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PostPosted: Thu 14 Mar 2013 13:53 pm 
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Have gone back a few pages here and can't see a reading thread, so thought I'd start one off - there's a modelling related one, but this thread is more to say what you're reading at the moment and what you'd like to recommend to other forum members.

Which is quite a long winded way to get to the point - I've just finished reading 'Piece of Cake' by Derek Robinson, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
It's the story of the members of the fictitious Hornet squadron in the first year of World War II as they take part in the Battle of France, then the Battle of Brtitain. Robinson walks the tightrope between attempting to debunk what he sees as myths on the one hand, and showing his appreciation for the bravery of the pilots on the other as they try to adapt to their rapidly changing and often confusing circumstances.

This may explain why it wasn't that successful when first released, but picked up once it was made into a miniseries, which Amazon has on DVD. I think they deliberately went for unknown actors to make it harder to tell who would survive and who wouldn't. (One of the few names I recognise is Neil Dudgeon, who plays Chief Inspector Japp in the Poirot series).

I don't want to undersell it by suggesting it's the work of a contrarian, revisionist historian with a chip on his shoulder, so I'll add that I was happy to see it was over 700 pages, as it meant Robinson had time to develop the characters of the pilots. It's also funny, and I think a comparison I saw comparing his style to that of Evelyn Waugh wasn't too far off.

And, just to shoehorn a modelling connection in there, Hornet Squadron flies the MkI Hurricane, so what better reason to pick up a good book and a new tool Airfix MkI Hurri when it's released later this year?

(Edited to give link to book cover on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Piece-Cake-Raf-Quartet-1/dp/0857050931/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363276777&sr=8-1 Potential diorama material if anyone fancies building a chateau).

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Mar 2013 14:34 pm 
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The First Philosophers. Translations of the Presocratics and Sophists by Robin Waterfield.
The Closing of the Western Mind - The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason, by Charles Freeman.
Both interesting, if you like that sort of thing. Nothing whatever to do with modelling though. Probably...

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I'm currently reading (my own time) the Hunger Games and (for University) the Forgotten Highlander.

I am succumbing somewhat to the peer pressure of my girlfriend, a publisher, that the Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) is actually a decent read and not just another teen-twilight-type overblown oversexed romp. It's okay I guess. Pretty formulaic, but a decent enough pick up and put down science-fiction type book.

The Forgotten Highlander (Alistair Urquhart) is just one in a plethora of memoirs of Far Eastern Prisoners of War that is available and is tied to my current postgraduate research into how British cultural memory has transformed Japanese WWII identity into that of the 'the only good jap is a dead jap.' It isn't the best of its genre, to put it mildly.

The last book I read was a Country Doctor's notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov, tying in with the new series on Sky. Both of which were great. The book is a masterful compilation of related short stories. I loved it.

28vanelli, your book sounds interesting. I might give it a gander soon.

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Mar 2013 15:37 pm 
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt- excellent black comedy set in 1851

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PostPosted: Sat 16 Mar 2013 22:50 pm 
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I'm currently reading two books.

'50 Political Ideas You Really Need to Know' by Ben Dupré

One of a series of books all named '50 Blank You Really Need to Know'. Each book consists of 50 essays on the title subject introducing the basics of the subject. The only other one I've read was 50 Philosophy Ideas etc. by the same author.
I've got the electronic version and each chapter is just the right length for my trips on the metro on the way to work.

The other book is modelling related. Well sort of. :)

It's 'Fire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain' by Christian Wolmar.

I've signed up for the Railways group build here and I know nothing about railways. So I'm doing some background reading. This book is as much about the ways in which the railways transformed Britain as it is about the nuts and bolts of railways and trains. I've only just started but so far it's been interesting and readable. The author is passionate about his subject.

I do also read fiction but I've not got anything on the go at the moment. I'm waiting for the next Ian M Banks novel 'The Hydrogen Sonata' to be released in paperback.

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Dean Kontz the mask and A year according to Ishmael by Ishmael

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I am re-reading 1000 years of annoying the french by Stephen Clarke. It's the same author that wrote a year in the merde and merde actually. It's mainly a bit of light hearted reading for bed time. I am also reading forgotten voices of the second world war, which is a collection of interviews held by the Imperial war museum, taken from all sides of the conflict and spans the build up to the aftermath. There is also one for the first world war too.

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Currently reading the excellent Bob Lee Swagger series of books by Stephen Hunter .One of the series is the book that the movie "Shooter" was based on . Entertaining movie but Marky Mark Wahlberg was the wrong choice to play this character . Just got done with "World War Z " .... WOW , scary stuff !

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Just found the book 'Life of Pi' which my wife has had for years but hasn't got round to reading. The zoology bits in there are absolutely spot on - Speaking as someone who has previously worked in a zoo, the opening few chapters are very funny indeed because of their worldwide truth! He's right when he reveals the most dangerous animal in a zoo...

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The Wars of the Roses by Trevor Doyle. Not my usual period of history, but a great read. The Author takes it back to 1399 when Richard II was forced to abdicate so setting the scene for a very turbulent time up to 1485 when Richard III was killed...Now where did he (or even where will he) end up?

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Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. Read the series beofre but it's been a long while. First books are very good but the later ones tend to push the boundaries of believability!

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"Power From Steam - A History of the Stationary Engine" by Richard L. Hills.

Published by Cambridge University Press in 1989, it is the first comprehensive and in depth study of the stationary steam engine. Very enlightening.


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Battle of Britain James Holland, the full story of BoB, talking about the battle of France and then all of the defence measures used by britain.

1918: year of victory Malcolm Brown.

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An Army at Dawn Rick Atkinson. My late father was a combat engineer in the middle of this campaign and it's very interesting to read a thorough history of it. He told stories of winching vehicles out of the sand on the beach and digging the "tunnels" that became Gen. Fredendall's bunker.

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Now onto 'The Valley of the Horses', book two of the 'Earth's Children' series

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That Victor Hugo can't half waffle. :roll:

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The Mammoth Hunters - Jean Auel. 3rd in the Earth's Children set

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14,000 Miles through the Air by Ross Smith. Making me want to build O/400 and Vimy :)

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Mockingjay.

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