From fish to Twain and Branagh's Hamlet again

May 01, 2023 10:01 am

I went fishing one day this week on the reservoir. It's an annual ritual we do with some of our Fish and Game officers. I'll spare you the photo of me with the only fish I caught. The weather was great, but the fishing was not. Four guys caught 6 fish. One of the guys didn't catch any. Mine was neither the first, last, nor biggest. I'm just happy that I didn't get completely skunked. I'll spare you the picture of me and my fish.

In Book 6 of the Tomahawks and Dragon Fire Series, I'm into chapter 12. I think I've been most moved by books 3, 4, and 5 in the series. I expect book 6 to equally powerful, pressing both the tension and emotion buttons. I would love to hear what parts from the series you have found most moving or memorable.

In case I didn't already mention it, I've finished reading With Musket & Tomahawk Volume I: The Saratoga Campaign by Michael O. Logusz. I highly recommend it for a good tale of the main campaign. It is detailed, well told, and exciting. I look forward to reading volume II.

I also finished Mark Twain's A Double Barrelled Detective Story. It's not as humorous as most of Twain's stories. I only marked three passages of interest. The story features Sherlock Holmes and, as you might expect, the great English detective falls decidedly short of his reputation in Twain's piece.

I'm doing a rewatch of Branagh's Hamlet. It is quite good. I think my favorite part this time is Charleton Heston as Player King. He had a certain gravitas that eludes the extremely talented Branagh.


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Finally, if you have any interest in the old television show Combat!, you can check out my recaps and reviews of some episodes on my blog. Here is one for the episode entitled "Missing in Action."


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