Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Return of Summer Reading: The Platypus Reads Part CCCXI

Summer has returned, though you wouldn't know it in Texas right now. Whatever the weather may be doing (and it's appreciated), school is out and that means that it's time for a new "Seven Heavens of Summer Reading". Stuff has been piling up on the shelves, so there's lots to work through.

In the comics department, Valiant Comics is leading the field with Divinity, XO Manowar: Soldier, and Britannia: We Who Are About to Die. All of these are absolutely excellent middle-brow fair.

Historical reading finds me following up last summer's A Storm of Spears with Christopher Matthew's new ANZAC salvo on all things hoplite Beyond the Gates of Fire. We'll see if Matthew's team can send old V.D. Hanson's Western Way of War running for cover by showing that their models of hoplite battle can shed new light on the well trodden sands of Thermopylae.

In the Fantasy genre, my wife and I are taking a second trip through The Last Unicorn after spending time with Y.A. titans The Hunger Games and The Giver. The Last Unicorn is a consummate work of art and a reminder of all that was good in late twentieth-century America.

That's what's on the docket so far. Puritans and New Englanders will undoubtedly find their way on to the list along with some other surprises because that's what summer reading is all about: the freedom to be surprised.

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