Nosher on 19 May 2015, 04:10:31 PM
All I seem to be reading at the moment is Ross and Wilson - Anatomy and Physiology

Other than Wargames reference materials I haven't read anything other than medical manuals for some time. I genuinely can't remember the last piece of fiction I read  :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 May 2015, 04:33:15 PM
1864 - it is not the novel of the TV programme, but instead is a very readable history of the attack on Dybbol by the Prussians. The various chapters deal with such topics as war correspondents, the red cross, attitudes of ordinary Prussian and Danish soldiers, loss, the Rolf Krake. As a consequence it is not a linear account, but it is one of the best military histories I have ever read. Highly recommended. If it doesn't make you want to have a crack at the BBB scenario for Dybbol ......... well.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 20 May 2015, 01:25:34 AM
Finished a Mark Adkin tour de force - "The Western Front Companion". Amazing as the rest of his works. Super detailed and well illustrated.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 20 May 2015, 06:56:53 AM
Listening to 'Devil's Gate' by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown.
'Thriller' involving a 'super weapon', an African Dictator, kidnapped scientists, plus assorted bad guys and hero types.
Good fun !

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 20 May 2015, 04:26:18 PM
Finished "Auftragstaktik: The Basis for Modern Military Command?"  It reviews the FPW and then says this is how the U.S. Military now intends to command using Mission Command orders. No author attributed and is in a booklet called "Defense". Short, only 57 pages.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 27 May 2015, 02:24:13 PM
Finished "Guns at Sea" by Peter Padfield.  A history of the big guns from the early days to WWII.  His discussion of Jutland is one of the best I have read, short as it is.  Also his discussion of the late era sailing ship and big guns is very good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 27 May 2015, 05:32:33 PM
Craig's Battle of Koniggratz (again)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 27 May 2015, 05:47:10 PM
Craig's book is superb. It was one of the first military history books I owned, bought for me in the late 60s in a W H Smith sale by my dad. I still have it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 27 May 2015, 07:31:05 PM
On my fourth -out of twelve- John Carter of Mars books.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 27 May 2015, 09:01:28 PM
I've just started reading the Quran.


So far, it doesn't look good for me.  :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 28 May 2015, 10:43:47 AM
Or as we call it, the Koran.

Just having a re-read of Osprey's Mons.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 28 May 2015, 10:51:18 AM
Friend of my t'other half has a number issues with the Koran, or at least the interpretation of it by many people over the years. She's actually had the "and this is why we do not teach our women to read" comment directed at her by an Iman from back east, as she turned up with "a few questions" and a lot of red highlighted passages she wasn't happy about :D

"Show me where it says X and I'll think about it..."

Much the same reaction I used to get from the vicar about the bible, come to think of it :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 28 May 2015, 01:09:00 PM
Oh, Lord, help Thou my unbelief. Give me faith, that I may overcome the demons of asking obvious questions, of suspecting that power does not equal moral high ground, of wondering whether survival codes for groups of nomads carrying everything that they owned are entirely needful in this age of ours, and of wondering whether other people might sometimes have ideas as good as ours. Let me not desire sexual contact without feeling guilty, let me shun half the pleasures life has to offer, let me mutilate the minds and genitals of children, let me strive to believe that turning people into mincemeat is an act of love, and above all let me approach Thy Holy Mysteries with less grasp of science and decency than a half-educated teenager. Let me believe that Thou gavest man a voice but dost not desire him to sing, endowedst him with a brain but desirest he be given unto the flames should he ever use it, createdst woman as an imperfect afterthought to be blamed for everything, and mayst contradict Thyself at every turn just because Thou controllest the media and canst prevent anyone from commenting.
And dost Thou wish me to smite Richard Dawkins, or reservest Thou that satisfaction for Thyself?

Amen, World without End, per saecvla saecvlorvm, amen.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 28 May 2015, 01:12:50 PM
A FINE GLOSS OF MY INTENTIONS, MORTAL!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 28 May 2015, 01:45:38 PM
"Bundschu Ridge: at the tip of the spear during the liberation of Guam" which was a free Kindle Book, focusing on the life of Geary Bundschu, who died (other references are to his being mortally wounded) on what was then referred to as O-A Ridge leading A Company, 3rd Marines (though http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-M-Guam/USMC-M-Guam-3.html#fn27 indicates the name Bundschu Ridge was given on board ship because that was A Company's objective).  There wasn't as much on the action itself as I had expected (a lot of joining the USMC, training, transhipment etc because the book is founded largely on letters home) and nary a map to be seen - the internet helps a bit in this respect.

Regards

Edward



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 28 May 2015, 02:32:56 PM
FK -
Quote
and mayst contradict Thyself at every turn just because Thou controllest the media and canst prevent anyone from commenting.

Wait, when did Murdoch and Rothermere get deified?

This explains a lot...

Back on topic, I'm up to halfway thru Book 8 of the Wheel of Time (again). Yeah, this is where it really starts to get slow and Jordan meanders round his world, ambling gently away from anything that might be construed as advancing the plot,c haracters or action. For another four books. Until he dies. And they get someone else in to ghostwrite the end!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 28 May 2015, 03:13:42 PM
I rather liked the gentle amble towards completion by Jordan and Brandon's wrap up worked for me.

That said, I'm playing Skyrim at the moment, my character is level 83 and I've only just started the main story arc. So maybe a kindred spirit :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 28 May 2015, 06:57:22 PM

Back on topic, I'm up to halfway thru Book 8 of the Wheel of Time (again). Yeah, this is where it really starts to get slow and Jordan meanders round his world, ambling gently away from anything that might be construed as advancing the plot,c haracters or action. For another four books. Until he dies. And they get someone else in to ghostwrite the end!

I read the first four or five of them until I run out of the published ones. I remember buying the rulebook for playing the RPG...and that's it. I reckon I must have lost interest after that. Similar to the ever expanding Game of Thrones series of books and the Heroes TV series, the plots were getting far to complicated, convoluted and uninteresting for me. 

Come back E E Doc Smith and the Lensman series of my not so pyrotechnic and incandescent youth!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 28 May 2015, 07:48:18 PM
It's a nice world he meanders around and it's all very interesting but he expected a five-six book finish, then a little extension and then it was a publishing gold mine and his contract just kept extending - and it shows. His massive investment in the background and history and happenings pays off in great detail and depth, but from after Lord of Chaos nothing much happens and it happens very slowly...

I like meandering, similar to the Skyrim experience I wandered Morrowind avoiding all hint of plot for weeks but sometimes it gets too much!

EE Doc Smith would probably have written the thirteen WoT books as fifty books but they'd only be about two hundred pages each and crack on like there's no tomorrow :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 07 June 2015, 06:09:32 PM
Finished "Napoleon's First Italian Campaign, 1796 -1797".  This is put out by Military History Press and the illustrations are by Keith Rocco with the text from Col RW Phipps.  It is abridged from "The Armies of the First Republic and the Rise of the French Marshals".  I have the Phipps books also and it was good to reread parts with maps added.

A nice history and a display book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 07 June 2015, 07:10:51 PM
The Battles of St.Albans in the Pen and Sword Wars of the Roses series.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 07 June 2015, 07:16:52 PM
Opsrey's Essential History of the russian Civil War. Nice read so far and some ideas already for use with my AVBCW forces :).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 07 June 2015, 07:44:40 PM
The Battles of St.Albans in the Pen and Sword Wars of the Roses series.
You mean the Battle of St Albans and the Street Brawl of St Albans! ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 08 June 2015, 08:14:13 AM
As may be, but not the book title.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 10 June 2015, 01:19:32 PM
Finished "The Social History of the Machine Gun" by John Ellis.

A discussion of why it took so long for the different armies to accept it (tradition, not relevant, stubborn).  However it could be used on "savages" with no apparent feeling or learning.  Civilized people wouldn't be so stupid to charge in mass at the enemy.

A bit better acceptance in the US due to the mechanization of everything over the small craft type manufacturing of the old world.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 10 June 2015, 03:08:44 PM
Road to Koniggratz by  Q Barry.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 18 June 2015, 10:31:49 AM
Ploughing my way through the Sharpe series. Reading Sharpe's Sword (only Revenge to read after that and I have completed reading the whole series). Still spotting the odd 'howler' (if you have some knowledge of Napoleonic troop types, organisation and equipment) - e.g., Lossow (a German cavalryman) discussing a French Dragoon, "It's strange, I think, for a Dragoon to have a straight sword. He should have sabre, yes?" Sharpe answers, "True."  Weren't French Dragoons heavy cavalry? Thankfully, Cornwell tells a good story.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 20 June 2015, 04:41:34 PM
I am reading Friedrich Engels "Notes on the War" published in the Pall-Mall Gazette, 29 July 1870 - 18 February 1871.

I downloaded this from the internet some time ago and just printed it out to read. Came to 115 pages.

I didn't realize how good of a military reporter Engels was. He does almost a day to day report of the FPW as it was occurring. Battles, commanders, troop strengths, troop and commander quality is all there.

If anyone wants this, send me a note and I will forward it


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Jim Ando on 21 June 2015, 07:48:19 PM
Hi

Reading Hell in a small place, again.

I read this book every couple of years and never get tired of it.

If had the choice of one book and one book only on a desert island this would be it.

jim


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 21 June 2015, 11:15:58 PM
The Algebraist, Ian M Banks


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 22 June 2015, 12:14:20 AM
"Hell in a very small place" is very good indeed!

Currently on Charles Strosses fifth Laundry book. For those who haven't read them it's an ISO9000 compliant Cthulu Bond mash up as done by the British civil service via slash-dot.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 22 June 2015, 09:12:36 AM
I might have read that but I don't speak Chinese.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 22 June 2015, 09:21:19 AM
 ;D

Think James Bond with Elder Gods as seen through a geeky sys-admin working within the (often literal) arcane bureaucracy of the civil service...

Bill Gates with tentacles and a license to kill.

Reading order with a couple of links to some of the short stories -

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2011/01/laundry-reading-order.html (http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2011/01/laundry-reading-order.html)

I also recommend http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm (http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/colderwar.htm) - not the same series, but a one off. Very grim.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 22 June 2015, 01:34:44 PM
The new Bernie Gunther novel by Philip Kerr.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 22 June 2015, 04:15:13 PM
The Last Panther by Wolfgang Faust on Kindle.

Quite short first-hand account of the German breakout at Halbe in 1945.  It reads a little bit like a novel but appears to his true experience of the drive to the West;  The translation is a tad annoying - the T34 panzer appeared from the trees. Our King Tiger panzer engaged the enemy, etc.  Don't see the need for the repition of panzer at every opportunity but apart from that it's fine;  Seems to a be a series in Kindle format based on interviews conducted by German journalists in the early 60s.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Sandinista on 22 June 2015, 07:14:07 PM
Just started "The Days of King Monmouth" by Ralph Mitchard a day by day account of the rebellion. Seems good so for.

Cheers
Ian


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: freddy326 on 23 June 2015, 11:03:53 AM
started Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring a couple of days ago after watching the Amazon series: Turn

now trying to decide whether to buy and paint some 10mm AWI !


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 23 June 2015, 02:45:25 PM
Osprey's Essential History of the Seven Years War. I enjoyed their one on the Russian Civil War, so looking to see how this compares.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 23 June 2015, 08:57:25 PM
started Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring a couple of days ago after watching the Amazon series: Turn

now trying to decide whether to buy and paint some 10mm AWI !


They are amazing figures and a joy to paint :d
http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,560.0.html (http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,560.0.html)
http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,8883.msg136053.html#msg136053 (http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,8883.msg136053.html#msg136053)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 25 June 2015, 07:26:17 PM
Wavro's Austro Prussian war.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 27 June 2015, 02:54:46 PM
Not so much what I am currently reading but some reviews of what I read these last months

http://phdleadhead.blogspot.com.tr/2015/06/books-reviews-19th-century-warfare.html (http://phdleadhead.blogspot.com.tr/2015/06/books-reviews-19th-century-warfare.html)


With Respect
Konstantinos Travlos, PhD


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 29 June 2015, 08:27:55 PM
Finished volume 79, no. 2 of "The Journal of Military History". It is a quarterly publication and some of the articles are "The other Clausewitz: Findings from the Newly Discovered Correspondence between Marie and Carl Von Clausewitz", "Dirty Work?  The Use of Nazi Informants by U.S. Army Intelligence in Postwar Europe", and "This 'Horrible Example'": An Extraordinary Case of Absnt Without Leave during the Vietnam War".

Also has many book reviews which always results on putting more titles on my wants list.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 30 June 2015, 01:09:05 PM
Wavro's Austro Prussian war.

W

And afterwards wash your brain out with soap.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 30 June 2015, 01:55:27 PM
Blip blip blip....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 02 July 2015, 12:32:24 PM
Have you read Prof Craig's Koniggratz? A better place to start than Wawro who ruins what could be a good book with careless errors and ill informed prejudice.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 02 July 2015, 02:44:54 PM
Poor old Wawro = he really is useless. Gordon Craig coupled with Bruce Weigle's 1866 rulebook gives an enormous amount of info for just two sources.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 02 July 2015, 06:47:21 PM
Quote
Have you read Prof Craig's Koniggratz? A better place to start than Wawro who ruins what could be a good book with careless errors and ill informed prejudice

Hello
Yes I've read Craigs book (and a good read it was to), followed that with Quentin Barry's Road to Koniggratz.
About to start the Seven weeks war by HM Hozier.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 03 July 2015, 08:39:29 AM
Excellent. Hozier's a bit 19th Century but there's still lots of good stuff. Wawro's book really could have been a show stopper if he's just had a better editor, never mind. Bruce Weigle's 1866 is really worth buying, much more than a set of rules. Have a look on the HELION site, lots of good stuff there, Heidrich's Battle of the Swiepwald should be available in translation in 2016 (plug plug). Mollinary and Holdfast have produced the first volume of their 1866 series and its well worth buying, volume 2 is I believe not too far away either. Wait a bit and Fontane will be available in translation too, exciting times for us 1866ers.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 03 July 2015, 01:01:07 PM
I'm reading "Air Wargames" by the Blessed Featherstone. It's all Big Jack Mac's fault. I find that every now and again I need to refresh my wargaming spirit with the simplicity of the Master.

However, it is one of the accursed volumes "edited" by John Curry. I have a few of these now and am fiercely disappointed that they are all full of silly spelling mistakes ("pint" instead of "point") and formatting errors that make sections of the book unreadable and/or nonsensical.

I first noted this in "Airborne Wargames" when the US Airborne Forces of 1944 were permitted M60 Machine Guns. Screaming Eagle with a Pig?

I'm struggling through but the expectation of  error makes one rather tentative in one's reading.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 05 July 2015, 10:14:58 AM
Quote
Excellent. Hozier's a bit 19th Century but there's still lots of good stuff. Wawro's book really could have been a show stopper if he's just had a better editor, never mind. Bruce Weigle's 1866 is really worth buying, much more than a set of rules. Have a look on the HELION site, lots of good stuff there, Heidrich's Battle of the Swiepwald should be available in translation in 2016 (plug plug). Mollinary and Holdfast have produced the first volume of their 1866 series and its well worth buying, volume 2 is I believe not too far away either. Wait a bit and Fontane will be available in translation too, exciting times for us 1866ers.

Hello Cameronian,

It was Mollinary and Holdfast's book that first got me hooked on 1866, and I had the pleasure of seeing the Nacthod game at Salute 13. The vol 2 will be snapped up as soon as it appears for pre-order on Trotman's website.
I  have Theodor May's tactical retrospect and the Prussian staff campaign history of 1866 waiting patiently for me to finish Hozier.  :D
Thanks for the heads up on Heidrich and Fontane I'll keep em peeled.

regards

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 05 July 2015, 10:25:43 AM
I finished 'Beyond The Reach of Empire' and am now onto 'The River War' by Churchill.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 05 July 2015, 12:13:19 PM
Painting Wargaming Figures by Javier Gomez. some interesting stuff on mixing colours, particularly Vallejo. I was interested to note that, like me, he practices yoga to stay supple.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 05 July 2015, 01:44:04 PM
Does practising yoghurt really  keep one supple? I live and learn.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 July 2015, 04:12:51 PM
It depends on which joints one massages it in to.
Personally, I find raspberry works best on knees and ankles.
(It can attract wasps, though.)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 06 July 2015, 01:36:12 AM
55555


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 06 July 2015, 08:26:24 AM
Weird responses, but it's FK so no change there then. Presumably yoghurt is pronounced with a soft O in South Africa rather than the British hard O pronunciation.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 06 July 2015, 08:31:22 AM
It depends on which joints one massages it in to.
Personally, I find raspberry works best on knees and ankles.
(It can attract wasps, though.)

Cheers - Phil

First the knees, then the names ...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 07 July 2015, 10:05:14 AM
The Military Experience in the Age of Reason bu Duffy. Started it yesterday and really, really enjoying it. Great back gound reading for planned SYW games.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 07 July 2015, 10:26:55 AM
The Military Experience in the Age of Reason by Duffy. Started it yesterday and really, really enjoying it. Great back gound reading for planned SYW games.

 :-bd Should be supplied free with every first purchase of an 18th-century European or related army.

5, for those who haven't been paying attention, is hah in Thai.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 07 July 2015, 10:23:35 PM
I seem to be having a bit of a hiatus from military reading. Not long finished all 12 of Burroughs' John Carter series and am now re-reading the second of the Foundation Series by Asimov -last read in the mid '70's!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 08 July 2015, 07:12:52 AM
"Blood never dies", by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. (Enjoying it.)
First book I've listened to for ages. Been using the iPlayer to listen to shorter 'stories' or shows because of having to use the Dremmel so often.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rob on 09 July 2015, 10:31:24 AM
With Zeal and With Bayonets Only = Mathew H Spring

The British army on campaign in North America, 1775-1783

What a little diamond this book is. It goes into incredible detail about the tactics and their development throughout the war.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 09 July 2015, 09:06:27 PM
With Zeal and With Bayonets Only = Mathew H Spring

The British army on campaign in North America, 1775-1783

What a little diamond this book is. It goes into incredible detail about the tactics and their development throughout the war.

Anything on the density of trees at Guilford Courthouse? I have seen at least one source that indicates the American second line was in a particularly dense part of the forest. If so I'm trying to work out why :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 10 July 2015, 08:22:11 AM
Scenarios for All Ages by C S Grant and S Asquith for a bit of inspiration for small scale actions. Out of 51 scenarios there are about 45 I could stage.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Rob on 10 July 2015, 09:07:48 AM
Anything on the density of trees at Guilford Courthouse? I have seen at least one source that indicates the American second line was in a particularly dense part of the forest. If so I'm trying to work out why :-\
No. There are no battles analysed as such, the level of analysis is at the fighting level. Guilford Courthouse has 33 entries in the index though. They are used as with other battles to illustrate arguments and illustrations of methods in the books chapters:
1.   British Army tasks
2.   operational constraints
3.   grand tactics
4.   march and deployment
5.   motivation
6.   the advance
7.   commanding the battalion
8.   firepower
9.   the bayonet charge
10.   bushfighting
11.   hollow victories

Cheers, Rob  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 10 July 2015, 09:23:54 PM
No. There are no battles analysed as such, the level of analysis is at the fighting level. Guilford Courthouse has 33 entries in the index though. They are used as with other battles to illustrate arguments and illustrations of methods in the books chapters:
1.   British Army tasks
2.   operational constraints
3.   grand tactics
4.   march and deployment
5.   motivation
6.   the advance
7.   commanding the battalion
8.   firepower
9.   the bayonet charge
10.   bushfighting
11.   hollow victories

Cheers, Rob  :)

10. Sounds like it might talk about what I am interested in
11. Guilford Courthouse is a classic example


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 10 July 2015, 11:43:23 PM
Finished Norman Friedman's "U.S. Destroyers, Revised Edition".  Large book but more than half is about ships after WWII.  Goes to 2004.  I liked his book on U.S. Cruisers much better.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 16 July 2015, 01:05:12 AM
Finished Don Troiani's "American Battles, The Art of the Nation at War, 1754 - 1865, featuring the Civil War".  As can be imagined, great paintings.  Good narrative by several well known historians.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 16 July 2015, 04:55:59 AM
Listening to....."The Bones Beneath", by Mark Billington.....Really enjoying it !
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 16 July 2015, 07:17:26 AM
The Elven, a fantasy novel. Not a bad read for a Kindle freebie, but absolutely no desire to recreate on the tabletop.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 16 July 2015, 09:42:30 AM
Just finished the first book in the 'Lost Fleet' series by Jack Campbell. Good read. Haven't read any scifi in years.
About to start 'The Mongol Empire' by John Mann

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: wurrukatte on 16 July 2015, 03:20:12 PM
Nearly finished Jack Campbell's latest Lost fleet book, Leviathan
the series is still going strong.

W


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 17 July 2015, 07:38:33 AM
It gets a bit sameyy later on, but is a worthwhile read.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 17 July 2015, 09:28:07 AM
"Conqueror", by Conn Iggulden.
About Kulai Khan, apparently....He hasn't turned up yet, though.

Ended up being slightly disappointed with "The Bones Beneath."
Really good 'listen', right up to the end....Then it sort of fizzled out.....I assume the story's to be followed up in another book in the series.  :-\

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 17 July 2015, 10:38:10 AM
The first four in the series are excellent!  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kodiakblair on 17 July 2015, 09:21:51 PM
UnRoman Britain by Laycock and Russell.

The idea is Latin and toga wearing wasn't that widespread. Quite a valid theory,as we speak a Germanic based tongue with only a few
Latin loan words.It also backs up my feeling that British history was Romanised in the Victorian era as learned men desperately drew parallels
between the British Empire and the Roman one.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 19 July 2015, 07:52:18 PM
Cassell's Battlefields of Great Britain and Ireland by Richard Brooks. Just into the Anglo-Saxon phase but so far excellent stuff.

The Well-Tempered Garden by Christo Lloyd. Superb as one would expect from Christo and perfect for reading in the garden whilst planning a few changes here and there.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 20 July 2015, 02:08:48 AM
UnRoman Britain by Laycock and Russell.

The idea is Latin and toga wearing wasn't that widespread. Quite a valid theory,as we speak a German-based tongue with only a few
Latin loan words.It also backs up my feeling that British history was Romanised in the Victorian era as learned men desperately drew parallels
between the British Empire and the Roman one.

There aren't that many Celtic words in English. Clearly Celts weren't widespread in the way back when either!

