random lynn

I was really excited to start reading Lynne Olson’s new book, Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War (BOOK | KINDLE), which was released last week by @randomhouse. The book tells the stories of many of the governments and leaders of Nazi-occupied countries in Europe that were forced to flee to Britain where they set up their governments-in-exile with London as their de facto capital and made significant contributions to the war effort that ultimately helped defeat Hitler’s Germany and free their home nations.

What really attracted me to Last Hope Island was the story of King Haakon VII of Norway who is really one of the unsung heroes of World War II but whose role is largely unknown outside of his country. It’s difficult to find good books about King Haakon that aren’t written in Norwegian, so I was really pleased to find that he is one of the main characters that Lynne Olson writes about in Last Hope Island, alongside fascinating figures such as Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Charles de Gaulle, Jan Masaryk of Czechoslovakia, the Earl of Suffolk, Belgian King Leopold III, and many other men and women – largely from the occupied countries overrun in the Blitzkrieg – whose roles in the resistance and ultimate Allied victory have long been overlooked. There aren’t enough great books that explore the integral contributions to the Allied war effort by Europeans from the occupied countries, but Last Hope Island tells those stories and shares some really surprising information such as the fact that 20% of the Royal Air Force pilots flying during the Battle of Britain weren’t British or that the Norwegian shipping fleet, which was the fourth-largest in the world at the time and the most technologically-advanced, was largely responsible for replenishing the British shipping losses incurred during the devastating unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Lynne Olson has written some top-notch books about World War II – I’d especially suggest checking out Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 (BOOK | KINDLE) and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour (BOOK | KINDLE) – and I believe Last Hope Island is her very best yet. I’m a huge fan of Olson’s style which is reminiscent of Erik Larson’s (The Devil in the White City) ability to simultaneously tell multiple stories about forgotten people or overlooked subjects while seemingly making whatever topic she’s writing about it at that very moment feel like the only topic you ever want to focus on. Lynne Olson’s Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War (BOOK | KINDLE) is one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2017, it is available right now from @randomhouse, and I can’t recommend it enough so go get it now.

Star Universe Over Gravity Time Season 3

 Season 1: http://jess-the-vampire.tumblr.com/post/145113097523/star-universe-over-gravity-time-hunger-games-sim

Season 2 : http://jess-the-vampire.tumblr.com/post/153089296813/star-universe-over-gravity-time-hunger-games

the first two seasons consisted of the same characters, i think it’s time to give some other characters the spotlight .

Here’s our cast.

OTGW didn’t have enough characters to choose from, so i’m afraid they’ll have to sit this season out.

Don’t question how ponyhead and waddles can participate XD

Bmo is genderfluid but i had to pick a gender, so i picked male pronouns for this one.

Place your bets everyone, here we go:

wow, first hours of the game and greg is already the most savage person in the game.

HOLY-

Peri already removed poor lady and janna from the scene…

yikes..

so much death in just the flipping reaping.

waddles kebab

wow soos you went right for wendy…..

fire vs ice

fire won

considering peridot’s and greg’s first moves in this game consisted of vicious attacks, i’m not surprised.

Yvgeny is back to his old job, spying.

i actually would love a moon/rose team-up.

WAT

wow, five people already…

Awwww

UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!

I have no words for that first one.

BMO!!!!!!

ok, but those three singing cheerfully together is an amazing mental image.

doesn’t he always?

oh no…..

XD

ok wow XD

the mermaid was killed by the ocean gem…..COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!

awww, poor rose

this game is way funnier then i expected.

jasper running away from fiddleford tho

YD can’t handle them thorns.

Awwwwww……shame…

rose was working with yellow diamond all along!!!!

HOLY-

jasper must’ve really hated fp

Moon has faith in herself

oh peri……..you just weren’t ready for this.

WAT THE-

y’know i had a feeling this could happen, i just wasn’t expecting it to XD

Greg wth

we’re losing characters left and right..this is only the second day.

Awwww…….

9 characters gone already…wow…

jasper and greg keep working together i’m concerned.

LSP making glossaryck do her dirty work omg

at least glossaryck knew the humongous gem leader would probably be better to get rid of.

 the fact that these are the characters remaining is so funny XD

oh boy….what are we in for…

i don’t trust greg

oh well XD

OMG XDDDD

jasper is so far the most entertaining character in this game

hopefully that won’t bite him in the butt…

i love how they sorta themselves into 2 teams

and fiddleford is his own team

((He’s probably practicing because he doesn’t want to miss his next shot))

these characters seem a little more moral at the moment (Cept for greg)

y’know i’d question how jasper and ponyhead ended up having some kind of romance but i’m more focused on how they are able to hold hands when one of them is a floating head.

wendy can not stop questioning her sanity XD

Yvgeny is taking a pacifist route

it’s about time greg shows some weakness , so far he’s been immortal

wow, first they hold hands, then one of them murders the other.

Ponyhead needs no one

oh boy everyone…..we have quite a match up here…

who will win?

The feast is starting:

greg and ponyhead, still keeping up their killing streak 

fiddleford got the heck outta there

lucky ducks

Glossaryck, still making smart moves.

goodbye greg XD

you were quite the character in this game

Yvgeny apparently didn’t get enough from the feast.

awwwwwww

some powerful players gone

so much for pacifist route

glossaryck and fiddleford talking is something i need

we’re close to the end…

oh no…..poor buff frog….. :(

and there goes fiddleford..

Glossaryck Vs LSP Vs Ponyhead

Who will win!?

WOW XD

that was easy

poor guys

Ponyhead: Proving that you don’t need a body or arms to kick butt or cause mass murder.

glorious XD

So glorious

ponyhead even had the most kills XD

thanks for reading, i have fun doing these ridiculous things.