Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

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Postby McCoy » Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:09 am

Book # 11 for 2016

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Steven J. Zaloga - M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-45 [2005] 48 pages soft cover
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Postby 50th » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:06 am

McCoy wrote:Book # 11 for 2016

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Steven J. Zaloga - M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-45 [2005] 48 pages soft cover


I always wondered why they had two tanks called the M-3 in WWII, and why two versions of this M-3 (Lee/Grant). Does this book shed any light? I know the Grant was the version the British used in the deserts of Africa.
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Postby McCoy » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:37 am

The British wanted to have the radio in the turret and disliked the MG-turret so therefor the wider turret for the Grant. On the plus side the Grant had six crew members compared to seven for the Lee. I haven't read more than a few pages yet though so I've not seen any explanations about it in the book.
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Postby Frank » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:56 am

There is also the aspect that the Lee was a very high tank, the flatter wider turret gave it a lower profile.

I like the idea that this tank served pretty much to the end of the war with the Brits in the far east, where its fairly roomy interior and decent ventilation made it quite popular in the very humid atmosphere. The sheer amount of firepower it could throw out was a good point as well.
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:29 pm

The book on the M3 Lee/Grant was really disapointing. It didn't even try to tell the reader why the British wanted the lower/wider turret. A total waste of time and money is my judgement of the book. Even the wiki page tells you more about the tank than the book did.
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:49 am

Book # 12 for 2016

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Raymond Elias Feist - Magician: Apprentice The author's preferred edition [1982/1992] 485 pages soft cover

Here goes, the BIG reading reunion for the year. Yes, I've read it a couple of times before but not the complete series as the last eight books was released during a period when I only read heavy history facts and bio's. But now I'd say that the time is ripe for a revisit and to finaly find out how it all ends. It's a total of 31 books so we'll see how long it'll take for me to plow through it all. I highly recomended these books for anyone that likes to read High Fantasy.
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Postby McCoy » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:45 pm

Book # 13 for 2016

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Raymond Elias Feist - Magician: Master The author's preferred edition [1982/1992] 499 pages soft cover

The re-reading joy continues...
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Duncan » Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:42 am

Those are the only two Feist books I have read. I really enjoyed them.

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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:14 am

The rest is as good so do yourself a favor and get more Feist books, you'll love 'em. As you've read Magician I recomend you to get the Empire thrilogy by Feist & Janny Wurts (Daughter of the empire, Servant of the empire & Mistress of the empire). They're set parallell in time with Magician but on Kelewan in the Tsurani Empire. The storyline joins with that of Magician and some events from Magician is present but seen from the other end. One such event is Milamber's outbreak.
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Re: Urban`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:01 am

Book # 14 for 2016

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Raymond Elias Feist & Steve Stirling - Jimmy the hand [2003] 369 pages hard cover first edition

Feist have over the years invited various other writers to co-write Midkemia stories that is parallell to the main story but not essential to read for the main story. This is one of those books that is sort of essential for the main story as it's placed during the time period of Magician: Master and concentrates on a minor character presented in that book that will be a major character in the main story later on. In this book the reader gets a bit more substance on the early career of Jimmy the Hand and it takes off right where we left him in Magician: Master.
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