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Old 06-02-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I just got done with a novel by Elizabeth Strout, who earned the Pulitzer PrizeóOlive Kitteridge, a collection of interrelated stories about a retired couple who are natives of Maine. The story is not fruffy but one of the best written novels I've ever seen and I can see why she got the Pulitzer. She really nails what it's like to grow older within the context of strange relationships and dysfunctional families. I'm not a novel reader, generally, but I read this in two sittings, couldn't put it down.

www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/books/review/Thomas-t.html
And I am going to check out this author, NEGIRL. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

 
Old 06-02-2012, 12:38 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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What a fascinating list! Thank you so much for sharing it.

I think I will start with the last book you mentioned - I am rather fascinated with weaponry.
Let me know what your interests are in the area of weaponry. I have over 1200 books on the subject in my private library so I can make plenty of recommendations. My books are almost all on small arms, weapons of the individual, as opposed to modern armor such as tanks and cannon. I have far more on civilian arms than military.

I have Partington's Greek Fire and Gunpowder, a real landmark book on thee history of black powder. Critics currently attack it as outdated as outdated because it supports the European origin og black powder as opposed to Chinese. But I have another in which the author mounts a masterful philological argument for the case that the Chinese never mentioned projectile weapons but only flame projectors. That one was written a century ago when people who read Latin weren't so scarce. People in the field of the history of technology definitely need Latin and some knowledge of Greek.

The Hime book may be available through interlibrary loan. Mine is a copy that I made at the Detroit Public Library.

Amazon.com: A History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder (9780801859540): J. R. Partington, Bert S. Hall: Books

Amazon.com: THE ORIGIN OF ARTILLERY: Henry W.L. Hime: Books
 
Old 06-02-2012, 06:29 PM
 
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Default Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Just came back from seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Judy Dench and a host of well-known actors. The theater was full of old folks like me laughing their AO.

"A group of British retirees decide to 'outsource' their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self."
 
Old 06-03-2012, 05:30 PM
 
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Let me know what your interests are in the area of weaponry. I have over 1200 books on the subject in my private library so I can make plenty of recommendations. My books are almost all on small arms, weapons of the individual, as opposed to modern armor such as tanks and cannon. I have far more on civilian arms than military.

I have Partington's Greek Fire and Gunpowder, a real landmark book on thee history of black powder. Critics currently attack it as outdated as outdated because it supports the European origin og black powder as opposed to Chinese. But I have another in which the author mounts a masterful philological argument for the case that the Chinese never mentioned projectile weapons but only flame projectors. That one was written a century ago when people who read Latin weren't so scarce. People in the field of the history of technology definitely need Latin and some knowledge of Greek.

The Hime book may be available through interlibrary loan. Mine is a copy that I made at the Detroit Public Library.

Amazon.com: A History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder (9780801859540): J. R. Partington, Bert S. Hall: Books

Amazon.com: THE ORIGIN OF ARTILLERY: Henry W.L. Hime: Books
Well, this is the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE that I have dared mentioned my interests in weaponry, armament, and tactics. I could not imagine that anyone would care.

I double majored as an undergrad in British Literature and History. So my long time interest starts with the Picts . . .I am interested in how societies protected themselves, in particular. So the Barbarian Invasions are of particular fascination to me, as are the Roman campaigns til around 200 AD.

The other period I am interested in would be roughly the Crusade years through William the Conquerer. Then I have always felt I couldn't quite picture the 15th and 16th Century (Tudor period). Swords, shields and horses, fist weapons and longbows . . . and maritime, cannons . . . there just had to be more than that . . .

Anyway, while critiquing lit, I never spent the time really delving into the military and have always wished I had.
 
Old 06-03-2012, 05:34 PM
 
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Just came back from seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Judy Dench and a host of well-known actors. The theater was full of old folks like me laughing their AO.

"A group of British retirees decide to 'outsource' their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self."
Sounds delightful! Lady Judi is so wonderful . . . I have sought out everything I could find on Netflix with her in a role.

I looked up the trailer - I want to see the movie! The cast is unreal - Bill Nighey is another of my favorite actors.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Trailer Official [HD] - YouTube
 
Old 06-03-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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Well, this is the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE that I have dared mentioned my interests in weaponry, armament, and tactics. I could not imagine that anyone would care.

I double majored as an undergrad in British Literature and History. So my long time interest starts with the Picts . . .I am interested in how societies protected themselves, in particular. So the Barbarian Invasions are of particular fascination to me, as are the Roman campaigns til around 200 AD.

The other period I am interested in would be roughly the Crusade years through William the Conquerer. Then I have always felt I couldn't quite picture the 15th and 16th Century (Tudor period). Swords, shields and horses, fist weapons and longbows . . . and maritime, cannons . . . there just had to be more than that . . .

Anyway, while critiquing lit, I never spent the time really delving into the military and have always wished I had.
At my local art museum last week I was captivated (no pun intended) by an ancient Japanese weapon for catching criminal intruders. This is a pole weapon made of metal with spikes on it to insert into the robe sleeves. You'd probably love it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukubō
 
Old 06-04-2012, 03:53 AM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Well, this is the first time in my ENTIRE LIFE that I have dared mentioned my interests in weaponry, armament, and tactics. I could not imagine that anyone would care.

