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

Good grief, it's been close to two weeks since I last had a chance to post in this community. In the meantime I've continued reading and finishing a lot of books.

Let's start with Osprey Weapon #41: The Flamethrower a terrible (as in terror) weapon system that was a major item in the first half of the Twentieth Century. A clear and concise discussion of the equipment and the tactics of its use during combat of the period.

Next was Osprey Warrior #16: British Tommy: 1914 – 1918, a description of the soldiers of one army during WWI. It deals with the equipment and life of the British troops of that period in some detail.

Then, Osprey Campaign #8: Gallipoli 1915: Frontal Assault on Turkey, the WWI assault which was strategically sound, but tactically mismanaged in a horrible manner.

Next, Things That Flit, a short tale from Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series of tales which I found to be an enjoyable bit, and whets my appetite for more novels in the series, not that I'm aware of any in the offing.

Then I read Preacher Book One, the graphic novel. Why? Well, yes I did pick it up mostly because the television series started, and I was intrigued. I'd also heard a lot of good things about the comics back when they originally came out, but in the interim I've read the Sandman series of comics and graphic novels, and my tastes are more in this direction. Yes, I enjoyed it. Since then (out of order) I've also finished Preacher Book Two and Preacher Book Three, and I'm seeking out 4, 5, & 6. We're also continuing to watch the show...

Back to the order, Osprey Command #3: George S. Patton, a minor biography of the general; I've read better ones in the past, and this didn't add all that much to what I'd already learned.

Next, Cunning Plans, which is a compilation of talks given by Warren Ellis, the author of many books and comics. I'm intrigued by the twists and turns of his thought processes, and I got a lot to think about from reading this book.

Then, The Heart of Valor, another Tanya Huff novel of military SF involving an interspecies military and a problem. It's a fun read, though I found it a little difficult to follow the scenes occasionally. Not enough to dislike it, just a minor irritant.

Next was the most recent completion, Osprey Elite #24: The Old Contemptibles; it deals a bit with the soldiers of the British Army, but their best-trained troops who stopped the German Army from overrunning France in 1914 at the cost of most of their men. Fits together with a couple of the other books that I've recently completed in a rather synergistic way.

Onwards to the next book!

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