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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

Rebel Raider

Rebel Raider - H. Beam Piper This book is essentially a hagiographic portrayal of the exploits of a Confederate military adventurer, John Singleton Mosby. Basically, Mosby ran a guerrilla operation in Virginia wherein he attacked and plundered the supply lines of the Union armies.

I didn't find this book particularly well written or interesting. It was basically a listing of this happened, then this, then this, then.... Perhaps if the hero weren't a guy who was killing and plundering people merely for the right to enslave, beat, rape, and kill black people for fun and profit, I might have had more sympathy for him. In terms of merely military tactics, Mosby's story might be vaguely interesting to people who like that kind of thing. I'm not one of them by a long shot.

The 3*s should have a - (minus) appended. I'm not even sure that this book makes more interesting reading than the work of another Piper I've come across, Further Observations of the Nitrogen Orange Afterglow, or yet another Piper I know who has written a novel or two.