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I have a tonne of children's books to read these days and no permission to talk about any of them. On the plus side, however, commuting gives me plenty of time for audiobooks and this month I've been lucky enough to snag a copy of Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

His books can be a bit hit-or-miss for me, but, as I'm sure you can guess, this will stand alongside The Yiddish Policemen's Union as one of my favourites.


I rather enjoyed Generation War, shown here on RTE2 and billed as a German Band of Brothers.

I'm going to say up front that it pales in comparison to the American effort, mainly because the creators hammered the "COINCIDENCE" button so often I think they may have broken it. But it looks great, and it's wonderful to see this awful era from a German point of view. Even the original title, "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter", is pretty revealing. It's the German for "Our Mothers, Our Fathers", and the story works hard to show the hell that this generation lived through without trying to hide the hell they inflicted on others.

Definitely worth a watch in my humble, perfect opinion.


I spent an hour yesterday working over a single short paragraph. Don't doubt for a moment that it was screaming for mercy by the end.

Listening -- Metallers Keep Away

Beirut? Love those guys. Mellow and melancholy.


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Dec. 3rd, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
The only book by Michael Chabon I have read is one that I cannot even remember the title of any more. That is annoying.
I enjoyed Band of Brothers, but I could not get into The Pacific. I did not finish it, and I do not know if that was a mistake or not.
Dec. 3rd, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
The Pacific was nowhere near as good! However, the end is better than the beginning...
Dec. 4th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
That reminds me of the old Oscar Wilde story about working an entire morning to remove a comma...
Dec. 4th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Yet another of his great, lines.
Dec. 4th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
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