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The Cove by Catherine Coulter
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Have you ever experienced a situation where you have rather unfounded, but still very high expectations for something and when the ‘thing’ finally starts, you immediately know that not only will those expectations not be met, but you will hate absolu ...more
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Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
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When American Civil War picked my interest some twenty years ago, two books bubbled up to the top of the pile as a reasonably good place to start digging into that conflict and get a ‘quick’ overview. The first was Shelby Foote’s three volume narrati ...more
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The Road to Stalingrad by John Erickson
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John Erickson’s “Road to Stalingrad” and “Road to Berlin” have been sitting on my bookshelf for probably two decades. Every now and then I would pick one of them up, have a look at some pages and then put it back with a sigh – at a glance, the conten ...more
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What If? 2 by Robert Cowley
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If I am to be perfectly honest, this collection didn’t really meet my expectations, neither in regard of selection of topics nor depth of analysis. Vast majority of the ‘tweaks’ discussed in this book are, in my opinion at least, too vast in scope fo ...more
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Seafire vs. A6M Zero by Donald Nijboer
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In several of my previous reviews of booklets in Duel series from Osprey Publishing I questioned the purpose of the comparison between weapon systems poised against each other. In case of this volume, the same question must be asked, perhaps with eve ...more
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The Polish Officer by Alan Furst
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”Polish Officer” continues in same vain as initial two books – slow moving, slightly disjointed story with very melancholy, almost dystopian undertone. And yet again, while one could claim that it is a spy novel, personally I'd say that it's a tale o ...more
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Jim Butcher
“Sure, we'd faced some things as children that a lot of kids don't. Sure, Justin had qualified for his Junior de Sade Badge in his teaching methods for dealing with pain. We still hadn't learned, though, that growing up is all about getting hurt. And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something.

Each time, you come out of it a little stronger, and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There's the little empty pain of leaving something behind - gradutaing, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There's the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expecations. There's the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn't give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life they grow and learn. There's the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens.

And if you're very, very lucky, there are a very few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realized that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last - and yet will remain with you for life.

Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it.

Pain is a part of life. Sometimes it's a big part, and sometimes it isn't, but either way, it's a part of the big puzzle, the deep music, the great game. Pain does two things: It teaches you, tells you that you're alive. Then it passes away and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.”
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Jim Butcher
“Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.”
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Bernard Cornwell
“She was as faithful as a morning mist, as hard as a sword-bayonet, and that, he thought, made her a suitable reward for a soldier.”
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