I finished reading 7th Sigma by Steven Gould. It’s pretty good. I read one critisism about it, that it’s “One half of a really good book.” Still, I was pretty pleased by it. It takes my love of post-apocalyptic settings, and blends it with my love of the southwestern world. Also, there’s a lot of Aikido stuff in the book as well, so really, for me, it’s a win-win-win book. Except that I want there to be more of it.

But that happens with most books I like.

I’m now trying to get back into reading The Sixth Surrender by Hana Norton, or Mrs Norton as I knew her when she was trying to teach our class the importance of Western Civ. Mrs Norton is one of the single most important reasons that I wanted to become a historian. The way she brought history to life, the way her eyes would sparkle as she would teach it, and the sarcastic way she had of retelling certain bits of it, it was fantastic. It was everything I’d ever wanted in a history teacher. Her book is one way of getting closer to nesting inside her brain. Only… it’s hard to understand. It takes place earlier than her Western Civ lectures, and is centered around… er… the time of  John Plantagenet? One of my friends read it, (another Mrs. Norton fan) and he said he had to read it with wikipedia pages open. “Once you understand the details she’s putting in, you realise just how impressive it is.”

Sure. Okay.

This is the same friend that read Crime and Punishment in two days, so he’s a bit of a go-getter, and a bit of a focused individual. I’m less focused, and I’m really not all that into researching the novels I’m reading.

Although, I did just make the connection that he used Wikipedia to help him understand her novel! Heh, like most history professionals, she HATES Wikipedia! That’s hilarious – I’m going to have to tease my friend when next I see him!

Also, as a side note, my next book has to have “Five” or “Fifth” in it, in keeping with my (I guess) theme. I’ve already read the Fifth Elephant, so if anyone has a different recommendation, please let me know.