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Old 06-15-2018, 08:06 PM
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By William Trotter
The Winter War was pretty extraordinary. The tiny Finnish army fought the Soviets to a standstill for 3 1/2 months and forced a negotiated peace. It also emboldened Germany to proceed with both the invasion of France and the Soviet Union due to their apparent ineptitude in prosecuting the war or responding to it. The resulting political chaos in France also helped pave the way for invasion 3 months later.

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Old 06-15-2018, 09:49 PM
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:25 PM
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:51 AM
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The Metro series of novels (I'm also working my way through the Metro games as well right now - I love the fact that the two are interlinked with each other and also that the games are treated as canon unlike other series that have both game and book related spin-offs).
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:29 AM
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The Winter War was pretty extraordinary.
The lead in was pretty strange too, wasn't it? The Red Army shelling its own people in a border town and blaming the Finns as an excuse to invade, or something like that. The Germans did something similar with Poland. Funny to think of those two regimes caring enough about perceptions to launch false flag attacks.
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Old 07-06-2018, 02:18 AM
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Lyonesse by Jack Vance, likely my favourite fantasy novel ever, and which I've read countless times. A pleasing read that always cheers me up. Villains, heroes, and intrigue, and the magic is somehow magical and understated. The other two books in the trilogy -- The Green Pearl and Madouc -- are good too, but I recall not liking them as much. The book stands well enough on its own, though.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:38 PM
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:24 PM
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:26 PM
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The Book of RadianceZohar Annotated and Explained. Translation and Annotation by Daniel C. Matt.

It's an introduction to the kabbalah for the novice.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:03 AM
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My wife and I started reading the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.

Our reactions so far? ...Blown away! Fantastic writing and fantastic depth for most of the characters. Originally, the wife and I planned to read them at the same pace. But she has more time to read and is pretty much a book ahead of me. We are on Oathbringer.

I've also picked up another Kindle read with a book on Elder Scrolls: The Infernal City by Geg Keyes. Has anyone else tried these? I've been a fan of the games, PC and console. Never tried reading any books before though.
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Old 07-17-2018, 11:34 PM
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Have not read Elder Scrolls, but I have read Newton's Cannon (by Gregory Keyes) almost twenty years ago. I thought it was pretty good.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:19 PM
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Right now I am reading first book of the Fionavar Tapestry (The Summer Tree). While it came very recommended at the moment (2/3rds through) I would only rate it "alright" - possibly fantasy-genre fatigue on my part.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:18 AM
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Right now I am reading first book of the Fionavar Tapestry (The Summer Tree). While it came very recommended at the moment (2/3rds through) I would only rate it "alright" - possibly fantasy-genre fatigue on my part.
The Fionavar Tapestry would be right up there in terms of my picks for favourite books. Not just in terms of genre fiction either.

They're certainly of an older style of fantasy writing. One which has, I think, maybe gone out of fashion a bit in recent years. I'd say that Kay compares favourably to Wolfe, or Le Guin, or Zelazny, or Donaldson, or even *gasp* Tolkien at their best.

I get that they might not be an instant hit with a new reader though. There's probably an element of inflated expectation, given the reputation the series has earned. Particularly for folks who're used to more modern fantasy.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:28 PM
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Today I finished reading through Gardner's Art Through the Ages series. About 6 months ago some friends were getting rid of them. I knew little about Art or Art History. So, I've been reading a chapter of these each weekend and finally finished it up.

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Old 07-23-2018, 01:47 AM
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Right now Im not actually reading anything and havent for a while (I blame my job, night work so leaves me mentally zombied).
I have been listening to the Harry Potter book on audio on and off over the last couple weeks, which is cool but not the same. I think the lack of reading is actually why Im struggling to come up with plot for any game really despite there being several systems Id love to run.

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