Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review of Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee

Authors:  Barb and J.C. Hendee.
Title:  Dhampir.
Publisher:  Roc Fantasy.
Copyright:  2003.
Pages:  376.
Price:  $6.99 (US).

Overview:

Dhampir grew on me.  Its about two fantasy vampire hunters and their travails with a group of vampires.  The fantasy named vampire infested land seemed too over the top.  The mixture of English named characters didn't do much for me in a fantasy Slavic setting.

It was basically "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lord of the Rings."  The action kept me reading.  It took a while for things to get going.  When it did, things got interesting.  It should be noted, lots of characters die in this book.  These are not the sparkly vampires of Twilight.  They're old school fantasy vampires who want to defend their turf from the two vampire hunters, who just want to retire.  Recommended once things got going....

Early December 2016 reading...

Here is what I've read so far this week:

1)  Dhampir by the Hendees.  Full review on my blog.

2)  The War of Spanish Succession by James Falkner.  I'm at 1707 of the conflict.  The Allies are having trouble uniting against the French.  Louis XIV wants peace.  But on his terms.  The Allies have expanded their war aims to unobtainable goals.  The result is more war neither side can afford...

3)  Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell.  The soldiers of Midway are sent into a trap against CEO Harris and his minions on Ulundi.  The good guys have begun their ground attack as the enemy sets their sights on the Midway taskforce....

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Late November 2016 Reading....

Here's what I've read so far this month:

1)  Dhamphir by the Hendees.  Fantasy vampire hunter novel.  "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lord of the Rings."  It took a while to get into the action.  The last twenty pages made up for it.  I'm at page 84 of 350 pages total.

2)  Wolf Star by R.L. Meluch.  More travails involving the USS Merrimack and her sister ship the USS Monitor against the Roman Palatine Empire for control of the galaxy.  I'm now at page 400 of 685 pages of the dual volume Tour of the Merrimack:  The Myriad/Wolf Star.

3)  The Lost Stars:  Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell.  I'm about at page 120 of page 350.  The Syndicate rebels at Midway have launched an invasion of Ulundi, a neighboring star system under the control of a rebel Syndicate CEO.  I've enjoyed the Lost Stars series so far and I've been reading it on my NOOK E-reader. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Arm surgery and subsequent gaming adaptation...

My right arm is now been beconstructed.  I don't remember much of the surgery.  It was brutal and compact.  My right is usable and recovering. The ansethima knocked me out for several day.  The days of me painting mass arms are over.  I can work on smaller figure scales with fewer figures  I'm looking at WH40K Cult of the Mechanicus and 30mm Rhulic Dwarf army.  But I'm done buying things in bulk.  Though I've been painting in bulk. Take care and know my basal skin cell cancer was comp;etely removed.  Now, if only my hobbies would cooporate....

Blake

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mid-October 2016 reading: part II

Here's what I've read this past week:

1)  Wolf Star by R. M. Meluch.  Further adventures of the USS Merrimack against the Roman Palatine Empire in space.

2)  Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell.  I'm about four chapters into this novel.  It's a fast read.  It's about the Midway star system and its quest for independence from the Syndicate Worlds empire, which is breaking up after a century long war with the Star Alliance.  The main characters discussed sending their underlings on a dangerous mission.

3)  The War of Spanish Succession by James Falkner.  More about warfare in the Age of Reason in the early 1700s.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Mid-October 2016 reading...

Here's what I've been reading this week:

1)  Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell.  Third in The Lost Stars series.  Personalities around Midway star system and their former master's attempts to retake it.  Shows the chaotic break up of the Syndicate Worlds empire.

2)  Finished The Myriad by R. M. Meluch.  I'm now reading Wolf Star.  Myriad had an interesting ending wormholes and time travel in a globular star system.  Sets the stage for the United States vs. the Roman Empire in space.

3)  Finished The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury.  Review is now on the blog.  Brutal reading from start to finish.

4)  Started The War of Spanish Succession on E-book.  More about European warfare in 1700.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review of The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Authors:  Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.
Title:  The Last Stand of Fox Company:   A True Story of US Marines in Combat.
Publisher:  Atlantic Monthly Press.
Copyright:  2009.
Pages:  273.

Overview and Impressions:

This was a hard E-book to read.  Its the true account of Fox Company, US 7th Marine Regiment at the Chosin Reservoir during Thanksgiving 1950.  The unit struggled to survive against overwhelming odds when it was attacked by the Chinese People's Liberation Army.  Part of a military miscalculation by General Douglas MacArthur, 8,000 American soldiers might have been slaughtered by the Red Chinese in the mountains of North Korea. 

How Fox Company survived is a story unto itself.  Let's say, it hurt reading about all the frostbite and walking wounded, besides the dead and dying.  I haven't read much about Korea.  The Last Stand of Fox Company killed any desire I had to game this conflict.  The reality of the brutal fighting when most of America wanted to forget it set the stage for the later Vietnam malaise.

Recommended.