Not to mention the fact that most of our vocabulary comes from French. It's our grammar that's Germanic.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 20 July 2015, 08:16:34 AM
English is such a polyglot language, but Celtic words survive in the names of geographical features; if you live in Shropshire there are Mynds (long ridges), if you look at Pendle Hill in Lancashire it translates as Hill-Hill-Hill (Pen being Celtic, Dale being Anglo-Danish, Hill being Anglo-Saxon). The Clun series of settlements along the river Clun...
But if you look at animals and their food types, you (from the Norse) can see a Norman/Saxon class differential:
Oxen/beef
Pig/pork
Deer/venison
Chicken/lunch!

Then there are all our other loan words:
Curry/bungalow/pyjamas/cop
They are all so pass!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 20 July 2015, 09:03:47 AM
Study of funeral sites estimates that fewer than 100,000 Germanics settled on this island of 4 1/2 million Celts. Integration rather than wipeout. The River Avon translates as River River. One often sees an armada of yachts yawing too and fro in the wind and spray. good time to use the shampoo before heading for a curry in the bungalow, or would a kebab be more appropriate, accompanied by a Rioja or maybe a cool glass of rose. Brings out the hiraeth in one.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 20 July 2015, 09:05:35 AM
If you insist! Bon appetite!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 20 July 2015, 09:43:25 AM
Reminds me of this -

"Being British is about driving a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV."

And the good old quote from  James Nicoll. "The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 20 July 2015, 09:55:12 AM
And then broken them before getting them home.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 20 July 2015, 04:05:45 PM
Pendle Hill - name apparently translates as Hill Hill Hill.

Presumably each wave of incoming nobles asked, "what's that?" and then added their own version of hill to the end.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 20 July 2015, 04:15:52 PM
Speaking of which I'm off for a walk to "Your finger you fool-you fool-you fool-hill" ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 21 July 2015, 01:12:04 AM
English is such a polyglot language, but Celtic words survive in the names of geographical features; if you live in Shropshire there are Mynds (long ridges), if you look at Pendle Hill in Lancashire it translates as Hill-Hill-Hill (Pen being Celtic, Dale being Anglo-Danish, Hill being Anglo-Saxon). The Clun series of settlements along the river Clun...
But if you look at animals and their food types, you (from the Norse) can see a Norman/Saxon class differential:
Oxen/beef
Pig/pork
Deer/venison
Chicken/lunch!


chicken - pullet, so that one also fits the pattern
calf - veal
sheep - mutton


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 21 July 2015, 01:51:32 AM
If its standing in a field covered in sh*t - the word is Anglo Saxon

If its on the table, then its Norman French

So the Anglo Saxon peasant has a Cow
The Norman Lord has Beef

The oppressed has a pig
The King, who I never voted for, has Pork


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 21 July 2015, 01:54:43 AM
You talk the walk. Do you fork the pork?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 21 July 2015, 09:54:28 AM
I'm seeing the violence inherent in the system here, Last Hussar!

Don't let FK oppress you with rules of grammar he's never let us vote for!

Down with this sort of thing!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 21 July 2015, 10:56:04 AM
The day English grammar is put to the vote in this forum will be the day I am finally motivated to start studying Japanese.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 21 July 2015, 08:10:07 PM
I move that we put English grammar to the vote.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 21 July 2015, 10:05:06 PM
I've just finished reading "The Kings Revenge - Charles II and the greatest manhunt in British history".

Now I'm already through book two of an old classic; Star Wars, The Black Fleet Crisis.  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 22 July 2015, 02:36:30 AM
I move that we put English grammar to the vote.

唯一のフランチャイズは、学問の少数に制限されます。


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 22 July 2015, 05:41:26 AM
 :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 22 July 2015, 02:45:47 PM
I move that we put English grammar to the vote.

I don't think that will help..... Most people where I live have already put grammar (and spelling) to the sword!  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 22 July 2015, 02:54:52 PM
You'll feel at home in this forum!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kodiakblair on 22 July 2015, 05:25:34 PM
Right I  looked up english grammar, You've got me lost, I'm Scottish.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 22 July 2015, 08:07:14 PM
Right I  looked up english grammar, You've got me lost, I'm Scottish.

It's like a simplified and bastardized version of Scots "English"......  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 22 July 2015, 09:27:30 PM
DBA  2.2+ (and the WADBAG guide) with a view to finally doing something about the Da Vinci Condotta armies. Only got one steam tank, so the 'French' will have to have a Paladin mounted on a Gryphon instead. Will also field a standard Condotta army with no fancy dancy stuff until I can produce some flyers for it, or maybe a scythed chariot. The WADBAG guide is a good and very comprehensible read. The Da Vinci stuff comes from the DBA Fanaticus site.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 23 July 2015, 06:22:16 PM
唯一のフランチャイズは、学問の少数に制限されます

The vote shall be restricted to a small number of academics ?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 24 July 2015, 02:01:58 AM
絶対に正しい型ウェルはやりました!

後記何アステカについて、その後?誰地獄は10ミリメートルで再ハッシュWarmaster気?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 24 July 2015, 05:37:23 AM
絶対に正しい型ウェルはやりました!

後記何アステカについて、その後?誰地獄は10ミリメートルで再ハッシュWarmaster気?

Ian, someone is trying to slip the A... word past you ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 24 July 2015, 06:41:41 AM
That right, ret who' dam' wor' know!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 24 July 2015, 07:51:22 AM
Dont worry - it's only foreign, and we all know no right minded person speaks foreign. Just use English loudly and slowly.


IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 24 July 2015, 09:06:15 AM
Yin tong tiddle aye po!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 24 July 2015, 12:19:16 PM
Back to books read or being read.  Just finished "1636: The Cardinal Virtues".  Part of Eric Flint's (this one with Walter H. Hunt) on the alternate history series.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 24 July 2015, 04:31:51 PM
OK, deep sigh, serious face back on - my next read, after The Elven, will be 1914 Fight the Good Fight.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 27 July 2015, 02:14:12 PM
Mary Renault's 'The Alexander Trilogy, haven't read it for over 35 years but its as good as I remember it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 27 July 2015, 07:03:51 PM
But before that I am re-reading Longstreet rules prior to starting a new campaign on Thursday set in the Western Theatre.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 27 July 2015, 09:20:55 PM
First hardcopy military(?) book I've picked up in a while, Peter Tsouras, Disaster at D-Day. Mainly rereading this as background info for a solo WW II campaign in Kent after the Allies failed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 27 July 2015, 09:45:48 PM
The Civil War in Yorkshire, a Pen and Sword publication by David Cooke.
This is an excellent read, full of action with some good first hand accounts by Thomas Fairfax and the Duke of Newcastle. Perfect inspiration for my current ECW project.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 27 July 2015, 09:49:08 PM
The Civil War in Yorkshire, a Pen and Sword publication by David Cooke.
This is an excellent read, full of action with some good first hand accounts by Thomas Fairfax and the Duke of Newcastle. Perfect inspiration for my current ECW project.


Oooh!  :D
There's one to add to the library. "All the Kings Armies" is a decent reference book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 28 July 2015, 07:55:09 AM
Yes, I will keep an eye open for that one as I like the actions away form the Essex and Oxford armies, particularly in the North and the South-West.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 28 July 2015, 08:21:05 AM
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"All the Kings Armies" 

...and I shall look out for that one too.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: pierre the shy on 28 July 2015, 11:08:07 AM
I found another gem in our local library that I'm reading at the moment - "The Ottoman Defence against the ANZAC Landing" by Mesut Uyar. Published by Aust War Memorial.

Fantastic stuff if you have any interest in Gallipoli campaign - the Ottomans had their share of problems during the first day of the landings as well. This book draws on many Turkish sources not readily available to most "Western" historians to give a in depth view of the defences and how the Ottomans reacted to the Allied landings during the first few days.

Didn't know that several Italian Navy battleships bombarded the Dardenelles defences in 1912 during the Balkan Wars.

5 stars for this one  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 28 July 2015, 08:55:55 PM
Sounds very interesting  :)

We forget just how much fighting there was in that part of the world in the lead up to WWI


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 28 July 2015, 09:03:24 PM
Bones of The Hills by Conn Iggulden.
My dad bought it for me years ago, but I never started it. I really enjoyed the first two months parts. However, with the birth of our second daughter reading a opportunities vanished!
Now with my Mongols well underway I'm really enjoying it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 28 July 2015, 09:09:33 PM
"Marlborough's Other Army. The British Army and the Campaigns of the First Peninsula War, 1702-12" by Nick Dorrell.

The story of the War of the Spanish Succession in the Iberian Peninsula. Bit different from the usual Blenheim story. Easy read, though it would perhaps disappoint those who want Oman depth historical reporting.

It is my kind of book. A mix of history plus information about the organisation, equipment and uniforms of the armies and plenty of OOBs.

I loves me a nice OOB, and this has one every few pages. It's a compendium of OOBs. OOBs everywhere. British OOBs, French OOBs, Spanish OOBs, Portuguese OOBs and Dutch OOBs. Lovely OOBs.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kodiakblair on 28 July 2015, 09:28:38 PM
" Early Roman campaigns in South-West Britain " booklet from the 1st Caerleon Lectures 1987 and Lin Carter's
" Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age " rules.

Strange one the Carter book,it gives figure bases as 60mm wide by 1 1/2 inch deep  :o and as table size is determined by army points it suggests 1500pts.
Cause " it's difficult to find tables longer than 12 feet"  :o

Or my favourite part is when they applaud modern rules for using morale rather than casualties to
determine battles as a more accurate method then tell you their rules don't use morale they're  back using casualties :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 28 July 2015, 09:34:31 PM
Bones of The Hills by Conn Iggulden.
My dad bought it for me years ago, but I never started it. I really enjoyed the first two months parts. However, with the birth of our second daughter reading a opportunities vanished!
Now with my Mongols well underway I'm really enjoying it.

I've got all of them. He tells a good story...a very good story, but historically. it's almost pure Hollywood.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 28 July 2015, 11:24:06 PM
I loves me a nice OOB, and this has one every few pages. It's a compendium of OOBs. OOBs everywhere. British OOBs, French OOBs, Spanish OOBs, Portuguese OOBs and Dutch OOBs. Lovely OOBs.

Or "porn" as I call it  :D

Yes, I will keep an eye open for that one as I like the actions away form the Essex and Oxford armies, particularly in the North and the South-West.

...and I shall look out for that one too.

You're both welcome :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 06 August 2015, 07:12:33 AM
First Steps in East Africa by Richard Burton. I'd have liked to know that man.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 06 August 2015, 08:44:19 AM
If you read his biography you would realise actually you wouldn't!
Egotistical and vain, his row with Speake for instance, is horrific.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 06 August 2015, 08:47:56 AM
Oh, alright. :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 06 August 2015, 08:55:55 AM
Currently reading Chinese opium wars by Edgar Holt

IThe book was written in the 50's I think and picked it up after reading the Ibis trilogy by Amitav Ghosh

If does mention the Chinese Rebellion of the 1850's which be something interesting to do using BBB


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 06 August 2015, 09:08:26 AM
Oh, alright. :(
Have a read of this FK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0312108737/ref=mp_s_a_1_23?qid=1438848256&sr=8-23&pi=AC_SX110_SY165&keywords=Burton+explorer

While he certainly was brilliant, you REALLY would not have wanted him as a dinner guest. ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 06 August 2015, 10:20:43 AM
The History of the 12th SS (Hitler Jugend) Panzer Division: Volume One by Hubert Meyer.

An interesting read so far (I'm up to circa 8th June '44) but at times hard going due to the translation and proof reading combined with the sheer level of detail. It helps to know the actions described so definitely not a first time read on the Normandy campaign.

From a wargaming perspective very interesting to see how the unit was formed and with what equipment etc. In the early days of action a lot of it was simply not available due to strung out lines of march etc. So far plenty of ideas for wargames scenarios for the future.

Osprey Units of the English Civil War.

Basically re-reading this for ideas for the P&S variant of Lion Rampant that has just been announced.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 06 August 2015, 02:49:25 PM
Tyrant's Test. Book 3 of The Black Fleet Crisis.  :D





Osprey Units of the English Civil War

Which one is this?  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 08 August 2015, 12:45:45 AM
Finished "Doctrine and Reform in the British Cavalry 1880 -1918" by Stephen Badsey.

Good read and it had several items about WWI of which that I was unaware .

"...the most recent research has identified at east 20 British cases of arme blanche charges and combat on the Western Front 1916-1918"

and

"...the Desert Mounted Corps history lists 14 significant mounted charges in the 1917-1918 campaign (fewer than on the Western Front 1916-1918 but usually involving larger formations)..."

Discusses the controversy over the cavalry officer mentality during and after the war.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 08 August 2015, 07:21:17 AM
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Osprey Units of the English Civil War.

Sorry TAWA but I was a bit vague on this due to being in a rush. Specifically they are:

Elite 25 Soldiers of the English Civil War (Infantry)
Elite 27 Soldiers of the English Civil War (Cavalry)



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 08 August 2015, 11:28:36 AM
Just started to re-read 'Anatomy of Victory' by Brent Nosworthy.

Plan is to write rules for WSS now that I have a larger library of reference work.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 08 August 2015, 01:09:41 PM
Just started Angus Konstam's "Sovereigns of the Seas: The quest to build the perfect Renaissance battleship." Only got to the introduction, so far!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 08 August 2015, 02:29:13 PM
Sorry TAWA but I was a bit vague on this due to being in a rush. Specifically they are:

Elite 25 Soldiers of the English Civil War (Infantry)
Elite 27 Soldiers of the English Civil War (Cavalry)




Aah, fair play. I've got all of the ECW/TYW Osprey books. I thought you might have meant a new one that I'd missed.  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kodiakblair on 08 August 2015, 05:36:43 PM
Read Imperial Governor by George Shipway yesterday.

I loathe the Roman Empire so I don't know why I do it. The period interests me but it seems most of this type of fiction is pro-Rome and rooting
for a bunch of murdering slavers ain't for me.That's my fingers burnt for awhile :)

I did enjoy Dennis Dunaway's memoir this week "Snake,Guillotines & Electric Chairs".

To cleanse my soul after Shipway maybe some REH Bran Mak Morn or Ian Watson's Iron Age is needed.
Romans are all baddies in those ;) 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 08 August 2015, 10:55:53 PM
I loathe the Roman Empire so I don't know why I do it. The period interests me but it seems most of this type of fiction is pro-Rome and rooting
for a bunch of murdering slavers ain't for me.That's my fingers burnt for awhile :)

To cleanse my soul after Shipway maybe some REH Bran Mak Morn or Ian Watson's Iron Age is needed.
Romans are all baddies in those ;) 

So you're fine with rooting for one set of murdering slavers but not another ... ???

Each to their own I suppose.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kodiakblair on 09 August 2015, 01:58:24 AM
So you're fine with rooting for one set of murdering slavers but not another ... ???

Each to their own I suppose.

Yes I'm fine with it. I'm sure we all hold some degree of hypocrisy.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 09 August 2015, 04:11:57 AM
A degree of hypocrisy? First class honours in my case :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 09 August 2015, 08:02:17 PM
Just started Angus Konstam's "Sovereigns of the Seas: The quest to build the perfect Renaissance battleship." Only got to the introduction, so far!

Good chap Angus and a stalwart wargamer.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 15 August 2015, 05:31:49 PM
Finished "The Battleship Builders: Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships" by Ian Johnston and Ian Buxton.

Discusses the companies that built the ships and the various parts that went in them - hull, machinery, armor (Yankee spelling; armour in the book) and guns.  Gives prices and manpower.

There was collusion amongst the armor makers, with profits up to 100% of the price.  The hulls however, sometimes were done at a loss.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 15 August 2015, 05:50:39 PM
Just finished reading The thirty years war by CV Wedgewood

I am now now more confused than I was at the start


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 15 August 2015, 06:09:34 PM
Blandford Colour Series Uniforms of the Peninsular War 1807 - 1814 by P Haythornthwaite.

Nice introduction to the conflict for a future project. Lots of opportunity for distinctive looking units due to the waer and tear both sides suffered to their uniforms and equipment.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hwiccee on 15 August 2015, 06:39:56 PM
Just finished reading The thirty years war by CV Wedgewood

I am now now more confused than I was at the start


I would try - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Europes-Tragedy-History-Thirty-Years-ebook/dp/B002TJLETG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439660338&sr=8-1&keywords=thirty+years+war -

Kindle version is free in the UK at the moment.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 15 August 2015, 06:44:48 PM
Oh

Thanks very much


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 15 August 2015, 06:48:43 PM
Blandford Colour Series Uniforms of the Peninsular War 1807 - 1814 by P Haythornthwaite.

Nice introduction to the conflict for a future project. Lots of opportunity for distinctive looking units due to the waer and tear both sides suffered to their uniforms and equipment.

:-bd


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 15 August 2015, 06:50:14 PM
By the way, has anyone read "Orphan Eagles: Polish Armies of the Napoleonic Wars" by Vincent W. Rospond

It calls me from Amazon, but ...

but ...

 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 16 August 2015, 07:47:51 AM
Just started Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Very well written, nice pace and great details.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 16 August 2015, 11:34:35 AM
The Golden Gate. Not the first perusal, but it's worth revisiting from time to time.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 16 August 2015, 02:37:04 PM
Just finished 'The Campaign in Afghanistan' by Lt. John Greenwood of the 31st Regt. of Foot on his exploits during the 1842 campaign against Cabul.
Excellent reading with a lot of info on officers life and training (of which there seems thave been very little...) during those years in the Indian empire, the horrors along the rode they encountered where Elphinstone's force was destroyed, the endless marches and problems with pack animals and prizes and even some tips on hunting tigers!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 16 August 2015, 02:46:44 PM
"C is for Cthulu" and wondering if Mrs Pixie would kill me if I printed it out for the wee one for her birthday...

"H is for Hastur, oh no, you've said it!"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 18 August 2015, 03:53:56 AM
Finished "The Battle of Ocana: The Army of Spain's Greatest Victory" by Pierre Juhel and color plates by Peter Bunde.  It is part of the Histoire and Collections series.  It is a translation which misses in some points and reads rough.  The layout is also not of the best.  However, having said that it has much uniform information (but available elsewhere, and I have most if not all already).  It does have the reports from Soult, Mortier and Senarmont, as well as a Spanish report from the Marquis de Zayas.

Overall, it was worth getting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 18 August 2015, 05:54:33 AM
"C is for Cthulu" and wondering if Mrs Pixie would kill me if I printed it out for the wee one for her birthday...
"H is for Hastur, oh no, you've said it!"

Spotted "At the Mountains Of Madness" as 5 'episoder' on Radio 4 Extra yesterday....That should be worth a listen. :)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 18 August 2015, 09:09:20 AM
That'll be good listening for work then!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 18 August 2015, 12:19:37 PM
Finished issue 51 of the "Gettysburg Magazine".  Articles such as "The Baltimore Pike Artillery Line" and "Cavalry on the Right! The Battle for Brinkerhoff's Ridge".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 18 August 2015, 01:34:16 PM
That'll be good listening for work then!

Ho, Yus !!

(Sometimes I almost curse Nobby for putting me 'onto' the iPlayer.....I never seem to be able to catch up !.... ;D ;D ;D ;D... ;))

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Husaria on 20 August 2015, 10:38:17 AM
Hi all,

I've been reading "For God and Kaiser-The Imperial Austrian Army", by Richard Bassett (Yale).

I came across this title whilst browsing on Amazon and I'm really pleased I ordered it; it's an excellent read and, so far, full of interesting accounts of engagements, characters and fascinating anecdotes. It's arranged chronologically and the first chapters have covered the TYW, wars with Ottoman empire and now onto Eugene's campaigns during the WSS. I'm really enjoying it and it's great to find something in English covering the military history of the Habsburg Empire down the ages.

As I've got a an Austrian Napoleonic Army, I'm looking forward to how that period is covered, but also the accounts of WW1 sound interesting.

This is far from dry reading and it's different to read an account that challenges the oft expressed view that Austrian armies were poorly led and fought badly.
Recommended.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 20 August 2015, 02:38:23 PM
Oooooh, must buy that, thanks.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 21 August 2015, 09:08:12 AM
The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. Brilliant, devoured it in a day!:)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 21 August 2015, 10:34:36 AM
Anyone seen these at 99p a throw for the kindle yet?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Franco-Prussian-War-1-H-M-Hozier-ebook/dp/B00LQBLOZC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440149447&sr=8-2&keywords=franco+prussian+war

and

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Franco-Prussian-War-2-H-M-Hozier-ebook/dp/B00MBVDR10/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1440149447&sr=8-6&keywords=franco+prussian+war

and at 1.09

http://www.amazon.co.uk/1864-forgotten-shaped-modern-Europe/dp/1781252769/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440149599&sr=8-2&keywords=1864




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 21 August 2015, 04:16:48 PM
Bought the FPW items

Thanks


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 24 August 2015, 01:18:30 AM
Read Chris Pringle's "Bloody Big Battles" rules and the BBEB scenario book.  The rules appear to owe a lot to Fire and Fury/Age of Eagles, but that is not a bad thing.  It has some changes I like: halt an attack, recover lost stands.  Not sure if 2D6 are really better than 1D10, but the 2 dice do produce a bell curve.

I probably will use the maps in the scenarios for some FPW games, but using my adaptation of "Snappy Nappy", "Sappy Nappy".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 August 2015, 11:55:20 PM
Finished "The Fateful Lightning" by Jeff Shaara (whose father did "Killer Angles" - battle of Gettysburg),

This book is the last of a 4 volume series on the ACW, a novel.  It deals with Sherman's March to the Sea, after the fall of Atlanta.

Another good read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 29 August 2015, 08:16:47 AM
Ploughing through Dave Alsop's research archive, which was passed to me by another club member. Request on behalf of the editor of SOTCW Journal, is the Eastern Front Association still active.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 30 August 2015, 11:34:22 AM
'The English Civil War, 1642-1651, an Illustrated Military History' by P Haythornthwaite. Just started for some more info for my 'The Pikeman's Lament' companies and for future Pike & Shotte games. So far so good with some nice little details that are perfect for small scale actions.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: haupt on 30 August 2015, 04:15:26 PM
Just listened to The Shepperds Crown by Mr. Pratchett, the abridged version, ( I like Tony Robinsons voice characterizations .) Typical Pratchett. There won't ....be... any ...more.....man cough     (sob).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 31 August 2015, 11:49:28 AM
Just finished Angus Konstam's "Sovereigns of the Seas" which was both very readable and informative.

Now about to launch into "Warfare In The Ancient Near East To 1600BC: Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History" by William J. Hamblin. Aiming to increase my knowledge of the first 50% of Military History!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 01 September 2015, 12:36:05 PM
Finished the "U.S Army Tactics Field Manual" put out by the Department of the Army.  Quite a slog - 476 pages.  Not something you refer to in the heat of combat.  Lots of army abbreviations - I need to make a list for reference.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 01 September 2015, 01:12:54 PM
Bet that was real page turning stuff. What edition ?

