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)”

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”

Reader’s Corner: Coming Soon to My TBR Pile

Hi, there, and welcome to another look at my ever-growing “To Be Read” (TBR) pile of books. It’s early morning on Monday, August 31, and even though I should be sleeping, my old adversary insomnia has come to pay me a visit. I’m probably going to be tired and irritable later in the day, butContinue reading “Reader’s Corner: Coming Soon to My TBR Pile”