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I'm more of a novel guy.
I really like the crash course series. It is really simplified but they are generally fairly accurate. Some things are hard to do accurately though.
It's been awhile since i watched their videos so these example might not be directly in their videos.
For example, people like Christopher Columbus have so much polarized information that it is really hard to objectively explain what he did. To some people he is a hero, to others he is a murderous monster.
In other cases, the underlying information is so limited no one can say for certain. At that point it is as much about which historian you choose to believe than what the objective facts are. For example if you look at the bronze age collapse. There is a bit of information that survived, but for the most part there is no record of what happened and historians just piece together fragments.
yeah. it mostly bores me when books go into detailed descriptions of the setting that often seems irrelevant and incredibly slow. I have enjoyed books in the past, but rarely have I been eager to pick up a new one.
can I ask you an off topic question. I've been consuming alot of YouTube, in particular "crash course". and although I can confirm that their science series are accurate (although HIGHLY simplified) depictions of college level 101s. but I'm taking their history programs on mostly faith (and critical logic). have you checked them out and if so, how would you rate them. history is so much more subjective then science and it is very easy to be mislead.
Well to each their own. I enjoy video games, TV shows, movies, reading, podcasts etc. They are all just different mediums for telling a story and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Reading is only particularly enjoyable to me when the characters are well written. I'll use A song of ice and fire as an example. Throughout the books lots of things that happen are unexpected. But all of them make sense for the characters. Pretty well all the characters are also relate-able. lots of them do terrible things, but you can usually see why they would do them and empathize with the character when, inevitably, terrible things happen to them.
I also read a fair bit of history as well. From Wikipedia pages for general topics (ex. the history of Poland-Lithuania) or more detailed books about a specific topic that interests me. I recently read a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte.
I cant get into the idea of reading for fun. except maybe a subject that I enjoy learning, I would put up with the reading (again, mostly non fiction). but entertainment wise, books dont seem appealing.
anyone want to push back on that?
I'm a big fan of the "A song of Ice and Fire" series. Although given that it doesn't seem likely that the author will finish the series before he dies, i'm not certain I can totally recommend it.
The Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Saga of the Volsungs (Jackson Crawford translation). Norse Mythology by Niel Gaiman, A Time of Giants, etc. Once you've read some of those, then The Gospel of Loki and The Testament of Loki by Joanne M. Harris are really good books, but it helps to know the original stories first
i know it is not appropriate to ask such questions here, but i need some good book recommendations
why don't you start us off