wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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What the well-read wombat is reading this spring

Nothing new, I'm afraid. Boring literary stuff follows.

In no particular order:
Good Enough To Dream, Roger Kahn
The story of the 1983 Utica Blue Sox, an independent team that won the pennant in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League, and how Roger got involved with them. Independent league fans will recognize some of the names of players and owners who later became involved with the Northern League.

Hellhounds: Panzer Cops #1 and #5, Mamoru Oshii
I have #3 en route from the UK, thanks to eBay, and will probably order the remaining three from mycomics.com after I clean out my change cups. Until then I'm withholding judgment since the story is just too fragmented.

In The Hall Of The Martian King, John Barnes
I can't find the first two books in this series, The Duke of Uranium and A Princess of the Aerie, and am not sure I want to. They're trainwreck books, with unpleasant people doing nasty things (admittedly to people who deserve it) and I'm avoiding those for a while.

The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
Oh, this is a fabulous book. Chock-full of great lines, most of which make me terribly homesick.

Warlord, David Drake & S. M. Stirling
The first two novels of The General series, which I admit to being obsessed with, in one hardback. The remaining three novels are in Conqueror, which I'm pretty sure is around here somewhere...

Grimmer Than Hell, David Drake
The flip side of his humor collection, All The Way To The Gallows, this is mostly a collection of his stories from The Fleet series of anthologies added to "Nation Without Walls" and its sequels, which were previously collected in Lacey And His Friends. There are also a couple of combat SF stories not previously collected.

Foreign Legions, David Drake
"Ranks of Bronze" was one of Drake's first stories, and the tale of Roman legionaries shanghaied into alien service eventually grew into a full novel, after a lot of prodding by Jim Baen. This is a collection of stories set in that universe - some of them sequels, others not, by David Weber, S. M. Stirling, and others.

From Dawn to Decadence, Jacques Barzun
I first tried to read this straight through, which was a mistake because there's simply too much information. I've been reading it a couple of pages at a time, which is much better and allows me to properly appreciate the book. This is a history of Western Civilization that looks primarily at the arts and society instead of using the traditional military & political view of history. Fascinating, fascinating book, that covers an exceptionally wide field while not omitting helpful references for people who want to go deeper.

This Kind Of War, T.R. Fehrenbach
Everything I know about the Korean War I learned from Fehrenbach. This isn't really true; I became fascinated by the Korean War as a child, when my father acquired S.L.A. Marshall's The River And The Gauntlet through the Time Reading Program. However, this is probably the best popular history of that war, outlining how we got into the war and got our asses soundly kicked by the North Koreans and later the Chinese. I can't recommend this book highly enough - have had my copy since high school, and someday I'm going to pick up the hardback.
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