The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune #1), by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

My Copy: 9781250208545 (image from goodreads.com) Well, I'm still trying to absorb all I read about over the past month (I know, I'm surprised it took me that long to read it, too...but it's been such an eventful past month, so maybe it's not all that surprising in the long run).  But wow--there was a … Continue reading The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune #1), by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

My Copy: 9780553582017 (image from bn.com) I can't believe it took me over two months to finish this book. I actually read the last two hundred pages last night because I was so eager to get through them and I couldn't sleep, so why not? The action increased its pace nicely with some quiet moments … Continue reading A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

My Copy: 9780316040938 (image from bn.com) I've had this book on my shelf a few years, and was planning to get to it eventually, but deaths at the hands of police made me pick it up right away. I had taken far longer to get through it than I thought I would, largely because I … Continue reading On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice & Fire #2), by George R. R. Martin

My Copy: 9780345535429 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit, this one took a month or better to get through because so much and so little seemed to be going on all through it. But I have a feeling getting through this hurdle will mean the next installation will just take off running. A Clash of … Continue reading A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice & Fire #2), by George R. R. Martin

“The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I think Coriolanus has the longest Act 1 I've read so far, but the long setup is useful--and needed--in setting up the characters and the situation in a dwindling Rome. Coriolanus begins with citizens griping about the recent famine and grain stores of the wealthy which are full. They call one of them out, Martius … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 Oh heavens, now we get to the finale of the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster in a very "once and for all" kind of way. The War of the Roses has met it's end with King Richard III--and how! There are so many moments I didn't know were from Richard … Continue reading “Richard III,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar (trans. by Carolyn Hammond)

My Copy: 9780192835826 (image from goodreads.com) Two things made me pick up this book again after 15 years. The first was listening to Dan Carlin's latest Hardcore History episode called "The Celtic Holocaust." I actually have the same translation he used for his notes. And I really think it's funny that when I started re-reading this book, … Continue reading The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar (trans. by Carolyn Hammond)

HMHS Britannic: The Last Titan, by Simon Mills

My Copy: 9780946184712 (image from abebooks.com) If I recall correctly, my mother bought this for me back when I was a young shipwreck nut and wanted to learn everything I could about the Titanic disaster. She figured a sister was just as good, and yes--it was. I've read it a few times now, and have … Continue reading HMHS Britannic: The Last Titan, by Simon Mills