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History of Ancient Egypt (book review)

The History of Ancient EgyptThe History of Ancient Egypt by Bob Brier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The absolute best resource on ancient Egypt I have seen.

Bob Brier is probably the best presenting college professor I have had the pleasure of listening or watching. His absolute knowledge of the subject, the fact he is an Egyptologist himself and the only person to recreate creating a mummy I have heard of just underlines his knowledge.

He reviews 3,000 years of history in 30 hours or so, packing each 30 minute lesson full of interesting details. He clarifies many myths we are told about and underscores how they weren’t quite so primitive as we think.

The breadth of the entire course is massive. He brushes just about everything niche subject you would want to know about Egypt. Do you like medicine, he covers it some. Do you like magical and religious beliefs, there you go. Do you like drama and romance… even some of that is there.

You cannot go wrong listening to Bob if you like Egpyt. He has everything and I just can’t recommend his courses more.

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Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests

Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.1)Morningwood: Everybody Loves Large Chests by Neven Iliev
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Book Type: Audible Book
Length: 8h 23m

This isn’t “bad”, its more like … meh.

Without giving too much away I can say it has no real feeling, no emotion, and not really different from a dozen other stories built around similar ideas (even though the POV is completely different). It is like eating stale bread, no real bite, no taste and forgettable.

I do have a few more observations but only if you have read the book or don’t mind spoilers.

——————SPOILER ALERT ———————————–

First, the whole snippet they write about the story is not true and is somewhat of a lame way to misdirect people. It starts with you not being an adventurer written about, but a newly created mimic in a dungeon. That is a very weak monster under the control of the dungeon itself. You are found by that adventurer that the author writes about on the jacket. Then that person and all of his friends die, while the mimic accidentally wins its first battle.

I would say this is the most interesting part, but it could only be gimmicky so long until it gets old and loses any interest it had.

The next 6 of 8 hours is spent with the mimic still being a monster, slowly growing more intelligent and leveling up, but never anything a person can identify with. It is a series of repeat events just larger. Usually involving a group of adventurers that the Mimic kills each time, unlocking even more mimic powers.

Things change slightly and the Mimic learns magic. Eventually he accidentally learns how to absorb things he has eaten, and even causing him to take ownership of others. He enslaves a succubus and damages her enough physically and emotionally to break her. The book still doesn’t change with that new development except the encounters gets bigger and bigger, but even so its more and more boring as well.

——–END SPOILER. ——————–

The book is different with its POV and “surprise”, I hadn’t seen that starting point before. However, even with that large change, the writing itself had no real personality or life. It is slow

Don’t do what I did, pay full price. If you find a really good sale and if you have nothing else you want to read it is ok.

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