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The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
The New Voices of Science Fiction
Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson
Progress: 13%
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

Sharpe’s Fortress by Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe's Fortress - Bernard Cornwell

Series: Sharpe #3


This installment describes the taking of the so far unbeaten fortress of Gawilghur by Wellington’s army. Sharpe is a newly made ensign in a new company and having a hard time of it because he doesn’t feel like he fits in anywhere. The description of how the fortress was defeated was compelling, but boy was it bloody. Admittedly the British didn’t take massive losses and the book wasn’t trying to be overly gory but war certainly makes a mess. At least no one go beheaded by a cannonball in this one. Oh, and I’m impressed at the sheer amount of ammunition the British must have been lugging around.


I read this for booklikes-opoly square Frontierland 2 “Read a book with a main character who knows how to handle a gun” and Sharpe definitely fits this category. It’s a musket but he’s skilled with its use as both a firearm and with its bayonet. At 372 pages (I’m including the historical note), it counts as another $6 for my bank, giving me a total of $263.


This is also the hundredth book I’ve finished reading this year.


Previous update:

207 of 372 pages