Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Bill Paley

It was a vacation. I finished several books:

First, Osprey New Vanguard #168: British Aircraft Carriers 1939 - 45 which fascinated me. I've always had an interest in naval affairs, and I'd forgotten how many aircraft carriers the British lost during the war.

Then, Hide Me Among the Graves, the new novel by Tim Powers. This was something of a follow-up to The Stress of her Regard, something of a Victorian novel about vampires, in a much more spooky and non-standard way. Very good.

Next was Osprey Warrior #108: Mau-Mau Warrior which dealt with the insurrection against British rule in Kenya.

Then, Osprey Fortress #104: Fortress Monasteries of the Himalayas showing these fortresses in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Very interesting.

Next was Osprey Fortress #96: The Fortress of Rhodes 1309 - 1522 which I didn't find as engaging as the previous two. Aegean and all that.

Then, Osprey Fortress #98: The Fortifications of Ancient Egypt 3000 - 1780 BC, which was more interesting to me; I don't know why. It just was.

Next was an ebook, Osprey Men-at-Arms #444: Napoleon's Mounted Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard which was once again more for the data on the uniforms, and less about the units' histories.

Then, Osprey Campaign #217: The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281, another ebook, which does a fine job of describing the Japanese desperate defense of their home islands against the Mongols, and the effects of the typhoon that save them.

Next was another ebook, Osprey Elite #29: Vietnamese Airborne which does a fair job of discussing the various airborne formations of that era who participated in the war. Moderately interesting.

Lastly, another ebook, Osprey Vanguard #42: Armour of the Vietnam Wars, which talks about the armor used by the forces, even considering the terrain and its incompatiblity with armored operations.

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