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  1. Garett Hornwood

    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    This past weekend I finished two books. The first was The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James, it was a fantastic overview of 400-years of history concerning the cultural, economic, martial, and political elements that went into the formation, endurance, and end of the Empire. The second was a biography of W.W. Prescott by Gilbert M. Valentine. My next read will be a history of D-Day from the perspectives of numerous individuals who lived through it: Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    Finished Founding Rivals by Chris DeRose, though it was good book describing how James Madison and James Monroe came to be standing against one another for a House seat for the 1st Congress under the Constitution and how the outcome probably saved the Constitution from getting scraped by a second Constitutional Convention. I've started The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    Hi everyone, Based on the beginning of the December 2018 Reading thread, I thought we'd try a multi-month thread to begin the year and instead naming it after a season (because of hemispheres) I'd just go generic with First Quarter to cover January through March. I'm starting off the year with three biographies/histories. Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe by Chris DeRose is my primary read to start off the year because it was a Christmas present from my aunt. My first "home" read of the year will be Herodotus' The Histories. And my first "tame"/religious weekend read will be W.W. Prescott by Gilbert M. Valentine. So what are you reading to start off the New Year?
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    December 2018 Reading

    I completed 7 books this month and here's a quick recap of them. Divine Encounters by Zecharia Sitchin, this is a companion book to his ancient astronaut Earth Chronicles series but it hardly went over new material. Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Tales from the Eternal Archives #2 edited by Margaret Weis, this collection of short stories were as high quality as the first Archives collection but there was one gem. James White: Innovator and Overcomer by Gerald Wheeler, a biography of one of the three founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church. The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus, probably the classical writer's best work (though unfortunately didn't survive complete) and a fascinating read. The Guide for the Perplexed by Maimonides was an interesting look into how Jewish religious thought and ancient Greek philosophy are synthesized through rationality. Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, a little known fantasy author who is fleshing out the historical background of his world. And finally Teaching History: A Seventh-day Adventist Approach by Gary Land, a small book that examines how Christian historians should approach the teaching and writing of history by staying true to their faith but within professional standards. For the year I read a personal best 83 books for over 30000 pages.
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    November 2018 Reading - remember, remember the blade of Ember

    I finished up November by completing Iceberg by Clive Cussler, the third Dirk Pitt book though second published. While it was a quick paced book, it was a adventure/thriller book of it's time (the mid-1970s) and so a lot of things didn't age well namely something of things Pitt thinks, says, and does. Honestly I'm not expecting much from these early books in Cussler's Dirk Pitt series so I wasn't surprise at the issues and the fact that Pitt was jerk (though less of one than in The Mediterranean Caper). My last post I said I was going to be reading The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides as my primary read, but after one day of reading it at work I though it would be a better decision to make it my "home" read where I'd get through at least 10 pages a day. Over the past week I've found this working a lot better as I'm absorbing and understanding more of Maimonides treatise than I felt I was the one day I took it to work to read on my breaks.
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    November 2018 Reading - remember, remember the blade of Ember

    I finished several books this week, the first was Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives #1 edited by Margaret Weis. This is a collection of 19 stories and vast majority of them were at least okay but a large number of them were very good. The second was Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, which I found really fascinating especially in seeing a younger Dalinar and comparing him to the older Dalinar that we've already met. Some of Dalinar's interactions with Lift, Cultivation, Odium, and various others were also good. I think Sanderson did a good job to change things around to build the overall world while still progressing the narrative. Obviously the length of the book was a bit of a drawback and some of the open-ended stuff in which you couldn't tell if Sanderson was creating mysteries to be solved later or just plain mysteries that will never be solves was a bit concerning, yet I really enjoyed the book. I also read another straight-forward nature book meant for children with Paddletail the Beaver and His Neighbors, this nothing more than something light on the weekends to read so as to have a change of pace to my reading. So the current primary book I'm reading is a ARC of The Reign of the Kingfisher by T.J. Martinson, which is about man taking hostages demanding the Chicago PD release information about the supposed death of a real-life superhero/vigilante (the titular) Kingfisher and several characters working on their own (for different reason) to figure out what happened 30 years before. So far it's a cliche filled but engaging read that has a mystery feel to it and I think there are three ways it could end. I'm working my way through the preface and analysis of my edition of The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides that I'll really get into after finishing the Kingfisher book. And I'll be finishing up another weekend read of another children's nature book, Wild Creatures in Winter.
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    November 2018 Reading - remember, remember the blade of Ember

