What are you currently reading ?

Started by goat major, 03 November 2012, 06:40:05 PM

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And finished "The Maps Of First Bull Run: An Atlas of the First Bull Run (Manassas) Campaign, including the Battle of Ball's Bluff, June-October 1861" by Bradley M. Gottfried.

Same format as the others.  Love these books.

Techno II

14 October 2021, 11:00:14 AM #3781 Last Edit: 14 October 2021, 11:12:37 AM by Techno II
For the last few weeks...

Listened to.....

"The Wanton Angel", by Edward Marston....About an Elizabethan theatrical company......Not bad ...enjoyed that.
"Murder on Amsterdam Avenue", by Victoria Thompson.....Murder 'mystery' set after the American Civil war...Pretty good...Basically someone trying to hide their 'black' roots. Thought provoking.
"The Prisoner of Heaven".....Set in Barcelona 1957.....So, So.
"Pleading Guilty", by Scott Turow...Too many twists right at the end.

Trying finish off....."The Three Secret Cities", by Matthew Reilly..... :o :o :o :o.....James Bond meets Indiana Jones meets conspiracy theories meets Star Wars meets more 'proper' ancient myths meets the da Vinci Code......Can't remember any Call of Cthulhu, though  8-} 8-}

Cheers - Phil :)

Techno II

I forgot about Iron Man (2...or was it 3)....Nod to that as well. X_X

Not sure whether I'll finish this one off.
I can cope with a LOT of daftness, in stories......and find them entertaining/diverting...but this one is definitely extracting the urine.

This is apparently book 5. :o

Hey Ho...Library van will be back tomorrow.

No wonder I keep listening to my own CDs.

Can still listen to, and enjoy all the old Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Bernard Cornwell.....Blah, blah, blah...And the radio shows of Old Harry's Game....Elvenquest....LOTR....H2G2...Bleak expectations...........Cabin pressure....John Finnemore's  Souvenir Programme.

Cheers - Phil. ;D


And this double post by Phil was so decisive that no one had anything to say for 6hours?

Proper Mic drop moment!
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Techno II

I thought it was very quiet, Forbes.  ;)

Cheers - Phil. :)


Quote from: Techno II on 14 October 2021, 11:00:14 AM
. . . meets the da Vinci Code......

You mean it turns into un-readable drivel?

Quote from: Techno II on 14 October 2021, 11:00:14 AM
Can't remember any Call of Cthulhu, though  8-} 8-}

Coincidentally, I'm currently looking at Alone Against the Flames - Solo Adventure, and wondering whether it's worth printing it out and having a go. Looks like it works in the style of the old Fighting Fantasy books.
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Quote from: Techno II on 14 October 2021, 07:38:05 PM
I thought it was very quiet, Forbes.  ;)

/watches tumbleweeds blow down main st. . . .
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Well, I recently read OSPREY:
* France 1940
* Fall Gelb 1940 (1)
* Fall Gelb 1940 (2)

Good books and worth it if a topic of interest, which for me currently applies.

Techno II

Quote from: Raider4 on 14 October 2021, 09:12:10 PM
You mean it turns into un-readable drivel?

In my case, 'unlistenable', Martyn. ;)

I can often really enjoy OTT stories.....But the one above......The Three Secret Cities, was in a class of its own.....And not in a good way ! ;D ;D ;D

I finally gave up about 2/3 of the way into the story, when some 'hero'..who hadn't appeared before, rescued the main characters from a 'completely impossible to escape' situation.
Did I want to know what happened in the end ?.....Nope !! :D

Cheers - Phil ;)


Finished "The Maps Of The Bristoe Station And Mine run Campaigns: An Atlas of the Battles and Movements in the Eastern Theater after Gettysburg, including Rappahannock Station, Kelly's Ford, and Morton's Ford, July 1863 - February 1864" by Bradley M. Gottfried.

Same format as the others, but about a campaign that is little written about.  Narrative on the left, maps on the right, down to regiments and batteries.

Love 'em!


The Iran-Iraq War: Volume 1, The Battle for Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982

A very good read but very uncomplimentary towards the Chieftain tanks the Iranians fielded in large numbers.


Finished "The Maps of Antietam: An Atlas of the Antietam (Sharpsburg) Campaign, Including the Battle of South Mountain, September 2 - 20, 1862" by Bradley M. Gottfried.  Same format as the others so very, very good.  Narrative on the left hand page, map on the right.  OB in the end papers (but not strengths).

Always thought Antietam and South Mountain were most interesting battles and this book does a great job in explaining the troop movements.


Finished "The Maps Of The Wilderness: An Atlas of the Wilderness Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, May 2-6, 1864" by Bradley M. Gottfried.  Same format as the others.

This book, with the narratives and maps, gave me a much better idea of the problems the armies encountered in the Wilderness; losing their way, firing into friends, never getting into the fight,

Great set of books, these atlases.


Finished "Prince Eugene of Savoy" by COL G.B. Malleson, 1888.  Good study of the life of Eugene and very well could be the fore runner to "Prince Eugene" by LTG Sir George MacMunn as I previously thought.

Some good credit given to Eugene's adversary's, such as Marshal Villars.


Finished "The Maps of Fredericksburg; An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 - January 22, 1863" by Bradley M. Gottfried.

Another in the series by Savas Beatie Publishers.  They have an extensive printing of ACW books if anyone is interested.

This book is as good as the others and one wonders what was in Burnsides's mind by continuing the assaults on the stone wall. Eighteen separate brigades attacking essentially one at a time.  Unbelievable.