I double majored as an undergrad in British Literature and History. So my long time interest starts with the Picts . . .I am interested in how societies protected themselves, in particular. So the Barbarian Invasions are of particular fascination to me, as are the Roman campaigns til around 200 AD.

The other period I am interested in would be roughly the Crusade years through William the Conquerer. Then I have always felt I couldn't quite picture the 15th and 16th Century (Tudor period). Swords, shields and horses, fist weapons and longbows . . . and maritime, cannons . . . there just had to be more than that . . .

Anyway, while critiquing lit, I never spent the time really delving into the military and have always wished I had.
I know little of the Picts. I did, however, run across this little item which you may find of interest. This is one of two books on the list I don't own so I'm not familiar with it personally.

Amazon.com: Pictish Warrior AD 297-841 (9781841763460): Paul Wagner, Wayne Reynolds: Books

From your background you may be familiar with this one. For the conoisseur of the obscure Bede is known as the only author to have mentioned the goddess Eostre. English speaking lands and only English speaking lands have named Easter in her honor.

Bede focuses on later periods but as memory serves there's a good bit on what he would consider the prehistory.

http://www.amazon.com/Ecclesiastical...8800719&sr=1-1

As far as military tactics are concerned here is one to start. The book has the Greek on one page and and an English translation facing.

Amazon.com: Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, Onasander (Loeb Classical Library, No. 156) (9780674991729): Aeneas Tacticus, Asclepiodotus, Onasander, Illinois Greek Club: Books

Weapons of that early period are scarce as are the books. However, I did find the following which I may purchase. There are some others so do an amazon search. The specific geographic are won't matter that much.

Amazon.com: Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors and Warfare in the Ancient Civilisations of Greece and Rome (9780806127941): John Warry: Books

Most of the weaponry of the period is in relic condition and is in the area of archaeology. I know that I have some material and should be aware of more. There is another fascinating reference but most of the material is Oriental. However, I do recommend it. Stone was a member of the obsessive crew revolving around the Met in the first half of the last century.

Amazon.com: A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor: in All Countries and in All Times (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor) (9780486407265): George Cameron Stone: Books

Really focused on a later period but will provide you with excellent and necessary background information.

Amazon.com: Armour and Weapons (9781594160226): Charles Ffoulkes: Books

Amazon.com: The armourer and his craft from the XIth to the XVIth century (9781171664277): Charles John Ffoulkes: Books

And one more for plenty of information. There's plenty on Britain and plenty of useful footnotes. This is one of the top works I've ever read. Regardless of the edition be sure to order all the volumes and unabridged. The total is 3000 pages or so.

Amazon.com: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics) (9780140437645): Edward Gibbon, David P. Womersley: Books


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At my local art museum last week I was captivated (no pun intended) by an ancient Japanese weapon for catching criminal intruders. This is a pole weapon made of metal with spikes on it to insert into the robe sleeves. You'd probably love it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukubō
Fascinating. Given the attitude of the Japanese towards criminals, however, I doubt that their concern was capturing the malefactor unharmed.

Here are some more goodies. Be sure to click on "List of Melee Weapons" at the bottom.

Melee weapon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Old 06-05-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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Well, sorry to change the subject off of books (I am reading a new Eisenhower biography by Jean Edward Smith which is excellent - "Eisenhower in War and Peace"), but I want to get back to the creation of a separate Caregiving Forum not so long ago. Caregiving is not something I have a special interest in, but it does have very interesting ramifications about familey ties, about our modern society, and about our health care system. Anyway, I stopped by that forum and started reading a few threads which had interesting (to me) titles. Let me tell you, that forum is hot: Lots of activity, lots of posters, and some very animated discussion. The amount of hatred and resentment towards those who shirk their caregiving role just blew me away. There are some real fanatics there, at least in the three threads I read. Never a dull moment.
 
Old 06-05-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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Well, sorry to change the subject off of books (I am reading a new Eisenhower biography by Jean Edward Smith which is excellent - "Eisenhower in War and Peace"), but I want to get back to the creation of a separate Caregiving Forum not so long ago. Caregiving is not something I have a special interest in, but it does have very interesting ramifications about familey ties, about our modern society, and about our health care system. Anyway, I stopped by that forum and started reading a few threads which had interesting (to me) titles. Let me tell you, that forum is hot: Lots of activity, lots of posters, and some very animated discussion. The amount of hatred and resentment towards those who shirk their caregiving role just blew me away. There are some real fanatics there, at least in the three threads I read. Never a dull moment.
Yes, it has been "lively" to say the least. I think it is easy to misread things, misinterpret (on any forum) but also think some folks are into baiting and creating controversy in some weird attempt to work out their own anger issues, lol.
 
Old 06-07-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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Just came back from seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Judy Dench and a host of well-known actors. The theater was full of old folks like me laughing their AO.

"A group of British retirees decide to 'outsource' their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self."
We saw this the other night...two thumbs up! Fabulous cast (especially enjoyed Judi Dench and Maggie Smith). I heard on NPR this morning that this movie has been especially popular with the over-50 set this summer (no surprise there). Goodie for us!
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