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 01 September 2015, 01:35:20 PM
The expurgated version - the one without the M16.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 01 September 2015, 02:28:06 PM
Re: "Tactics Field Manual".  It doesn't have an edition number, but says copyright 2013 by N=Morris Book Publishing..  Also has listed Lyons Press and Globe Pequot Press.  But it is an Army manual done by private printers(?)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 01 September 2015, 04:50:06 PM
Only if it's a repro one....

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 01 September 2015, 05:50:53 PM
Vardy. Only the second novel I've ever come across about the FPW (the other being The Debacle). At the moment the central character is in Metz and bad news, plus many wounded, is flowing in non-stop. Ooer missus!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 05 September 2015, 12:06:50 PM
Just finished a very different book for me.  "The Art of Forgery" by Noah Charney.  I heard him on National Public Radio discussing art forgery and decided to get and read his book.  It talks about thefts, copies, forgeries.

The only thing vaguely military in it (other than looting in wars) was a scandal from the British Museum when they had an exhibit of the Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors that were not antique. (Evidently they were "authentic" in the Chinese thinking, actual copies, but not antique).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 05 September 2015, 03:02:33 PM
Have interrupted my current novel to read 'The Agony of Belgium - August-December 1914', by Major Fox, who was a war correspondent in Belgium at the time. This is a synthesis of his reports, published in book form in 1915. It is the only book I have come across specifically on the Belgian campaign and I have discovered stuff I didn't know, such as the bombing of Antwerp by Zeppelin, and the successes of the Belgian field army when the Germans transferred troops from the west to the east. For a short period the main forces confronting the Belgians were 2nd line troops, who were given a bit of a bloody nose. However, once the Germans reorganised themselves the Belgians didn't stand a chance. There are a few passages of propaganda on the frightfulness of the Germans, only to be expected in a wartime publication, but at least Fox acknowledges that some of his reporting may have been inaccurate. The prose moves at a rollicking pace and makes good background reading for my proposed campaign, especially his description of Carabiniers Cyclistes working in concert with armoured cars. The book lacks maps (only one, of the forts round Antwerp) and illustrations.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 05 September 2015, 04:25:25 PM
The English Civil War, A People's History by Diane Purkiss. The style of writing is taking a bit of getting used to, but so far plenty of good background info for games and scenarios.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 05 September 2015, 08:37:53 PM
Just getting ready to start "The Silver Spitfire" by Wing Commander Tom Neil.


The English Civil War, A People's History by Diane Purkiss.

Dammit. That's another one to add to my pile.....  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 12 September 2015, 11:38:42 PM
Finished "Guadalcanal" by Richard Franks.  Great book and second time I have read it.  Forgot I had it and bought another copy.

Great detail on air, land and sea.   Our group is currently refighting the Solomons Campaign by ODGW so it was very timely.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Glorfindel on 13 September 2015, 09:30:23 AM
>>'The English Civil War, 1642-1651, an Illustrated Military History' by P Haythornthwaite.

Good choice.   This also started me on my ECW quest a few months ago.   Great to dip into
even though, I understand, some of the 'uniform' pics have been brought into question.   I
must admit that, in 10mm, this becomes less of an issue !

Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: jambo1 on 13 September 2015, 10:11:48 AM
>>'The English Civil War, 1642-1651, an Illustrated Military History' by P Haythornthwaite.

Good choice.   This also started me on my ECW quest a few months ago.   Great to dip into
even though, I understand, some of the 'uniform' pics have been brought into question.   I
must admit that, in 10mm, this becomes less of an issue !

Phil

Snap!! Me too, got a cheapo copy of e-bay and have been giving it all my attention too, I am starting out on a 10mm ECW project too, also got some battle guides coming from Caliver.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Glorfindel on 13 September 2015, 10:45:11 AM
Another title I've read recently is "Empires of the Sea" by Roger Crowley, looking
at the conflict between Spain and the Ottomans in the Med between 1521 and
1580 (Siege of Malta, Siege of Rhodes, Lepanto etc).   Not an area I've considered
before but very inspiring.

Very much enjoyed his style of writing.

This led to me watching the animated Battle of Mohacs (1526) on Youtube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdIgp1davEY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdIgp1davEY)

Great stuff.   This in turn made me look at the Ottomans (perhaps of the later
period, Siege of Vienna 1683).   The beautifully painted examples on the Pendraken
site have pushed me over the edge and made me want to do this as another project.

Nightmare !   Too much inspiration, too little cash and time.

Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 15 September 2015, 01:12:02 AM
Finished another different book.  "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky.  He has also written a book on Cod.

In any event this book was actually fascinating.  Lots of facts from ancient times to now.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 19 September 2015, 02:08:33 PM
My desire to explore the Franco-Prussian War (see separate thread) has been slightly derailed by some $5 purchases I made when recently in the USA. I've just finished one of them, "Through Blood & Fire at Gettysburg" by General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. 

This 60 page booklet is an account of the 20th Maine's stand at Little Round Top which was first published by Hearst's Magazine in 1913. My only previous 'exposure' to this action before reading this was a small mention in a chapter of "Battles of the American Civil War," the movie, "Gettysburg" and a personal visit to Little Round Top a couple of years back, so it was interesting to read the account of the action by the man himself. Language was slightly 'flowery' at times but I suppose that reflects the background of the man (he was a college professor) and the times. 

One issue that differed from my previous (albeit limited) knowledge of the action is his confrontation with a Rebel officer. Accounts say the Rebs pistol mis-fired (as per the movie) whereas Chamberlain says he fires one barrel almost in my face."
The booklet also includes a sketch map of the Round Tops and a copy of Chamberlain's hand written AAR. One thing that I didn't quite appreciate (and wasnt quite clear in my mind about) was that the 20th Maine's advance after its charge actually ended up much further forward than I previously thought - and alongside the 83rd Pennsylvania (?) (the sketch map shows both regiments on the summit of "Round Top - which I presume is 'Big Round Top" because "Little Round Top" is also highlighted on the same sketch map).   It also has to be borne in mind that his account was published 50 years after the battle so his memory of the action might not have been as accurate as we would wish. Nevertheless, a fascinating read. For a broader' account of the action, see the link below.

http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/gettysburg/gettysburg-history-articles/defense-of-little-round-top.html (http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/gettysburg/gettysburg-history-articles/defense-of-little-round-top.html)

Next one is If this Valley is Lost, Virginia is Lost! - an account of Stonewall Jacksons 1862 campaign in the Shenandoah Valley.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kustenjaeger on 20 September 2015, 12:49:19 AM
After some random fiction and a dive into German KStN documents I am rereading Kenneth Macksey's "First Clash" - WW3 c 1984 with the Canadians - written for the Canadian Army to illustrate the then training manuals.  good stuff even if the maps are weirdly oriented?

Now I know why Pendraken make a Lynx!

Edward


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 20 September 2015, 02:33:27 AM
The new Salman Rushdie.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 20 September 2015, 02:47:23 PM
Presumably this one's called 'Krishna, you're a prat.'


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 20 September 2015, 07:55:36 PM
 ;D =D>


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveH on 28 September 2015, 06:16:34 PM
Just finishing The Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers by Richard Moe, next up is Gettysburg by Stephen W Sears.

No theme there at all.....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: bigjackmac on 28 September 2015, 08:08:17 PM
I'm not much of a naval interest guy, but I recently picked up "Neptune's Inferno" (Hornfischer) as I was wanting to read more about the Solomon's campaign.  The book deals strictly with the naval side of things, but I've got to tell you that it was one of the most riveting books I've ever read, I couldn't put it down.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 29 September 2015, 01:27:09 AM
I'm not much of a naval interest guy, but I recently picked up "Neptune's Inferno" (Hornfischer) as I was wanting to read more about the Solomon's campaign.  The book deals strictly with the naval side of things, but I've got to tell you that it was one of the most riveting books I've ever read, I couldn't put it down.

V/R,
Jack

Thanks Jack, I will try and track it down. We have played the naval side of the Solomon's campaign once and will hopefully do it again soonish


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: bigjackmac on 29 September 2015, 03:42:31 AM
Paul,

Yeah man, if you're into Naval gaming, particularly the Solomons, I can't envision a scenario in which you wouldn't love this book.  He gives lots of great background material to set up the fights, but where the book really shines are the fights themselves.

He gives blow-by-bloody blow accounts of all the major surface actions, with personal stories and insights into the tactical decision making.  I was laughing at myself because I'd stay up to the middle of the night just to finish the chapter on a battle, even though I already knew how it finished!  Any book that can keep you up, flipping pages, when you already knows how it ends, gets high marks from me ;)

I need to find a set of naval rules; the problem is, I'm kind of weird with regards to my tastes, and so I'm not sure the rules I'm looking for exist.  I need:

1) Some form of friction in the command process so that I don't know what is coming next, but it can't involve pre-plotted movement (because I'm a solo player and pre-plotting movement just doesn't work for me).  Maybe card activation.

2) No rivet counting as I'd like to fight from 6-12 ships per side.  I'm not interested in primary/secondary/tertiary batteries, simply combat capability (with differentiation for guns and torpedoes in DDs, DEs, and CLs) and target selection (with limitations for night fighting).

3) An offshoot of #2: simplified combat, with effects-based results.  So again, combat capability, target selection, then results.  I.e., firing ship's guns to this quarter gets 'x' number of dice at 'y' range vs target ship (I've got no problem with charts for that), roll the dice, the result is (a few examples):
-long, no effect
-short, ship takes evasive turn left/right (check by die), doesn't move next turn but may fire.
-straddled, target can't fire next turn but may move.
-armament hit: fire half dice to targeted quarter for rest of game (i.e., if hit from the bow, fire half dice forward for rest of game).
-engine/boiler damage, half speed for rest of game.
-dead in water, no move or shoot.
-ship going down.

So, I'm not at all interested in a roster where I'm checking off main battery, secondary battery, crew, and hull boxes.  I'm looking at, basically (with only a slight bit more granularity) the ship is good to go, the ship is in the fight but got some problems, the ship is hurting and leaving, the ship is hurt and needs help, the ship is going down.

4) I also want 'morale'-type issues,, though I'm not sure if that's the right term.  For example:
-A trigger to have a ship's Captain test to disengage (leave the fight).
-A trigger to have sister ships disengage and 'heave to' to aid a friendly stricken vessel.

5) Other issues based on tests triggered somehow:
-a ship getting hit rolling to see if fires out of control, at which point 1) Captain may order crew to abandon, 2) ship can't fire or maneuver next turn, simply move straight ahead, as entire crew is involved in damage control, or 3) Captain orders ship to retire.
-test for collision in certain circumstances (i.e., a ship forced into evasive maneuver by enemy fire)
-test to see if ships will maintain formation (i.e., the second ship in column is forced into evasive maneuver by enemy fire, does the third/fourth/fifth ship in column follow the 1st ship or the 2nd ship?
-other weirdness: random stuff, like running aground, engine failure, firing main batteries which knocks out own radar/electrical systems, etc...

6) Also an offshoot of #2, very simple movement mechanics.  I'm not particularly interested in different turning radii for different ships, nor the fact that 'x' class cruisers had a top speed of 28 knots while 'y' class was 24 knots.  I will admit that I've even thought about using D6-based random movement, i.e., roll a D6 and add 2, and that's how many inches your ship moves this turn, which could force ships to turn out of formation in order to avoid collision.

I'm sure there's more, but in the overall scheme of things, I'm looking to fight the ships, at ship level, not looking to make decisions about 'the forward battery engages 'x' while the port secondary batteries engage 'y', and the damage control parties are being devoted to the engine rooms vice main forward battery, and the radio shack has been destroyed.  I hope this makes sense, and I hope such a thing exists.  I'll probably post this on other forums as well; I really need to find something.

Hope you're able to get your hands on the book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 29 September 2015, 04:30:08 AM
Inspired by the last one, about to revisit The Moor's Last Sigh.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 29 September 2015, 08:13:37 PM
Jack, we use the old General Quarters I & II They have a simple combat system that might come close to meeting your requirements
You would have to graft a command and control system on  :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 30 September 2015, 10:56:57 PM
Ive just finished reading, Humpty Dumpty and Im a bit perplexed.

At no point did it say he was an egg. Or that he was male. And what medical expertise did they think the horses might have?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 01 October 2015, 07:31:46 AM
Listening to "The Mayan Secrets", at the mo'.
Quite fun !
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 01 October 2015, 08:26:48 AM
Listening to "The Mayan Secrets", at the mo'.
Quite fun !
Cheers - Phil

Careful, you'll get FK all excited

Yes, I know Aztec were much later


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 01 October 2015, 09:17:35 AM
Ive just finished reading, Humpty Dumpty and Im a bit perplexed.

At no point did it say he was an egg. Or that he was male. And what medical expertise did they think the horses might have?

He may well have been a gun. Basically phallic, that. The horses would have been a political sneer at the Cavaliers, in that case.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 01 October 2015, 09:25:34 AM
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/04/the-origin-of-humpty-dumpty/ (http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/04/the-origin-of-humpty-dumpty/)

Or "brandy boiled with ale". That one I have not heard before. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 01 October 2015, 09:33:27 AM
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/04/the-origin-of-humpty-dumpty/ (http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/04/the-origin-of-humpty-dumpty/)

Or "brandy boiled with ale". That one I have not heard before. 

Interesting find. Makes me wonder if the cannon reference should maybe be referring to a howitzer instead seeing as it short and dumpy compared to normal cannon


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 01 October 2015, 09:55:26 PM
So, I finished "The Silver Spitfire" last night, and this afternoon at work I made a start on "Black Hearts: One platoons descent into madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 02 October 2015, 09:15:59 AM
Humpty Dumpty

And everyone else thought "Humpty Dumpty" was boring. Liked the gun theories, FK and Fenton but, for me, I think fsn has cracked it with the brandy boiled with ale - I think I might just try that!

Tawa - I would also recommend Main Battle Tank about the Brits in Basra in the first Gulf War. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 02 October 2015, 10:56:24 AM
Ian Knight:
The Anatomy of the Zulu Army
from Shaka to Cetshwayo 1818 - 1879

Reading it for research and ideas for a play by mail game I'm playing in, The Glory of Kings by Agema Publications.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 02 October 2015, 11:50:07 AM
Tawa - I would also recommend Main Battle Tank about the Brits in Basra in the first Gulf War. 

I shall have a looksy for that :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: bigjackmac on 05 October 2015, 05:34:59 PM
I'm continuing my Solomons kick with "Islands of Destiny."

I also just bought a cool solitaire game by Berserker Games called "Marine Fighter Squadron" that I'll be using for an upcoming air-land-sea campaign set there in the Solomons.

V/R,
Jack


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 05 October 2015, 07:28:29 PM
Just finished listening to "The dying hours" by Mark Billingham. (Cop/Thriller story.)
Very good.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: howayman on 06 October 2015, 06:35:20 PM
In the middle of Panzer Battles by Major-General FW von Mellenthin.
Some interesting stuff on the North African Campaign.
 Still got Russia and Western Eueope to go.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 07 October 2015, 07:37:08 PM
The Beano Annual 2015, the other half of my birthday pressie from my old man!
Interesting mix of old (90s) strips and modern.
Only the Bash Street Kids and Little Plum work in the modern, others are too self reverential! All strips are funny, but too often relying on fart jokes...
Dennis really has dropped in standards, and I really don't let me the idea of all the parents being 'modern' especially Minnie and Roger the Dodgers! Bully Whizzes is still the same though!
The artistic quality has also dropped except Calamity James, The Bash Street Kids and Pup Parade.
7/10.

Oh, and I won't mention a couple of notable defections from The Dandy'!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 07 October 2015, 11:43:38 PM
Finished "A Call to Arms" the latest in the Honorverse series.  Space combat at its best.

This one written by David Weber with Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope.  Seems like a bunch of popular authors can only keep up if they add co-writers.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 October 2015, 04:45:10 PM
Finished listening to "Shakespeare's Rebel." (C.C. Humphries)....Very enjoyable.
BTW......How do you spell (I think it was) "Bashrumi"......That's what it sounded like, anyway.
I've only ever heard that used once before, by Percy in Blackadder II.

Now listening to "The Pursuit" by Peter Smalley

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 09 October 2015, 05:36:27 PM

BTW......How do you spell (I think it was) "Bashrumi"......That's what it sounded like, anyway.
I've only ever heard that used once before, by Percy in Blackadder.

Cheers - Phil

Can you give us any context, or am I missing something really obvious?

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 October 2015, 07:15:07 PM
It seems to along the lines of "Gadzooks !", or "Hey Nonny, Nonny," M.
(I tried an on-line Elizabethan 'dictionary' without success.)

Maybe it's starts with a "P" ?
I'll try and find the episode of Blackadder where I think I've heard it before.... Believe it's the episode where Blackadder tries to host two very different parties at the same time.
Cheers - Phil



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 09 October 2015, 07:36:19 PM
Well, Google-Fu to the rescue!  I am afraid you got close Phil, but no cigar.  A quick look at the script for the Episode "Beer" in Blackadder II rapidly brought me to Percy:  Beshrew me, Blackadder!      :D

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 09 October 2015, 08:06:18 PM
Well done that man..... :-bd

I've found it in the Elizabethan dictionary now.  :)
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 October 2015, 12:12:35 PM
"Retreat and Rearguard 1914" by Jerry Murland. This is quite an in-depth account of the BEF's retreat from Mons to the Marne. It covers the lesser encounters with the pursuing Germans as well as the likes of Mons and Le Cateau, and is thus a great source of historical small-action scenarios. It also makes extensive use of first hand accounts which provide a great deal of atmosphere. It is well written and moves at a cracking pace, almost like a novel in places. For me it has been a great find. I got it as a Kindle version.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 15 October 2015, 10:26:31 AM
Listening to "Treason's Harbour" by Patrick O'Brian.

I'll swear I've twice heard the word "Scotchman" (sic).......Historically accurate use, by the Naval Officers around the time of the Napoleonic Wars ?

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 15 October 2015, 11:10:39 AM
Yep.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chris Pringle on 15 October 2015, 02:12:27 PM
Was reading Mike Embree's new book on the Italian campaigns of 1848-49, "Radetzky's Marches" ...

... and then I left it on a plane yesterday.  :'(

Chris
Bloody Big BATTLES!
https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BBB_wargames/info
http://bloodybigbattles.blogspot.co.uk/


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 15 October 2015, 02:37:25 PM
Oh man, at sixty quid a pop that's got to smart :S


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 17 October 2015, 04:44:47 PM
Finished "Napoleon; A Life" by Andrew Roberts.  Very interesting anecdotes about Napoleon's life and the events and peoples he influenced.  Long book, 810 pages, so it took awhile.  Not heavily military, but enough for this book.  Some military passages I take a little exception to, however.

All in all, very worthwhile, even though I have many others on the Emperor.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 19 October 2015, 12:49:15 PM
Just finished reading another of my cheap purchases on a recent visit to the USA,
711, Ursneuvil: Bqy the Enilcepu Qwvurcih the 72 and Yqp the Lixqmwvcqpels 680. by Vbqneu F. Emmip.

"What is this gobbledygook you may ask. For fans of Turn: Washingtons Spies (American TV series), it will not surprise you that this is Benjamin Tallmadges code for George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War. by Thomas B. Allen.

As the title indicates, this is about the espionage war in that conflict.

Turn fans, do you remember Anna Strong hanging her laundry in certain ways to tell fellow spies the location of the cove where a Culper spy Ring message awaits? This really happened. Does the name Roderigue Hortalez and Company mean anything to you? This is the fake firm set up by the French to supply the colonists with guns and other military supplies before France entered the war.

When I started reading it, the style of writing reminded me of a Ladybird book and sure enough a quick flick to the back revealed that it had received various childrens as well as adult book accolades (e.g., American Library Assoc. Best Book for Young Adults 2005). However, do not let that put you off because the book is packed with stories of spy rings, individual spies and their successes and failures, methods of passing on secret messages (including Benjamin Tallmadges code book) and so on.

Special care has also been taken to give the book a period feel. For starters, the book is set in a digital version of Caslon Antique, a typeface designed in the 1720s and all the rage in Europe and the American Colonies up to (and beyond) the American Revolution. Its also well illustrated with black and white reproductions of archival art and Harnesss charming pen and ink sketches. Even the chapter titles are historically appropriate, such as Franklins French Friends. IN WHICH a wise man from Philadelphia goes to Paris and outfoxes spies of two nations."

A fascinating read and certainly made me think how much of a game changer the intelligence war was in that conflict. Next time I read about any of the campaigns in that theatre, I can see myself referring to this book if no mention is made of the intelligence aspect by the author of the book I am then reading.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 19 October 2015, 01:10:15 PM
'A Few Acres of Snow' - French and Indian War.  Something I've no particular interest in but someone kindly gifted me the book  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 19 October 2015, 04:48:19 PM
Listening to "The far side of the World".....Patrick O'Brian.
Seems to be the direct follow on of the last one I was listening to.
Very Enjoyable.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 19 October 2015, 06:00:07 PM
I'm re-reading HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean.

Harrowing stuff ... but gripping.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: freddy326 on 20 October 2015, 09:11:42 AM
Just finishing a Kindle freebie about the 30 years war by Peter Wilson and then will be starting a re-read of the 3 volume epic that is The History of the Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 21 October 2015, 06:02:05 PM
Mike Embree's 'The Campaign in West and South Germany', a cracking read and beautifully produced, really nice.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 21 October 2015, 06:49:51 PM
stuart Reid's '1745, the Jacobite Rebellion from a Military Perspective'. So far an excellent read and perfect background info for our Honours of War games.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 21 October 2015, 08:18:19 PM
1632 - What happens when a slice of C21st West Virginia mining country suddenly gets transposed with a piece of C17th Germany, and the mining community finds itself dumped into the Thirty Years War. Very entertaining hokum, e.g. the black doctor is accepted as a Moor practising Arab medicine, so he can be trusted. An old man of the time regales the West Virginians with his stories of visiting the Globe in his youth and meeting Shakespeare, but then shocks them by telling them that the Bard may have had a hand in some of the poorer plays, but the great ones were written by the Earl of Oxford, but he could not admit to this owing to his social standing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 22 October 2015, 09:44:50 AM
I really liked him casually shattering the Uptimers superiority complex when he apologises for only speaking a dozen languages well, and merely being fluent in another half dozen, and only being able to read a few more and not speak them. Sorry, bit useless there... why are you all looking at me funny?! Did I mispronounce something?!