    I'm currently reading Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer. So far I'm liking how he's pacing things out in the series and the book (I'm approximately 35% through already). Plus I just read Dalinar's first interaction with Lift which was pretty funny.
  8. A brief look back at my reading from my last post. I completed Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions by Walt Whitman, this one took me over a year to read because I'm not good with poetry and I've forsworn them in the future as a result. I then finished Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church by Richard W. Schwarz & Floyd Greenleaf. And yesterday I finished a re-read the sixth book of the Op-Center series, State of Siege by Jeff Rovin.
  9. Last Friday I finished The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt, almost 1300 pages of text and notes about the 20-year lifespan of a political party that was crucial in understanding the antebellum period and the onset of the Civil War. This was Holt's academic magnum opus and it is extremely detailed not only telling the history of politics on the national level but state, county, and even cities. Took me over a month to read, but was worth it. This past weekend I read another children's book just as a breath of fresh air in opposition to the density of Holt. The Mallards and Their Neighbors by Neil Wayne Northey, a simple nature book for kids original published in the 1930s that you can just enjoy. Sunday I started The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler, first published Dirk Pitt novel though chronologically the second. I'll be finishing this book tomorrow, but the 45 year difference between now and then is really showing. I'm going to rate this lower than Pacific Vortex! for several reasons, but I'm not going to stop reading the series because I knew what I was getting into and frankly I'm more interested in the books in the middle of the series which I had listened to via audiobooks when I was in high school.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    A quick update on what I've gotten through since my last post. I'm approximately halfway through Michael F. Holt's The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, not surprising since it's 1296 pages long but only 985 is actual text. Yesterday I finished a weekend read of The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors by Neil Wayne Northey. Honestly this was a children's book, but given the detail of Holt it was a nice change of pace that was much needed (for a few days at least). I only completed 5 books this month, which is my lowest total of the year but oh well.
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    What if House Gardener Survived The Field of Fire?

    The easiest way for House Gardener to survive is if Mern IX's nephew who died three days after the Field of Fire of his burns wasn't as severely burned and lived to continue the House (that's if where he was burned didn't make him a eunuch). The next step was to marry, if he wasn't already, and begin a family. If this unnamed Gardener wasn't already married and if he thought about everything leading up to the Field of Fire, he'd married Harlan Tyrell's daughter and then make his brother-in-law Theo the lord of some castle who's family had been wiped out during the battle. Then in the course of events, Harlan dies ("accidentally" maybe or in Dorne like in the regular timeline, though maybe still "accidentally") and this Gardener does away with the position of High Steward afterwards. Given the Field of Fire, House Gardener would be loyal (not wholeheartedly, but enough not to raise eyebrows) to the Targaryens until the last of the dragons died after that things could go several ways. The Gardeners could pick a convenient time to declare their independence or scheme to takeover the Iron Throne.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    I finished Red Rising by Pierce Brown on Sunday. The headline for my Amazon review is literally: Sorry, I already read The Hunger Games (it was better). To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement and the less said the better. I've started reading The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party by Michael F. Holt, I've been wanting to read this book since seeing it on the shelf in my high school history teacher's office my senior year almost 20 years ago. It's a very detailed look at the 20+ year existence of a political party and as a history nerd I don't know what can be better.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    I finished rereading When Time Began by Zecharia Sitchin, overall it was alright for his work but there were more issues in his theories and conclusions that stood out more than previous installments of his book series. I started reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown, I'm roughly 40% into the book and frankly without going into spoilers it feels that it's just like another series except "In Space". I have the other two books in the first trilogy, but if I'm not really impressed by the end of this book then I'm not wasting my time with Golden Son and Morningstar.
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    September '18 Reading - A Labor of Love

    Okay a full week into September I've completed two books so far. The first was Lamarck's Revenge: How Epigenetics is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution's Past and Present by Peter Ward, I got this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program and after I finished it I wish I hadn't won. When Ward basically had an agenda to lionize one scientist (Lamarck) and demonize others (particularly Charles Darwin) to the determent of actually explaining what epigenetics is to a readers satisfaction. The second book was Pacific Vortex! by Clive Clussler, this was the first Dirk Pitt story Cussler wrote but the sixth published. I listened to several audiobooks featuring Pitt but this was my first one actually reading through. There are several cliches and some plot holes, but it was a nice quick read that kept me entertained. As my primary book I'm currently rereading When Time Began by Zecharia Sitchin, this is the fifth book of his Earth Chronicles series about his ancient astronaut theory. My home-only read is Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives edited by Margaret Weis, which I started last month am about 40% because I'm currently in a funk while at home when I try to read else I would have been finished with this book already.
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    August '18 Reading- (Insert Clever Subtitle)

    A quick end of the month wrap up of what I've read since my last post. I finished Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny on the 16th, it's not perfect but I enjoyed the book and would read it if I ever get through my TBR pile. I finihed Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton on the 18th and found it an excellent Bible study book over the course of two weekend. And earlier this week I finished Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works, this was a book of philosophical and theological material from the late 1000s/early 1100s by the aforementioned Anselm; the least said of this the better.
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