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  1. March Reading 2017

    We Are Legion(We Are Bob) is an excellent lighter sci-fi. I read it to clear my head after the very heavy Too LIke the Lightning.
  2. Looking for WWI or WWII Book Recommendations

    Just mentioning that anyone who wants a more detailed and scholarly reading of 1914 should read Holger Herwig's Marne
  3. 2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    A not-so-good month: Read 9 books, so my total is 23. I read three books by Janny Wurts: Fugitive Prince, Grand Conspiracy, Peril's Gate I read 2 classics: Emma, Bleak House I read 1 science fiction: Fortress at the End of Time Inda 3: King's Shield by Sherwood Smith Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre
  4. February Reading 2017

    Shadows of the Apt is a very interesting series and it gets noticeably stronger in the later books. My favourite was book 8.
  5. February Reading 2017

    Finished Fugitive Prince Book 5 of Wars of Light and Shadow. This series keeps on getting better. Also finished Joe McDermott's Fortress at the End of Time. Bad read, waste of time.
  6. 2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    A very satisfactory reading month - read 14 books 1. Dragonbone Chair 2. Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams - this ties into my goal of finishing MS&T 3. Ships of Merior 4. Warhost of Vastmark by Janny Wurts - this ties into my goal of finishing Wars of Light and Shadow 5. The Thousandfold Thought by R Scott Bakker - this ties into my goal of finishing Bakker 6. Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer 7. The Fox by Sherwood Smith 8. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews 9. City of Ice by KM Mckinley 10. Blue Remembered Earth 11. On the Steel Breeze 12. Poseidon's Children by Alastair Reynolds - this completes my Reynolds goal 13. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 14. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott - Both from the Classics list
  7. January Reading 2017

    Reading On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds. Really liked the first book, now very interested to see how this works as a generation ship story. Also reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  8. January Reading 2017

    Finished Warhost of Vastmark. Excellent read. Now reading Dragonbone Chair, about 270 pages in.
  9. January Reading 2017

    Finished Janny Wurts's Ships of Merior, pretty great second book, now onto War Host of Vastmark. Also Finished Gone with the Wind - entertaining book, but had some really poor characters, and one seriously contradictory one. Will probably read Ivanhoe from the Classics next
  10. This is all very interesting! I will be keeping all this in mind when I start the second series.
  11. I have just finished the Prince of Nothing trilogy. I have not read any of the Aspect Emperor books. Without spoiling me, is it possible to talk about what the Thousandfold Thought actually is? I was discussing this with a friend on another forum and we agreed that it was the ability of the Dunyain to achieve perfect comprehension of causality and thus to step outside it.
  12. January Reading 2017

    So basically entertaining fun? Fast moving light reads? I finished Bakker's Thousandfold Thought. Awesome book. I am now solidly in the " I love Bakker" camp
  13. Ft Lauderdale airport shooting

    You didn't really answer any of the points though - you keep on telling me to look, and I will, but why not answer with something more substantial than "People feel its important"? The Second Amendment reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This statement is meaningless minus historical context. The state militias were instrumental and important in the American war of independence. Moreover they were a symbol of the federal autonomy the states enjoyed. But where is the need for a militia today? Each state already has an armed contingent - the National Guard. They contribute to the national defence. Where is the need for a militia beyond this? The US armed forces are the most technologically advanced, well equipped and funded on the planet. Civilians owning guns will not make any substantial contribution to the national defence. And as for domestic application - would civilians with guns have improved the situation at the airport? All the reports spoke of panicked stampedes. Imagine multiple armed amateurs dischargins guns in that situation! It would in fact be pretty likely that this would create confusion over the total number of shooters, and the shooters identity and make the job of the police far more difficult.
  14. January Reading 2017

    Finished The Thousandfold Thought by Bakker. Awesome book.
  15. Ft Lauderdale airport shooting

    1. If it does not it is wrong, broken and a country bleeds everyday because of it. 2. What has right to bear arms got to do with registries. A person can own a gun, but needs to get it registered. I believe the car registry and insurance process is more rigourous. Why can't that apply to guns? 3. The TSA already screens people. The inspection on arms in checked luggage could be given to them. It would require more money, but surely that would be worth it if it prevented stuff like this? Without a registry, without a check on whether that gun you are transporting is actually yours or not how do you keep tabs on illegal weapons as well?