Gardening and YouTube videos on science and movie sins have replaced my husband’s Roller Coaster Tycoon phase, and the number of books he’s read seems to be holding steady. What is shocking is the fact that I managed to get some thoughts out of him on three of books – The Doomed City, Terminal Lance: The White Donkey, and Heaven’s Ditch (mostly paraphrased).
*The Doomed City – This is a dystopian novel written during the Soviet-era, only recently translated into English. My husband said it’s definitely different from the American perspective based on how some situations were written, and how they played out. He liked it, but felt like he was missing things because he doesn’t have the context for what living in the USSR was like. There were many references and nuances that went over his head. He also said the book kind of ended abruptly without a real resolution or answer.
*Terminal Lance: The White Donkey – When he finished it, his first comment was, “Yep, that’s about what happens when you deploy.” He agrees with its portrayal of war – a whole lot of boredom interspersed with craziness. How when you get back home, it can be hard to adjust because people back home don’t get it; don’t get how cushy their lives are, don’t get the snarled mix of emotions that go with deployment/reentry.
*Heaven’s Ditch – Given that my husband grew up in the greater Buffalo area, I figured this would be a good book choice for him. The Erie Canal has huge historical significance here. Plus, as my husband says, NYC exists as it does today because of the Erie Canal. NYC was still considered a turncoat because of it’s support of the British during the Revolutionary War. That being said, even though my husband liked the book, it was less about the building of the Erie Canal, and more about Mormonism – it’s roots, influence, and growth.
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The Doomed City by Arkadii Strugaetiskii
Terminal Lance: The White Donkey by Maximilian Uriarte
Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly
Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale
The Essential Lewis and Clark by Landon Y. Jones