Every time I read them I want to start randomly shouting "VASA!" any time some one asks me a question ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: pierre the shy on 22 October 2015, 08:28:38 PM
"Retreat and Rearguard 1914" by Jerry Murland. This is quite an in-depth account of the BEF's retreat from Mons to the Marne. It covers the lesser encounters with the pursuing Germans as well as the likes of Mons and Le Cateau, and is thus a great source of historical small-action scenarios. It also makes extensive use of first hand accounts which provide a great deal of atmosphere. It is well written and moves at a cracking pace, almost like a novel in places. For me it has been a great find. I got it as a Kindle version.

Thanks for the headsup on this book Leman. Got a copy..fantastic scenario ideas.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 23 October 2015, 11:12:36 AM
You should also read Walter Blum's 'The Advance to Mons', the early days against the BEF as seen through the eyes of a German Grenadier reservist officer, novelist and playright (his father was killed at Spichern, his son on the eastern front some thirty years later).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 23 October 2015, 08:30:02 PM
Just finished "l'artillerie dans la peninsula Iberique", Souvenirs Militaires du General Hulot (1773 - 1843).

(My French isn't as good as I thought it was). This is more of a travelogue than descriptions of battles. However the General (didn't make general until after the Empire period) has interesting views on people and the terrain he passes through.

He missed most of the big battles. He was on the staff at Austerlitz and in fact did a lot of staff and garrison duty. Constant promotions however, so he was very competent as an artillery officer.

During the 100 Days he was artillery commandant at Anvers, so didn't see Waterloo. He became colonel of the 6th Artillery Regiment.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 27 October 2015, 08:30:07 PM
The Thomas Flashman books by Robert Brightwell

https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Flashman-books-by-Robert-Brightwell-293334187386490/ (https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-Flashman-books-by-Robert-Brightwell-293334187386490/)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 27 October 2015, 09:11:23 PM
Listening to, "The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 27 October 2015, 09:12:48 PM
Are you feeling sleepy?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 27 October 2015, 09:18:03 PM
Yes, Nobby !  @-) (:| @-) (:| @-) (:|

The clocks being changed doesn't help, either.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 October 2015, 12:11:30 AM
Finished "Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I, The People's War", by Alexander Watson.

More about the trials and sufferings of the German and various Austrian peoples, though there are good overviews of the combat.

Here is a tactic that would be hard to duplicate in our games.

"One ambush on a Habsburg cavalry squadron, for example, was carried out by 300 Russians who approached at night by ringing cow bells, a deception that really could only have worked on the Eastern Front.  When the sun rose, the 'cows' gave a 'wild roar' and attacked from three sides.  Half the Austrians ran, the rest were taken prisoner or killed."

I learned a lot and am astounded that it took so long for Austria-Hungary to collapse.  Would have happened quickly even if there was no war.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 28 October 2015, 12:16:13 AM
Ian Heath's The Armies of the Aztec and Inca Empires. Lots of solid research and juicy pictures, but well below Heath's earlier standard of writing, which makes for rough going at times.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 31 October 2015, 05:39:17 PM
Finished issue 53, July 2015, of "Gettysburg Magazine".  Published two times per year.

Some of the contents:
"Of Myths and Men: Rethinking the Legend of Little Round Top"
"Deconstructing the History of the Battle of McPherson's Ridge: Myths and Legends of the Twenty-?sixth North Carolina on the First Day's Fight at Gettysburg"

Great magazine and many scenario possibilities if one doesn't want to do the entire battle.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 31 October 2015, 06:03:21 PM
Juliet Barker's Agincourt, which was given as a birthday present. It has certainly started well.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 31 October 2015, 06:45:56 PM
Also finished "Army Uniforms of World War I" by Andrew Mollo and {Pierre Turner.  Part of the Blandford Colour Series showing uniforms and then a description.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 31 October 2015, 06:55:39 PM
"Ultimatum", by Simon Kernick. (One disc left to go.)
Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 03 November 2015, 05:07:20 PM
The Art of War of Revolutionary France 1789-1802 by Paddy Griffith.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 November 2015, 05:09:01 PM
"Watch me" by James Carol.
Very good, so far.
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 03 November 2015, 07:43:42 PM
Oo, is that good Chad? I've been eying up Revolutionary Wars stuff for up coming Blucher related fun :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Sean67 on 03 November 2015, 07:48:10 PM
Just finished reading Kursk, then a Document on USMC units. Then a document on the modernisation of the Vietmanese Armed Forces.
Bit of light reading next I think.
Thinking Armagedon
Regards
Sean


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 November 2015, 07:58:40 PM
Lawks! That is not a light read!!!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Sean67 on 03 November 2015, 08:17:06 PM
When you read Srmy documents and regulations for your job, and then read army publications for your Hobby it is!
Regards
Sean


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 04 November 2015, 08:16:08 AM
TP

Yes it is good. Also recommend Bayonets of the Republic by Lynn.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 04 November 2015, 09:05:50 AM
Cheers Chad!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 04 November 2015, 12:26:09 PM
Decided to read "A Band of Brothers" by Stephen E Ambrose.................AGAIN ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Coppelius on 05 November 2015, 02:37:54 PM
TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE by Allan Eckert. Blackhawk War of 1832.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 09 November 2015, 08:10:57 AM
'De Oorlogsbrieven van Unteroffizier Carl Heller' the war diaries of a young German soldier who lived in the Netherlands before the start of WW-1 and went back to Germany early in 1915 to join the army. He fought through to the end of the war and his stories are truly horrific. After the war he went back to the Netherlands and even went to visit the battlefields from his youth in 1962. The book is illustrated with both original photographs of Carl during the war, son of his personal artifacts and pictures made during his visit in 1962. I don't know if there's an English translation but it certainly is recommended if you're interested in WW-1!

Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ww2podcast on 12 November 2015, 07:53:31 PM
I've just read "Never Surrender" by John Kelly (I got a pre publication version, otherwise I don't think I would have chosen to read it). Its now probably in my top 10 history books, its a very readable account of the start of the war and Churchill's rise to power...

Angus


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 17 November 2015, 12:18:29 PM
Finished "The Fall of the Ottomans: The great War in the Middle East" by Eugene Rogan.

If I ever do WWI, I would pick a Turkish army for one side. There was a lot of action on all borders.  Very interesting and well done.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 17 November 2015, 02:57:04 PM
The new 'Honours of War' Osprey rules book, which looks very promising so far. Incidentally, owing to the way I base my 10mm figures, the 15mm scale in the book is the one recommended by the author.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 17 November 2015, 04:11:53 PM
I am hoping to get my copy of those rules in a few days. Do you think it will be a game you will play again abd again!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 17 November 2015, 05:31:04 PM
Finished "the Thirteen-Gun Salute" from the Aubrey-Maturin series (paper copy). Still wrestling though volume 2 of Quintin Barry's history of the Franco-Prussian war (Kindle). Reading Dusan Babac's book "The Serbian Army in the Wars for Independence against Turkey 1876-1878" (Paper copy). Slowly going through Panayotis Kondylis book "Planetary Politics after the Cold War" in Greek (paper Copy).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Maenoferren on 17 November 2015, 05:43:25 PM
Dinosaur Hunter by Osprey...rather funky little book :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 17 November 2015, 06:30:15 PM
Re-reading Order of the Stick.

Rich Burlew publishes 1-2 strips a week, so I decided to reread from the beginning so I could get a number of the big battle scenes (1010+) in one go.  Also reminded me of some of what had happened (like why Roy's sword glowed green).  I'm at 870ish at the mo.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 17 November 2015, 07:32:54 PM
That will be the starmetal then...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 17 November 2015, 08:25:34 PM
I am hoping to get my copy of those rules in a few days. Do you think it will be a game you will play again abd again!
I am likely to play again and again because they are very straightforward and period specific. Further they are compatible with my basing system and the SYW looks great in 10mm. Here's some of my Prussians making their way through the wendy houses.

(http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g440/dourpuritan/10mm%20SYW/IMG_1440_zpsxr68sf3d.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 17 November 2015, 08:28:36 PM
That is a great looking setup.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 17 November 2015, 09:36:41 PM
It certainly is !
Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 17 November 2015, 10:21:16 PM
Leman - Just ordered Prussian SYW army for #1 son.  Because of the logistics of Pendraken packs he is going for 32 man units on 4 30mm bases - Sunjester and I said we wished we'd based Black Powder WSS this way now, rather than 6 x20mm bases.

Will 4 x 30mm work with the rules?  (yours look like inch bases)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 18 November 2015, 12:34:51 AM
Also just finished "Destructive & Formidable: British Infantry Firepower 1642-1765" by David Blackmore.

Another good book.  The Brit tactics come down to "...reserving fire until within a range of thirty yards, then delivering fast and accurate fire to overwhelm the enemy's resolve, before driving them off with a vigorous bayonet charge".

Much discussion of platoon and alternating fire over the time period of the book title and how it was a continuous development.  The British ignored long range fire from their enemy so had the advantage of more accuracy and therefore harder hitting when they did fire.  I'm sure (as is described during the Napoleonic times) that the quiet, solid British line also did a psychologi9cal number on their opponent.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 18 November 2015, 08:28:55 AM
Keith Flint suggests 5 base infantry and 4 base cavalry units. The rules do make allowances for larger and smaller size units. Some of my Austrian units already have 5 bases, so I may well play these as larger units and leave my 4 base infantry units as standard size. I use 1" square bases for both infantry and cavalry, and consequently will be using the 15mm scale tables in the rules. I would suggest that with 30mm frontages you use either the 15mm or 20mm tables. These tables adjust movement and ranges for smaller than 28mm figures. However the 10mm table assumes proportional basing similar to the 28mm scale, i.e. only 4 figures per tiny 15mm base, so for people like us, who want to use 10mm to represent the massed ranks of the SYW, it is suggested in the rules that the 15mm table is used, but you may want to go even higher. I intend to play a couple of games with each of the adjusted scales to see which works best. Fortunately there are some small learner scenarios in the rulebook. I will start a new thread for Honours of War using 10mm.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 18 November 2015, 11:11:38 AM
Cheers Leman, that was all very useful to know, I may get away with no rebasing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 18 November 2015, 06:43:18 PM
Different basing for 10mm is silly in my opinion. I prefer putting more figs on a 20mm rules base to resizing- as you say, looks better. The only concession I have made to this is Black Powder, where we do cms as a straight swap for inches.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 19 November 2015, 12:35:32 AM
Osprey Honour thingy ordered for #1 son.  Should arrive with plenty of tie for me to read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 19 November 2015, 06:47:42 AM
Dodger by Terry Pratchett, didn't even know I owned it! Good so far, but I'm only about 30 pages in!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 19 November 2015, 06:59:17 AM
Different basing for 10mm is silly in my opinion. I prefer putting more figs on a 20mm rules base to resizing- as you say, looks better. The only concession I have made to this is Black Powder, where we do cms as a straight swap for inches.

Quite agree.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 19 November 2015, 07:04:27 AM
Dodger by Terry Pratchett, didn't even know I owned it! Good so far, but I'm only about 30 pages in!

I quite liked that one too, Will.
(Audio book from the library van.)

Finished listening to "Death at Knytte" by Jean Rowden, and "What doesn't kill you" by Iris Johansen over the last couple of weeks.
Both "OK"....and passed the time while I was pushing putty around.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 November 2015, 10:33:33 AM
Now I am having to read FOGR (refer back to last ruleset thread).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 19 November 2015, 10:46:11 AM
DP:
Welcome to the dark side! It's a good rule set that feels 'right'!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 November 2015, 10:53:22 AM
Cheers Lemmy. Have opted for a couple of supplements as well, Trade and Treachery (or is it the other way round) for the Italian Wars, and Eternal Empire for the Ottomans.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 19 November 2015, 10:59:31 PM
Reading The Making of the British Army by Allan Mallinson. Quite unsettling early on when, discussing the English Civil War, he refers to the Swedish Brigade system using 3 ranks and the Dutch Brigade system using 4 ranks - my understanding has always been that it should be 6 ranks and 8 ranks respectively. If this fact is incorrect, how much of the remainder is correct? Anyway, I'll see how it goes and if it is disappointing, hopefully the local library will soon come to the rescue with my first FPW book reservation (The Franco-Prussian War by Michael Howard).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 20 November 2015, 07:21:53 AM
The Howard book is very, very good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 26 November 2015, 01:41:11 PM
Well, the county library service has dug deep into the "reserve" stock and come up with the goods. I'm about to start reading The Franco-Prussian War by Michael Howard (as recommended by SteveJ, Cameronian, Leman and Mad Lemmey). Just got to see the last episode of Vikings (Series 3) first! Can't wait for both!

P.S. The book is 54 years old!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 26 November 2015, 03:30:45 PM
Just started 'The guns of August' by Barbara Tuchman (that one is 52 years old already I believe...? ...I mean the book!).
A very good read up till now I must say!

Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 26 November 2015, 06:15:25 PM
Just started Bayonets of the Republic by John Lynn. Detailed account of the development of the Army of the North in the French Revolution.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 26 November 2015, 10:31:35 PM
Currently reading: Commando to Captain-Generall: The Life of Brigadier Peter Young.  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 30 November 2015, 01:52:23 PM
Osprey book on the development of the Italian Light Tanks. Very good so far and learnt a lot of useful stuff to take forward into games.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 01 December 2015, 01:06:56 PM
The tribe that washed its spears - the zulus at war
Adrian Greaves and Xolani Mkhize


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 01 December 2015, 01:41:34 PM
'Close than you think' by Karen Rose.

20 CDs !

That'll keep me entertained for a few days.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 01 December 2015, 03:57:24 PM
The Wargamer's Guide to Dark Age Britain by Martin Hackett. Genning up on the Picts I bought from Pendraken at Warfare.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 01 December 2015, 04:45:42 PM
Just received "Wellington's Engineers: Military Engineering in the Peninsular War 1808-1814" by Mark S. Thompson.

Looking forward to it!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 01 December 2015, 05:51:16 PM
Dictator by Robert Harris. After a slow start I am beginning to get into it .... pity I know how it ends!  :(

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 02 December 2015, 12:58:22 PM
Well, the county library service has dug deep into the "reserve" stock and come up with the goods. I'm about to start reading The Franco-Prussian War by Michael Howard (as recommended by SteveJ, Cameronian, Leman and Mad Lemmey). Just got to see the last episode of Vikings (Series 3) first! Can't wait for both!

P.S. The book is 54 years old!

You won't be disappointed, its a great read, magisterial is the most common word used to describe it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 02 December 2015, 01:26:27 PM
Napoleons Campaign in Miniture: A Wargamers Guide by Bruce Quarrie.

Only managed a quick glance at it last night, but it looks to be a great read and full of info.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 03 December 2015, 10:44:31 AM
Thomas Flashman in the Peninsula (book 2)

This one (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flashmans-Escape-Adventures-Thomas-Flashman-ebook/dp/B00NHPMFPS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1449139396&sr=8-6&keywords=thomas+flashman)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 03 December 2015, 01:27:29 PM
Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 03 December 2015, 09:53:40 PM
Slow going with Barry's Franco Prussian War Volume 2.

Finished With the Turks in Thrace by Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett. Pretty interesting read.

Burned out a bit by two demanding months. Hopefully after next week I will be able to take it easy.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 04 December 2015, 12:09:44 PM
Thomas Flashman in the Peninsula (book 2)

This one (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flashmans-Escape-Adventures-Thomas-Flashman-ebook/dp/B00NHPMFPS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1449139396&sr=8-6&keywords=thomas+flashman)

But not by GMF !!! WTF !!!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 04 December 2015, 02:42:33 PM
But not by GMF !!! WTF !!!

The character is the original Flashman's uncle, I understand, although I have never read them. So perhaps by extension, William Thomas is George MacDonald's uncle?  

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 05 December 2015, 04:22:18 PM
So perhaps by extension, William Thomas is George MacDonald's uncle?  

 ;D ;D

The Thomas Flashman books are enjoyable enough, and I've no complaints about them.
Differences with GMF will be, there's a lot less sex, less verbage and the books are far quicker to finish.
In common with GMF, they're still funny, still feature historical incidents and personalities, and follow the same cad-like principles of the Flashman family traits.

###

Right now (since I'm in bed, ill) I've progressed to reading this (free download from Kindle)

A Sailor of Austria
by  John Biggins

The adventures of a U-boat captain in the Austro-Hungarian Navy during World War I, the story of brave seamen working in such primitive conditions that every dive threatens to be their last.

Book info link here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sailor-Austria-Prohaska-Novels-Biggins/dp/159013107X)
 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 10 December 2015, 12:29:47 PM
Just finished 'For God and Kaiser'. Bit weak on 1866 but I don't suppose its fair to expect him to be as knowledgeable as some of the anoraks here. Fascinating insight into the German efforts to destabilise the Austrians in the Balkans both before and, amazingly, during the war. Hadn't heard of the 'Silesian offer' either, don't think that would ever have happened somehow. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 10 December 2015, 01:55:06 PM
Listening to "Death Angel" by Linda Fairstein.

Another 'detective' story...Not bad, so far.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 10 December 2015, 02:16:44 PM
Christopher Duffy - The Army of Frederick the Great - very readable account full of lots of little snippets. When I've finished it I shall have to re-read The Army of Maria Therasa.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 10 December 2015, 04:34:50 PM
Having just finished Team Yankee on my kindle I have opted for a more traditional approach and have just started the hardback version of "The Secret War, Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 to 1945" by Max Hastings. It's a big book so should keep me quiet for weeks  :D :D :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hwiccee on 10 December 2015, 04:56:48 PM
Christopher Duffy - The Army of Frederick the Great - very readable account full of lots of little snippets. When I've finished it I shall have to re-read The Army of Maria Therasa.

Have you seen his more modern work on the Austrians? A bit expensive but well worth it in my view and is in my view the best book on the Austrian/Prussian part of the war. This is it - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Force-Arms-Austrian-Seven-Years/dp/1858189829/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449765957&sr=1-11

There is also a 1st volume of this which is also good but more expensive and probably of less interest to the gamer - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Instrument-War-Austrian-Seven-Years-x/dp/1883476194/ref=sr_1_31?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449765937&sr=1-31


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 10 December 2015, 09:36:31 PM
Unfortunately I have broken my budget at the mo.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 12 December 2015, 04:55:27 PM
Finished "Blucher: Scourge of Napoleon" by Michael Leggiere.  Good Biography of Blucher's life and determination.  While he was (is) know as Marshal Vorwarts,he was also circumspect during the 1814 and 1815 campaigns.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 13 December 2015, 10:08:55 AM
Yin Yang Tattoo - Ron McMillan
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41rCl38YWjL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yin-Yang-Tattoo-Sandstone-Fiction/dp/190520731X (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yin-Yang-Tattoo-Sandstone-Fiction/dp/190520731X)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 22 December 2015, 01:10:47 AM
Finished "Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I" by Michael Neiberg.  It essentially ends when the war starts, but discusses the first few months and the massive casualties of the beginning.

Great book.  He used diaries and letters from the common people, to include some items from Russia.  No one in this category expected the war.

Once war did break out, all citizens of every country felt as though they were fighting a defensive war (propaganda) and initially made common cause with their governments.  This applied to the Socialists in every country as well (who were a major force before the war - governments were concerned about a general strike and were relieved that it did not happen).  Also, everyone thought it would be a short war; home before the leaves fall or no later than Christmas.  Disastrous for the home front as well as in the trenches.

Things we forget as gamers.  As either Scruby or HG Wells said, there are no tin widows (I can't remember who - it may have been another to say that).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 22 December 2015, 04:27:20 AM
Things we forget as gamers.  As either Scruby or HG Wells said, there are no tin widows (I can't remember who - it may have been another to say that).

We may forget, from time to time, but most of the general public have no idea at all...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: d_Guy on 22 December 2015, 03:20:11 PM
Reading Robert Armsrong's Protestant War - The 'British' of Ireland and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Trying to fill in huge gaps in my knowledge.
Also finally got started on Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 22 December 2015, 10:15:34 PM
Reading Robert Armsrong's Protestant War - The 'British' of Ireland and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Trying to fill in huge gaps in my knowledge.


'kin 'ell, that's fifty odd quid on Amazon!  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: d_Guy on 22 December 2015, 10:45:58 PM

'kin 'ell, that's fifty odd quid on Amazon!  :o

I managed to get it used but still very pricey. I have access to a couple university libraries but neither had it - I didn't try inter-library.
For my specialized period of interest in wargaming, the reviews I read suggested that this was essential. One of the several reasons I do 10mm is that I now spend more on books than on figures.  :). Happily Google eBooks (free) has also helped a lot in this area.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 23 December 2015, 05:57:26 PM
Not reading but I got hooked on this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl6WmNMzo7Q

It's a ten part series following the USS Enterprise (not the NCC1701, the CV6) through WWII. Lots of interviews with crewmen and some very well done graphics.

Only down side is the commentary which gets a little over dramatic.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 December 2015, 07:15:20 PM
Is it one of those Sci Fi time travel novels?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 23 December 2015, 07:16:40 PM
No. I said not the NCC1701!   >:(


I'll give your legs such a slap!



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 December 2015, 07:27:37 PM
Would have been much more fun though.

What is it Scotty?

The indigenous population appear to be having some trouble with a nasty man called Emperor Hitler Yamamoto, or something akin, cap'n.

Set phasers to totally obliterate Scotty

A cannay do that cap'n, it's against all the known laws of physics and will disrupt the time stream.

Checkov, send for The Doctor

Doctor who?

No, Bones you idiot. Otherwise we'll be going round in circles for the next four billion years.  ..........and so on.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 23 December 2015, 11:07:34 PM
Would have been much more fun though.

What is it Scotty?

The indigenous population appear to be having some trouble with a nasty man called Emperor Hitler Yamamoto, or something akin, cap'n.

Set phasers to totally obliterate Scotty

A cannay do that cap'n, it's against all the known laws of physics and will disrupt the time stream.

Checkov, send for The Doctor

Doctor who?

No, Bones you idiot. Otherwise we'll be going round in circles for the next four billion years.  ..........and so on.



And the Duke Flystalker fires a pair of torpedoes that annihilate two rather large Japanese cities.

Scotty: Dr, can ye no stop that?

Dr: Sorry, Mr Scott. Fixed point in time.....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 December 2015, 11:19:02 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

Next problem, how to get the populations of two Japanese cities into an American diner.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 24 December 2015, 01:11:39 AM
Finished "American Armies and Battlefields in Europe".  Its about the American experience in WWI, and is essentially a guided tour of the battlefields.  Lots of pictures, lots of maps, and 3 very large fold out maps in the back pocket.  Book was done in 1938 and prepared by the American Battle Monuments commission.

