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On 7/27/2018 at 2:55 PM, Feathered_IV said:

Is that the Andy Weir novel?  I must admit, I really enjoyed that too.  :)

 

yea, for his first book I don't think many could have done any better 

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The book to this...meh...

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Hello chaps.

 

I would like to kick start a thread that was started in another forum far far away... ( rhymes with cough...).

 

Just finished this, which is WW1 themed but not as some might expect, and is pretty grim reading:

 

"We will not cease" by Archibald Baxter.  

 

Read it here:

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-BaxWeWi-t1-body-d1.html

 

It's a pretty serious read and not light or entertaining,

nevertheless I ploughed through it and found it worthwhile.

Would I go if called up? A good question...

 

It is a sobering account, It certainly sobered me up. War is heck.

 

Salute!

 

Plank.

 

 

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I messed up yet again with the tenses. tense's and in tents grammar issues.
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There's really no need for two separate topics about this: 

 

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Oh hello Luke...

 

Like I said I am restarting this thread over HERE. and it's WW1 themed, as in "the great war" etc.

You maybe familiar with this thread :

 

https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/50399-what-are-you-reading/

 

I hope you tell us about a book you are reading sometime. : - )

 

Salute!

 

Plank.

 

 

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If we’re talking WWI books exclusively, I recently finished No Parachute by Arthur Gould Lee.  I’m currently trying to follow it up with The Fledgeling by Arch Whitehouse, if I can find a copy that is...  

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Broken wings: life and fame of Manfred von Richthoffen. Written by woman and based largely on memoirs of MvRs mother, with lot of emphasis on MvR as a person.

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Just ordered "Die Messerschmit Me 109 in der Schweizer Flugwaffe" (The Messerschmit Me 109 in the Swiss FlyingForce) Can't wait to read it.

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1 hour ago, J2_Trupobaw said:

Broken wings: life and fame of Manfred von Richthoffen. Written by woman and based largely on memoirs of MvRs mother, with lot of emphasis on MvR as a person.

 

That sounds really interesting, too bad I haven't found any mention of an English version of the book anywhere ☹️

Currently I'm reading  "Talking with the Red Baron" by Peter Kilduff

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14 minutes ago, Kreisau said:

 

That sounds really interesting, too bad I haven't found any mention of an English version of the book anywhere ☹️

Currently I'm reading  "Talking with the Red Baron" by Peter Kilduff

What is "Talking with the Red Baron" all about?  

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Just now, Chill31 said:

What is "Talking with the Red Baron" all about?   

 

It's a very curious sort of biography, composed as a series of interviews and conversations between Richthofen and a fictional newspaper journalist, using MvR's personal diaries, correspondence, official documents, squadron records etc. as a basis.

 

Here's a random excerpt from the book:

 

(The journalist) 'The last time you and I talked, you mentioned that luck is important to survival in war. Considered another way, how were you so lucky as to find a good man like Schäfer?'

 

(MvR) 'In point of fact, he found me. He began as a pilot in my old Kampfgeschwader in Russia and, after being transferred to France earlier this year, he shot down a French plane. I heard about it and so, when he sent me a telegram asking whether I could use him, I wired back: "You have already been requested."

 

(The journalist) Is it that easy to obtain the quality of people you need?

 

 

https://www.amazon.ca/Talking-Red-Baron-Interviews-Richthofen/dp/185753381X

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Just finished Norman Franks' book about Jasta 2, planning to pick up a copy of his book on Les Cigognes next

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I'm reading "Sopwith Triplane Aces of World War 1", from Norman Franks, and I got "Sopwith, the Man and His Aircraft" (might be next).

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I just finished what may be my favorite book of all time:   'Hero' by Michael Korda, a biography of T.E. Lawrence.   So yes, very much about WW1.   But what Lawrence did after the war was the most interesting part of the book.   HIGHLY recommended.  

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Something completely different - although it does go back to the Plato discussion in a round about way - is "All the Kremlin's Men" by Mikhail Zygar a Russian independent journalist, ( ie not one of the usual Yank neocons that like to opine on subjects of this nature).

 

If you want to know how and why Russia has turned out how it has over the last couple of decades I cannot find a better read.  Interesting, funny and sad.  Impossible to discuss at length here due to the forum sensitivities, but for anyone interested in geopolitics I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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"Трудно быть богом" -  The Stugatsky brothers

 

S!

 

Plank.

 

 

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I don't have enough free time these days, and what little me time I have I usually like to spend as much of it geeking on my PC as I can get away with.

 

I recently discovered Audio Books, and I listened to all the "Expanse" novels on my daily commute to work. Currently waiting for the next novel in the series to be released.  If you like sci fi, then i cannot recommend the Expanse highly enough.

