- Chicago, IL, USA
- member since July 20, 2010
My reading is going well! Courtesy of an office book swap, I've got a nice collection of trashy fiction to provide one serious mental vacation this weekend!
Re: Scott and McClellan, I do remember feeling that McClellan railroaded Scott, which I found alarming given Scott's position and his experience (Mex-Am War hero! How about a little respect, Little Mac?!) The personal nature of their dispute, as well, is kind of heart-rending for a Scott supporter. And the fact that Scott was in such awful health. :( Poor Scott!
I've noticed the Shelfari website has encountered a few bugs (esp. with logging in and remaining logged in). I wonder if my notes went the way of an old server?
Congratulations on the new job! I understand how a job can interfere with a reading schedule. Props to Mark for the hard work (and the enlightening info)!
I spent the summer reading strictly non-fic on North/West Africa and the Middle East. Now, I'm heading back to classic fiction. I just finished Democracy by Henry Adams (g-grandson of John Adams). Really interesting attack on Gilded Age politics.
Yes, my picture is of Holmes! I've always wanted to read the Holmes canon all the way through and in order. I've been thinking about giving it a try this winter. Have you read all of the stories? I would love to know what book your friend recommended.
Pension records are easily accessible and the most valued source of information about your ancestor. The military records are nice to have too - those are on microfiche and you can probably access those at your local branch. The pension files are paper copies so usually what I do is copy the entire file. You may be able to pay for that assistance but if you have any trouble, it's really not a hardship for me to make the copy for you. Good luck with your research.
Ryan - I live near DC and am very familiar with researching civil war ancestors at the archives...let me know if you need me to do anything for you. Can't promise it soon but after next week I don't think I have any more travel so I could probably get over there.
I just realized I forgot to post to you again after finishing 'Sharpe's Tiger'--I did end up enjoying it as a well-told adventure story. The characters aren't as nuanced as I would normally like, but it was a nice break from more serious stuff...I won't be in a huge rush to read Book #2 but I'll probably get around to it one of these days!
Thanks for dropping by - I know, it's been a long time. I moved from New York to Milwaukee two months ago, but that's not why I haven't been involved with Shelfari - I guess I go in spurts just like my reading habits. The recent discussions haven't held my interest - nothing to sink my teeth into.
I will definitely let you know what I think of Sharpe's Tiger when I finish! We're doing a read-along of three chapters a week in the Historical Fiction group right now (the theme for the month is India and a lot of us wanted to read this as well as the main group selection), so I probably won't finish till towards the end of the month...but so far it's a pretty good light read, very broadly drawn characters but a very exciting plot!
Ryan ~ Thank you for the response. I agree, lets leave them as primary, based on the "single edition" fact and the contribution level they provide in the books. Please re-submit any that I have un-marked and I will approve them right away. (Sorry you have to do that, but I believe there were only 6 or 7.)
In regards to the contributor change requests you've submitted for the "Men At Arms" series; I have approved some of the requests with one minor edit. Based on my understanding of the Shelfari's guidelines, I have unchecked the "primary" box for the illustrators.
Shelfari dictates that when there are multiple editions, with possibly different illustrators, editors, etc.; we do not mark those contributors as primary. However, after noticing that each book lists the illustrator on the cover and there seems to be only one edition of each book, I am questioning my decision. Since there is only the one edition, this rule wouldn't apply and the contributor would be just as "primary" as the author.
If you could please share your thoughts, I will hold off on processing any more of these requests until I hear from you.
I do love history, but I've had to take a pretty substantial break from American history. Right now, I'm trying to burn through as many history/travel/anthropology books about the Middle East and North Africa as possible. It's a region I've never learned much about. Now, I'm hooked. I'm also wading through a stack of novels dumped on me by my co-workers. I'm pretty indiscriminate when it comes to fiction! Oh, and I do enjoy European history, as well. Nazi Germany is incredibly fascinating -- as is earlier Euro history (the Crusades, the Inquisition, Charlemagne [I need to find a good biography of the latter]).
How's the Vietnam War? Are you still enjoying Moyar's book? I would love to read Conquistador! I am in between books right now. I'll try to track it down at the library tomorrow!
Sorry! I am terrible about reading my "public notes." I am also pretty terrible about reading anything related to American History. After years of grad school, I am still suffering from a massive US History burnout. I hope Cooper's book was bearable (fun?), however. How are the books you're reading now?