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Fireplaces and Books

Mother Nature has decided winter is coming early, which means snow in places that don’t usually see it so soon into November! Tennessee is not likely to be one of those places that sees snow this weekend, but the cold weather does mean that it’s a great time for me to dust off the fireplace, get some firewood prepared, and grab a good book!


Opening in theaters today, Midway could have some promise as an interesting movie. It’s not the first movie to cover the historical battle from WWII – that was done in 1976. The original movie had an international cast (Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum), but ran into some troubles when it came to the secondary plot. It did manage to remain true to the key points of the Battle of Midway itself, which wasn’t always the case when Hollywood got its hands on a war movie.

What makes this new version potentially interesting is that it’s being directed and produced by Roland Emmerich, whose credits include Independence Day, The Patriot, Stargate, and more. Add to that an acting cast that’s just as international as the old one (Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Etushi Toyokawa), with Ed Skrein and Patrick Wilson thrown in as relative newcomers. There is a potential question-mark in the writing department, though, as Wes Tooke has never written a movie before (he did the series Colony, but I believe that he’s got no other credits under his belt yet), so we’ll have to see how this plays out.

All Blood Runs Red

Obviously, I’m a big history buff. This book looks to cover a very interesting character in history – Eugene Bullard – who was the first African American military pilot (WWI), was a boxer, soldier, spy, elevator man, and had many more jobs as well. The book is written by Phil Keith and Tom Clavin, both of whom have experience in writing histories and doing it pretty well. Keith has covered topics such as the USS Lexington from WWII and battles in Vietnam. I have one of Clavin’s books, Halsey’s Typhoon, and he’s written on many other historical topics as well. I think this looks to be a promising read.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! We’ll pick it back up on Monday and see what sorts of things caught our eye.

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