Tag: Books

Kings of Kings

Finished the second book in the Warrior of Rome Series – Kings of Kings, so naturally what should I do after that? .. read the third!

For this type of novel with a lot of maps at the start, I would be constantly referring to them when I read place names in the story, but with e-books it is not that easy.

I noticed this edition underlines latin terms, so you can click on it, and then easily return to where you were reading. Its not a bad method, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

What is needed is something like Apple’s dictionary definitions that pop up above what you are reading. Better yet, the ability in a pop up to see the maps at the start.

From Amazon

AD256 – the spectre of treachery hangs ominously over the Roman world. The sparks of Christian fervour have spread through the empire like wildfire, and the imperium is alive with the machinations of dangerous and powerful men.

All the while, Sassanid forces press forward relentlessly along the eastern frontier. The battle-bloodied general Ballista returns to the imperial court from the fallen city of Arete – only to find that there are those who would rather see him dead than alive.

Ballista is soon caught in a sinister web of intrigue and religious fanaticism . . . his courage and loyalty will be put to the ultimate test in the service of Rome and the emperor.

The Kingkiller Chronicle

               

Just finished reading the first two books of the Kingkiller Chronicle. Unfortunately the third and last won’t be out for a while (still not out in 2019!).

I loved the books, they each have a deep sense of history and a rich set of characters. Well worth reading.

I read both of these books in epub format on my ipad.

Until the third book comes out I will have to settle for a new author I’ve just discovered – George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series (an HBO television series will soon come out)

Revising my HTML and CSS Skills

Just purchased a number of books for work, on statistics and HTML from Amazon.com. The sad thing is not only did the books get to me quicker then if I had order it through the local book store (about 20 days) but it was over half the price!

The HTML / CSS book I am reading is part of the Head First series. These books are fantastic because they tackle dry boring subjects in an entertaining way. For example in the book on statistics they use an example of a woman who loves high heels who will only date men who are taller then her when she is wearing her high heels.

The book on HTML and CSS is Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

Again, a dry subject, but very well done.

Cheapest price in Australia was $55, Amazon.com price – $35

Forever War [BOOK]

One of my favourite books of all time, Joe Haldeman’s “The Forever War“. I first read it 25 years ago

When it was first published over 25 years ago, Joe Haldeman’s novel won the Hugo and Nebula awards and was chosen Best Novel in several countries. Today, it is hailed a classic of science fiction that foreshadowed many of the futuristic themes of the 1990s: bionics, sensory manipulation, and time distortion.

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth’s elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

Narrator George Wilson’s performance conveys all the imaginative technology and human drama of The Forever War. Set against a backdrop of vivid battle scenes, this absorbing work asks provocative questions about the very nature of war.
http://www.wholestoryaudio.co.uk/catalogue/title/the_forever_war/5476

Now I am practising to be an old man, so I listen to the audio book version at just over 9 and a half hours.
A good contrast to this book is Robert Heinleins “Starship Troopers” and I don’t mean the funny fascist gory movie from the nineties, but the novel which is much more interesting.

Both these books are about war in space, each taking a different take on the subject. Well worth the read, especially since they are very short.

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