I think it discusses every Medal of Honor winner during the war.  Interesting vignettes.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 24 December 2015, 06:08:16 PM
Just finished Howard's The Franco-Prussian War (which I enjoyed - thanks again for the recommendation, chaps) and fsn's Pandraken. Now started Joshua L. Chamberlain's The Passing of the Armies (yes, he of 20th Maine fame), an account of the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac in the ACW.  Must admit to finding Chamberlain's academic, 19th century style of writing slightly hard going so far - then again this may be due to the fact I've not really had a good run at it (too many interruptions at this time of year). One thing I've only found out (after all of these years wargaming and studying Latin in school) is the origin of "soldier"(!). As he explains, the word 'soldier' means a man paid for his service instead of being bound to serve under feudal obligation. This pay was in the form of "soldi" (from the Latin "solidus"), the real money, the piece of solid metal, represented today in the French "sou." . Well, there you go. Anyway, its only the first chapter(!) so I'll soon find oy if it gets any better.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 24 December 2015, 06:24:11 PM
;D ;D ;D

Next problem, how to get the populations of two Japanese cities into an American diner.


Open it up as a dim sum bar.....?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 24 December 2015, 08:08:26 PM
Just finished 'The guns of August' by Barbara Tuchmann... I would not recommend it I must say.
She seems very biassed towards the Germans, the way the tekst is edited is very confusing and the military content is messy (although that may have something to do with the Dutch translation) with the term/title of 'regiment', 'brigade', 'division' and 'batallion' being used in a random fashion it seems. I wonder if somebody who read the original version had the same experience?
Let's see what Lyn Macdonald's '1914, Days of Hope' makes of it...

Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 25 December 2015, 06:35:11 AM
That's a shame. Her The March of Folly is extremely readable.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ace of Spades on 25 December 2015, 08:48:19 AM
I'll try and pick up an English version second hand to compare it with the translation I have and see where things went wrong.
I find it hard to believe that she got a Pulitzer Prize for such a mediocre book really...

Cheers,
Rob


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: NTM on 25 December 2015, 10:28:02 AM
That's a shame. Her The March of Folly is extremely readable.

Unfortunately readable does not always mean a good accurate historical text just look at Ambrose. His Pegasus Bridge is a great read but packed with historical inaccuracy.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 25 December 2015, 02:12:14 PM
I got a copy of Guns of August as a school history prize, I found it readable and informative and it must presumably have got some things right as I used the information I remembered from it to answer a question in my "Higher" History exam and got an A grade pass!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 26 December 2015, 12:15:18 AM
Osprey 191 Henry VIII's Army...
English Flodden forces are go (or Early Henrician if you play FogR)! :)
Nice pressie to myself via Mrs Lemmey? ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 26 December 2015, 09:42:21 AM
Looks like we could be painting the same type of stuff again Lem. My first project will be a c1512 Spanish army.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 26 December 2015, 10:32:30 AM
I need to get mine done by April!!!
Poles to do as well!


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Post by: RoyWilliamson on 26 December 2015, 10:54:05 AM
Just read Kydd, by Julian Stockwin.
1 book from a charity shop. Enjoyed it enough, but I can't help but think that the true outcome of events (from the last part of the book) would have been a court martial followed by a hanging for the pair. But, there may have been historical precedent?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 29 December 2015, 04:47:12 PM
Finished Volume 10 of "Wargaming in History; the Shenandoah Valley 1862".  I am more and more impressed with these volumes.  this one in particular is "a staff ride with miniatures" (not an accurate quote).  Great history, great conclusions and well written.  Next is the Volume 10 Supplement (along with two other books I am reading).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 29 December 2015, 07:18:10 PM
Just finished Svensden's book on the 1st Schleswig-Holstein War. Not a bad read but could have done with better maps (from a wargaming point of view) and will benefit from a re-read in the future. Not many big actions but plenty of ideas for 'what if?' games, campaigns etc.

Now on 'Troop Leader' by Bill Bellamy. So far a good read about his time as a troop leader in NWE '44-'45.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 29 December 2015, 11:26:08 PM
Finished the Supplement to Volume 10 "Wargaming in History; The Shenandoah Valley 1862".  Good explanations and good logistic data.  (Amateurs discuss tactics, professionals discuss logistics).  Liked it as backup to Volume 10.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Werthor on 30 December 2015, 09:42:56 AM
I'm reading "Manituana" by Wu Ming, an interesting and unconventional view of AWI facts


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Post by: kipt on 01 January 2016, 03:24:44 AM
Finished "The Naval Flank of the Western Front: The German MarineKorps Flandern 1914-1918" by Mark Karau.

When the Germans took Belgium they got the undestroyed ports (the British thought they would need them when they returned, which did not happen until November 1918). 
Submarines and destroyers were based there, and the submarines accounted for 25% or so of all sinkings (using torpedoes and mines).

The British were concerned that the Germans would have used their destroyers aggressively, causing a reaction by the British that could have attritted their light forces.  It would have also given the High Seas Fleet opportunities to intervene and perhaps score points.  But due to caution or lack of understanding, the German High command did not do so.

The MarineKorps eventually had 3 divisions (used for coastal defence for attacks that only came once - the attack on Zeebruge) plus numerous shore batteries as well as an air component.

An interesting look at a portion of WWI I knew nothing about.  Could make for some great mini naval campaigns.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: holdfast on 02 January 2016, 06:40:34 PM
glad that Kipt found the Supplement to Wargaming in History The Shenandoah Campaign worthwhile. We - Adam Poole and I - wanted to make the whole thing into one book but that would have made it more than 200 pages and it was deemed too big by the Publisher, and it didnt fit the format of five games, some orbats and the battlefield today that the series has evolved into. Hence we took the bits that were surplus to the 'core' of the book and put the supplement together. We were actually astonished that 'The Shenandoah Day by Day' had not been done before.
The other two ACW books are Gettysburg and First Bull Run. First Bull Run is still in print and Richard Brown of Ken Trotman is planning a limited reprint of Gettysburg in the course of 2016. Meanwhile, Andrew Brentnall and I are getting to grips with writing Volume 12 of Wargaming in History which is about the Battle of Koniggratz in 1866.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 03 January 2016, 08:51:15 AM
'Too Little, Too Late' by Mike Embree, about the 1866 campaign in South Western 'Germany'. Just got to Langensalza now and so far, so good, bar a few typos etc.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 January 2016, 09:21:52 AM
'An Invincible Beast - the Hellenistic pike-phalanx at war' - a 500 page tome on how the phalanx actually worked, including a lot of experimental archaeology with reconstructed arms and armour. Incidentally 10 cheaper from Amazon than direct from the publisher.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 10 January 2016, 06:39:13 PM
Finished "The Year of Battles or the Franco-German War of 1870-71" by L.P. Brockett, MD.  It was published in mid 1871, so shortly after the war ended.  Reprint by The Naval and Military Press.

Brockett was an American, evidently a northerner, who had zero good to say about Napoleon III.  (Perhaps because of the Mexican adventure?)

He is pretty good about outlines of battles but it is more of a chronology.

He has an interesting conclusion; "It Germany it has suddenly elevated to the position of arbiter of Europe the most peaceful and domestic of races".  Well, got part of it correct.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 10 January 2016, 08:25:25 PM
Been given 'Blood of Heroes" by James Donovan as a late Christmas present. It's a narrative history of the Alamo and by golly it's a rip-roaring read, so Invincible Beast is down until I've finished it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 11 January 2016, 04:30:27 AM
Finished a small booklet (50 pages), "The Armament of Cavalry": by Lt G.H. Elliott, adjutant, 3rd Bengal Cavalry, 1875, a Naval and Military Press reprint.  It also has "Historical Memoir of the Dismounted Service of Cavalry" also by LT Elliott.

A historical compilation discussing the use of the lance, sabre, pistol and carbine.  This was written at a time when there was a lot of military theory being done.  He notes, but is careful to say he does not advocate (he is after all only a lieutenant) that the first rank should have the lance and pistol while the second rank should have the sabre and carbine.

The second part discusses the distinction between cavalry and mounted infantry.  This went on up to and beyond the first World War.

Interesting, but nothing I have not seen before.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 23 January 2016, 01:07:42 AM
Finished "Verdun to the Vosges" by Gerald Campbell, who was as he says "Special Correspondent of The Times".

He was sent to the eastern frontier at the start of WWI, and published this book at the beginning of 1916.  So only a little over a year into the war.

It is a propaganda book, berating the Germans for their atrocities and for the war.  Some interesting accounts of localized combats, but in a story mode, since he was not directly involved.  Very much for the French and a bit down on the English for getting in so late (and he doesn't like the labor strife and strikes in England that happened).

It is similar to the 1870 book I finished a bit ago (see above).  It puts a lie to "...a position of arbiter of Europe..."

Reprint published by The Naval and Military Press and the National Army Museum.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 January 2016, 05:09:53 PM
A Terrible Glory - Custer and the battle of the Little Bighorn by James Donovan. Rattles along, much k]like his book on the Alamo (see above).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 23 January 2016, 05:32:35 PM
Finished "Journals of Field-Marshall Count von Blumenthal for 1866 and 1870-71".

As it says it is his journal for the two wars noted.  He was COS for the Third Army in the FPW.

Interesting character and as he says, did not suffer fools (or others) lightly.  A thorough soldier.

Liked it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: d_Guy on 23 January 2016, 05:32:54 PM
Finally read Emile Zola's The Downfall (La Dbcle) with little or no knowledge of the FPW. Zola's descriptions of terrain and movement of troops on the grade scale are as image envoking as any I have read. He also capably drills down to the highly limited view of events by various individuals. Almost makes me want to do this period.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 23 January 2016, 05:52:52 PM
Spartacus: Swords and Ashes [fiction based on the TV series].

Before that, Flashman and Madison's War [War of 1812 - North America]. Wasn't as good as the previous books about Thomas Flashman, imho.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 24 January 2016, 11:22:45 AM
D Guy - go for FPW - the Pendraken range is second to none.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: d_Guy on 24 January 2016, 03:13:54 PM
D Guy - go for FPW - the Pendraken range is second to none.
Oh Lordy, maybe just maybe :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 27 January 2016, 04:31:46 AM
Finished "The Journal of Military History", Volume 79, No. 3, July 2015.  Some of the articles in this volume are:

"Manifesting Awe: Grand Strategy and Imperial Leadership in the Ming Dynasty"
"The Demise of Stonewall Jackson: A Civil War Medical Case Study"
"Air Power and the Battle of the Atlantic: Very Long Range Aircraft and the Delay in Closing the Atlantic "Air Gap""

Along with 82 pages of recent military book reviews.

It is published 4 times per year and always has something of interest.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 28 January 2016, 10:22:14 PM
The Woman who died a lot, by Jasper Fforde.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 30 January 2016, 10:58:51 AM
Pathfinder - by David Blakely.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 30 January 2016, 01:41:32 PM
Osprey Essential History of the American Civil War (all four volumes published as one). So far an excellent read with just the right amount of detail for a complete newbie like myself.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 30 January 2016, 04:02:10 PM
'An Invincible Beast - the Hellenistic pike-phalanx at war' - a 500 page tome on how the phalanx actually worked, including a lot of experimental archaeology with reconstructed arms and armour. Incidentally 10 cheaper from Amazon than direct from the publisher.

Thanks for the tip. Just got mine from Amazon, along with his book on hoplite warfare. What is not to like about 500 pages on PIKES!    :o :o

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 03 February 2016, 09:55:25 AM
Just finished "Marengo and Hohenlinden. The rise of Napoleon". Highly recommended as a read and a source of wargame info.

About to start "Eagles over the Alps". Suvorov's 1799 campaign.

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 03 February 2016, 10:07:55 AM
Just started listening to 'The Storm' by Clive Cussler.

Modern 'Boys own adventure story'......Good fun.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 February 2016, 04:08:20 PM
Not Henry perchance?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 04 February 2016, 10:44:28 AM
Just read Hyena Dawn by Christopher Sherlock.

Quite enjoyed it, and it read very much like a Wilbur Smith novel from the 70s.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 04 February 2016, 02:38:22 PM
In 1982 I was told off by the female deputy head for referring to a Wilbur Smith novel as one of those "her heaving breasts" stories. I was a teacher, not a pupil, and it was in the staffroom.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 06 February 2016, 05:46:25 PM
Luftwaffe Fighter Ace - Norbert Hannig.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 10 February 2016, 08:52:23 PM
I finished the collection of alternative history stories called "Over the Top". Some good and believable ones, a couple that are just corny and problematic, and the rest meh. I do not recommend it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 11 February 2016, 04:51:10 AM
Finished "Reminiscences of a visit to the battle fields of Sedan, Gravelotte, Spicheren, and Worth and the  bombarded towns of Thionville, Metz, Bitche, Strasburg, etc." by Lewis Appleton.  It was written more as a travel journal in 1872.  Not great but some interesting descriptions of the areas.  Too much proselytizing however; Lewis should have been a preacher.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 11 February 2016, 04:53:41 AM
Also finished "Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen" by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Space opera and the 15th book in the Vorkosigan series.  A fun read and quick.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 11 February 2016, 09:30:31 AM
Travels into the interior of Africa, by Mungo Park (obviously not a first edition 'Napoleonic' -era print)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 11 February 2016, 10:41:31 AM
Thanks for the tip. Just got mine from Amazon, along with his book on hoplite warfare. What is not to like about 500 pages on PIKES!    :o :o

Mollinary

Mollers, try this, only 251 pages but even so.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0953237761/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0953237761&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwpikeangler-21


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 February 2016, 11:14:24 AM
 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 11 February 2016, 04:15:03 PM
The Tank War - The British "Band of Brothers".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 11 February 2016, 04:20:25 PM
The Tank War - The British "Band of Brothers".

Any good? Saw it going cheap in The Works and wondered about picking up a copy to add to the book mountain that accompanies my lead one ...  :-[


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 11 February 2016, 04:26:27 PM
Ha! That's where I got mine  ;D

Only up to chapter 3 so far, but the little bit I've read has been good. Grab it while you can!  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 13 February 2016, 07:41:26 PM
Erickson "Defeat in Detail". A  pretty good look at the organisation and operations of the Ottoman Army during the First and Second Balkan War. To get a full picture you will still need an operations book from the other sides. But it fills in a lot of the gaps that the other side operational histories have. It is thus a must have book for anyone interested in the Balkan Wars. It did make me respect the Ottoman Staff during the 1912 campaigns (the people purged by that @@!%^!^! Enver Pasha)

There are problems.The maps are not that detailed. A more expansive list of place names in different languages is a must so as to permit cross-referencing among campaign histories. And finally the OOBs unfortunately are not that good in the end. There is a massive OOB for the Regular Army in 1911, but if you want detailed OOBs for the Balkan Wars you should use the excellent Italian Bulgarian Artillery Site

http://www.bulgarianartillery.it/ (http://www.bulgarianartillery.it/)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 13 February 2016, 08:06:58 PM
"The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo."



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 13 February 2016, 08:09:03 PM
Whatever I can find in my collection on a Saint Privat, wanna get this sorted before I disappear to my Dad's in Wales for a couple of days! 8)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 14 February 2016, 08:12:57 AM
Didn't know you were related to Phil ?

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 14 February 2016, 11:09:39 AM
Michael Embree - Too little Too Late.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 February 2016, 05:17:57 PM
Finished a strange little book "The Duel between France and Germany" by Charles Sumner, 1811-1874.  The book was written in 1870, so the FPW was not over.  Sumner was an American and a great budding socialist.

Napoleon III was a criminal according to him and then Prussia, although innocent of the war, was evil in it militarism.  Sumner writes about the glories of [peace and the evils of war, and discusses the different worker's parties in the various countries of Europe (in advance of communism), and how, by banding together they can abolish standing armies and war.

About the only part that I found interesting was his discussion of Prince Leopold, who was invited by Spain to become King.  This is what he says:

"But audacity changes to the ridiculous, when it is known that the Prince is nearer in relationship to the French Emperor that to the Prussian King, and this by three different intermarriages, which do not go back to the the twelfth century [the Prince's connection to the Prussian family - my note].  Here is the case,  His grandfather had for wife the daughter of Joachim Murat, King of Naples, and brother-in-law of the first Napoleon; and his father had for wife the daughter of Stephanie de Beauharnais, the adopted daughter of the first Napoleon; so that Prince Leopold is by his father great-grandson of Murat, and by his mother he is grandson of Stephanie de Beauharnais, adopted daughter of the first Napoleon, and aunt to the present Emperor; and to this may be added still another connection, by the marriage of his father's sister with Joachim Napoleon, Marquis de Pepoli, grandson of Murat."

Strange if true.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 14 February 2016, 08:53:48 PM
Quote
Michael Embree - Too little Too Late.

I'll be interested to hear your views on this. From my point of view full of loads of info so far but poor editing has made it a hard read :(.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 14 February 2016, 08:55:56 PM
Let you know when I get to the end Steve.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 17 February 2016, 01:35:51 PM
Finished "A Treatise on the Employment of Light Troops on Actual Service: containing General Principles, Compiled from Eminent Practical Authors, British and Foreign; Illustrated by Numerous Examples, Showing their Application to Skirmishing in the Field.  In Conformity with Her Majesty's Regulations" by Lt.-colonel Charles Leslie, K.H. late 60th King's Royal Rifles.

Actually not a lot of examples but those that it has a re from the Napoleonic and Indian/Afghan wars.  It's not a list of regulations but discussions of various situations light troops would be involved with.

A bit of a hard read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 17 February 2016, 05:42:20 PM
Published by Short Snappy Titles R Us.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 17 February 2016, 06:11:09 PM
Agreed. Took up the whole front cover.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 17 February 2016, 06:15:29 PM
Speed by Guy Martin, Xmas pressie from my eldest. Dead good


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 17 February 2016, 08:24:42 PM
Listening to "Thankless in death", by J.D Robb.

(I've listened to about another half dozen 'books' since I last posted in this thread.)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 19 February 2016, 04:36:23 AM
Finished "Nery, 1914: The Adventure of the German 4th Cavalry Division on the 31st August and the 1st September" by Major A.F. Becke.

A short booklet, published by The Naval and Military Press.  Evidently taken from a larger book as the pagination was from 307 to 369. 

It shows and discusses the movement and combat of the referenced German division.  I enjoyed it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 21 February 2016, 05:31:23 PM
Finished "Battlefields in Miniature: Making Realistic and effective Terrain for Wargames" by Paul Davies.

Good pictures, good examples, good tips.  I won't be making most of it, but will get into roads and rivers at some point.  I'm not satisfied with the terrain I have for these.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 25 February 2016, 12:46:19 AM
Finished "Civil War Infantry Tactics; Training, Combat, and Small-Unit Effectiveness" by Earl J. Hess.

Amazing book.  If you are interested in the ACW I say this is a must have.  If you are interested in the horse and musket period (say 1700 though 1876) you should read this book.  It explains linear tactics extremely well.

Very detailed movements by units; actual vs the theoretical. Just a well crafted book.  I can't say enough about it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 25 February 2016, 11:22:07 AM
The Mongol War Machine by Chris Peers. This is the first military book I have started reading for about 18 months.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 26 February 2016, 04:36:49 PM
Das Boot  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 26 February 2016, 06:12:47 PM
The Devil's Assassin.

Paul Fraser Collard.

British Army, Victorian, Fiction.

###

Star Wars X-Wing rules


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 27 February 2016, 12:11:42 PM
I'm having some chap read me "Chancellorsville and Gettysburg" by Abner Doubleday. (No, that is a real name.) I find that audio books are really useful when I'm doing other stuff - like cooking, painting or de-quilling a porcupine. .
 
My favourite site is Librivox. https://librivox.org/ (https://librivox.org/) where public domain books are read by volunteers. You can listen for free.

While I'm promoting great stuff on the intranet, then if you like oddball facts, try "No Such Thing as a Fish" performed by the QI Elves. http://qi.com/podcast/ (http://qi.com/podcast/)

Again free, it's funny and informative. First fact this week - "the first water balloons were made out of socks." This leads to such oddities as "you're not allowed a water pistol on the campus of Texas University, but you can have a real gun" and during the Gulf War US soldiers wanted to use silly string to detect trip wires, but the US military couldn't ship it because it was a dangerous cargo.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 27 February 2016, 12:16:48 PM
I say I say I say How do you de quill a porcupine?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 27 February 2016, 12:54:32 PM
I don't know.....How DO you de-quill a porcupine ?

(If the answer's "Very carefully,".... Someone will get a slap !

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 27 February 2016, 01:37:56 PM
Spoil sport


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 27 February 2016, 02:55:04 PM
Well, I give them a big cuddle. The question then is "how do you de-quill FSN?"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 27 February 2016, 04:03:13 PM
Well, I give them a big cuddle. The question then is "how do you de-quill FSN?"


Butter.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 27 February 2016, 04:04:02 PM
I don't know.....How DO you de-quill a porcupine ?

(If the answer's "Very carefully,".... Someone will get a slap !

Cheers - Phil

Very VERY carfully......and don't even think about the slap......

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 28 February 2016, 12:43:35 AM
Back on topic.  Finished "the Affair at Nery: 1 September 1914" by Patrick Takle.  Its a Battleground Early Battles booklet.  More detailed than the Nery book I mentioned above.  Which book is also referenced in the bibliography.  I enjoyed it; a fast read.

I'm thinking of doing this as a FPW combat.  Mitrailleuse instead of Brit MG's, French instead of Brits, a Prussian Jager unit instead of their MG's.

Could be interesting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 28 February 2016, 08:29:25 AM
BBC 2013 adaptation of Neverwhere on 4exra iplayer was jolly fun last night. All star cast too.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 28 February 2016, 04:47:14 PM
Further to Too Little Too Late: The Campaign In Western Germany 1866, the faulty editing seems to be mainly confined to the quotation, mainly from contemporary works of the time. Some really do require teasing apart for them to make sense. Nevertheless this is still a good overview of a little known part of the 1866 campaign and provides plenty of inspiration for some small scale actions. I wonder if Kissingen can be done as a small scale BBB like Langensalza and Balaclava?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 28 February 2016, 05:35:30 PM
Further to Too Little Too Late: The Campaign In Western Germany 1866, the faulty editing seems to be mainly confined to the quotation, mainly from contemporary works of the time. Some really do require teasing apart for them to make sense. Nevertheless this is still a good overview of a little known part of the 1866 campaign and provides plenty of inspiration for some small scale actions. I wonder if Kissingen can be done as a small scale BBB like Langensalza and Balaclava?

