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Re-reading Castles of Steel (a phrase of Churchill's) which is a history of WW1 at sea. Sequel to Dreadnoght. Good pair of books on WW1
Also King Arthur's Place in Prehistory by Cummins
Finished Heaven's Command. Jan Morris, a chatty history of the Brit empire. Vol. 1 of a trilogy. Read it ages ago. Good book.

Need a good novel. I like William Boyd, something along those lines I think.

Cannot deal with Sci-fi or fantasy any longer. They come across as parodies somehow.
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Try “Lord of light” by Zealazny
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Just cracked a book of Evelyn Waugh short stories and essays.

Skipped to the one about his trip to Mexico (during a period of extreme anti-clericalism) to compare it to Graham Greene's account from around the same time. Two Roman Catholic apologists with similar English upper class educations, but different politics.

It's almost as if Waugh didn't visit the same country as Graham Greene. 8)
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Yep, you totally outsmarted me ~ Wildcat.

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Editor-Proof Your Writing by Don McNair

Pretty much exactly what the title says. Recommended to me by a friend of mine who is a professional editor.

Then I am moving on to Save The Cat Writes A Novel, which was also recommended by the same friend. It’s a book about plot and story structure.

I am using my quarantine time (or, as I call it, quaran-time) to write a novel based on my bounty hunter short stories. Nothing too exciting except to me, I reckon

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Reading about two or three phyla puts me nicely to sleep (amusingly most of them either go back to the Cambrian/Ordovician or have no known fossil). Like botany books you have to learn your own language to grasp what it's about (i. e. avalanche of technical terms, especially in descriptions of the anatomy of the various weird beasties).
I'm about 2/3 through the 559 pages.

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Also read Guards! Guards! from the Discworld series. Till then I thought Pratchett was mildly amusing but not that good, but I'm not so sure now so I will give what I have another try.

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The Plutonium Files
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Stealing Fire
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Quote by robinson » Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:39 am
The Plutonium Files

Quote by robinson » Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:40 am
Stealing Fire

I'm guessing Plutonium Files was a short story. :|

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Not long ago finished up John Ringo's "Troy Rising" series. Ed, you will absolutely love the series if you haven't read it already. It's got bad physics and smug politics, but I found it fascinating just the same. You'll be slightly less annoyed by the smug politics because you'll sympathize.

I've never been so interested in the economics of trading with a much wealthier and technologically advanced partner, the economics of war, and materials engineering. It's also fun in that there are different factions of aliens to deal with. Start with "Live Free or Die".

Just goes to show what a really good storyteller can do. The worst thing about it is that it's an unfinished series but the author may get around to resuming it.
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gnome wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:50 pm
Not long ago finished up John Ringo's "Troy Rising" series. ...
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Thank you. I will check it out.
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NO you won't. You won't even watch a movie that YOU recommended.

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I’ve been reading the Plutonium Files for 3 years now


It’s a really big book
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The Girl Who Lived Twice, the third of David Lagerkrantz' continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. Surprisingly good.

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robinson wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:43 pm
I’ve been reading the Plutonium Files for 3 years now


It’s a really big book
It has a long half life

Thank you thank you. I'll be here all week.
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I lob em over the plate



He hits em out of the park
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robinson wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:31 pm
Try “Lord of light” by Zealazny
That's one for my SciFi classics collection. It must be 40 years since I read it: tough going for a teenager. :)
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asthmatic camel wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:58 am
robinson wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:31 pm
Try “Lord of light” by Zealazny
That's one for my SciFi classics collection. It must be 40 years since I read it: tough going for a teenager. :)
I was lucky, I read after my journey to the East

So I understood the basis of the avatars
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"Science and Mother Nature are in a marriage where Science is always surprised to come home and find Mother Nature blowing the neighbor."

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It would make a great series

Word is it might happen
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