Fantastic Iraq

1,001 Nights in Iraq: Fantasy space stations and the “Book of Dragons” and Magic playing cards, amazing underwater military bases and “Resident Evil,” and a dead geek from Iowa namedJohn Wayne, who used to crawl under the covers at night to play video games. Medic Spec. Jaymie Holschlag “tries to sway fate with good-luck charms. On every mission, she fills her pockets with talismans: her bullet, her lucky dollar, photos of [fallen comrades] Gienau, Garceau and Miller, prayer beads and her Uncle Sam bear. ‘He brought me to Iraq — he’ll take me out,’ said the M-16 sharpshooter and mother of two.”