There are three main buildings housing separate exhibits:
- the George H.W. Bush Gallery, which has a chronological exhibit of the war in the Pacific;
- the Pacific Combat Zone, which has the large pieces, including planes, PT boats and artillery;
- the Admiral Nimitz Museum, housing a history of the Nimitz Hotel and a short history of Admiral Nimitz.
There are also other areas, including the Plaza of the Presidents (featuring the ten Presidents who served in WWII), the Memorial Courtyard and the Japanese Garden of Peace. The staff recommends a day and a half to see everything; we (my son, my step-father who is a WWII Vet (and thus got in free!) and I) spent most of a full day. Details below and more photos below.
My review of The Kensei, the 5th Lawson vampire novel by Jon F. Merz, has been posted on SFSignal.com.
When you mention vampire and sword in the same sentence, most people will think Blade or they talk about hacking away in frustration at the last Twilight DVD (apologies in advance to my wife for the Twilight digs). The so-called “Urban Fantasy” genre has be overdone to death (pun intended) with either too much romance bordering on porn or repetitious scenarios.
The Kensei is not Blade, it is certainly not Twilight. It is a excellently paced action thriller that happens to have a secret agent vampire as the main character. It is written in a realistic fashion, where if you took the vampire-esque pieces out, an excellently paced action thriller would still be in place. It is also the first book I have read in one sitting in a long long time.
I am the default SF Signal recipient for books with a martial arts slant and am always ready for a story with well written martial arts dialogue, tradition and scenes.
The Lawson series provides an interesting take on the vampire world that mixes in some Qigong / martial arts culture. The genesis of the vampire “race” is that while some stone age hunters drank the blood of their animal kills thinking to gain their strength, others drank the blood of their human kills.
From page 12 (of the Advance Reader copy):
“Over time, our bodies developed a means of distilling the life force energy – what they call ki in Japanese, chi in Chinese or even prana in the yogic traditions – from the blood we drank. The ingestion of this life force energy meant we lived longer and had above-average instincts and reflexes. We can see extremely well at night. And we have incredible powers of regeneration.”
Wood kills them, and the casual explanation hearkens back to the philosophy of balance with the elements: Earth, Water, Wood, Fire (some descriptions put in Air, some have four elements, some five, some eight to match trigrams and some thirteen for martial arts postures/directions). Wood balances out Earth, which is why wood (and wood by-products!) kill vampires like Lawson.
Though my son and I will sit through any (and I mean any) martial arts movie for enjoyment, to describe this in words in a realistic way is difficult. Real fights never come off as choreographed, but an author must do his best to describe the action, the reactions and the thought that goes into this and make it as realistic and entertaining as possible. Jonathan Maberry (with the Joe Ledger series) has been my favorite on doing this beforehand, but Jon Merz gives him a run for his money.
My wife and I started a publishing and media company a couple of years ago for a variety of reasons, to keep me off the streets, and mainly so that she would humor me as I experimented with eBooks, print books, enhanced eBooks and how those all crossed the lines of software development and design.
Until recently, we’ve only published my books (experiment on your own children, that’s my motto!).
The Judas Conspiracy by Leslie Winfield Williams is our first of two books that JoSara MeDia (and yes, you know where the name came from) is publishing this month. The second I will describe at a later date.
Leslie is a previously published author of fiction and non-fiction, a fellow Trinity University Alum (and fellow former student of Robert Flynn, our other award winning author) and is currently taking and teaching classes at the Yale School of Divinity.
She came up with this great “what if?” idea, which is the genesis of many great stories.
What if…a valuable religious manuscript was discovered in a scholar’s New Haven (where Yale Divinity School is!) collection, that triggered a secret organization to come out of hiding and announce their presence with violence? How and who would track them down? (more…)
At the beginning of the year, I devoured (pun intended, Mark might get it) Mr. Chadbourn’s Age of Misrule trilogy. It is only fitting that I end the year with the start of the following trilogy, Kingdom of the Serpent, and the enjoyable romp through history that is the first book, Jack of Ravens. This book is not only a good vs. evil fantasy tale that chronicles the fight through history, but it imagines a world outside of our world, a (dare I say it) “Matrix” like veil, leaving you wondering which is real and which is fantasy. Chadbourn does an excellent job of weaving in historical figures into a timeline that asks the participants to bend their minds and look behind the veil.
And dragons! What more do you need?
The Age of Misrule series started with the world as it is today, a world of reason. Jack Churchill and the rest of the five of the Pendragon Spirit, rode the wave of chaos that spread as technology failed and a battle began with Fragile Creatures (us humans) initially serving as collateral damage…but in the end being the weight that tipped the scale.
Some spoilers for that first series after the break.
We always new it was true…or at least wanted it to be.
From the Dec. 12 UK Telegraph:
“To the naked eye the symbols are not visible but with a magnifying glass they can clearly be seen,” said Silvano Vinceti, president of the Committee.
In the right eye appear to be the letters LV which could well stand for his name Leonardo Da Vinci while in the left eye there are also symbols but they are not as defined.
He said: “It is very difficult to make them out clearly but they appear to be the letters CE or it could be the letter B – you have to remember the picture is almost 500 years old so it is not as sharp and clear as when first painted.
“While in the arch of the bridge in the background the number 72 can be seen, or it could be an L and the number 2.”
Or maybe he was just doodling. Or maybe these (except for the LV, which seems obvious) are just cracks in the centuries old paint the look like symbols but are actually gibberish.
While most people are so focused on the short term, it is nice to find that somebody planted something they hoped for people to find hundreds of years later. It is always more difficult to take the long view. I am currently reading Jack of Ravens by Mark Chadbourn, in which the protagonist takes a very long view of time, leaving clues along the way. Enjoyable read, great history…I’ll post a review here or at SFSignal soon.