Perfectly possible, I would think. As you know, there is a good Bruce Weigle scenario with an OOB and map as a start point, and 500 men to a base should work. I find when you get down to these smaller scales, and do 100yds or so to the inch, you get a game where the ranges times and move distances seem to work best - but that is just my personal prejudice!  :D

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: pierre the shy on 28 February 2016, 11:40:41 PM
Back on topic.  Finished "the Affair at Nery: 1 September 1914" by Patrick Takle.  Its a Battleground Early Battles booklet.  More detailed than the Nery book I mentioned above.  Which book is also referenced in the bibliography.  I enjoyed it; a fast read.

I'm thinking of doing this as a FPW combat.  Mitrailleuse instead of Brit MG's, French instead of Brits, a Prussian Jager unit instead of their MG's.

Could be interesting.

Have to agree that Takle's book is very good. Your FPW idea sounds good Kipt. I ran a game last year based on Battle of Halen using 1914 British against the Germans rather than Belgians....was a interesting game but as per the actual battle the German cavalry didn't prosper in the end 😕


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 02 March 2016, 04:54:02 PM
Finished "Wargaming in History, Volume 11: The Seven Years War Small Actions" by Charles S Grant.

As always, lovely pictures and good write ups.

Evidently only one more volume coming out, the 1866 Koniggratz book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 02 March 2016, 05:19:41 PM
A book arrived through the post this morning. Legnica 1241 by a gentleman named Jerzy Maron. published by Bellona in 2008...in Wroclaw. The only problem is that it's in Polish so Google translate could be in for a hammering!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 11 March 2016, 11:05:47 AM
Just finishing "Eagles Over The Alps: Suvorov's Capaign in Italy and Switzerland 1799".

Just like the books on Marengo and Hohenlinden, there is plenty of information for wargaming. Do not understand why the period 1792-1800 is so badly neglected by manufacturers in 6 & 10 MM. scale figures. There are adequate 15mm figures available and proxies in 6mm might be available but would require modifications to figures in some cases.

Chad


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 11 March 2016, 02:18:29 PM
Just about finishing off listening  to The Name of the Rose, then going to start on The Eastern Front (WW1) by Norman Stone


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 11 March 2016, 02:30:45 PM
Just started re-reading the Elric books of Michael Moorcock.

Read them all in the 70's and '80s.

Seem very different now.  :-\ Perhaps it's me.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 11 March 2016, 03:10:11 PM
POD PERSON ALERT !!!!

Been listening to a Jeeves & Wooster story on the iPlayer.

Bertie came out with what sounded like a new insult for me to use on Nobby.
"A loathsome ******." (An apparently old word, that I'd never heard before.

I'd better look up what the definition of ****** is...Thought I.
I won't be using it.....It's not suitable for the forum, at all ! (Way beyond bad taste.) X_X
Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 11 March 2016, 03:30:44 PM
Blister?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 12 March 2016, 03:36:04 PM
Finished "Moltke and His Generals: A Study In Leadership" by Quintin Barry.

VERY well done; I do like his books.  Great discussions of who his generals were and how they interacted (or acted irresponsibly).

Liked it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 12 March 2016, 04:37:40 PM
Just about finishing off listening  to The Name of the Rose, then going to start on The Eastern Front (WW1) by Norman Stone

Eastern Front is an amazing book. Stone was my supervisor at University when he was finishing it in the late 70s, and I have a nicely inscribed original copy.  He was a truly inspirational teacher.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 12 March 2016, 07:57:13 PM
Ben Kane. Spartacus. Library Book. Fiction.

Just read the second chapter last night. Already found two errors that should have been sorted by an editor.  :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Last Hussar on 13 March 2016, 11:44:12 AM
POD PERSON ALERT !!!!

Been listening to a Jeeves & Wooster story on the iPlayer.

Bertie came out with what sounded like a new insult for me to use on Nobby.
"A loathsome ******." (An apparently old word, that I'd never heard before.

I'd better look up what the definition of ****** is...Thought I.
I won't be using it.....It's not suitable for the forum, at all ! (Way beyond bad taste.) X_X
Cheers - Phil

Oh come on, Wodehouse used it therefore it is literature, not rude.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 13 March 2016, 03:25:37 PM
Ben Kane. Spartacus. Library Book. Fiction.

Just read the second chapter last night. Already found two errors that should have been sorted by an editor.  :(

Read first three and a bit chapters. Wasn't finding it very interesting. Have given up.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 13 March 2016, 03:37:06 PM
Have to say I've found Ben Kane's stuff badly researched, badly written and badly edited.

YMMV


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 13 March 2016, 03:52:09 PM
I enjoyed the first 3 of Ben Kanes 'Hannibal'series.
I am currently reading the Joe Abercrombie novel, 'Best Served Cold', a fast paced, action packed fantasy, good characters in a believable world.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 13 March 2016, 05:57:30 PM
Have to say I've found Ben Kane's stuff badly researched, badly written and badly edited.

YMMV

But other than that, how did you find the play, Mrs Lincoln?    ;D :D ;)

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 13 March 2016, 08:32:42 PM
Have to say I've found Ben Kane's stuff badly researched, badly written and badly edited.

I enjoyed the first 3 of Ben Kanes 'Hannibal'series.

I enjoyed the bits he wrote from the view of the Capuan teenager Carbo. Family ruined by debt, him running away and wanting to join the army, but finding real life more difficult than his previous pampered life had led him to believe ... he's the only character I was interested in.
The character of Spartacus, however, I found as dull as dish water. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: JaymisHawk on 16 March 2016, 09:12:15 AM
At the moment I'm currently reading, Burton and Swinbourne Book 3: Expedition to Mountains of the Moon and The Saga of Dune Book 8: House Harkonnen.

Can highly recommend both  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 16 March 2016, 09:34:58 AM
The first of those sounds worth reading. :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: JaymisHawk on 16 March 2016, 03:23:48 PM
The first of those sounds worth reading. :)

If you enjoy, Alternate History / Steam Punk it definitely is :)

House Harkonnen is worth it as well  :'(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 21 March 2016, 01:05:42 PM
"Artemis" book 2 of the Kydd series, belonging the RN fiction books by J. Stockwin.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 21 March 2016, 02:39:23 PM
Still chipping away at 'Das Boot'. Not really having much reading time atm  :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 21 March 2016, 04:41:07 PM
Flodden 1513 by Niall Barr. A really good treatment of the Flodden campaign set in the context of Julius II's Holy League. It also presents James IV as a hard-headed and forward looking Renaissance monarch, rather than the traditional view of the chivalric dreamer and it explains why it was necessary for the Scottish nobility to be in the front ranks of the pike blocks. Furthermore it is very well illustrated, with some superb artwork by the late Rick Scollins (which originally appeared in a Military Modelling compendium many years ago), who was art teacher when I was at school.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 21 March 2016, 05:05:20 PM
Sounds fun Leman! ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 21 March 2016, 07:25:11 PM
If you haven't yet been Will I can highly recommend it. The battlefield is so unspoilt, and the display boards so good that you can easily visualise the battle unfolding. Furthermore there are various battlefield walk books available which include the route up Flodden Hill where James initially camped and established the gun platforms, which later had to be abandoned as the English moved to the east and north around his flank (Sybil's well is still there too, where the Scots took their drinking water). About three miles from the battlefield is Etal castle, which houses a little Flodden museum, and Ford, Wark and Norham are also close.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 24 March 2016, 12:08:41 PM
why it was necessary for the Scottish nobility to be in the front ranks of the pike blocks.

I'm not sufficiently interested in the period to buy the book but I'm intrigued by the above. I never could understand why they did it, so why did they ?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 24 March 2016, 12:18:53 PM
Coz it looked good?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 24 March 2016, 12:35:44 PM
I'd always assumed it was a combination of putting the best armoured and best trained in the front rank plus leading from the front.

Intrigued if some other theory is being proposed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 24 March 2016, 12:52:15 PM
Agreed. Better armoured plus leading from the front - as James IV (unwisely) did. Probably also because they were better trained in hand-to-hand combat but I thought I read somewhere that all of the Scots were novices when it came to handling pikes which were acquired in Europe along with some French(?) 'advisers' who were brought in to train them. What does the book say, Leman?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 03 April 2016, 06:38:28 PM
Finished "Napoleonic Warfare: The Operational Art of the Great Campaigns" by John T. Kuehn.

Well written, with a discussion of Operations in contrast to Tactics and Strategy.  Some comparison to Soviet deep battle theory.

A couple of proof reading errors: debauching instead of debouching - perhaps apropos of the times?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 April 2016, 06:51:18 PM
Re. Flodden. the book says that the nobility had to go into the front ranks of the pike to encourage the ordinary men to join in - basically a morale thing. Barr claims that it was successful. He also cites the defeat of the younger Howard on the right flank (where there was no soggy ground) as demonstrating that, despite their newly acquired weaponry, given the right conditions a Scottish pike block would roll over an English bill and bow battle. Unfortunately for the Scots the other two pike blocks were unaware of the little stream at the bottom of Branxton hill, and it was the effort to cross this which disordered the pikes badly, allowing the bill to get into them, in much the way the Roman legionaries broke into Macedonian phalanxes. Incidentally, those French advisors not killed by the English were killed by the disgruntled Scots.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 April 2016, 07:10:18 PM
Did I say I had finally read 'The Shepherd's Crown', great last book by Pratchett. Kind of glad I left it a year.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 03 April 2016, 09:29:30 PM
Re. Flodden. the book says that the nobility had to go into the front ranks of the pike to encourage the ordinary men to join in - basically a morale thing. Barr claims that it was successful. He also cites the defeat of the younger Howard on the right flank (where there was no soggy ground) as demonstrating that, despite their newly acquired weaponry, given the right conditions a Scottish pike block would roll over an English bill and bow battle. Unfortunately for the Scots the other two pike blocks were unaware of the little stream at the bottom of Branxton hill, and it was the effort to cross this which disordered the pikes badly, allowing the bill to get into them, in much the way the Roman legionaries broke into Macedonian phalanxes. Incidentally, those French advisors not killed by the English were killed by the disgruntled Scots.

Fascinating, Many thanks for commenting again. I've visited the battlefield on a number of occasions and just can't get my head around how so many thousands stood their ground and fought and died with such butchery.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Poggle on 04 April 2016, 02:33:52 AM
"Lawrence in Arabia," by Scott Anderson. It's an interesting read. One 'what if' he raises is Lawrence's idea of a landing at Alexandretta/Iskenderun to cut off Syria and all points South from the Ottoman Empire, instead of undertaking the Gallipoli landings. Scope for a mini campaign, perhaps.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 04 April 2016, 07:06:55 AM
Listening to The Lord Of The Rings (for the umpteenth time.)

Bit of a lash up on the library van front, so I haven't picked up anything new from them for over two months.  =)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 04 April 2016, 09:11:14 AM
Words of Command, by Allan Mallinson.

Got to get it finished asap, as I've to wade through a number of ECW Ospreys and a Europa Militaire that Col. Bills lent to me so I can paint up an ECW wagon for him.
Trying to figure out what colour coats Artillery Train Guards wore.
I've spotted a quick mention about them, White for Royalists and some't like a red for Parliament - though I'd need to check, as I can't remember. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chad on 10 April 2016, 07:50:10 AM
Just started 'Armies of the First French Republic' volume 1 by Phipps. Covers the Armee du Nord. Volumes 2 and 3 will follow covering the campaigns of 5 other armies.

Next project getting closer, but will not be in 10mm unfortunately. 😞


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 10 April 2016, 08:01:34 PM
Started reading James Ellroy - Perfidia.

Should be reading Col. Bills Osprey books he lent me  :-[


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 10 April 2016, 08:24:29 PM
Currently listening to Dominion by CJ Sansom

Very good so far


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 April 2016, 08:14:05 AM
The Mule Soldiers - a fictionalised account of an historical event in the ACW. Apparently while Grierson was busy bashing up Newton Station a mounted infantry raid was taking place further east, in Alabama and Georgia, and taking up Forrest's attention. The Federal soldiers were mounted on mules, many of which were initially unbroken. Unlike a lot of these types of novels this one reads well and is keeping my attention.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 11 April 2016, 08:25:30 AM
Agreed. Better armoured plus leading from the front - as James IV (unwisely) did. Probably also because they were better trained in hand-to-hand combat but I thought I read somewhere that all of the Scots were novices when it came to handling pikes which were acquired in Europe along with some French(?) 'advisers' who were brought in to train them. What does the book say, Leman?

Replace the pikes with salmon, perhaps? Then you'd see an improvement.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 11 April 2016, 09:38:36 AM
An interesting theory, FK. Although there is one school of thought that says that even if the Scots had used salmon, they would still have been smoked .....


See how I got two fish jokes in there.   :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 11 April 2016, 12:29:29 PM
Depends on the number you have on a bass....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 11 April 2016, 12:34:55 PM
Just started The English Civil War by Peter Gaunt, it is not a subject I know much about but the book has sparked my interest  :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 11 April 2016, 01:09:36 PM
I've just read the Osprey book on WWII Polish Armour. Not that I'm going to get sucked in by the new range or anything ...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 April 2016, 01:03:08 AM
Finished "the Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944" by Ian Toll.  This is volume 2 of the Pacific War Trilogy.

Narrates Guadalcanal to the Marianas and is very well done.  Overall history but with several in depth discussions of both sides.

Great book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 14 April 2016, 08:14:12 AM
Quote
Ben Kane. Spartacus. Library Book. Fiction.

Just read the second chapter last night. Already found two errors that should have been sorted by an editor. 

Couldn't a


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 14 April 2016, 08:17:02 AM
Sorry about that, don't know what happened :o

Was going to say, couldn't agree more. I plodded on to the end but thought it was pretty poor stuff. I bought it in a two-for-one with his novel about Hannibal.  Got about 50 pages in before giving up on that one.

He seems to be very popular but doesn't do it for me


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 14 April 2016, 11:58:09 AM
Sorry about that, don't know what happened :o
Bad language filter kicked in?




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 14 April 2016, 01:11:16 PM
Hmm, can't say I noticed that particularly.

More like bad writing/story-telling filter :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 14 April 2016, 03:38:30 PM
Went along to the library looking for a horse & muskety book, particularly League of Augsburg or William/James in Ireland kind of thing and came back with The Korean War (yes, the 20th Century one) by Max Hastings.   :-[

Can't explain it either. Phew! It doesn't half pen and ink with tobacco smoke.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 14 April 2016, 08:09:12 PM
Good book. I have it and it's a great read.

Might make you want to lobby for Korean War infantry!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 15 April 2016, 09:10:09 AM
Ancient Rome on five denarii a day

This explains it easier than me (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ancient-Rome-Five-Denarii-Day/dp/050005147X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460707768&sr=8-1&keywords=Ancient+Rome+on+five+denarii+a+day)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 15 April 2016, 09:44:03 AM
Listened to......The Lord of the Rings......All five series of H2G2.....and now almost at the end of 'Raising Steam'.

(Over the past few weeks !)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 15 April 2016, 09:52:06 AM
Currently listening to Dominion by CJ Sansom

Very good so far

Well I spoke too soon. Was pretty average in the end


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 15 April 2016, 05:33:33 PM
Ancient Rome on five denarii a day

This explains it easier than me (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ancient-Rome-Five-Denarii-Day/dp/050005147X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460707768&sr=8-1&keywords=Ancient+Rome+on+five+denarii+a+day)

Just bought it second hand from Amazon for 1p + postage!

Hadn't been aware of this so thanks for the heads up!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 15 April 2016, 06:05:08 PM
Listening to Evelyn Waugh's 'Sword of Honour' trilogy on BBC R4x, still available on listen again. Just finished the complete BBC R4 Smiley with Simon Russell Beale, excellent.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 15 April 2016, 07:55:15 PM
'What, are you currently Reading?'

'No, this week I have mostly been Ipswich.'


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 16 April 2016, 11:33:26 AM
'What, are you currently Reading?'

'No, this week I have mostly been Ipswich.'

It took me a couple of attempts to figure out the joke  :-[

Barks South Folk.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 16 April 2016, 03:04:54 PM
'What, are you currently Reading?'

'No, this week I have mostly been Ipswich.'

You must be Barking.....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 23 April 2016, 11:17:32 AM
Books finished

Peter Wallensteen "Quality Peace" (work)

Yoshiki Tanaka "Legend of Galactic Heroes, Vol 1. Dawn" (Fun)

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko "Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vols I&II" (Fun)

Daniel J. Vermilya "Battle of Kennesaw Mountain" (Hobby)

Books Reading

Christopher Clark "Iron Kingdom" (Hobby)

Carl von Clauzewitz "On War" (Work, second reading)

Edward Lutttwak "Strategy" (Work, second reading)

Books On the pipeline

Gary Goertz, Paul F. Diehl, Alexandru Balas "The Pule of Peace" (Work)

Nuno Monteiro "Theory of Unipolar Politics" (Work)

E.R. Horton "Prelude to the First World War: The Balkan Wars 1912-1913" (Hobby)

Michael Embree "Radetzky's Marches" (Hobby. Started it but had to take a break from it due to work. Need to get back to it)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 23 April 2016, 11:37:50 AM
Luttwak on Strategy, an old but absolutely seminal work.  I read it at University more years ago than I care to remember, and got a second copy when I started working at SHAPE in 2005.  I found much of his thought interesting in the context of the current day problems of Afghanistan/ Pakistan.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 23 April 2016, 11:52:31 AM
Since I've not been well. (I know, I haven't mentioned it, I just carry on bravely), I have saved a small amount in food shopping and travel costs. This, I reason, is money that needs to be spent, so when recovered, I popped in to the Liverpool Waterstones, clutching as well as my lunch money, tow of their 10 off loyalty cards.

I came away with 4 Ospreys. The SM79 Torpedo Bomber, Fall Gelb, and both Light and Heavy cavalry tactics of the Napoleonic Wars.

I spent last night reading the Fall Gelb, to get my 1940 Low Countries juices flowing.   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 23 April 2016, 02:20:44 PM
Well, bit of a turn up for me, but Sharpe's Rifles. I think I am most likely to do Napoleonic using Lasalle.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: oldblindjohn on 24 April 2016, 10:18:25 PM
Rebellion by Peter Ackroyd.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chris Pringle on 25 April 2016, 01:01:58 PM
A Painted History of Poland
http://www.polartcenter.com/A_Painted_History_Of_Poland_p/9820133.htm

A trophy from a recent visit to the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw. This is a fabulous book. It explores Poland's history through 48 historical paintings, mostly military. Each one gets a couple of pages of analysis by an art historian, followed by several pages of in-depth historical background complete with maps and illustrations. I am learning a lot.

Do Pendraken do any suitable figures for the Chicken War of 1537?

Chris
Bloody Big BATTLES!
https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BBB_wargames/info


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: JeffNNN on 25 April 2016, 03:08:15 PM
Having recently finished John Gooch's book on the Italian Army in WW1 I'm now on to Emilio Lusso "A soldier on the Southern Front" which is a first hand account of warfare on the Italian Front. Rather lazily I'm reading it in translation..

Not sure if it will lead to any gaming though Leon doubtless hopes so. Then I'd have to buy the Italians I bought to fight the Austrians I bought to fight the Russians I bought to fight the Germans I bought to fight the French I bought to fight alongside Tony's (Tiny Tin Troops) British. Sigh!!!!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 25 April 2016, 03:48:52 PM
Enjoyed that so much I am now reading Sharpe's Eagle.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 25 April 2016, 05:16:49 PM
Enjoyed that so much I am now reading Sharpe's Eagle.

Be careful about publicising this - someone is bound to tell you who wins!  ;)

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 25 April 2016, 05:53:02 PM
Finished "For God And Kaiser: the Imperial Austrian Army" by Richard Bassett,  Very good book; well researched and entertaining.  As Christopher Duffy says "An accessible English-language survey of the Habsburg army...".

The run up to WWI was better explained here than in other books I have read.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 01 May 2016, 08:28:09 PM
Decided to have a total hobby day today. Painting some castle walls, trains and late Normans.

Listening to/half watching Michael Wood's "In Search of the Trojan War". This has re-re-re-kindled my desire for some Pendraken chariot armies, and I've grabbed the accompanying book off my shelf to have a gander at tonight.

The thing that gets me is that the series originally aired in 1985. That's over 30 years ago! Mickey was jabbering on about East Berlin!

Now that makes me feel very old.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 01 May 2016, 08:58:54 PM
Decided to have a total hobby day today. Painting some castle walls, trains and late Normans.

Listening to/half watching Michael Wood's "In Search of the Trojan War". This has re-re-re-kindled my desire for some Pendraken chariot armies, and I've grabbed the accompanying book off my shelf to have a gander at tonight.

The thing that gets me is that the series originally aired in 1985. That's over 30 years ago! Mickey was jabbering on about East Berlin!

Now that makes me feel very old.

But it was cutting edge when he made it. I found it magnificent, totally unpatronising, but full of detailed archaeological analysis.  Great to hear it is still inspiring!

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 01 May 2016, 09:53:43 PM
I can't believe it is 30 years old  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 02 May 2016, 07:39:10 AM
Listening to 'Carnival Of Shadows' by R.J. Ellory.

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 02 May 2016, 07:40:08 AM
Sharpe's Tiger. Nuff said.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 02 May 2016, 08:58:17 AM
What amazed me was the chap from Ireland who was illiterate, but was able to recite long stories from memory. A genuine bard; I didn't understand a word he said, but it was somehow hypnotic.

And that was only 30 years ago!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 06 May 2016, 12:41:14 AM
Finished Volume 79, Number 4 of "The Journal of Military History".  Mainly WWI articles but some on the ACW (such as "Environment and the Course of Battle: Flooding at Shiloh".  Interesting discussion of the influence of all the rains before the battle and how it affected the landscape and the arrival of troops).


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 06 May 2016, 07:13:46 AM
Gave up on 'Carnival Of Shadows'......Though it was quite enjoyable. it just dragged on and on and on and I was losing the will to live.
Trying to listen to 'Perdition' by James Jackson...set about 200 years after the Crusaders took Jerusalem.

As I'm using the Dremmel so much, I have to keep stopping.....So I keep losing the thread of the story.  =)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: PB on 06 May 2016, 08:07:59 AM
After a recent flurry of 10mm WSS painting, I am currently revisiting "The Art of Warfare in the Age of Marlborough".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 06 May 2016, 08:32:05 AM
Now that is an inspirational book!

