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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:53 pm 
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A good excuse to start learning Finnish. :lol:


Dammit! Isn't Swedish an official language in Finland!? :D


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:40 pm 
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So with the advent of the WWW...


Long ago I read William Manchester's Goodbye Darkness - about his experiences in the USMC and the Pacific (WW2). His ability as a writer is not in doubt - but sadly he appears to have taken some pretty creative steps when writing the book that hurt his credability big time.

The book includes his post war travels to various PTO battlefields mixed with his combat experiences and you get the impression he fought in several places but from information available online it seems he saw combat (only) on Okinawa, maybe - supposedly he was ended up being an infantry squad leader, some claim he had some kind of staff assignment. Great writing IMHO but much of it seems to be fiction.


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Reading Chancellorsville by Stephen Sears now. Very good read. Learned a bit more about Joe Hooker that surprised me a bit.

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Empire Strikes Back.
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5/03/13 5:38pmFiled to: star wars

May the Fourth! Tomorrow's the day we celebrate all things Star Wars — which makes it the perfect day to recognize one of the great unsung contributors to the galaxy far, far away: Leigh Brackett wrote the first script draft of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and her contributions helped make the saga epic.
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Leigh Douglass Brackett (December 7, 1915 – March 18, 1978) was an American writer, particularly of science fiction, and has been referred to as the Queen of Space Opera.[1] She was also a screenwriter, known for her work on such films as The Big Sleep (1946), Rio Bravo (1959), The Long Goodbye (1973) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). She was the first woman shortlisted for the Hugo Award.
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'Black Amazon of Mars' by Leigh Douglass Brackett https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32664 sounds interesting

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32664

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Year Zero: A History of 1945 (ALA Notable Books for Adults) Hardcover – September 26, 2013
by Ian Buruma (Author)

5.0 out of 5 starsWe are wrong to think that the horrors ended after the surrenders of Germany and Japan.
October 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At the end of World War II after the death camps were liberated, aid workers noticed a strange thing among the survivors waiting to be relocated. Half-dead, grotesquely emaciated, many became sexually promiscuous. The author of the book, Ian Buruma, quotes a doctor that one could not really blame the young girls who had passed through hell and "are now seized by an irresistible desire for affection and forgetfulness..." Outside the camps VD rates and illegitimate births rose sharply. Buruma says "the fact is that many women and men were simply looking for warmth, companionship, love, even marriage." This book is worth reading if for no other reason than to learn what happened to a case of lipstick mistakenly sent to Bergen-Belsen after the war.

More than 60 million people died in World War II, over three percent of the world's population, for no good reason as far as anyone can tell now. Among the least ignoble reasons for the German and Japanese leaders who decided to go to war was to get "living space," because it was thought that without land and colonies their countries would decline. Look at them now, Germany with no eastern territories and Japan with no colonies, two of the richest places on earth. The men in those countries who made World War II caused unspeakable suffering for an idea which was dead wrong.

The country which lost the most people was the Soviet Union. Eight million Soviet soldiers died, of whom 3.3 million were deliberately starved to death. Sixteen million Soviet civilians died. Ten million Chinese civilians died (the United States lost 0.4 million soldiers and civilians).
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“Miss Temptation” by Kurt Vonnegut
By: Kurt Vonnegut
Published: October 24, 2011
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Puritanism had fallen into such disrepair that not even the oldest spinster thought of putting Susanna in a ducking stool; not even the oldest farmer suspected that Susanna’s diabolical beauty had made his cow run dry.

Susanna was a bit-part actress in the summer theater near the village, and she rented a room over the firehouse. She was a part of village life all summer, but the villagers never got used to her. She was forever as startling and desirable as a piece of big-city fire apparatus.

Susanna’s feathery hair and saucer eyes were as black as midnight. Her skin was the color of cream. Her hips were like a lyre, and her bosom made men dream of peace and plenty forever and ever. She wore barbaric golden hoops on her shell-pink ears, and around her ankles were chains with little bells on them.

She went barefoot and slept until noon every day. And, as noon drew near, the villagers on the main street would grow as restless as beagles with a thunderstorm on the way.

