What have I read lately? A lot of stuff!

4 March, L A.S.

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What books have I finished between the start of this year, and today, March 4th, 2015?

Here’s a list. It includes audio books (which I listen to on the amazing Amazon Audible app) and books I started in December of last year. Also these are out of order.

  • Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse by Robbin Hutton:

I wrote a blog post about this one here. Great history book about a great horse, quite touching and remarkable. Good if you like horses or military history.

  • The Command to Look by William Mortensen and George Dunham

The first book on photography that I’ve ever read, though its lessons extend far beyond photography. William Mortensen isn’t too famous nowadays, which is a shame, because he has great artistic style. Each of his photos in this book is precisely staged and carefully composed, to look almost like a painting and be incredibly evocative. Even if you’re not a photographer (I’m not) check it out, Feral House publishes a great edition.

  • Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam by J.D. Coleman

Fascinating and detailed look into the development of air cavalry before and during the Vietnam War. The book and movie We Were Soldiers is on the same topic, but you get a lot more background and detail here.

  • The Summoning by Mark Lukens

An enjoyable horror book by Mark Lukens, whose work I also recommended here. His work is also featured in one of my favorite of the stories included in Hand Full of Horror, which you may download for free if you sign up for my newsletter. 🙂

  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The awesome Horror classic that I somehow hadn’t read until now. I was a big dummy to not read it sooner. Great book, vampires, creepiness, thrills, chills, spills. And its Stephen King, what more could you want?

  • Churchill’s First War by Con Coughlin

A great look into young Winston Churchill’s first military campaign, as a junior cavalry officer in the 2nd Anglo-Afghan war. I love learning about the lives of great men such as Churchill, and I don’t think any such learning is complete without seeing the early years. Also, the war with the Afghan tribes should give us 21st century folks pause as we look at NATO failing in Afghanistan…learn from history, y’all. But yeah, easy to read book, exciting, got some good pictures. I liked it.

  • The Secret Life of a Satanist by Blanche Barton

Fascinating biography of the Church of Satan’s brilliant and eccentric founder, Anton Szandor LaVey. Barton was LaVey’s lover, and lived with him for many years, so she knew him about as well as anyone could. Interesting guy, whether you share his philosophy or not. Well-written and informative book with a lot of character.

  • We Are Glass by U.V. Ray

A collection of dark and poetic fiction. Kinda hard to describe. Hm. I did like it, but, in a different way than how I usually like books. I found it intriguing, and strangely inspirational. I honestly haven’t read anything else like it that I can recall.

  • American General: The Life and Times of William Sherman by John S.D. Eisenhower

Another good military history/biography book. Sherman is my favorite Civil War general, and this book gives a solid summary of his life before, during, and after the war.

Now I’m reading a biography of Ayn Rand. And working on my novel… 🙂

Talk to y’all later!

-G.R. Wilson

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