Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Bill Paley
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#31, 32, 33, 34, 35

I had the time for a bit more reading this week, and it shows.

The first book I finished deals with a part of the history of the American colonies that I can't recall my schools ever covered. This was Osprey Raid #46: Montcalm's Crushing Blow: French and Indian Raids Along New York's Oswego River 1756. Seems to me that whole era gets short shrift, with vague statements that some of the Continental Army had experience in this war. Therefore, I found myself reading this Osprey a bit more deeply than I often do. Pretty good...

Next was In Your Dreams by Tom Holt. This is a moderately contemporary fantasy/humor book about a clerk who works for a magical firm. A trifle confusing but rather amusing.

Then, Drive, a short piece by James S A Corey (actually two authors working together, but what can you do). The story describes what happened when a Martian (human living on Mars) engineer finds a way to markedly improve drive efficiency in spacecraft. I had just read the tale, when the TV show on Scyfy included a bit of it in that evenings presentation. I really like the various Expanse books and short stories I've read, this one included. Worth reading from the start, though this short story is actually a prequel to the main storyline.

Next book was Osprey Campaign #35: Plassey 1757: Clive of India's Finest Hour. Some folks that I've heard lecture on the topic feel that the wars that involve this campaign as well as the earlier raid book from today's post are part of the very first "world war". Here we have some of the fighting in India, or at least Bangladesh.

Finally, Osprey Elite #53: International Brigades in Spain 1936 – 39; this particular war was a prequel to WWII and it allowed the Germans and Italians to practice warcraft with their new toys (tanks, dive bombers, etc.). This particular book deals with the volunteers who came from a variety of nations trying to support the more socialist elected government against the fascistic Spanish elements. Solid read.

On to the next week.
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