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Anthony Hargis
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I'm here to tell you that computers and internet connections aggravate me no end. Everything's going fine then, bam! You can no longer "reply," or log in, or something.

A few minutes later, bam! Everything's back to normal.

Personally, I think the world wide web has already attained A.I. and is just screwing with us for the fun of it.
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Mutual feelings, my friend. Mutual feelings.
Missing Gen Con (again)
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Another Review: Knight of Jerusalem

Another spellbinding tale by Professor Helena P. Schrader. This one is the first book in the trilogy about Balian of Ibelin. This is another man of whom we have scant information for as a youth. As with Leonidas of Sparta, he was the younger son and thus, not expected to inherit, so who would have thought he rise to such great heights?

We know about his father, his mother and his brothers, as each had played fairly important parts in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. We know that Balian and his brother played "prominent roles" at the battle of Montgisard, though the chronicles are not specific about details. We also don't have details about the exact nature of Balian's relationship with the King, Baldwin IV either, but we do know that the King granted Balian two distinct marks of favor; permitting Balian's marriage to a very important Dowager Queen and his allowing Balian -- and not another important male relative -- to carry his heir, Baldwin V, to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for the royal ceremony.

Using these facts, along with others found here and there, Professor Schrader spins an intriguing tale of Balian's life and accomplishments, right up to his marriage to Maria Zoe Comnena and the birth of their first child. That's where this first book ends.

There's murder, intrigue, backstabbing, plotting, fight scenes and family arguments, along with more touching scenes to tug at one's emotions. I would have read this book completely through -- as I did her book, "A Boy of the Agoge" -- but this books was thicker, so I was forced to "wait until tomorrow" to find out what happened. LOL

Another excellent treatise that I hardily recommend to anyone interested in the real Balian, rather than the fictional Balian of Ridley Scott. The man makes an excellent movie, but he's just a bit weak on his facts. The real Balian is even more interesting and rose to great heights.
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A Book Review: "A Boy of the Agoge"

Riveting.

I received my books from Amazon yesterday afternoon, about 3 pm. I chose to start with "A Boy of the Agoge," by Professor Helena P. Schrader. I started reading at about 6 pm, I finished at 2:45 am. Yes, I grew sleepy. Yes, my eyes grew tired and red. No, I didn't want to "wait until tomorrow" to see what happened next.

Professor Schrader has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Hamburg. She has several blogs, and is most well known for her contributions to Real Crusades History, as a contributing writer and guest on the blog series. She's also written a trilogy about Balian of Ibelin; the real Balian, not the Riddley Scott Balian. But a discussion of that trilogy is for another post.

"A Boy of the Agoge" is the first book in a trilogy telling the story of Leonidas of Sparta. Yes, he of the "three hundred" fame, of Thermopylae fame. But as Professor Schrader points out in her Introduction, little is known of his boyhood. There are, in her words, "tantalizing tidbits," but no detailed accounts.

Leonidas was the fourth son -- being the second born of twins -- of King Anaxandridas II. As such, he was of little note to historians during his early life, especially when one considers how unlikely it was that the fourth son would ever inherit the throne, so not much attention was paid to him. Since he was not the heir apparent, the Agoge was his destination, as it was for all Spartan boys.

We know about the tumultuous relationship his brothers had with each other and with Leonidas. His eldest brother became King and his second brother vied for the position. We have details like these and from these details, Professor Schrader has postulated what his early life might have been like.

While the story of Leonidas, itself, is the "fiction" part of this "historical fiction," the rest is not. Professor Schrader gives us wonderful descriptions of what Sparta, itself, was like, what life there would have been like; the temples, the government, the lessons taught at the Agoge, early public schooling for girls, the dances, holidays and rituals, the wars and end relationship with Massenia.

Not only an enjoyable read, but an educational one as well, especially for people interested in that period in history, of which I am one. her prose, spelling, punctuation? I found nothing that distracted me from the story itself. It flowed smoothly, without bumps, or hiccups, and at a nice steady pace. She did not race through the story, nor did she stumble upon any spots that mired the reader down. As I said, I sat through it in one, non-stop reading session.

A thoroughly good read, a thoroughly enjoyable read, that I would recommend to anyone.

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I was trying to put my finger on it.

It reminds me of the piece used in the Howard work, "The Frost giant's Daughter."
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I'm suspecting that "magic" is needed to pass the "bottom" of the well, to reach those lower levels?
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Didn't know about these two cons so close to home -- about a 2.5 hour drive -- so thanks David! I'll have to look into them.
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In-Con-ing!!
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Now to raid the Laboratory of a Jann alchemist. LOL

Nice
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Looking forward to reading "Harold the King," Mrs. Hollick's alternate history saga. I do hope you'll give her books a try.
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Alright folks, I just HAD to say something about this one.

The State of New York is dropping their Literacy test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers.

Yes, requiring School Teachers to be able to read and write is . . . racist.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/13/ny-dropping-teacher-literacy-test-amid-claims-racism.html

ROFLMAO
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