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The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer (2017)

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Actually, Mark Twain only plays a minor, glorified cameo role in this engaging and lively account of the political fights, mostly playing out in Congress, of the brief period (roughly 1893-1914) in which the United States aggressively pursued overseas wars of indefinite conquest. It ultimately plays like a bit of a shaggy dog tale: after several extremely contentious and narrow votes, along with a presidential assassination, the imperialists get exactly what they most want, Teddy Roosevelt in the White House... who then doesn't much pursue new territory at all, and then WW1 comes around to give irrevocably tarnish the whole conquest business. Kinzer also notes, however, the misery and death incurred in the Philippine–American War, and its effect on dampening American jingoism. Despite the somewhat misleading Twain-heavy title and cover, a worthwhile and highly accessible read concerning an era and conflicts of which most contemporary Americans are completely unaware.
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I thought I was making a mistake when I picked up Ovid' Metamorphoses.

Only just finished the first book/chapter and the the universe has been created, humanity birthed, humanity almost whiped out and Cupid made Apollo fall madly in love with a human girl, so the girl prayed to Zeus who turned her into a tree. Apollo, undeterred, started grinding on the tree whilst lamenting his immortality.

Slow-paced isn't a term I'd use to describe this book.
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Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr (2017)

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April, 1939. Honest, moral Berlin police detective Bernie Gunther (Michael Fassbender, at least in my imagination) is personally selected by SS General Reinhard Heydrich (Kenneth Branagh in Conspiracy) to investigate a shocking murder committed on the terrace of Hitler's mountain retreat home The Berghof (seen in Valkyrie). Failure to apprehend the killer will result in elimination, but the investigation may not be any safer, let alone the possible consequences of actually finding the culprit. Oh, and Gunther has a strict time limit of about a week. Good thing he's been given a tube of Pervitin - some newfangled chemical compound called "methamphetamine hydrochloride" to help him remain alert. And, if all that's not enough, we also follow Gunther on a desperate race across France to evade East German secret police in 1956. (Why the two-track narrative? Well, that'd be telling, wouldn't it?)

A riveting, challenging story that may just send you to the library in search of Gunther's eleven other adventures. My only quibble is that Kerr might have eased up a bit on Gunther's constant internal quipping in the final third, when the action reaches its peak. Outside of Sherlock Holmes, I've never been a reader of detective stories, but this novel might change that. A-
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Flash Gordon and the Tyrant of Mongo.
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I just finished The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
H.G.Wells

and I'm currently reading a recent biography of Harrison Ford.
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(01-01-2018, 05:00 PM)TMBTM Wrote: I just finished The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
H.G.Wells

I'm a big Wells fan, though I read that one quite late down the road. I remember really liking it. 
How did you find it?
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(01-01-2018, 05:03 PM)The Scribbling Man Wrote:
(01-01-2018, 05:00 PM)TMBTM Wrote: I just finished The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)

I'm a big Wells fan, though I read that one quite late down the road. I remember really liking it. 
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I liked it a lot.
I only read The Time Machine and War of the World before so I can't compare to his overall body of work
but what I like in those three books is that he's taking one simple idea, focus on it and fully develop it.
Much like Stephen King did in his early books (before he went mad and wrote thousands pages books!)
I think I'll try The Invisible Man next.
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