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On 7/27/2018 at 2:33 PM, CanadaOne said:

 

 

I think I'm on my fourth copy of that book. I'd lend it out, never get it back, buy it again, lend it out, never get it back, wash, rinse, repeat.

 

No one gets the copy I have. :angry:

 

I read it back in the day.

Makes a decent fly swatter. :)

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11 hours ago, Gambit21 said:

 

I read it back in the day.

Makes a decent fly swatter. :)

 

If you can handle the ____________, I would have thought you understood every word of that book. Ii understood more of the book that the _________.

 

I thought it was a great book. 😎

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1 hour ago, CanadaOne said:

 

If you can handle the ____________, I would have thought you understood every word of that book. Ii understood more of the book that the _________.

 

I thought it was a great book. 😎

 

I understood every word. I’ve read his stuff, Kaku, Green...

I prefer an author that can speak his language but isn’t afflicted with his blinders. Not saying the other two authors I mention qualify in that respect either.

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23 hours ago, Gambit21 said:

 

I understood every word. I’ve read his stuff, Kaku, Green...

I prefer an author that can speak his language but isn’t afflicted with his blinders. Not saying the other two authors I mention qualify in that respect either.

 

Interesting. Tell me about the blinders, not exactly sure what you mean.

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Can anyone recommend a good WW1 airplane fighter novel for me to read?

 

Thanks, Stumble.

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I enjoyed Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson when I was younger.  These days however I find myself wishing for some slightly abridged versions of his books...  Preferably ones with all the magic mushroom dad jokes removed.

 

If that fails, there is always Biggles of 266.  :happy:

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28 minutes ago, Stumble said:

Can anyone recommend a good WW1 airplane fighter novel for me to read?

 

14 minutes ago, Feathered_IV said:

I enjoyed Goshawk Squadron

 2nd'ed.

 

I'd also heartily recommend Saggitarius Rising by Cecil Lewis. Not a novel; he was a 56 Squadron pilot, but boy, oh boy, can he write. The first line in SR is high in the running for best book openings ever:

 

“There are fortunate men to whom life is a continuous developing pattern, whose education leads them on to a career that carries them, almost in spite of themselves to a place in the world from which, as their powers desert them, they withdraw to ease and seclusion, and whose final demise is as quiet and completing as the full stop at the end of a long and well-constructed sentence.”

 

 

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I'm re-reading "Walden", by Henry David Thoreau. Truly one of the great books.

 

Like some other books, it's not so much that you read it, past tense, but that you are reading it.

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2 minutes ago, CanadaOne said:

"Walden", by Henry David Thoreau

I could never get along with Walden.

HDT want's to 'live deep' and get away from society, so he moves a mile down the road, pops into town for dinner like 5 nights a week... 

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3 minutes ago, Diggun said:

I could never get along with Walden.

HDT want's to 'live deep' and get away from society, so he moves a mile down the road, pops into town for dinner like 5 nights a week... 

 

I hear ya.

 

But I've lived in the big city, and alone in the boonies (no running water for five-years), and I found Walden a wonderful and insightful read. I still do.

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@Stumble

 

Actually, Winged Victory by Victor Yeates is another one you had best look out for.  It is ostensibly fiction, but written by someone who was really there.  Perhaps as a way of writing about things the author could not admit to feeling himself.  The fear and feeling of isolation.  The loneliness of a condemned young man.  The only other two books I've seen that equal it are From the City, From the Plough by Alexander Baron (reading it now) and the heartbreakingly lonely And Some Fell on Stony Ground: A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Pilot.  An unpublished manuscript found among the personal possessions of the late Leslie Mann.

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Does anybody know any news about Christer Bergsröm's plans on re-vitalising the Black Cross Red Sta series? Volume 4 was supposed to come out this year, but I haven't heard any news on it for quite some time...

http://www.bergstrombooks.elknet.pl/bc-rs/

 

I'm currently also waiting for the re-print of "Luftwaffe face au débarquement" which is supposed to be published shortly.

https://www.editions-heimdal.fr/en/pre-orders/76-la-luftwaffe-face-au-debarquement-9782840484646.html

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I am currently reading The Roman Way by Edith Hamilton. It is a great book for incite on the every day lives and culture of the ancient Roman people.

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I’ve finally started out on the Discworld series. It’s been a long time coming, and I must say that I’m having a good time.

 

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22 minutes ago, Finkeren said:

I’ve finally started out on the Discworld series. It’s been a long time coming, and I must say that I’m having a good time.

They're a damn good read all right, I especially like those concerning the character Sam Vimes and the Nightwatch.

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Currently reading finnish version of Richard Freiherr Von Rosen memoirs, "Panzer Ace" book.

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