Barbarian Book Club: May 2018 Operational Report

Updates In preparation for the imminent arrival of my first child, I decided to grow a respectable mustache. It's coming along nicely and I have faith that it will develop further. I've been writing a bit here and there, nowhere as much as I should be, but overall I'm content with my current pace. I …

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Barbarian Book Club: The River of Doubt Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

“Tell Osborn I have already lived and enjoyed as much of life as any nine other men I know; I have had my full share, and if it is necessary for me to leave my bones in South America, I am quite ready to do so.” - Theodore Roosevelt   Last week my coworker handed …

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The Great Courses – The Early Middle Ages and Audible Lectures.

I've been exceptionally busy these past few weeks. Work is filled with new responsibilities, this is the third year of duty in Japan and I'm finding myself with ever increasing responsibilities. Most importantly the majority of my attention is focused on preparation for the upcoming birth of my daughter. Intellectually I feel ready, but I …

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Giving Audiobooks a try.

Yesterday I decided to finally get over my reservations and try out fiction in audible format. With the imminent arrival of the baby just around the corner my ability to sit and read is going to be somewhat limited. So, one of the workarounds is to supplement my reading with audiobooks. I am already a …

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Barbarian Book Club: Brutal by James Alderdice

Brutal by James Alderdice Japanese Jidaigeki meets Grimdark fantasy. James Alderdice, the pen name of David J. West channels Akira Kurosawa in this fantastic first installment of his latest grimdark sword and sorcery Brutal, which lives up to its namesake and inspiration. Echoing Kurosawa's Yojimbo in both its opening scene and thematic plot, we are …

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Barbarian Book Club: A Moon Full of Stars

I started my 2018 with a bang, reading Jon Mollison's A Moon Full of Stars. Jon is a novella writing, pulp revolution spreading, machine, whose writing seems to get better and better with each piece.  I've read some of Jon's shorter work which you can find in Storyhack Magazine and through his website JonMollison.com. But …

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Barbarian Book Club: Best of 2017 and Planetary Awards Nomination

It dawned on me that I never got around to putting together a best of 2017 post. It's tough for me and somewhat useless because my reading choices are completely organic. I chose my reading material based on split-second emotion without rhyme or reason when it comes to publication date, genre, topic, or length. I also …

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Barbarian Book Club: November 2017

Another month of reading has come and gone, this one a particularly busy one due to our trip to California for my brother's wedding. Surprisingly I managed to finish three books in what little time I had. The Coffee Trader by David Liss was my airplane read on the way back from California. Somehow I …

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Barbarian Book Club: September & October 2017

I've been feeling kind of burned out on fiction. The last two months I've only read non-fiction, mostly focusing on the early 19th century, specifically the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. I don't plan my reading. What I do is randomly buy books based on whatever whim I'm experiencing at the time, so my …

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Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5

Scene 1 Summary: Everyone is back in Athens and freshly married. Theseus dismisses the stories from the night as the fanciful fantasies of lovers and poets. They all sit back and watch the play put on by Bottom and his crew. The play is so bad that they spend the whole time laughing at it but …

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