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Colours in the Steel by K.J. Parker
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This was originally very difficult to get through. The author's life has been steeped in law, fencing, woodwork, and metalwork, so every proceeding page has the minute details of the components, process, and reasoning behind every war item, from trebuchet to sword, and every nuance of the fencing styles. I did not understand this for a grand majority of the book, until I got the last hundred pages. Every fencing maneuver, though often hard to understand given the jargon, was perfectly detailed to mark fantastically visualized battle scenes.

The characters, for another, are described to the detail of his crafts. They are true throughout the book with every personality trait, laid out as if psychology were another one of Parker's fortes. In all their flaws and perfections, they were above all, realistic. This was a very detailed and reasonable war novel that does not scavenge for taste, no matter how dry it gets.
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Reading Progress

December 19, 2011 – Started Reading
December 19, 2011 – Shelved
December 19, 2011 –
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100%
December 19, 2011 –
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27.83%
December 19, 2011 –
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30.02%
December 20, 2011 –
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31.81%
December 20, 2011 –
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33.4%
December 20, 2011 –
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0.4%
December 20, 2011 –
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34.19%
December 21, 2011 –
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37.57%
December 22, 2011 –
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40.56%
December 24, 2011 –
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41.35%
December 24, 2011 –
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42.54%
December 26, 2011 –
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43.14%
December 30, 2011 –
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49.7%
December 31, 2011 –
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52.68%
January 2, 2012 –
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53.08%
January 6, 2012 –
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57.26%
January 7, 2012 –
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19.48%
January 7, 2012 –
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59.24%
January 8, 2012 –
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61.03%
January 8, 2012 –
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100%
January 13, 2012 –
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63.42%
January 16, 2012 –
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72.37%
January 18, 2012 –
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77.53%
January 20, 2012 –
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78.33%
January 22, 2012 –
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80.91%
January 25, 2012 –
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86.68%
January 25, 2012 –
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89.07%
January 25, 2012 –
page 448
89.07% "I'm gradually getting more impressed with the character development of this book. As usual, it's within the last hundred pages... I've been watching too many movies. It's making me think of impossibility, like instant satisfaction. I swear, my patience will come back around to hit me upside the head some day."
January 26, 2012 –
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90.26%
January 26, 2012 –
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91.85%
January 26, 2012 –
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93.84%
January 27, 2012 –
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95.03%
January 28, 2012 – Finished Reading

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