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Winter of the World by Ken Follett

This is the second book in the Century Trilogy and I’m going to try to finish the series this year, instead of letting it hang around for a few years.

Published: 2013

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 940 pages

Font: Warnock Pro

Setting: USA, Germany, England, and the USSR, 1933-1949 Continue reading

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Online War by Frances Silversmith

online-war-coverContinuing my reading through the alphabet of short stories provided in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology:

Published: March, 2013 in The Grantville Gazette, Volume 36

Genre: science fiction

Length: 12 pages

Setting: near future Greece

Summary: Tensions are rising in Nicosia, and it looks like Greece and Turkey might go to war. If bullets start flying, it is likely nuclear missiles will fly next. Basil and Daphne are just two ordinary people (with some computer skills) who decide to do something to prevent a nuclear holocaust. Basil is able to hack into the neural interfaces (NIFs) of all the leaders in conflict. Daphne then locks their NIFs into a very realistic war simulation game her company has developed. They record the actions of the leaders and show it to the world.

Final thoughts: An interesting enough story. I liked the fact that Basil was able to hack everyone’s NIFs because he’s using old tech (a desktop computer) that is able to access all the underlying protocols to the apps the NIFs use. There was a bit of a love story developing between Basil and Daphne that I’m not sure I really bought. It was along the lines of “Let’s get some action before the end of the world” and it felt just as passionate. While the world was about to end in a nuclear disaster, I didn’t really feel the tension in the story. It felt more clinical than anything.

Title comes from: The war ended up being fought in an online app, and not in real life.

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

I was made aware of this book when we did WWI for American History Club. There is an amazing amount of good literature about WWII, but not near so many stories about WWI. When I was looking for kids books, I got some suggestions for adult books. This was one of them. I picked it now because I’m trying to round out my Alphabet Reading Challenge for the year. I’m at the phase where I’m picking books off my list that fill holes in the alphabet.

Published: 2010

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 985 pages (oh so close to getting that 1000+ tag)

Setting: England, France, Germany, Russia, and the U.S., 1911-1924

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1632 by Erik Flint

Published: 2000

Genre: alternate history

Length: 608 pages

Setting: West Virginia, present day, and then Germany, 1632

Interest: A random book I picked off my Kindle, originally put on free from Baen Books. Continue reading

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Drona’s Death by Max Gladstone

Published: 2013 in xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheiner, reprinted at Tor.com

Genre: mythology

Length: 15 pages

Setting: probably somewhere in India, in the mythical past

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: There is a war going on. Drona and his son, Ashwatthama, fight on the side of the King, while Drona’s old students, the Pandava brothers, and Krishna fight on the other side. Drona is doing massive damage with a magical bow and arrow and the Pandava brothers need to come up with a plan to stop him. They can’t destroy the weapon or kill Drona, so they devise a plan to trick him into giving up the weapon.

Final thoughts: I found the setting and the use of Hindu mythology to be very interesting. At the same time, it made it difficult to get immersed in the story because I didn’t have the background knowledge to sink right into the setting. There was lots of destruction, but very little gore and no rationale for the fighting, which I would have liked at least a bit of.

Title comes from: The plot of the story

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Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Bonus review this week since I don’t have to travel for gymnastics and the house is quiet this morning.

Published: 2006

Genre: graphic novel, war fiction

Length: 136 pages

Setting: Baghdad, during an American attack in 2003

Interest: I was going through the graphic novels at one of my local libraries and picked this up because it was written by Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote Y: The Last Man that was so good I’m automatically interested in anything else he wrote. Continue reading

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