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...once more unto the breach and all that...
I must say that your username cracks me up & you will probably find me calling you 'scum'. lol!~! I also love your little sketch!
Intersting and amusing, particularly as I'm living there...
Hum... I know I enjoyed the first one or two, but lost interst as they went away from the Napoleonic Wars. I had expected to like this one as it's getting back to the wars and features Wellington battling Napoleon and the other dragon.
... had to force myslef to keep reading and finish... no joy.
Great to see another Terry Pratchett reader in the group, have you read Bill Bryson's Down Under which is another entertaining look at this bizarre country and its eccentric inhabitants !?
Need to go through a few stacks and take some to charity, I think.
Love your photo!!
... I keep thinking Tolkien had Friedrich-Wilhelm and Friedrich in mind when he thought up the Denethor - Faramir relationship...
Der Herrscher Der Zeit by Marc Hillefeld
How did this get published? ... rather cavalier attitude to rape there, Mr. author...
I've read one Lovecraft and it didn't grab me, but I do like the whole idea of Cthulhu.
I thought the one I read (the first, At the Mountains of Madness) was rather clunky, but I liked the idea of elder Gods hanging around driving the unwary mad with their great and deep and unspeakable evil and their wibbling tentacles.
And other people REALLY liked the whole Lovecraftian ideas, and Cthulhu (one of the elder Gods, and I always forget all the other ones) is now its own little subgenre in horror. The Laundry Files by Charles Stross are part of this subgenre, but with humour, and bureaucracy. I think they're probably fairly comparable to The Rook which several of us (including you, judylou?) enjoyed last year.
I did enjoy The Rook. Perhaps I will have a look at the Stross book.
Frühstück mit Kängurus by Bill Bryson
with for some reason seems to have two English names, 'Down Under' and 'In a Sunburned Country'...?
Favourite bit is the chapter about Cairns and the Barrier Reef - going there for the cowfish!
Oh, and have I told you about my Australian Movie Endeavour?
... am tempted... any advice? (other than NOOOOOO!)
oooooh, and found more movies!
*bounce, boun... NO! hop, hop, hop!*
And now for something completely different:
History of the King's German Legion by North Ludlow Beamish
This is a kind of 'narration' of the legion's exploits during the Coalition Wars. The author sticks very closely to despatches, letters and journals written by the people involved in the proceedings. This means that charming little asides turn up - like:
It is recorded in one of the MS. accounts of this skirmish, that, during the fight, a large dog, which had for some time attached itself to the hussars, seeing one of them in the water, plunged in, and brought the man out through the midst of the combat.
Dierking states that Lord Wellington, having suggested throwing shells into the French colums against which the cavalry charge was directed, and orders having been given to that effect, was so pleased at the precision with which the German bombadier executed his task, that his lordship clapped him on the back, and said, "Very well, my boy."
but also means that the reader doesn't really get the 'big picture', how the single skirmishes and actions are connected in the overall proceedings.
... and now I want to read the some of the mentioned journals...
Blickpunkte in die Medizingeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts by Wolfgang Hach, Viola Hach-Wunderle
Makes me sad to realise how wrong the majority of historical fiction and historical fantasy (scowls at steampunk) get it...
... and you can tell I'm parallel-reading, right?
And I hope you get to furnish a nice reading room (or reading nook) in your new place.
And the movies . . whatever you do, don't watch Chopper or Wolf Creek (we're not like that at all); but you must watch The Castle and Muriel's Wedding because just like they are in these movies, we are all a bunch of happy-go-lucky dags here.
Hope you find some time for your books.