Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time

It’s early afternoon here in my small corner of Florida on this last day of Summer 2020. My blinds and curtains are closed, so my study is perhaps darker than it ought to be. Even so, the weather here is still “summery,” as it’s partly sunny and humid (66%) outside. Per my PC’s weather app,Continue reading “Books and Stories: Tackling the TBR Pile One Title at a Time”

Books and Stories: or, How I’m Doing with My September TBR List

Well, it’s noontime here in my small corner of Florida, and it’s yet another hot-as-hell late summer day on this Saturday, September 19, 2020. Outside, it’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) under sunny skies, but with 73% humidity and a 5 MPH breeze blowing from the east-northeast, it feels like 94 degrees Fahrenheit (35Continue reading “Books and Stories: or, How I’m Doing with My September TBR List”

Books and Stories: A Quick Overview of Ian W. Toll’s ‘The Pacific War’ Trilogy

In his afterword to Twilight of the Gods: The War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, naval historian Ian W. Toll tells readers that his original concept when he started working on a new history of the Pacific War (1941-1945) was for a one-volume history of the 44-month-long conflict that began with the Japanese “blitz” againstContinue reading “Books and Stories: A Quick Overview of Ian W. Toll’s ‘The Pacific War’ Trilogy”

Book Review: ‘Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945’

On September 1, New York-based (and wholly-owned by its employees) publisher W.W. Norton & Company published Twilight of the Gods: The War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, the concluding volume of Ian W, Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy, thus completing the story begun in Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific (2011) and The ConqueringContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945’”

Book Review: ‘The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Volume II of the Pacific War Trilogy)

On September 21, 2015, W,W. Norton & Company – an independent, employee-owned publishing company based in New York City – published Ian W. Toll’s The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944. This is the second book in Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy, which begins with Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Volume II of the Pacific War Trilogy)”

Book Review: ‘Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Volume I of the Pacific War Trilogy)

On November 14, 2011, W.W. Norton & Company published Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942, the first volume of Ian W. Toll’s Pacific War Trilogy. In twelve chapters and an epilogue which take up 493 pages of narrative, Toll covers the first six months of the Pacific War that pitted the JapaneseContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Volume I of the Pacific War Trilogy)”

More Tales from a Constant Reader: Progress on ‘Twilight of the Gods’ & a Bit of Melancholy

Hi, there, Dear Reader. As I write this, it’s still early afternoon on Thursday, September 10, 2020. In my neck of the suburbs – so to speak – it is a typically hot late summer day; the temperature outside is 90˚F under mostly cloudy skies. According to my smartphone’s AccuWeather app, the “feels-like” temperature isContinue reading “More Tales from a Constant Reader: Progress on ‘Twilight of the Gods’ & a Bit of Melancholy”

Musings & Thoughts, Labor Day 2020

Labor Day 2020 It’s late afternoon here in my corner of Florida; right now the weather outside is typical of the wet season – hot, muggy, and, after a passing thunderstorm, partly sunny. The temperature is 89˚F (32˚C), but with humidity at 64% and an easterly breeze blowing at 6 MPH, the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts, Labor Day 2020”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020

Well, Dear Reader, it’s Friday, September 4, 2020 – the first weekend of the ninth month of perhaps one of the worst years I’ve ever lived through, on par with 2015. It’s also the start of the Labor Day weekend, which is not exactly one of my favorite holidays, but whatever. Right now, it’s stillContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 4, 2020”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Or, Hey, at Least I Got a New Book

Hi there, Dear Reader. Here it is late afternoon in my corner of Florida; warm daylight is streaming through the venetian blinds that shield my study from the hot summery sun that would otherwise flood it if all I had here were a window. It’s hot here; the temperature is in the low 90s, butContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Or, Hey, at Least I Got a New Book”