Anyway, here they were:
First book that I finished was a compilation of columns written by the Chicagoan Mike Royko, called Slats Grobnik and Some Other Friends. The pieces set the scene of Chicago in the early 70s, the Nixon years as it were. In this one, it's after the riots at the Democratic National Convention, and the elder Daley and his crew have years yet to be in power. I found the book pretty fascinating and funny. Royko was best known for writing the book Boss which is about Chicago under the first Mayor Daley. If you're from Chicago, this book is well worth reading. If you're not, the columns are still interesting for the style.
Next was Hobby Games: The 100 Best, a series of columns written by gamers and game designers about a list of famed games. I've played or collected maybe twenty-five of these, and I'm sure that the columns are supposed to persuade me to pursue the others, but in all honesty they didn't have that effect on me. Still, it was fun to see the write-ups of the games I know, and heck, some of the columns were written by people I know, so that was fun in a very different way. Mostly aimed at gamers.
Then we have Osprey Fortress #49: The Spanish Main 1492 – 1800. If you're interested in pirate lore, this is a good resource for describing the places that they would raid. I found it engaging, especially in light of certain campaign games that my friends envisioned running in the past using Wooden Ships and Iron Men rules. Not bad at all.
Next was Delilah Dirk and the Easy Mark. I've read another Delilah Dirk item online, and recently purchased the second book of the saga for reading, but this one is a short piece where Ms. Dirk's associate is manipulated by a cat. If you like the graphic novels of this series, this is an amusing interlude. If not, don't bother finding this online.
Then, The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson, as opposed to the book of the same name by a different author that I read several weeks back. In that one, a company of dwarves dungeon delve while in this one, a rogue recruits a young man into a legion of adventurers who practice their skills together. In all honesty I found both books engaging for different reasons. The book I just finished appears to for the moment stand alone, while the book I read previously already has a followup novel which I'm pursuing. Good for gamers or fantasy enthusiasts.
Next book that I finished was Osprey Men-At-Arms #49: The Coldstream Guards, a book about the second regiment of the British Guards Brigade. One of the oldest regiments still active in the British military, this book was a quick overview up until the 1970s. I bet there's been some more action for them since...
Then, Osprey New Vanguard #24: Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank 1979 – 1998, a book I found a bit technical for my taste.
Next was then Osprey Raid #43: Kill Rommel!: Operation Flipper 1941. Most of the Raid series deals with successes, though not all, and this one fits into that description. Too bad, no?
On to the next week's reading!