The Fate of Europe Rests in Your Hands

Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell

On June 18th 1815 three armies descended on an unremarkable valley south of the town of Brussels. On the one side, Napoleon Bonaparte, exiled Emperor of the French anxious to retake the empire he had conquered and lost. Opposing him were Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and Field Marshall Gebhard von Blucher. Already beaten once before, it is here that the allies need to make their stand or all will be lost. Three armies, three great generals, and three battles that would merge into one epic struggle for glory, power, and the fate of Europe and possibly the world!

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

As far as anyone knows, there is nothing beyond the walls of Sanctuary. It has been one hundred and fifty years since the flu virus mutated and the world fell apart and as far as the inhabitants of what was once downtown St. Louis, Missouri know, they are the only ones left.

At least that’s what they thought. From the wasteland beyond came a single rider bearing tales of a land where rain still falls, crops still grow, and mankind still thrives.

Against the wishes of the Sanctuary’s mayor, Ranger Mina Clark and museum curator Lewis Meriwhether depart the town in secret to lead a small band of explorers to follow the mysterious rider West.

Bits and Pieces

A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction by Terry Pratchett

The Prince of Darkness consults an advertising executive on how to attract tourists to Hell. A fantasy writer finds his hero on his doorstep, literally “ready to meet his maker”. On the Discworld, Granny Weatherwax ponders the point of her life’s work. Familiar characters and new places, all pass by in a blink of the screen.

On the Road Again

A Book of Voyages edited by Patrick O’Brian

“There are some men, who will scarce believe anything but what they see, and at the same time will not stir an inch from home to be inform’d.

These sort of creatures are not to be satisfied as to the credibility of any thing beyond their own capacities. But for those who only seek a reasonable testimony and probability to believe things…”

-The Translator of Hamel

From Lady Elizabeth Craven’s journey through the Crimea to the city of Constantinople to Captain Boyce’s account of how he survived the wreck of the merchant ship Luxborough. From tales of Oriental splendor and exotic locals to daring accounts of harrowing travels and miraculous survivals.

Travel broadens the mind, as the saying goes, but it says nothing about how wondrous (and dangerous) it can really be.

A Weighty Problem

The Thin Man by Dashiel Hammett

Let’s get one thing straight, Nick Charles is not working on the Julia Wolf case. He’s not even remotely interested in working on the Julia Wolf case. He’s just here in New York to spend some time with his wife and their dog Asta. Yes he was a detective, but he’s been out of the game for years.

Problem is, nobody believes him. The cops don’t believe him, the newspapers don’t believe him, even the main suspect doesn’t believe him.

Oh well, if nobody believes him he might as well take a look.

I Just Wanna Fly

Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale

It is the year 1218 AD and the Roman Empire has come to North America. In its endless drive for land and gold the Empire has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Legion to this new land to conquer it and claim it for Rome.

But these are not the settled lands of the Roman Empire and as the 33rd Legion marches further into the continent’s interior it comes into conflict with a civilization like nothing the legionaries have ever seen and it is soon massacred by warriors using weapons and tactics like none they have ever faced. The only survivor is Gaius Marcellinus, kept alive in the hope that his military knowledge will prove useful to his captors.

The world is changing and the distant threat of the encroaching Roman Empire is not the only threat that the people of Cahokia face. It may be that the knowledge possessed by Gaius Marcellinus may be the only thing that stands between them and their utter destruction.