Thursday, October 02, 2014
What's Ipecac Reading Now?
I recently finished reading Robert Kirchubel’s “Operation Barbarossa: The German Invasion of the Soviet Union”. Having read a good number of WWII histories over the past couple of years, I wanted to get more detail on the actual military aspects of Hitler’s biggest mistake. Kirchubel’s book, only covering the first six months after the invasion, certainly provided lots of great, fascinating detail.
Wanting to take a break from World War II, I went about a week without anything specific to read. We’re members of Amazon Prime which means I can borrow one book per month free from the Amazon Lending Library, but if you don’t have a specific title in mind that’s part of the library, sorting through the thousands of books is rather daunting. Unfortunately, two books I’d like to reread, Robert Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers” and “Stranger in a Strange Land” are not available for free. (I’m really interested to see if my reaction to them has changed since I read them as a teenager).
With that in mind, the other night I reluctantly decided to browse through the science fiction section of the Lending Library. Lo and behold, on one of the first pages I found something I actually wanted to read, Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five”! I consider this a great stroke of luck as I’ve been wanting to read more Vonnegut since I finished “Cat’s Cradle” last year. I’m about halfway done and really enjoying it. Vonnegut is great.