This book would actually be a good starting point for anyone who stumbles across the Prohaska series by John Biggins, as I did. It is chronologically first, tracing the career and life of Otto Prohaska from small-town Bohemia to the Imperial and Royal Navy of Austria-Hungary. Young Otto studies at the marine academy, learning 19th century sailing skills that will be largely irrelevant in the looming Great War. He travels around the world on a secret mission to find a missing Archduke, experiencing many adventures along the way.
Daughter Kathleen was told she has to spend $90 to redeem $45 on a gift card at book store Angus and Robertson, now in administration. Had to tell her I spoke to the Minister for Consumer Affairs last night and sadly there’s nothing that can be done. Kathleen received a gift card for her birthday [...]
I’ve never been to sea, but I enjoy naval fiction and recently discovered the work of Alexander Kent. Kent is a pseudonym for Douglas Reeman, a British author who has written dozens of books, set mostly in the Napoleonic era and the Second World War. I’ve been reading novels from the Bolitho series. Richard Bolitho [...]
I borrowed a couple of books from the local library today. The checkout process involved using a new-fangled radio frequency identification device (RFID). The technology uses radio waves to transfer data from an electronic tag, called RFID tag or label, attached to an object, through a reader for the purpose of identifying and tracking the [...]
Thanks to regular commenter Ebony, I have just finished reading Beyond The Pale by John Hooker (1998 Allen & Unwin). It’s a tough uncompromising look at early colonial life in South West Victoria, just across the border from Mount Gambier. At the beginning I thought it was set near Wannon Falls at the foot of [...]