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  1. Garett Hornwood

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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    August '18 Reading- (Insert Clever Subtitle)

    Last week I was on vacation and spent some of the time reading some short books, here's a quick list: The Book of Acts by Wilson Paroschi, Jedi the Last (William Shakespeare's Star Wars Part the Eighth) by Ian Doescher, Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry, Tournament Upstart by Thomas J. Dygard (REREAD), and Game Plan by Thomas J. Dygard (REREAD). I'm currently reading Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny as my primary book, I'm reading Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives #1 edited by Margaret Weis as my home only read, and I'm reading Laying Down the Law by Keith Augustus Burton as my weekend read.
  11. I'm starting the month by reading a biography about Seventh-day Adventist pioneer Joseph Bates by George R. Knight, this book is a part of a series on Adventist Pioneers and Knight is the preeminent Adventist historian and Bates is someone I've never learned much about except connected with others. I'm also continuing my reading of Tacitus' The Histories, which covers the 'Year of the Four Emperors' aka 69 AD...well that's what has survived because only the first four books survived whole along with a part of Book 5. Most likely the entire piece was a history of the Flavian Dynasty (Vespasian, Titus, Domitian), but the events of how the Flavians got into power survived through history. Anyways I'll have both books finished Saturday at the latest, next week I'm on vacation and I haven't decided on what exactly I'll be reading but it'll probably be short books that I've had on TBR pile for a while just to get out of the way. So that's how I'm starting the month reading, what are you up to?
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    I finished two books in the last few days to round out the month of July. First was rereading Balance of Power by Jeff Rovin, which is the fifth book of the Op-Center series, and while it's not the greatest action-thriller it is the best installment of the series (but given some of the poor books before it that's not saying much). Yesterday I finished Abraham's Other Son: Islam Among Judaism & Christianity by Philip Samaan. It's a very informative book, but unfortunately the structure of the book makes it seem likes it's three different books that were pieced together.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Finished Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett on Tuesday. I really enjoyed it even with some jokes clearly beyond their expiration date. I've started a reread of Balance of Power by Jeff Rovin, this is the fifth book of Tom Clancy's Op-Center series.
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    July '18 Reading - What We Read in the Shadows

    Alright, since my last post I completed Edgedancer which I really enjoyed and am glad I did before Oathbringer comes out in MMP in October (supposedly, could be interrupting Amazon wrong). This was also my 45th book of the year, which meant I achieved my book challenge for the year and now I'm wondering if I'll be able to set another personal record. Since that was my "home" exclusive read, I chose Tacitus' The Histories and am currently almost a third through. I began Abraham's Other Son: Islam Among Judaism & Christianity by Philip G. Samaan. I had a class from Dr. Samaan in college and am close to campus and picked up this book for free. This is a weekend only read and am only a third of the way through. Yesterday I "finished" Ulysses by James Joyce. For the first 45% of the book, I was able to follow things but then I just lost track of what was going on. Eventually I decided to just start skimming my way through to say I looked at each page. The best way to express my experience is to say, "I came. I read. I failed." I'll be starting Good Omens tomorrow. Cool good to hear. Might have been a better experience. I agree with you on the first three. Each time I'm in the bookstore and I pass the history section, I've wanted to grab this book.
  15. It depends on why you would want to read it. Personally I have a history degree and am very interested in history including reading the classics even though the information in them are now outdated. So naturally I read the unabridged version. If you're just reading Gibbon as a general reader then I say abridged. If you're a history nut like I might be called then I recommend the unabridged. I actually read this book a few years before I finally got Gibbon, so I could see the definite bias of Gibbon and centuries of further research as shown by Norwich when comparing the two.