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Book Review: Ashley's War, The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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Ashley's War:  The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a non-fiction book published in April 2015.  The story follows several women and their quest to become the first women to be in combat along the Green Berets and Army Rangers. This is a book that was selected in my workplace for discussion between women and/or veterans.  The book discussion was broken into three parts much like how the story was broken up.  It garnered great conversations. Some of the things that happened in the book didn't surprise me, such as how physically demanding the tryouts were to be part of the special operations.  It's a demanding job that requires people to be not only physically strong but mentally strong.     What did shock me was that it took the military so long to allow women to fight along men on the battlefield.  Another thing that astonished me were how accepting most of the men in the Army Rangers were of the women fight

Book Review: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin

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I know I'm late to the game with reading George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books . . . A Game of Thrones for you underlings, but I just can't get enough of them. I haven't watched the show yet. I'm old school; I like to read the book, or books, before watching the television show or movie. All the books in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series take me at least a year to read. It isn't because they're difficult to read as far as the way they're written.  It's more that it is such heavy content, and there are a ton of characters. Because of this, I find myself putting it aside for a little while and then coming back to it. While reading A Clash of Kings , there were a lot of things that made think of other books or movies. One example is when Tyrion, Joffrey, Sansa, Tommen, and Cersei saw Myrcella off. They are on their way back to the castle, and the poor people are rioting and throwing rotten food at them. It