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Kidfried

@Th3solution So I ordered the book at my local book store and it came in this weekend. I'm already at the second day, so have been reading quite a bit from it over the weekend.

I keep browsing back and forth in the book, because the names can be quite overwhelming. And sometimes difficult to tell apart who's who and where at what moment.

I really like the book. It surely is a cool way to learn about and look at that defining moment in US history. The books not about the politics behind the war, but rather zooms on the people out there, which I dig here.

So thanks for recommending. It's pretty cool reading a book that is considered a classic in another country, but is not at all known here.

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Th3solution

@Kidfried Awesome! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Yeah, the names and identity of the characters is kind of hard to keep track of. Robert E. Lee is easy to remember, and Longstreet, but even the average American can’t name and identify these other people unless they happen to love American history. I think it’s great how he introduces all the major characters in the beginning though, so you can reference back. The other generals will crystallize more and more as you progress through the battle. For instance, Pickett is memorable because of the famous “Pickett’s Charge” he is known for at the end. I loved reading the background of some of the people too, and it makes them feel so real. Chamberlain, for example, who ends up pretty much saving the Union’s bacon, so to speak, by holding his own against overwhelming Confederate odds, was just a simple teacher before being drafted into the army, iirc.
The little details like how Hancock and Armistead were such close friends, literally having to fight against one another, and the tragedy of how the closing charge against each other turns out. And the curious details about how Lee, known for his brilliance in stratagem, made such uncharacteristic errors in judgment at that battle. There is just so much to love about it, and seeing these historical figures as real people with all their faults and virtues.
After you read the book, if you want then you can track down the movie “Gettysburg” made in 1993, and watch it. It’s basically the book put to film, with Martin Sheen as Gen. Lee and Jeff Daniels as Chamberlain. It’s pretty good, but not near as good as the book, imo. I refrain from going on and on, it just makes me happy that you like it. If you’re interested then you can look up the books by his son Jeff Shaara, who continues his legacy by writing these novels using the same pattern but doing different wars and battles. There are several about WWII (I think 3 on the European theater and 1 on the Pacific), as well as WWI, American Revolutionary War, Mexican-American War, etc., etc. I have only read a couple of them and I liked them, but “Killer Angels” is still the best.

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I've just finished reading The North Water by Ian McGuire. It's very much inspired by Moby Dick, but then it goes off in a different direction later on and does its own thing. Recommended.

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Recent reads:
The Massacre of Mankind - Stephen Baxter.
(Official) War of the Worlds Sequel - surprisingly good. I plan to pick up his follow up to The Time Machine too.

Psychoshop - Alfred Bester & Roger Zelazny.
Bonkers. It's been a good long while since I'd ventured down a 50s/60s 'jazz sci-fi' route. Glad I did. Immensely satisfying read.

Lord Of Chaos - Robert Jordan
Book Six of the Wheel of Time. What can I say other than; I started, so I'll finish. all be it very slowly!

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Think I've read loads since the last time I checked in. Off the top of my head they include
The Stand (had it to read for years and finally got around to it)
Neil Gaiman's book on Norse mythology
The Boy on the Bridge (prequel to The Girl with all the Gifts)
The Bobiverse trilogy (light hearted, easy reading sci-fi)
The two Extracted books (enjoyable characters, deals with time travel so you need to be in them for the ride rather than any deep thought on the effects of time travel).
Books 4-6 in the Mistborn series (thought it was going to be a second trilogy, but turns out there is a fourth book in the works to finish off this cycle, annoyingly).
The Painted Man (good reviews for a fantasy book, but not sure I'll pursue it past this first book).

Currently reading the Wayward Pines trilogy, some differences from the tv show, but pretty close so far. They're relatively short so I'll see them through. I'm used to books being considerably different to their on screen counterparts and actually prefer that as otherwise it is like reading the book after reading the CliffsNotes.

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@Dichotomy Oh wow - didn't realise there was a prequel to The Girl with All the GIfts. Will have to get that, thanks!

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@Dichotomy The Stand is fantastic.

Ive just finished the first 2 volumes of Death Note, outstanding so far. I watched the anime on the recommend of @jaz007 and the manga is even better. Amazing read.

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The Lord of Chaos (#6, WoT) finished.

Started a Star Trek book as a fantasy wind down between WoT entries.

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Th3solution

@KALofKRYPTON The Wheel of Time is such a long series ... I’ve always been interested to read it but honestly don’t think I have the patience to invest in a series that takes 14 books to wrap up. I really like B. Sanderson so I am more intrigued by the prospect of seeing how he completed the epic, but I really would rather keep up with his Stormlight Archive series first. I still need to read Oathbringer. That will probably be next up if I ever complete Hobb’s The Tawny Man series.

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Th3solution

@Dichotomy I eventually need to get to the second part of the Mistborn series. I really liked the first 3. Have you read any of his The Stormlight Archives?

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KALofKRYPTON

@Th3solution I've been dipping in and out for WoT for years. I found books 3/4 a bit of a slog and not particularly enjoyable - so I left it for a while.
Lord of Chaos was much better though, and I've read that the whole thing improves somewhat from book 8 onwards.
I do find that just having the books to hand and just alternating rather than trying to plough through to be beneficial. They're not particularly complex, so putting one on the back-burner part way through isn't really an issue.

I like the magic system mostly. If an author can put together an interesting magic system and convey it's use well on the page - I find it quite gratifying. David Farland's Runelords series is a great example of that. Brilliant magic/empowerment system. Despite a significant drop off after the fourth book, it was still a decent read. Perhaps one day he'll finish the series and I'll go through it again.

Once I'm done with WoT I'm probably going back through Gene Wolfe's 'Solar Cycle' again, I never did get around to The Book of the Short Sun.

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@Th3solution Read the first two and have the recent one, Oathbringer, to read, but it is a big book (like the previous two, except a bit bigger) so I'm waiting for me to be in the mood for an epic before I start it. I'll probably get lost in it when I start it and wonder why I waited

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My tiny break from The Wheel of Time is almost over. Reading a couple of the Star Trek Titan books hasn't been in vain as I discovered that Bajoran guys are ribbed (for her pleasure) 😂😂😂

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@KALofKRYPTON that was something else i didn't need to know (same as Klingons having 2)

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