Please don't get me excited about the WSS! I've already got three different periods on my painting table!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 07 May 2016, 07:00:35 AM
Techno! Tech ... no ... switch off the Dremel, it's no way to stir your tea ... have a listen to this ...

http://www.radiodramarevival.com/ (http://www.radiodramarevival.com/)

Some SF and fantasy and drama audio theatre.

I was listening to one about a telepathic detective on a space liner.



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 07 May 2016, 07:18:27 AM
Thanks, Nobby !

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 07 May 2016, 10:12:56 AM
Bettany Hughes - The Hemlock Cup, fascinating stuff if on the heavy side.
and
Virgil - Aeneid.  Has its bright moments but most of the time seems like I'm doing penance for some dreadful act.

Not sure which one is light relief from the other. :-\


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 07 May 2016, 11:14:54 AM
Depressing after all those years learning Latin to find there's next to no literature, and what there is we'll never understand....


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 07 May 2016, 01:27:51 PM
Shaka Zulu - Ritter


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 07 May 2016, 05:47:58 PM
I didn't realise Shaka rode with the German cavalry.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 07 May 2016, 06:50:04 PM
It's not meant to be taken literally. It obviously refers to anyone of noble family.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: oldblindjohn on 08 May 2016, 12:45:01 AM
Germs, Guns, and Steel.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 08 May 2016, 07:35:59 AM
Osprey books on the Baltic Crusades and the Scandanavian and Russian forces involved. All in advance of sorting out (finally, as I planned this over 2 years ago :-[) some Retinues for Lion Rampant.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveH on 08 May 2016, 11:13:53 AM
Be careful about publicising this - someone is bound to tell you who wins!  ;)

Mollinary

That French chap with the good trousers? Bonne pants or something...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveH on 08 May 2016, 11:47:24 AM
Wiley Sword The Confederacy's Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin & Nashville


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 09 May 2016, 08:23:09 AM
Good book that one - I thoroughly enjoyed it, although it does nothing to enhance Hood's reputation.

I am currently reading 'We're All Damaged' - contemporary humorous novel set in Omaha - along the lines of ........ no forgotten, but it's about some bloke and a record shop.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 09 May 2016, 11:38:19 AM
I am currently reading 'We're All Damaged' - contemporary humorous novel set in Omaha - along the lines of ........ no forgotten, but it's about some bloke and a record shop.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby? Good film, even better book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 09 May 2016, 11:48:00 AM
Yep, along those lines - average bloke trying to get himself back together after wife divorces him for paramedic hunk. Also features the Gay Mafia who are a hoot and glitter bomb those opposed to gay marriage. His mother, who is slightly to the right of Sarah Palin, has caused all this.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: T13A on 11 May 2016, 12:08:30 PM
Hi

Caesar, by Adrian Goldsworthy

Cheers Paul



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 11 May 2016, 12:12:16 PM
Finished "The Campaign in West and South Germany: June-July 1866" by Michael Embree.  To me it was a little disjointed and the wording on the maps too small.  Also, place names in the text are not all shown on the maps.

Other than those minor quibbles, I did enjoy the book.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 May 2016, 01:03:33 PM
Whereas there are places shown on some of the maps which do not get mentioned in the text.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 11 May 2016, 01:30:19 PM
Also finished "The Franco-Prussian War - A Guide" by Steve Shann.  A short pamphlet booklet that he did in 1987.  A precursor to his Osprey's(?)

Interesting.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 11 May 2016, 05:40:23 PM
Don't know about that, but in my early days of Franco-Prussianism he and Michael Howard were a godsend.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 11 May 2016, 06:10:04 PM
Howard should be read every couple of years just for the sheer pleasure of his prose.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 12 May 2016, 09:43:12 AM
Going through the Kindle samples so I can decide what I need to buy


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 12 May 2016, 12:49:49 PM
Now reading Sharp Practice 2. The videos arte a hoot, but do help in understanding the intent of the rules.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 12 May 2016, 01:42:36 PM
...The videos arte a hoot, but do help in understanding the intent of the rules.

Best video I've seen (today) for a rules book is this one.

(https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qZh3WVlmOp0/VzNAdVKd9wI/AAAAAAAAGOo/2ubGfslXdbMFeC24e5LvMdU7Z1XKA5EfACLcB/s400/tribal.jpg)

Music turned to loud!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ35jXdP_nk

Edwin King's blog has a brief write-up
https://diplomatist2.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/tribal-first-thoughts.html (https://diplomatist2.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/tribal-first-thoughts.html)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: skywalker on 13 May 2016, 12:23:30 PM
Ardennes 1944 Hitlers Last Gamble by Antony Beevor


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 13 May 2016, 12:26:24 PM
Sharpe's Triumph now.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: JaymisHawk on 14 May 2016, 08:01:27 AM
The War of The Flowers by Tad Williams  :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: toxicpixie on 14 May 2016, 08:17:20 AM
Currently working my way back through Ian M Banks' sci fi collection. It's very good! Although Excession still wasn't quite so hot as the others (to me). Something just doesn't quite bite with it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 15 May 2016, 01:52:49 PM
Battle for Britain: Wargame the English Civil War by Peter Dennis and Andy Callan.

I got this cheap from Amazon out of curiosity and I rather like it. The book is a well set out collection of paper soldiers to make and then play a wargame with. There are actually 2 sets of rules in the book, a decent looking set for the experienced gamer and a simplified version for the beginner. There is a little bit of useful information interspersed with the instructions on making the paper soldier s butit is not the aim of this book to give a historical account of the ECW.
To actually make the paper soldiers you are supposed to seperate all the pages, colour copy them and cut and assemble the copies. You also get paper buildings and trees to make, thus a whole wargame in a book.
As I am currently painting 15mm ECW (one of 3 ongoing projects) I doubt I would ever make the paper soldiers but the rules look good enough to try.
I shall keep this book as a book to flick through and enjoy the illustration which are lovely with a charm all of their own. I may adapt the buildings into 15mm at some point.
Overall, I like this book and may get some of the others in the series based on Hastings and the Wars of the Roses.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 17 May 2016, 07:05:19 AM
Empire of the Moghul. Rather shabby writing, to tell the truth.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 17 May 2016, 07:11:13 AM
Listening to "Night Raid" by Taylor Downing.

Thoroughly enjoying it....and learning quite a lot !

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 17 May 2016, 08:20:44 AM
Boxed that off, on to Sharpe's Fortress. I am quite pleased I had never read many Sharpe books before as this enables me to see his character develop.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: AndyT on 17 May 2016, 07:20:59 PM
"Orcs"(First Blood, omnibus edition) by Stan Nicholls.

Quite a good read. Plenty of battle action where orc warbands ride horses rather than the "traditional" wolves and are similar in some ways to real life Hun or Mongolian horsemen. Humans are the bad guys and many other traditional fantasy races are included.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 17 May 2016, 08:10:37 PM
Now try Grunts!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: DaveH on 18 May 2016, 09:21:34 PM
Boxed that off, on to Sharpe's Fortress. I am quite pleased I had never read many Sharpe books before as this enables me to see his character develop.
You are addicted now!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 18 May 2016, 11:10:55 PM
Been reading an old copy of 'A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich', means nothing to my students, 'USSR ??'
O tempora ...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 19 May 2016, 12:42:15 AM
Finished "The Coast Artillery War Game (1916): Early Naval Wargaming" by Major William Chamberlaine.

This is part of the History of Wargaming Project (www.wargaming.co),

The game was used to train coast artillery officers of the USA.  Seems it was used in conjunction with the Fred Jane War Game and ship plans from Jane's Fighting Ships.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 19 May 2016, 05:43:26 AM
Been reading an old copy of 'A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich', means nothing to my students, 'USSR ??'
O tempora ...

Some comfort in the fact that it is being forgotten, I suppose. Some.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 31 May 2016, 11:13:26 AM
'Fools Frauds and Firebrands' Roger Scruton, seriously good.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 01 June 2016, 08:39:44 AM
Having a little break from Sharpe by starting the Conn Iggulden Wars of the Roses series.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 01 June 2016, 10:32:40 AM
I am about 100 pages in to the 3rd of that Wars of the Roses series, 'Bloodline' and I am enjoying it very much. Bills, bows and bloodshed, what is not to like! :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: T13A on 01 June 2016, 03:23:55 PM
Hi

Re-reading for about the 4th time, Jac Weller's 'Wellington in the Peninsular'. Good over view of the conflict but a bit dated (originally published in 1962). Don't know if I'm getting more critical in my old age but I used to be a big fan of Weller's books but the Duke really can do no wrong (or very little at Least) in the authors eyes, I think he also over does the effectiveness of British infantry firepower. That said all very readable.

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 01 June 2016, 10:34:54 PM
Spycatcher (again)
The Little Drummer Girl (again)
The Code of the Woosters (again)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 02 June 2016, 12:42:22 PM
Finished reading "Iron Kingdom" by Christopher Clarke. It was an enjoyable book, but not as good as "Sleepwalkers". That said it has led me to re-access the reign of Frederick William IV, and Prussia during the Weimar years, and it has further confirmed my understanding of the political system of the German Empire. It has also confirmed by prejudices about 1866. Not happy with the mistake on Tannenberg, especially since a chapter before it was correctly identified.

Still reading Goertz, Diehl and Balas "The Puzzle of Peace" for work. Its a good book on how changing territorial norms have made interstate war less likely.

I missed reading Greek, so next up is the greek translation of Fuat Dundar's book "The Secret Code of Modern Turkey", a book on the nationalities politics of the CUP or "191" a new book by historian Yorgos Mavrogordatos on the National Schism.

Once "The Puzzle of Peace" is done, I have to read 8 books on the Vienna congress for a paper.

Still need to finish the Embree book on 1848-1849 in Italy. Its in the backburner together with Volume 15 of the O'Brien Series.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 02 June 2016, 05:56:21 PM
Must say I thought 'The Iron Kingdom' was top notch.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 04 June 2016, 02:37:32 AM
Finished "Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany: the Franco-Prussian War of 1813; Volume 1: The War of Liberation, Spring 1813" by Michael Leggiere.

Well detailed but like so many other books, the maps do not always contain the names and locations of places mentioned in the text.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 04 June 2016, 08:40:11 AM
Back to Sharpe - that Conn Iggulden book isn't instantly gripping.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 04 June 2016, 12:44:07 PM
Just started John Julius Norwich's "Sicily".

Been quite fascinated by the way the island has been at the centre of numerous clashes of civilisations; but I think the book is going to be a little superficial fro my taste.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 04 June 2016, 06:17:00 PM
Osprey's Pike & Shotte Tactics. About half way through and a nice little guide to this period that is perfect for me and my wargaming plans :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 05 June 2016, 03:25:29 PM
Sharpe's Fury - I can't put these buggers down!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 05 June 2016, 07:58:27 PM
I always said that Sean Bean dies in almost all the films and TV series he plays in order to atone for his survival rate as Sharpe.  ;D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 05 June 2016, 09:55:34 PM
War Factory by Neal Asher


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 06 June 2016, 08:05:20 AM
I always said that Sean Bean dies in almost all the films and TV series he plays in order to atone for his survival rate as Sharpe.  ;D
Indeed KT, at the moment his brain is hanging out in Cadiz - literally!  :-&


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 07 June 2016, 10:59:08 AM
Finished Goer, Diehl and Balas "The Puzzle of Peace". It is a readable example of political science done for the lay-person. I am supportive of the argument, but unhappy with some of the statements. Also since this is for the lay-person the quantitative models are a bit too simple for me. Still a worthy addition to my library.

And thus I am know forced to begin the heavy reading for a project
David King, Vienna 1814
Dorothy Gies McGuigan, Metternich and teh Duchess
Mark Jarrett, The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy
Harold Nicolson, The Congress of Vienna
Henry Kissinger, A World Restored
Adam Zamoyski, Rites of Peace
Paul Schroeder, The Transformation of European Politics (Again)

must be read by the end of summer if I am to stick to my research plan.

KT


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 07 June 2016, 11:12:18 AM

The Code of the Woosters (again)


   "Advise me, Jeeves", I yipped. "The Imperial Guard is about to break, and Tuppy, that man of wrath, is advancing his Highland Brigade. Things are looking really sticky!"
   "They might appear a trifle adhesive, sir. But perhaps if were to deploy d'Erlon's from Le Haye Sainte and menace Mr Glossop's flank, he might be inclined to reevaluate his tactics."
   I looked again, and by gad, the stout fellow was right as ever. If Tuppy didn't r. his t. with a threatened flank, no t. would ever be r. again. As my Aunt Agatha often remarks, "You will usually find, Bertram, that there are two courses of action open to your enemy. Of these, he will probably choose the third."....

Doesn't really work.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 07 June 2016, 11:57:01 PM
   "Advise me, Jeeves", I yipped. "The Imperial Guard is about to break, and Tuppy, that man of wrath, is advancing his Highland Brigade. Things are looking really sticky!"
   "They might appear a trifle adhesive, sir. But perhaps if were to deploy d'Erlon's from Le Haye Sainte and menace Mr Glossop's flank, he might be inclined to reevaluate his tactics."
   I looked again, and by gad, the stout fellow was right as ever. If Tuppy didn't r. his t. with a threatened flank, no t. would ever be r. again. As my Aunt Agatha often remarks, "You will usually find, Bertram, that there are two courses of action open to your enemy. Of these, he will probably choose the third."....

Doesn't really work.

Genius, FK, genius. I applaud you  :) =D> =O =D>


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 09 June 2016, 03:47:59 PM
Finished "The Studnitz Wars: The Wartime Journals of a Prussian Cavalry General 1849-71", translated by Gilbert von Studnitz.  Interesting but more of a military travelog.

Just as interesting to me is that the translator, the General's great grandson, lives about 15 miles from where I live.  Will have to see if he is interested in the hobby.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 June 2016, 04:40:53 PM
I 'phoned Angus MacBride when I was tipped off we were neighbours. Had a pleasant chat, but he didn't bite.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 12 June 2016, 07:49:09 PM
Finished the first of seven books

Harold Nicholson "The Congress of Vienna" A Study of Allied Unity". A very interesting chap by the way, as was his wife. The book is an easy read, even with taking notes for my research, I finished it in about a week. It not so much a study of Vienna, as a study of Castlereagh at Vienna. The writer, correctly in my view, is very supportive of Castlereagh, though I would not call it a complete hagiography (at times it does veer to it). Very pro-British and full of the "charming" (depending on the reader) generalizations loved by people of the 1900-1950 period. Still a good intro read. Next is that Metternich wannabe, Kissinger.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mollinary on 12 June 2016, 08:04:10 PM
Next is that Metternich wannabe, Kissinger.

I read Kissinger's biography of Metternich when I was at University.  It revealed as much about Kissinger as it did about Metternich, but it was still a fascinating and magnificent piece of work.

Mollinary


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 18 June 2016, 04:51:44 PM
Just received a trio from Amazon: "Infantry Tank Warfare", "Cruiser Tank Warfare" and "British Anti-Tank Warfare", all by John Plant. I think they're self published. There are no photographs, but there are lots of pictures of Infantry Tanks around. Interesting way of slicing a well known subject. So far (and I'm just up to Operation Compass in the Infantry Tanks volume) it's a good read.





Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 18 June 2016, 07:30:05 PM
Just got "Poseidon's Warriors" by  John Lambshead. Just had a quick glance so far but these seem a well written fast play set of rules which is exactly what I was after. I have about 12 Navwar Trireme's but these rules set up for squdrons of 1-5 ships, several squadron s per side.
There is also a useful historical recap of naval warfare in this time plus armylists.
Well recommended so far :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: paulr on 18 June 2016, 11:04:42 PM
Just got "Poseidon's Warriors" by  John Lambshead. Just had a quick glance so far but these seem a well written fast play set of rules which is exactly what I was after. I have about 12 Navwar Trireme's but these rules set up for squdrons of 1-5 ships, several squadron s per side.
There is also a useful historical recap of naval warfare in this time plus armylists.
Well recommended so far :)

That sounds VERY interesting, I am keen to see a review and AAR once you have used them


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 June 2016, 07:58:33 AM
Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 19 June 2016, 08:22:27 AM
One Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas. A quick read through last night and they look to provide fun, short games, which is perfect for some situations. I like the fact that he sets out his stall early on so you know his reasoning behind his design philosophy. The scenarios look good too.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chris Pringle on 19 June 2016, 10:29:52 AM
"Remember you are an Englishman", Joseph Lehmann's biography of Sir Harry Smith, notable Rifles officer, victor of Aliwal etc.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Harry_Smith,_1st_Baronet

Having recently watched some of the Sharpe series (Sharpe's Rifles, etc) it's been interesting to spot episodes in Smith's career that Bernard Cornwell evidently drew on for Sharpe's.

Chris

Bloody Big BATTLES!
https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BBB_wargames/info



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 19 June 2016, 11:43:50 AM
That sounds interesting. I may yet be tempted to have a go at the BBB Waterloo scenario.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 21 June 2016, 03:49:39 PM
Finished Fuat Dundar's book "Modern Turkey's Code" in its greek translation. No English translation exists. A difficult but very interesting book on the events in the Balkans and Anatolia in the 1913-1918 period. Worth translating. Very depressing at points. Spurred some thinking from em and a long reaction post on my "work" blog. These are english and osme of you might find them interesting.

http://blog.irstohasmoi.com/2016/06/some-thoughts-in-reaction-to-reading.html (http://blog.irstohasmoi.com/2016/06/some-thoughts-in-reaction-to-reading.html)

Next up, Yeorgios Mavrogordatos book on the 1915 events in Greece titled, "1915: The National Schism", in greek.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Tawa on 21 June 2016, 04:57:33 PM
Currently reading "Sniper on the Eastern Front".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 21 June 2016, 06:39:20 PM
Re-started 'The English Civil War' by Diane Purkiss. Full of lots of useful detail for the forthcoming 'The Pikemen's Lament' rules, which is the main reason I bought it. Can be a bit tough going at times, but glad I picked it up again.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 21 June 2016, 07:44:27 PM
Neil Thomas's One-Hour Wargames book. Can't say too much as I've only got to the bit about ancient cavalry. Others rate them though so I thought I'd give them a go.

MickS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 22 June 2016, 12:24:30 PM
Recently finished re-reading* Battle of Britain: The Hardest Day by Alfred Price. Fast moving, detailed and very dramatic account of the 3 major air assaults against targets in southern England on 18 August 1940 by Luftwaffe Air Fleets 2 & 3.  Highly readable and full of human interest. As well as describing the events of that 24 hour period when 100 German and 136 British aircraft were destroyed or damaged in the air or on the ground, the book includes OOBs, details of individual combat losses  (times, crews, locations) and some great photos including those taken by one crewman of 9th Staffel (Bomber Geschwader 76)s as it approached Kenley for its low level attack. My edition was first published in 1979, nor do I know enough about the period to say if subsequent authors have discovered any new or revelatory information since then to challenge Prices book. Nevertheless, I found it a very enjoyable read.

*(last read it some 25 years ago?)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 22 June 2016, 12:55:19 PM
Wargames through the Ages Vol 2 1420 - 1783 by D F Featherstone.

Just flicked through this as have not read it since 1983 when my good friend, classmate and wargaming chum lent it to me at University. Bit of a trip down memory lane really. Full of plenty of information that will prove very useful I'm sure for wargaming some of the more obscure periods in the future. Given the period of time it covers and the fact that it cost just over 20 inc p&p, I think it's a steal.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 22 June 2016, 12:56:36 PM
Wargames through the Ages Vol 2 1420 - 1783 by D F Featherstone.

Just flicked through this as have not read it since 1983 when my good friend, classmate and wargaming chum lent it to me at University. Bit of a trip down memory lane really. Full of plenty of information that will prove very useful I'm sure for wargaming some of the more obscure periods in the future. Given the period of time it covers and the fact that it cost just over 20 inc p&p, I think it's a steal.

Have to agree about the stealing. Given the quality of much of his info, you were robbed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 22 June 2016, 09:16:11 PM
On a school residential, taken Mary Beard's S.P.Q.R.
She's not as revolutionary about Cataline as I thought she would be, but very well written first 60 pages! :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 25 June 2016, 07:45:56 AM
Having spent literally months reading all 460-odd pages of "Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC: Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History" by William Hamblin I've moved on to something a little lighter.

The Hamblin book was fascinating but I could only read a few pages before I needed to stop and let my brain sort out the Eannatums from the Ennanatums and the Antifis from the Antefs :)

I've moved on to Andrzej Sapkowski's "Witcher" series. "Sword of Destiny" is proving a faster read, though it turns out to have almost as many odd names in it!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 25 June 2016, 08:08:00 AM
I'm much taken with the YouTube channel "Forgotten Weapons". Although it's basically a promo for an auction house, Ian the presenter is knowledgeable and engaging. Looks at the history and mechanics of various weapons of all ages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYkQm-8dcrEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_5U9AoIS5Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ-uIMrzu-4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eDkGAAPA2E


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 25 June 2016, 08:27:14 PM
Some interesting videos there, Nobby.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 25 June 2016, 08:29:04 PM
Currently reading Swords for Hire by James Miller. This is about Scots in the 16th and 17th centuries who left Scotland to earn a living fighting in mainland Europe. Some sought fame and fortune while others were fleeing justice and hardship. Its a fascinating read touching on many battles, sieges, incidents and small actions, most of which Ive never heard of before and with new personalities surfacing in almost every page, the book certainly gives the impression it is very well-researched. Im still reading my way through the book so but so far its quite good.

P.S. Interestingly, in one chapter, we are told that the south eastern shore of the Baltic, especially Poland and Prussia, became the destination of choice for 16th Century Scots emigrants and workers. In Danzig, for example, over 120 Scots became city burgesses with one of its suburbs known as Stary Szkoty (Old Scotland). Indeed, the Scots were so ubiquitous around the whole region that this prompted someone to assert during a Westminster parliamentary debate in 1606 on the possibility of a union with Scotland, that If we admit them . we shall be overrun with them witness the multiplicities of the Scots in Polonia.   Sound familiar?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 25 June 2016, 10:07:42 PM
Some interesting videos there, Nobby.
Thank you. It's an odd little channel, but quite engrossing when you get into it.

There's one on a Dutch police revolver. It had five cylinders. First contained a blank, to act as a warning shot, the second had a tear gas round and the last three had proper bullets.

 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: nikharwood on 26 June 2016, 07:36:20 AM

There's one on a Dutch police revolver. It had five cylinders. First contained a blank, to act as a warning shot, the second had a tear gas round and the last three had proper bullets.

 

Nice... first, scare the criminal. Then make him / her cry. Then double-tap 'em. And one for luck, presumably... ;D



Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 26 June 2016, 08:10:33 AM
Entertaining myself with a reread of Bruce Weigle's 1866. Lots of info for smaller scale games for my 10mm armies. Might well use the rules for the quarter and half scale games and BBB for the bigger Bohemian/Italian scraps.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 27 June 2016, 01:52:31 PM
Nowt.

