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With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa / E.B. Sledge.
Author: Sledge, E. B. (Eugene Bondurant), 1923- -- Sledge, E. B. (Eugene Bondurant), 1923- -- United States. Marine Corps -- History -- World War, 1939-1945. -- United States. Marine Corps -- Biography.
Publisher: New York : Presidio Press, c2007.
Review by: eric78  on: 17/08/2021 11:04:32 PM
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One of the most viscerally intense books I have read about WW2 or any war! Sledge give the straight dope. Combat described in all it's exquisitely gruesome detail. Presenting the often forgotten minutiae of war such as going to the toilet under heavy shell fire slinging your own ammunition and living amongst filth gore & vermin all in extremes of weather and human endurance. Nothing here but the brutal stripped down reality of war against the Japanese in the Pacific campaign.
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The ridge and the river.
Author: Hungerford, T. A. G. (Thomas Arthur Guy), 1915-
Publisher: Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1952.
Review by: eric78  on: 29/07/2021 7:49:45 PM
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Empathetic immersive & powerful. Hungerford's historical fiction written based on his WWII experiences is authoritative & authentic. This book and his later work 'The Sowers of the Wind' are both works of great depth with an eye for social issues as well as giving an intense feel of the time & place. I would suggest his works for anyone interested in the experiences of Australian soldiers in the Pacific War as well as the post-war occupation of Japan.
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Poseidon's wake / Alastair Reynolds.
Author: Reynolds, Alastair.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2015.
Review by: eric78  on: 7/07/2021 6:28:09 PM
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The 'Poseidon's Children' trilogy resolves spectacularly in this intricately developed speculative future of Reynolds artful weaving. Drawing together the threads of the generational style he used in this trilogy the author takes us on a thrilling ride into deep space. There and back again...
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On the steel breeze / Alastair Reynolds.
Author: Reynolds, Alastair.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2013.
Review by: eric78  on: 7/07/2021 6:23:27 PM
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Reynolds continues the 'Poseidon's Children' trilogy in this stunning book which sees the generational development of characters from book 1 thrown deeper into uncharted space in pursuit of mysterious alien machine inteligences and explores ideas of the possible future interactions of humans and machines. Developing ideas of human genetic modification hybrid and animal intelligence the ebb & flow of technological development and our place in the cosmos Reynolds is a writer of immense ability in the science fiction space opera realm.
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Blue remembered earth / by Alastair Reynolds.
Author: Reynolds, Alastair.
Publisher: London, UK Victor Gollancz Trade (UK) 2014. -- New York Ace Books, 2013.
Review by: eric78  on: 7/07/2021 6:15:50 PM
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Reynolds starts an absolutely brilliant trilogy in fine form with this book. Focussed on a future where humanity has colonised the greater part of our solar system and discovered mysteries which will lead us into deeper space and where evidence of non-human intelligence lies in wait. This book may be read as a stand alone novel for anyone daunted by the trilogy but this story is addictive!
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The orchid thief [sound recording] : a true story of beauty and obsession / Susan Orlean ; read by Jennifer Jay Myers.
Author: Orlean, Susan. -- Orlean, Susan. -- Laroche, John. -- Myers, Jennifer Jay, Reader.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, c1998.
Review by: eric78  on: 7/07/2021 5:57:08 PM
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A rambling story about orchids collector culture horticultural history the State of Florida human enterprise obsession and unbridled enthusiasm! A must read book before watching the film 'Adaptation'. About a writer attempting to make this book into an accessible movie.
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Infinite jest : a novel / David Foster Wallace.
Author: Wallace, David Foster. -- Eggers, Dave.
Publisher: London : Abacus, 2007, c1996. -- London : Abacus, 2007. -- ©1996.
Review by: eric78  on: 7/07/2021 5:50:44 PM
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It is no stretch to name this among the greatest works of fiction in the modern era!! Daunting in size but eminently readable. Wallace was a man with a laser focus flensing societal mores & exploring the insanity of daily life.
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Friday Black / Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.
Author: Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame.
Publisher: London : riverrun, 2018.
Review by: eric78  on: 7/07/2021 5:43:01 PM
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Poignant and dark stories for our times. Addressing social issues & human behaviour in a speculative manner these short stories take on some of the biggest elephants in the room.
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Ablutions : notes for a novel / Patrick deWitt.
Author: de Witt, Patrick, 1975-
Publisher: London: Granta, 2009.
Review by: eric78  on: 20/05/2021 7:46:22 PM
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Before his more well know works deWitt produced this dazzling work about a man hitting the bottom of the bottle and attempting to climb out again.
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The dog fighter / Marc Bojanowski.
Author: Bojanowski, Marc.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2004.
Review by: eric78  on: 20/05/2021 7:43:10 PM
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With a title & cover like this you can't go wrong!
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