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Posted: 2022-02-01 10:28
Reopening this topic again for 2021 as I've found some great gems mentioned in previous 'best books of the year' threads.

Termination Shock, probably needs no mentioning. One of these books where details covered in the book are almost more interesting than the story itself.

Also worth mentioning "The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest", a captivating read and great escapist prose for the pandemic days.


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Posted: 2022-02-01 15:47
Marc Morris, The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England, 400 AD - 1066 AD.

I finally understand what's wrong with the English ;)

Much better than Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain which is very repetitive (and they went to battle, and they massacred each other, and they went to battle again and they massacred each other again..)

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Posted: 2022-02-01 16:45

Did you see finally the difference between massacre-1 and massacre-2?

This year I read and liked a book about earlier times: Caesar by C.McCullough.

Author clearly liked this man with appeal for perfection. She did a good research, although it still remains a fiction.
I was surprised to know about certain war-tech at the time. It explains Rome's ability to conquer and later control such vast empire. Also interesting to read about roman society and its complexity. And it becomes clear why Ceasar was killed at the end, although it is beyond the subject of the book (ends by the death of Pompeus).

So, plan to read other books from same series "Masters of Rome", but first of all I would be interested to find and read a good book about Hannibal Carthage. Amazing time it was.

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)


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Posted: 2022-07-19 18:01
Is that Termination Shock by Stephenson or Andrews?


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Posted: 2022-07-25 02:40
virtual phone I’ve been searching for some decent stuff on the subject and haven't had any luck up until this point, You just got a new biggest fan!..


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Posted: 2023-01-16 11:41
>Is that Termination Shock by Stephenson or Andrews?

Late to get back @chrion, I've only read the one from Stephenson, although Gillian Andrews's one looks interesting as well, will check that one out.

Used to find loads of good recommendations here before, where did everyone go Confused

Just to add to this, quite different from the themes Stephenson brings up in Termination Shock, a great near future with some interesting digressions is The Mountain in the Sea (Ray Nayler).
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