Currently going through all my old wargames magazines and cutting out all the best bits and recycling the rest.
Funny how I keep spotting articles written by people I've know met, either in person or via the Internet. Just found Bodvoc's 1066 rules, for instance.  


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Bodvoc on 27 June 2016, 05:15:47 PM
Hope you enjoyed reading them Roy.

Quote
Just found Bodvoc's 1066 rules,

Now re-written and tweaked slightly for 10mm figures on 6x3cm bases :)

If anyone fancies a copy, PM and I can email you a copy. The rules cater for Normans, Anglo-Danes and Vikings at the moment but Picts (and other earlier armies such as Arthurians/Sub-Roman British) will be added when I get round to painting them. These are simple, quick play rules I wrote for my own amusement and games. I even started a fantasy version but then Warband came out and I played that instead.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: RoyWilliamson on 27 June 2016, 06:59:10 PM
I've not read them, to be honest.

I spotted the cards, thought they might come in useful when adapting things for games, looked at the picture of the figures and thought to myself that the photography set up looked familiar, checked the article's author and had to have a think what your surname was. After all that, I then realised it was yourself.

Not looked at any rules, played any games, painted anything for myself, since that last game of Frostgrave at your house. Still sorting myself out after things ran away from me, and I'm de-cluttering my head as well as the hobby pile.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Subedai on 27 June 2016, 07:17:45 PM
Currently reading Swords for Hire by James Miller. This is about Scots in the 16th and 17th centuries who left Scotland to earn a living fighting in mainland Europe. Some sought fame and fortune while others were fleeing justice and hardship. Its a fascinating read touching on many battles, sieges, incidents and small actions, most of which Ive never heard of before and with new personalities surfacing in almost every page, the book certainly gives the impression it is very well-researched. Im still reading my way through the book so but so far its quite good.

P.S. Interestingly, in one chapter, we are told that the south eastern shore of the Baltic, especially Poland and Prussia, became the destination of choice for 16th Century Scots emigrants and workers. In Danzig, for example, over 120 Scots became city burgesses with one of its suburbs known as Stary Szkoty (Old Scotland). Indeed, the Scots were so ubiquitous around the whole region that this prompted someone to assert during a Westminster parliamentary debate in 1606 on the possibility of a union with Scotland, that If we admit them . we shall be overrun with them witness the multiplicities of the Scots in Polonia.   Sound familiar?

There was a unit of 6-700 made up of Scotsmen (from Holland rather than Scotland) and commanded by Scotsmen at the Battle of Lubieszow near Gdansk in 1577 against the Poles. (http://www.electricscotland.com/history/prussia/part2-1.htm)   


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 27 June 2016, 10:48:05 PM
That looks quite interesting, Sub. I'll try to read that later. Indeed, Lubieszow is mentioned in the book. The author says the battle was fought on 17 April 1577 with the Poles inflicting a seemingly crushing defeat on the Danzigers. However, Zborowski, the Polish commander had too few troops to mount a fresh attack on the city and while he awaited reinforcements the Danzigers used the lull to recruit more foreign soldiers, among them a Captain William Rentoun who, in July 1577, was licensed by the Edinburgh Privy Council to raise 150 men for "the service of the citie and commoun wealth of Danskin." He goes on to say that "Rentoun and his men joined Scots already there to make the contingent up to some seven hundred, most of whom had come from the Low Countries  under the command of Colonel William Stewart. "  So, there you go.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 28 June 2016, 07:48:03 AM
I've just bought "The American Civil War HAndbook" on Amazon for 2 and a packet of Trebor mints.

I've always enjoyed the ACW. This book may rekindle my interest so that the part painted pile marked ACW comes out and the current project gets shoved into a box for a while.  :(


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 28 June 2016, 07:52:26 AM
You forgot to review the Trebor mints!  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 28 June 2016, 07:59:16 AM
Review of Trebor Mints - they come in a paper packet with metal foil, are small, round, white and made of sugar.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Westmarcher on 28 June 2016, 08:51:19 AM
But never, ever get them from the library.   :-&


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 28 June 2016, 05:53:15 PM
Finished "1915". A very interesting book on the Greek National Schism (in Greek) and a very sobering one. Led me to some thoughts concerning intellectual links between the polarization of "1915" and of Brexit. You can read them at

http://blog.irstohasmoi.com/2016/06/the-brexit-and-1915.html (http://blog.irstohasmoi.com/2016/06/the-brexit-and-1915.html)

Next up: Lots of work reading :( Need to read Nuno Monteiro "Theory of Unipolar Politics" for a potential book review piece. Next fun reading will be Reynolds" Shattering Empires".

Really need a break. But if publications come I will get drunk of expensive champagne academic poverty be damned!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 28 June 2016, 08:12:18 PM
Hell of an article! Wow!  :o


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 28 June 2016, 08:14:39 PM
Have borrowed a copy of Patrols in the Sudan to see if it floats my boat.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 28 June 2016, 08:17:50 PM
Wargaming 19thC Europe 1815-1878 by Neil Thomas. A quick glance through on arrival home and it looks to be very nice. I really hope that these provide nice rules for some small scale mid 19thC games. From what I've seen so far I'm hopefull...


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 28 June 2016, 08:55:29 PM
Thanks mad lemmey, feel free to share

Steve J. They are excellent. If BBB had not come out those would be my rules of choice.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 29 June 2016, 07:04:12 AM
Quote
They are excellent. If BBB had not come out those would be my rules of choice.

I see them being used for smaller actions where I want seperate skirmishers and/or to use with numerous scenario books I have. I will continue with BBB as well as they are excellent rules.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 29 June 2016, 07:11:48 AM
Reading a couple of uniform guides for SYW. Badly written, but there's some useful information. Did everyone else know that the Le Noble Jaeger had rifles already? Bad news for the Austrians.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 29 June 2016, 07:38:31 AM
Wargaming 19thC Europe 1815-1878 by Neil Thomas. A quick glance through on arrival home and it looks to be very nice. I really hope that these provide nice rules for some small scale mid 19thC games. From what I've seen so far I'm hopefull...
They do give a good quick game, and the armies are bathtubbed so the forces are manageable. I played the Nachod scenario a couple of weeks ago and got a result in two hours.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 01 July 2016, 03:06:52 AM
Finished "Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany, The Franco-Prussian War of 1813, Vol 2, The Defeat of Napoleon" by Michael Leggiere.

A well written, long book that is very operational.  Gets very tactical when discussing Leipzig.

Some bothersome errors, such as the "Young Guard bearskins" and the "Austrian Guards".  These both surprised me from this author.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 01 July 2016, 09:53:41 AM
Germania - a personal history - Simon Winder


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 04 July 2016, 03:24:29 AM
Finished volume 80, No. 1, January 2016, "the Journal of Military History".  Published 4 times per year, it has excellent articles on a variety of military subjects and extensive book reviews, the subjects of these often end up on my wants list.

Some of the articles are "Introduction. Ending War: Revisiting the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars", "The Silence of the Woods: The 1815 murder of a Prussian Soldier", "The Painful Demobilization of the Napoleonic Grande Armee's Officers", and a feature essay on "Artillery, Light and Heavy: Sardinia-Piedmont and Sweden in the Nineteenth Century".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 04 July 2016, 03:47:40 PM
Finished "Wargames Illustrated Paints, Your Complete Guide to Painting Wargames Miniatures".

I guess true if you do 54's, 40's or 25's, but I don't.  Good illustrations, but I did not learn anything I could use for my 10's and 6's.

Unlike most (?) of the forum, I do not do a wash on my figures, which is one of the last steps in the magazine.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Malbork on 05 July 2016, 10:33:37 AM
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Germania - a personal history - Simon Winder

Really enjoyed his musings.  Have just started the "sequel" Danubia


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 06 July 2016, 03:59:26 AM
Finished "Gettysburg Magazine", Issue 54.

Articles include "More Loss than Success": Nicholl's Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign,

"Show them Your Colors!": The 1st Delaware Volunteers and the Gettysburg Campaign,

and "Force-Structure Comparisons of the Armies at Gettysburg".

Comes out twice a year and always has interesting articles.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 09 July 2016, 05:02:44 PM
Finished "Custer's Trials; A Life on the Frontier of New America" by T.J. Stiles.

This book was a gift and I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did.

The ACW part is extremely well done and I found the post Civil war, Indian frontier portion just as fascinating.

Custer was a very driven, but talented, man.  He should have been killed at Five Forks at the end of the was, and his reputation would have been much better.

A very well written book and I learned quite a bit about the different Indian tribes/nations that I did not know.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 09 July 2016, 05:05:27 PM
Also just finished  the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal number 9, "Franco-Prussian and Krupp Artillery".

While it has some interesting history of the FPW, most of the booklet has specs for the different artillery.

Maddening typos, terrible translations and overall poor editing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 10 July 2016, 10:56:09 AM
Picked up a copy of Twelve from the club pile - set in 1812 Russia, it looks like it could be a precursor of Lincoln - Vampire Hunter, as the Russians have just taken on a group of mysterious Wallachian mercenaries who insist on only fighting at night.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 16 July 2016, 05:37:35 PM
Finished "Marlborough's Other Army: The British Army and the Campaigns of the First Peninsular War, 1702-1712" by Nicholas Dorrell.

First, Marlborough had nothing to do with this army, so a title misnomer.  But, good OB's, generally with numbers of troops, for the allied (called Confederate) side of the war.  Nothing about the French/Spanish Bourbon army regarding OB's, which I would have liked.

Good uniform data on the Confederates where it is known.  And a good overview of the campaigns.

Overall I liked it but would have liked similar data on the Bourbon side - perhaps another book in this series (Century of the Soldier by Helion)?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Hwiccee on 16 July 2016, 07:47:19 PM
I am afraid that any book on this era is likely going to include the word 'Marlborough' in the title somewhere :(

On the Bourbon forces the main problem is the complete lack of information on them except for specific parts of the campaigns. Essentially the main battles - i.e. Almansa 1707 and the various battles of the 1710 campaign. Maybe there is buried somewhere in the French or more likely the Spanish archives more information on the armies more generally but as yet it hasn't been found. So I am afraid that a book generally on the Bourbon forces in Spain/Portugal is probably not imminent.

If you want details on the Bourbons in 1707 there are a number of sites, etc, covering Almansa including this - http://www.wfgamers.org.uk/resources/C18/almanza.htm. While the Bourbon armies involved in the 1710 campaign are detailed in this book - http://www.wfgamers.org.uk/resources/C18/MarlSpain.htm.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 17 July 2016, 09:04:51 AM
I read that book. Interesting, but as you say, a bit light on the Bourbons.

Smallish battles and without the big names this Peninsula campaign is quite game-able. 


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 18 July 2016, 01:09:53 PM
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene - again.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 18 July 2016, 01:43:02 PM
There's quite a lot of contorted argument going on on the BBB Yahoo group site at present, so I am re-reading the BBB rules again. I put my three 'apence in and I hope I'm right otherwise the rules might suddenly become complex.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 18 July 2016, 01:59:07 PM
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene - again.

Not entirely a hijack; have you seen The Third Man ?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 18 July 2016, 02:29:49 PM
I read that book. Interesting, but as you say, a bit light on the Bourbons.

Smallish battles and without the big names this Peninsula campaign is quite game-able. 
If it's light on the Bourbons then let's hope it's a little more generous with the Custard Creams! Tee-hee.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 19 July 2016, 12:52:26 PM
Many times


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 21 July 2016, 09:28:38 PM
I finished Kissinger's "A World Restored". This is Kissinger before he got actively into politics and committed crimes. Its an interesting read, not so much as a story of Vienna systems creation and early days, but more on the musings on conservatism. A good read for all grappling with the question "What does conservatism mean in the 21st century".

Next up in work read David Kings, Vienna 1814


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 21 July 2016, 10:49:56 PM
Howard Tayler: Schlock Mercanary/Force Multiplication

Excellent print of my favourite webcomic. :)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 22 July 2016, 05:47:39 PM
My class year book! ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Fenton on 22 July 2016, 07:29:30 PM
My class year book! ;)


Why is your diary so good?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 22 July 2016, 08:56:24 PM
 ;D
Nowt in it fer 6 week, so bostin!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: KTravlos on 29 July 2016, 05:41:13 PM
I finished David King's "Vienna 1814". It was a charming book. He is a good writer. It is the kind of gossipy history I enjoy a lot. While not a perfect history of the political and military events , it was a great study of the Congress as a social event, and of the personalities. Full of lots of cool anecdotes, it brings to life a lot of the events I read in more straight political-diplomatic history treatments. Despite being a breezy read it has a massive and excellent amount of notes, and a great, great annotated bibliography.

He writes the way I would like to write, though I can never do that  due to conventions of the field.

Anyway, if you are looking for a charming summer read I recommend it fully.
Next up, another book on the congress. "Fun" reading trying to finish Kondylis "Global Policy after the Cold War" in Greek, and then probably Reynolds "Shattering Empires"


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 29 July 2016, 06:45:07 PM
Lemmy, you need to get milking if your dairy is currently empty.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 29 July 2016, 07:03:07 PM
Tenby soon, reading Mortiem et Gloria rules! :D


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 29 July 2016, 08:38:40 PM
Those rules are very expensive. Tenby eh; many happy memories of Kiln Park.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 29 July 2016, 09:10:52 PM
Tenby soon, reading Mortiem et Gloria rules! :D

Hope you get your day pass, Will.  ;)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 01 August 2016, 10:49:34 PM
Finished Vol. 80, No. 2 of "The Journal of Military History". 

A couple of the article's are:
"Technology and Tradition: Mine Warfare and the Royal Navy's Strategy of Coastal Assault"
and "Fighting under a Different Flag: Multinational Naval Cooperation and Submarine Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1940-1944".


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 02 August 2016, 12:58:17 AM
I'm concurrently reading -

"The Sumerians: A History From Beginning To End" by Henry Freeman on my PC Kindle during long sea voyages in Naval Action

Mark Urban's "Tank War" in the living room during TV ad breaks

"Sword of Destiny" by Adrzej Sapkowski, part of the Witcher series of fantasy novels, in the dining area while waiting for things to cook

Can't decide if that's multitasking or lack of focus!


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 02 August 2016, 06:42:12 AM
Both ???

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: JeffNNN on 02 August 2016, 02:18:41 PM
Currently reading Zuber's "First Battle of the First World War". Covers in great detail, enough for scenarios, the Bavarian Army in Alsace-Lorraine in 1914. Zuber is quite pro-German but there are some really interesting insights.
1) Both French and German cavalry seemed to be run ragged to little avail.
2) Bavarians committed not only Landwehr but ersatz units (up to Corps strength) from day 1
3) It seems that the heavier Bavarian artillery was often well up with the rest of the force and able to intervene effectively in the counter battery role.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 03 August 2016, 01:08:45 PM
Finished "The Imperial Japanese Navy of the Russo-Japanese War" by Mark Stile.  An Osprey booklet with the usual great pictures and illustrations.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 03 August 2016, 07:12:00 PM
Currently reading Zuber's "First Battle of the First World War". Covers in great detail, enough for scenarios, the Bavarian Army in Alsace-Lorraine in 1914. Zuber is quite pro-German but there are some really interesting insights.
1) Both French and German cavalry seemed to be run ragged to little avail.
2) Bavarians committed not only Landwehr but ersatz units (up to Corps strength) from day 1
3) It seems that the heavier Bavarian artillery was often well up with the rest of the force and able to intervene effectively in the counter battery role.
Is the name maybe a bit of a giveaway? Sounds like a really good read though.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: JeffNNN on 04 August 2016, 07:08:32 PM
Is the name maybe a bit of a giveaway? Sounds like a really good read though.
Err he was born in Cleveland Ohio and served in the US Army for 20 years, though the name does suggest German extraction.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 05 August 2016, 08:07:29 AM
Ah, one of those European Americans. Whatever happened to just being American?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 05 August 2016, 08:50:26 AM
I think General Custer tried to put an end to that.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 06 August 2016, 12:18:52 PM
I know it's not a hook, but this is a fascinating video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAsH0fVAoxc




Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 06 August 2016, 02:22:21 PM
*book*


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 06 August 2016, 09:54:46 PM
It might actually be a hook if your into that sort of thing.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 07 August 2016, 02:37:51 AM
*you're*


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Techno on 07 August 2016, 07:45:48 AM
I keep my into in one of our sheds.
(It probably just needs a quick spray with WD40 to get it working 'proper', again.)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 09 August 2016, 01:03:16 AM
Finished volume 3 of "Wargaming in History: Gettysburg 1863" by John Drewienkiewicz and Adam Poole.

Great! I loved it.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 09 August 2016, 07:47:23 AM
*you're*
I usually get that right but I was in a hurry, honest, sir.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Steve J on 09 August 2016, 10:47:41 AM
Encyclopaedia of Dates and Events, a teach yourself book that I had as a teenager. Taking it along for our holiday flight as it is great for just opening a random page and away you go. It covers from c.5000 BC to 1970, so plenty to keep me occupied on the flight.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 09 August 2016, 11:26:13 AM
I'm loving the "Waterloo: The Decisive Victory" from Osprey.

Yes, I have many, many books about Waterloo. The first (and my favourite) was the David Howarth classic "Waterloo: A Near Run Thing" in about 1970, but it was my birthday recently and the lovely people who I work with gave me book tokens, so it was off to Waterstones for me!

This Osprey offering (brought out fro the 200th Anniversary) is more a collection of essays from different writers that tell the story rather than a single narrative. However, it is sumptuous. 416 pages of high quality printing in a slip case with many, many illustrations.

This is not a book you'd take onto a beach. It is more than a coffee table book. It even has it's own ribbon book mark. Now that's class.

Content? Oh, I haven't read a word yet. Just adored the volume.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 09 August 2016, 11:30:21 AM
Oh, I haven't read a word yet.

Probably cause you need to learn to read.

IanS  ;)


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: fsn on 09 August 2016, 11:57:48 AM
If I could read that last comment, I'd be miffed.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 09 August 2016, 06:23:07 PM
Douglas Fermer's 'Sedan 1870, the eclipse of France' light on military detail but good big picture stuff, well and interestingly written. Moving on to 'France at bay' next week.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 10 August 2016, 03:24:40 AM
If I could read that last comment, I'd be miffed.

Don't worry, nobody reads Ian's comments.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: FierceKitty on 10 August 2016, 03:30:22 AM
Here's a self-portrait...which won't open. What does this programme mean, "too large"?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: ianrs54 on 10 August 2016, 07:17:48 AM
It's larger than your buffers will allow at a guess.

IanS


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 14 August 2016, 03:09:58 PM
Finished "Early Modern Systems Of Command: Queen Anne's Generals,Staff Officers and the Direction of Allied Warfare in the Low Countries and Germany, 1702 - 1711" by Steward Stansfield.

While a lot of talk about the personalities and duties, it left me wanting for more battlefield direction.  That was the last 20 or so pages out of 248.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 14 August 2016, 04:34:54 PM
Just started the Ballista novels again.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: SV52 on 14 August 2016, 11:45:04 PM
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.  Great fodder for an imagination.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 15 August 2016, 12:29:21 AM
Finished volume 9 "Wargaming in History:The Seven Years War, Lobositz, Reichenberg, Prague and Kolin" by Charles S Grant.

Always a good read, but I enjoyed the Gettysburg volume more.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: lentulus on 18 August 2016, 12:22:17 AM
YT by Alexi Nikitin.  Some university students are picked up by the KGB in the 80s because they are playing a strategic campaign game and it all seems suspicious.  The game is set "now" and suddenly it all becomes important again.  Just getting into it.

Anyone else here use "goodreads" to track their reading?


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Chris Pringle on 19 August 2016, 01:29:58 PM
"The Sword Behind the Shield" by Norbert Szmvber.

This is a combat history of the German efforts to relieve Budapest in 1945 - Operations Konrad I, II & III. It's a detailed day-by-day account of these major operations, with loads of info on which unit was where and with how many men and what types of tanks. Not a ripping yarn to read, but absolute gold dust for those of us who like to construct historical scenarios for our WWII tank battles. Next week we will wargame the fight for Ősi based on info in this book.

Also in the pile is another of Norbi's books, "Days of Battle: Armoured operations north of the River Danube, Hungary 1944-1945".

Chris

Bloody Big BATTLES!
https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/BBB_wargames/info
http://bloodybigbattles.blogspot.co.uk/


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: kipt on 21 August 2016, 03:52:18 AM
Finished "The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as we know it", by David Bell.

This is truly and excellent book.  It starts with the Revolution and goes through Waterloo (and beyond).  It shows how "gentlemanly" or "aristocratic" warfare changed to the mass armies and different philosophies (limited war to total war).

Not a lot of combat, but a lot of deep thinking.  Very well presented.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Ithoriel on 22 August 2016, 03:20:53 PM
Still reading "The Sumerians: A History From Beginning To End" by Henry Freeman on my PC Kindle during long sea voyages in Naval Action

Finished Mark Urban's "Tank War," which I enjoyed and from which I have a number of scenario ideas for CoC, and also "Sword of Destiny" by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Currently reading the Osprey "Bronze Age Chariots" when in the dining area and their "Early Aegean Warrior 5000-1450 BC" in the living room during ad breaks.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 22 August 2016, 07:19:00 PM
Just started "The Ottoman Endgame" by Sean McMeekin, essentially the history of Turkey up to and through WWI.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: JeffNNN on 23 August 2016, 06:40:01 PM
Just started "The Ottoman Endgame" by Sean McMeekin, essentially the history of Turkey up to and through WWI.
Will be interested in your view of this. I've recently bought but not yet started Rogan's book covering the same period.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: cameronian on 23 August 2016, 06:51:42 PM
France at Bay - Douglas Fermer, volume II of his FPW study.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 23 August 2016, 09:36:50 PM
Max Hastings the Korean war. Cracking read while I watch the kids splash away in sunny umbria


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Matt J on 24 August 2016, 09:02:24 AM
Great, me being smug about being on hols then the bloody place gets hit by an earthquake


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: Leman on 24 August 2016, 09:06:08 AM
Will be interested in your view of this. I've recently bought but not yet started Rogan's book covering the same period.
Will keep you posted Jeff.


Title: Re: What are you currently reading ?
Post by: mad lemmey on 24 August 2016, 09:14:42 AM
Great, me being smug about being on hols then the bloody place gets hit by an earthquake
Hope everyone is okay.


Title: Re: What are you currently readi