Local history, a read inspired by conversations with a visiting friend on the history of shipping and travel by boat on the Rhine. — A richly illustrated book focusing chiefly on the 19th and 20th centuries, and the mid-19th-centuriy changes brought about by diesel engines and the resulting disappearance of sailing vessels (which, before the advent of engines, were pulled by horses when going up the river, against the current): undoubtedly the biggest change not only in land but also in river travel and transportation, with a profound effect on large sectors of the economy of the adjoining regions and communities.
Werner Böcking: Von Köln zum Meer
Note: This was my summer 2022 project — but while I posted the associated project pages here at the time (Middle-earth and its sub-project pages concerning the people and peoples, timeline, geography, etc. of Arda and Middle-earth, see enumeration under the Boromir meme, below), I never got around to also copying this introductory post from […]Read More
The Riyria Revelations are the fantasy series that brought Michael J. Sullivan instant recognition back in the late 2000s. Originally published as a series of six installments, they are now available as a set of three books, with each of the three books comprising two volumes of the original format. As he did with almost […]Read More
Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria books have been on my TBR for a while, but until I’d read two short stories from the cycle — The Jester and Professional Integrity — I hadn’t been sure whether his writing would be for me. Then I found out that (much like Tolkien’s Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History […]Read More