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Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Ther&hellip by Steven Pressfield
In as much as it can be possible for a 21st century person to understand the minds of people of such a profoundly different and ancient culture I am willing to accept Pressfield's masterful evocation as a fair depiction, and the effect is stunning. A riveting portrait of dangerous, brutal men and the milieu in which they moved, an environment that redeems their brutality and confers honour and dignity upon their doomed lives. The writing is beautiful and humane even in the grip of the most desperate combat, and the characters, not just the warriors but their equally courageous womenfolk, are wonderfully drawn with great economy of words. A tremendous and tremendously moving work that I… Read more
Slow Lightning by Jack McDevitt
Slow Lightning by Jack McDevitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Book, 9 April 2001
Within this genre just about anything goes, so its hard to explain why I found this so unsatisfactory. As near as I can say, I reckon that there are too few characters and that the Author makes space travel too easy, too cartoony - the protagonists get into all manner of scrapes but its all a bit Nancy Drew and at the end of it all I thought 'well, that wouldn't happen would it'. Humanity is supposed to have reached a state of development so advanced that work is optional, prosperity universal - as you might expect, this utopia is just not very intereszzztin. . . . sorry, dropped off there....
Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of th&hellip by Robert K. Massie
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I am not usually quick to dive into huge volumes of political discussion, and came at this from the direction of naval history. Daunted initially by the book's size, I was quickly absorbed into one of the most fascinating accounts of World affairs I have yet encountered. It is studded with luminous pen-portraits of the personalities involved, and carries the reader briskly along with clear, rational exposition of momentous events and of smaller, often highly illuminating anecdotes. The book is not a great source with regard to naval architecture and engineering, but the student of those aspects must surely read this book in order properly to understand the context in which such huge… Read more