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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

Penric's Demon
Lois McMaster Bujold, Grover Gardner
Behold, Here's Poison
Georgette Heyer
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
Debt Collector Season One
Susan Kaye Quinn
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

Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 336 pages.

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them - Jennifer   Wright

No, no, no, no, no, no, NO!

 

Referring to Rome in 165-166 AD, Wright writes (ha):

"As you might expect, malaria, typhoid, dysentery, hepatitis, and cholera all thrived during the period."

Cue sputtering and incoherent swearing. Since Wright talks about John Snow, she should know that cholera didn't arrive in Europe before the 19th century. Now everything in this chapter is suspect. And in her chapter on cholera.

 

Wright has some curious opinions about military forces, as she writes on page 8:

"If they did see battle, the Roman troops were stunningly, perhaps even unnecessarily, well equipped."

Unnecessarily? How can troops be unnecessarily well-equipped?

 

Is this what you were looking for in terms of tearing it apart, Elentarri?