At the moment I'm reading The Face of Battle, by John Keegan. It's a history of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme told from the soldier's point of view. After that, I'll take Douglas Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid with me on my train trip home for Christmas. I found out about Hofstadter's book while reading reviews of Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, which was last month's epic read. If that's not enough, the Washington Post has recommendations for Tolkien fans who want to explore some of the author's source material and inspiration. I'm familiar with some of the Irish medieval epics from a class at Georgetown, and I've seen the musical version of Camelot, but I'll have to check out these other epics that I've only seen in excerpts so far.
Only 6 1/2 hours to go.
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