Scaling Mount Doom: November 2020

After three months of ruthlessly driving the enemy before me, my advance on the Pile of Doom has er…not been so advance-y. Here is hoping that I have not met my Marne.

TBR Books Read in November:
Defeat in the West, Milton Shulman
The Afghan Campaign, Steven Pressfield

TBR Scheduled for December
The Ends of the Earth: The Polar Regions of the World, Isaac Asimov
Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, Stanley Weintraub

Reward Books Purchased:
In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to find the World’s First Prophet, Paul Kriawazek, This is one I’ve debated buying for years… I don’t think it has enough content to satisfy me, but I at least want to give it a shot.
The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry, ed. Paul Kingsnorth.

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3 Responses to Scaling Mount Doom: November 2020

  1. Cyberkitten says:

    ‘Silent Night’ is on my Wish List…. along with LOTS of WW1 stuff [lol] Strangely ‘In Search of Zarathustra’ is on one of my shelves (unread) and has been for YEARS. I picked it up back in the days when I was interested in such things. A positive review might prompt me to read it! [grin]

    • I’ve considered it several times over the years because I’m endlessly fascinated by the influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism — in the OT there’s no afterlife or devil, and then in the NT the Jews are proto-Christians…believing in an evil one, looking to the afterlife, etc. Other reviews of this have been lackluster, but we’ll see! I’m hoping to read it in December…searching for a prophet works well with the story of wise men from the east wandering looking for a king, no?

      • Cyberkitten says:

        I’ll take your word for that! My ‘knowledge’ of Biblical matters is….. limited shall we say [grin] I have periodically tried to wrap my head around the whole idea without success. Maybe I’ll dip my toes into it over the next few years… [muses].

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