Books read in April;
The Dogs of War - Frederick Forsythe
The Genesis Secret - Tom Knox
Wild Fire - Nelson Demille
Sandman Slim - Richard Kadrey
The Marks of Cain - Tom Knox
Sandman Slim was my first venture into cyber punk or steam punk, a genre that is becoming more and more popular. It was about a magician who was sent to hell when he was betrayed by his friends. He thus became then only living person to ever go to
hell. He fought in the Arena against a variety of demons and one was never killed. 11 years later he escapes and returns to earth to hunt down the people who killed his girlfriend and sent him to hell. And then it starts to get weird.
NJ 2 PHI 2. This AC hotel lounge is nice. I feel like i'm on vacation.
NJ 2 PHI 3 Power play goal. 15:33 3rd
PHI has looked very good this postseason.
3 - 3
NJ 3 PHI 4 F OT
I started reading A World Undone: The Story of the Great War 1914 to 1918 by G J Meyer. It's very accessible and very good so far. The miscomunication between nations was incredible. Everyone felt threatened. Everyone wanted more colonies. Britain was worried about losing India. The Ottoman Empire was in steady decline. The Austro-Hungarian Empire as well. The Balkans were a powder keg. And nations had suffered bitter defeats; Russia to the Japanese (Russo - Japanese War 1905) and France vs. Prussia (Franco Prussian War.) Every country had signed treaties pledging to defend other countries. Franz Ferdinand is killed (after someone had previously tried to throw a bomb at him earlier in the day, he was finally shot.) Austria pushes the Serbs to the brink with an ultimatum. Russia is sworn to help the Serbs but not ready for war. Germany has given Austria - Hungary a blank check that they will support them. Austria declares war on Serbia two weeks before they can possibly attack. The Russians mobilize. Germany is peeing themselves they are so scared. Germany starts to mobilize. France has a treaty with Russia. Britain fears Germany controlling Europe (which has happened in the 21st century - economically) so they support the French. Kaboom! It was madness.
20th century weapons + 19th century tactics = bloodbath.
But it was bound to happen. All of the important countries were very militant at the time. It had been 100 years of constant war. It had to boil over at some point. It was just so tragic.
Anyway, when the Internet is out i read history books.
Internet is back. No body ever came from Jazztel. They must have just turned it off cause Eduardo must not have paid the bill. If it happens again i'll just take it off the rent next time. They are like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dummer.
More cancelations. They have the next two days of so why not start early. Torre Picasso was empty. I had lunch with my editor (the Welsh Witch.) We went over the first three chapters. She had already done it and gave me the changes. It was both interesting and emmotional, but fun.