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READING WITH XIPHOS

xippy-yahoo-copy copyHere are a bunch of books I’ve read over the last few months. These are all fiction crime books. I figured most of you would like these more so than the non-fiction ones I read. For the most part they are all good books except for the crap pile I talk about first. Anyway, these are short give-you-a-flavor sort of reviews. If you have any questions about them please let me know. Read More…

READING WITH XIPHOS #8 A VERY SPECIAL EDITION

I got to thinking while writing The Short-Timers review about books on the subject of the Vietnam war. Specifically, about straight up autobiographical books and autobiographies disguised as fiction, like a The Short-Timers. So after pondering the situation I decided to do a write up on some of these books that I think are tops in this genre. This is by no means a complete list and there are no real objective criteria I am using. This list is mostly made up of books I think have something special to them that other books on this subject lack. This list isn’t in any sort of order so enjoy.

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XIPHOS vs THE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION #1

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There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier.

Opening narration from The Right Stuff

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A VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF READING WITH XIPHOS: THE PROFESSION BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD

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Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”          George Orwell

Corollary observation by Xiphos: What the hell is the problem with getting paid beau coup dinero for letting people do that? Read More…

READING WITH XIPHOS #7 PT. 2

readingwithxiphos1_thumb Hidely-ho boys and girls. Here’s part two of the world renowned and wickedly popular Reading with Xiphos series. Enjoy!

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Reading with Xiphos #7 PT 1

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Well it’s that time once again boys and girls. A rundown of books I have read lately. As per usual this covers a variety of non fiction topics and different genres of fiction and they are in no particular order except as they pop into my head as writing this. Enjoy.

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READING WITH XIPHOS A VERY SPECIAL EDITION

This started out as a post in The Rec Room that grew entirely out of control.

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THE TEMERAIRE SERIES

What does it mean to possess a sense of humanity? Does the idea of humanity only reside in the heart and head of forward-looking, bi-pedal, opposable thumb-owning hairless apes? In other words, what you see on the street or in the mirror everyday? Or can large intelligent talking dragons be in possession of the elusive and less and less seen idea of humanity? That question is the central, if unspoken, idea that runs through the top-notch Temeraire novels by Naomi Novik.

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READING WITH XIPHOS #6 PT. 2

I am having a difficult time with writing the Temeraire review. So far, everything I’ve written has sucked long and hard and has not done that magnificent series any justice. So instead I’m going to post Part 2 of my original post. This time out we get into a lot of off beat books.

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READING WITH XIPHOS #6

I have not done one of these since the end of June so I figured it’s time. It’s an odd collection of books I’ll be reviewing. I think that is due to the fact that I was marooned in Hawaii for a few months like I was a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815 and I’m now being held as an enemy combatant at Quantico. So without further preamble, let’s dig in.

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