At noon, Susanna would appear on the porch outside her room. She would stretch languidly, pour a bowl of milk for her black cat, kiss the cat, fluff her hair, put on her earrings, lock her door, and hide the key in her bosom.

And then, barefoot, she would begin her stately, undulating, titillating, tinkling walk—down the outside stairway, past the liquor store, the insurance agency, the real-estate office, the diner, the American Legion post, and the church, to the crowded drugstore. There she would get the New York papers.

She seemed to nod to all the world in a dim, queenly way. But the only person she spoke to during her daily walk was Bearse Hinkley, the seventy-two-year-old pharmacist.

The old man always had her papers ready for her.

“Thank you, Mr. Hinkley. You’re an angel,” she would say, opening a paper at random. “Now, let’s see what’s going on back in civilization.” While the old man would watch, fuddled by her perfume, Susanna would laugh or gasp or frown at items in the paper—items she never explained.

Then she would take the papers and return to her nest over the firehouse. She would pause on the porch outside her room, dip her hand into her bosom, bring out the key, unlock the door, pick up the black cat, kiss it again, and disappear inside.

The one-girl pageant had a ritual sameness until one day toward the end of summer, when the air of the drugstore was cut by a cruel, sustained screech from a dry bearing in a revolving soda-fountain stool.
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With its selection by the Literary Guild for January, this is a safe bet for the first of the year -- a long, robust, picaresque novel of Spain of the Inquisition, Mexico of Cortes, and Europe of Charles of Austria, which unfolds the story of Pedro de Vargas, young Spanish nobleman, as he emerges from superficiality to reality. His knightly love given to Luisa, it is Catana, dancer at an inn, to whom he gives his heart and who is never absent when he needs her. Pedro saves an Indian slave, rescues Catana from de Silva's thugs, aids Garcia in trying to free Garcia's mother from the Inquisitor and then finds that he and his family are to be tortured by the Inquisition because of de Silva's animosity. Catana provides for their escape and Pedro joins Garcia for the New World and service with Cortes... Catana turns up, and with Garcia, Pedro sees the long march to Mexico, the subjugation of the Indians, the Indian rebellion, La Noche Triste, and, through de Silva's treachery, they are captured. But Coatl saves and takes them to his people. They rejoin Cortes, who separates Catana and Pedro by making Pedro his envoy to their ruler. Pedro is able once again to escape de Silva's machinations and prove to Charles of Austria the loyalty of Cortes and the overseas expeditions, and clear himself of all charges. Catana is found and they set out for a permanent home in the New World... A lively, action packed historical romance, which reanimates the interlocking old and new worlds, the scourge of the Inquisition and its injustices, the history making campaigns of Cortes, the downfall of the Indian Empire, the wiles and treacheries of conqueror and conquered, the fabulous -- and unpleasant -- aspects of the new country, and the interplay of international politics. Plenty of color, drama, swordplay and escape while you may.
Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1944
Publisher: Little, Brown


The movie only covers the first part of the book, great read.
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Not a post about any specific book, rather it is about Amazon banning some books that it previously had for sale:




Bang Estonia: How to make love with Estonian Girls in Estonia...banned.

Bank Ukraine: How to sleep with Ukrainian women in Ukraine....banned.

Mein Kampf....not banned.

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Reading Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne: 1812 - 1813. Should have started it in July and I wouldn't have needed the air conditioner. About 50% in on the Kindle version and he is just approaching the Bezarina.

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Amazing price $0.00 ... worth a read
Redliners Kindle Edition
by David Drake (Author)
4.2 out of 5 stars 301 customer reviews
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Drake returns with great success to the pattern of his best military sf novels. After a near-suicidal operation, an elite company of recon troops has been "redlined" --declared pyschologically unfit. A complex and somewhat improbable experiment is mounted to save them: they will escort a column of civilians across an intensely hostile world to a final confrontation at an alien biological warfare center. This scenario proves the foundation of an excellent book, full of Drake's usual superb action scenes and ingenious weapons and menaces. Drake also does considerably better by his characters, both civil and military (including the women): even one of his stock-in-trade personae, the guilt-obsessed trooper, takes on new life under the name of Caius Blohm. This is, far and away, the prolific Drake's best book since The Sharp End (1993). Roland Green

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