Monday, March 12, 2018

Swords of Good Men by Snorri Kristjansson

Author:  Swords of Good Men.
Title:  Swords of Good Men.
PublisherJo Fletcher Books.
Copyright:  2013.
Pages:  256.

Overview and Impressions:
This historical fantasy book about Vikings was fun.  It took me a while to get into it.  However, once it started, I enjoyed it.  Set in 11th century Norway, two Vikings must put down those who'd still fight for the old pagan gods.  In the process, they meet the gods and their interweaving plots as they kill one of the sister spinners of fate.  Rather bloody piece of writing, but still good rollicking fun.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

WIP, 11MAR18

Here are photos of some WIP, 11MAR18:

                                          Completed 30mm GW Fantasy Figures, 11MAR18.

                                          WIP, 15mm Native Americans, 11MAR18.

Early March 2018 reading: part II

Here are some of the books I've read this past week:

1)  The Coldest Winter:  America and the Korean War.  More fighting leading up the invasion of the Yalu River.

2)  The Sea Devil by Sam Jefferson.  More about Count Luckner and his early days at sea.

3)  The Legend of Drizzt:  Volume II by R.A. Salvatore.  More adventures involving Drizzt.  This time, mainly background info....

4)  To Guard Against the Dark by Julie E. Czerneda.  More Clan/Trade Pact interactions in human space.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Early March 2018 reading....

I must confess I didn't get much reading or writing done this past week.  I'm listening to Sabaton's "The Price of a Mile."  It's killed any idea of me ever redoing the First World War Western Front 1914 in 20mm.  Here's what I've read:

1)  The Sea Devil by Sam Jefferson.  Interesting beginning of Count von Luckner, the last German raider under sail during WWI...

15mm SYW Game: 15mm SYW British vs. 15mm SYW Saxons AAR, 03MAR18

This was a 15mm SYW game featuring a 15mm SYW British and Hanoverian forces vs 15mm SYW Hanoverians:

                                          Initial deployments between the Allies and Saxons.

                                          Craig Ackerman as the British commander.

                                          Glenn Wilson as the Saxon commander.

                                          British movement using Koenigskrieg 2nd edition.

                                          Calvary battle developing between the two armies.

                                          Both sides fail army morale at the end of turn 4.  Ending in a draw.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Late February 2018 reading....

Here's what I've been reading this week:

1)  The Cold Winter.  The actual Inchon invasion of August 1950.

2)  Swords of Good Men.  Getting to the first actual battle for the town of pig-farms in 11th century western Norway.

3)  Pacific Thunder by Cleaver.  Finished.  See previous blog posting.

4)  The Legend of Drizzt:  Volume One.  Finished.  See previous blog posting.

5)  To Guard Against the Dark by Julie E. Czerneda.  More Clan doings in Trade Pact space.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Review of The Legend of Drizzt: Volume One by R.A. Salvatore

Author:  R.A. Salvatore.
Title:  The Legend of Drizzt:  Volume One.
Publisher:  Wizards of the Coast, LLC.
Copyright:  2013.
Pages:  936.
Price:  $19.95 (US).

Overview and Impressions:
This was an omnibus of the the first three Drizzt novels:  Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn.  They contain the adventures of a young drow elf who rejects his violent homeland for exile and eventual adventures on the surface world.  The first novel paints a dreadful picture of his homeland and city of Menxoberranzan.  The second deals with his misadventures escaping it.  Sojourn is concerned with his exploits making his way on the surface world. 

Drizzt is a fighter.  However, he is versed in magic.  The tell is told in third person and then interspersed with first person narrative.  The first omnibus took a while to read.  However, it's recommended as good fantasy writing by R.A. Salvatore.