Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,__that here obedient to their laws we lie.
This is the inscription on a stone at Thermopylae in Greece where 300 Spartans and their allies fought a hopeless battle with an entire invading Persian army.
Stephen Pressfield’s Gates of Fire tells the fictional account of one member of the Spartan force, Xeones, who survives the dreadful wounds he has acquired during the battle and tells his story to the Persian Emperor Xerxes. The novel paints an almost painfully vivid picture of Greece around 480 B.C, and of Spartan society’s relentless focus on war and ensuring that its citizens were the best warriors in the world.
Pressfield does an astonishing job of creating believable characters the reader cares about and in keeping his account as historically accurate as possible.
Gates of Fire is, to use the cliché, impossible to put down. Highly, highly recommended.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.