Friday, February 28, 2014

Books Read in February

I started this last month.  This is simply a list of the non Great Books books that I read during the month.

  • A War Like No Other, Victor Davis Hanson - I already mentioned this.  I'll just say again that this was extremely helpful in understanding the Peloponnesian war.  Highly recommended.
  • Lest Darkness Fall, L. Sprague de Camp - This was a reread for me.  An archeologist from the 30's gets transported back to 5th century Rome.  He uses his knowledge of history to try and prevent the dark ages.  Wonderfully entertaining.  My favorite alt-history book.
  • The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht - A more recent book and a new one for me.  This was highly reviewed when it came out a couple of years back and I've been looking forward to it.  The story takes place in the Balkans and concerns the efforts of a young doctor to uncover part of her Grandfather's history from the stories he told her.  It was readable, but fell short of the expectations presented from the reviews.
Again, I dipped into a bunch of other things.  One of the more enjoyable was 'The Olympics 50 Craziest Stories'.  I'm a fan of the Olympics (yes, despite some of the awful things that surround them) so it went well with late nights of watching speed skating and skeleton. 
I've got one more book on Greece on my list and then, after this months works, I'm ready to say goodbye to Hellenic culture until next January.  Not that the last few months haven't been enjoyable, of course, but between Herodotus and Thucydides, I'm ready for a change from Greek history. 

1 comment:

  1. You have good tastes, Peder. ;)

    I can see myself reading the A War Like No Other and Lest Darkness Fall sometime.