Sarum: Edward Rutherfurd

A masterpiece of breathtaking scope, from the Ice Age to the present day, Sarum traces the entire turbulent course of English history through the epic saga of five families. The Wilsons and the Shockleys, locked in a cycle of revenge and rivalry for more than 400 years; the Masons, who pour their inspired love of stone intoContinue reading “Sarum: Edward Rutherfurd”

Arrival: Film tie-in book by Ted Chiang

I have had this book in my bookcase to show that I’m not at all small-minded after hating on the Arrival movie that came out a few years ago. I carried an unpopular opinion that the alien encounter movie designed after the short novella by Ted Chiang called Stories of Your Life and Others was actuallyContinue reading “Arrival: Film tie-in book by Ted Chiang”

Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings – Noah Brown

After the huge success of the TV show from History Channel, there were a series of people wanting to take advantage of the fame and glory. There were “Norsemen” – the parody TV show and then there was Noah Brown who took all the main cast of characters and went through their lives (not alwaysContinue reading “Ragnar Lothbrok and a History of the Vikings – Noah Brown”

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin

I absolutely loved the Songs of Ice and Fire books by George R. R. Martin. So when my local WH Smith started stocking Fire & Blood, I quickly dished out £20 (unheard of!) for a copy of the book. The seeds of war are oft planted during times of peace. My disappointment settled in immediatelyContinue reading “Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin”

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

I believe I am relatively familiar with history in general, and I’m usually not very excited about reading more about it. But this book was something else. Beautifully written and easy to read, this book just made me want to know more and more about how the author thinks the world evolved to what itContinue reading “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari”

The Birth of Conversion

IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF MAN, NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN BRAINWASHED AND REALIZED, OR BELIEVED, THAT HE HAD BEEN BRAINWASHED. Those who have been brainwashed will usually passionately defend their manipulators, claiming they have simply been “shown the light”  . . . or have been transformed in miraculous ways. CONVERSION is a “nice” wordContinue reading “The Birth of Conversion”

About Lady Godiva and her nakedness

Lady Godiva is an 1897 painting by English artist John Collier, who worked in the style of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The portrayal of Lady Godiva and her well-known ride through Coventry, England, is held in Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. Lady Godiva was bequeathed by social reformer Thomas Hancock Nunn. When he died inContinue reading “About Lady Godiva and her nakedness”

Homage to Catalonia * George Orwell

After passing through the futuristic dystopian and totalitarian society presented in 1984, I decided to give one of George Orwell’s classics a go: Homage to Catalonia. Written in the form of an autobiographical novel, Orwell presents his days in the Spanish army, their unpreparedness and their fall into the hands of the Communists influences coming fromContinue reading “Homage to Catalonia * George Orwell”

The inaugural speech of John F Kennedy

On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address in which he announced that “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” Being interested in this after the Stephen King * 11/22/63 Book review, I decidedContinue reading “The inaugural speech of John F Kennedy”