Quar Book Review: Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, by K. J. Parker
A world-spanning empire that has lasted for centuries is falling to a singular barbarian invasion, and only a lowly engineer from the visibly-wrong race stands in their way. Will he work with the people who enslaved him against the wild barbarians he originally hails from? Can he win? While I was taken in by that… Continue reading
Book Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
How would you love someone on the opposite side of a war from you? How would you do it if your commanders could literally read your thoughts and know if you were consorting or even thinking about consorting with the enemy? *This Is How You Lose the Time War* aims to answer that question, in… Continue reading
A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918, by G. J. Meyer
I’ve read a number of single-volume histories of WWI over the years but the short review of THIS one is simply: if I’m asked for a recommendation, Meyer’s work is the one I’ll provide. WWI is a massive, convoluted mess of a conflict to try to shrink down to one book. Previous attempts that I’ve… Continue reading
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