Category: books

npr’s top 100 sci-fi/fantasy books

NPR did a list of the top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books, and here in bold are the ones I have read. 1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien 2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams 3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card 4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank [Continue]

recent books read

Recently read: The first eight of David Weber’s Honor Harrington books David Weber’s Mutineer’s Moon John Ringo’s Live Free or Die Tom Kratman’s Lotus Eaters ARC (the hardback comes out in a week or two) Weber and Linda Evans Hellgate (got a whole mess of Weber books at an estate sale for like $10) Reading [Continue]

recently read books

Finished reading: Dirty White Boys, Master Sniper, and Time to Hunt by Stephen Hunter The Weapon and Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson A Desert Called Peace, Caliphate, Carnifex, and The Lotus Eaters by Tom Kratman Aliens Omnibus vol 1 graphic novel Aliens vs Predator Omnibus vol 2 graphic novel Men who Stare at Goats by [Continue]

cannon info

Course in Instruction of Ordinance and Gunnery (1859) by Col. J. G. Benton (also available as a .pdf) The Civil War Artillery page Bronze Barrel for 1/8 at Dixie Gunworks

the wheel turns!

Chapter One from the next Wheel of Time book is out now. You can go to to read it, or if that is not working for somereason, I copied it below.

neat old book on safes and safecracking

Treatise on Fire and Thief-proof Safes & Depositories and Locks & Keys You can download the whole book in .pdf format from Google Books. Still need to buy three old safes from James and rework the doors just the locks into larger safes. Got the idea from Randolph Bulgin’s book where he shows how he [Continue]

vintage kid’s books

Vintage Kids’ books my kid loves I remember reading “Too Many Mittens”, although I can’t recall the plot. And “Plenty of Fish” looks kinda cool, may need to track that down for lil’ Barry. I’ve already started a lil’ library for Barry, we’ve got Donut Chef, The Red Lemon, This is not a pumpkin, The [Continue]

growing up in a risk averse society

No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society “No Fear joins the increasingly vigorous debate about the role and nature of childhood in the UK. Over the past 30 years activities that previous generations of children enjoyed without a second thought have been relabelled as troubling or dangerous, and the adults who permit them [Continue]

training in night movements

Training in night movements, based on actual experience in war Translated from the Japanese By First Lieutenant C. BURNETT, Fourtk Cavalry, U. S. CAVALRY ASSOCIATION, Fort Leaven worth, Kansas, 1914

wheel of time news (sorta)

From Wikipedia: “It was confirmed at a panel at the 2008 World Science Fiction Convention that Jordan had completed 50,000 words of the book before he died, with the largest chunk of complete text being the prologue and the end. Whilst Sanderson is working to a target of 400,000 words by the end of December [Continue]

with terror and slaughter return

According to Alexander Fraser Tytler, we’re due to no longer be a democracy: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From [Continue]


Knight’s Tournament Book: “Tournament book. Knight games held by Emperor Frederick III. Emperor Maximilian I and in the years 1489 to 1511” Neat! In other jousting related news:

medical books

Welcome to Hesperian’s Online Library: “Hesperian has made a commitment to publish online versions of all of our books and to keep those online editions up-to-date, incorporating all corrections and revisions as they are made. The Following Titles are available for Free Download: We are happy to have other organizations link to our online publications, [Continue]