Seriously — how is it that the Katanga Secession can intrude into a feller’s world twice in the space of a couple of weeks? That’s the oddest bit of synchronicity. Something like this happened last year when I was Exiled To Siberia.
This year, the Congo. OK, then.
Last night I watched “The Siege of Jadotville” on Netflix. It’s well worth the time. Quite well done, in fact, though there was one bit with a Bren gun used as a sniper rifle that was a bit of a head-scratcher… Mark Strong leaves you with a very bad impression of Connor Cruise O’Brien, which I think he probably deserves. “An academic who thinks things stand still while he thinks about them.” Sounds familiar….
Also reading Christopher Othen’s “Katanga: 1960-63” because exploring his blog induced a severe case of book lust. Dammit, Deuce! Man, it’s good. I knew only the basic outlines of the Congo Crisis. Talk about your game of thrones… A cast of bizarre characters from top to bottom, and all kinds of nefarious goings on. It’s pure pulp, for real. Commies, mercs, warlords, assassinations… I love the way Othen writes and I’m just enjoying the hell out of this.
Lynn Woodward shared her cover design concept with me yesterday for Warriors of the Wildlands. Oh, my. Just… wow. The guts are designed and formatted and ready for a galley proof, and mi amigo, author Craig McDonald provided a wonderful blurb. It’s really taking shape and I could not be more pleased.