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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:56 pm 
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I just finished the six, The lost fleet books by jack campbell. somewhat a light read but very entertaining. its space battles are some what unique as its one of the only authors ive read so far that uses light travel time in combat. i recommend these booms very entertaining.

I hope they serve beer in hell by tucker max could possibly be the funniest stuff ive ever read, i found myself laughing outloud pretty regularly

Classics that i go back and read every couple years are some tom clancy. rainbow six, without remorse, and red storm rising are my all time favorites... i wish clancy still wrote his own stuff.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:19 pm 
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My favorite books remain Anne McCaffrey's Pern series, however I do have to admit now that her writing doesn't hold up as well as I would have hoped.


My dad has all McCaffrey's stuff. I read a couple long ago. Maybe I should borrow a few.

Oh, and Orson Scott Card. The First few Ender's novels were excellent and thought provoking. They kinda started to drag on by the fifth. I never did read the Shadow novels, though I've heard good things about them. I've read a few of his other works (Magic Box, Magic Street, and Pastwatch). Pastwatch: the Redemption of Christopher Columbus in particular was a good enough read to revisit.

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It has to be the Count of Monte Cristo for me. Also, a bit of Titus Andronicus for some yummy pie.

I like Clive Cussler as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:00 pm 
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Taking the Peter Hamilton track from the Gotrek thread:

If you have started on the Night's Dawn series but found it too long, I'd recommend Fallen Dragon. It's his best book, IMHO, but it's even better when you're familiar with the tropes of his Confederacy setting. His other stand-alone, Great North Road is almost as awesome. I actually prefer both of those to his bigger series.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:04 am 
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Are any of the 40k books any good? I mean in terms of plot / character development, writing style and vocabulary. I never understood the need for grown adults to read Harry Potter, for example. ;)

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I personally thought that Legion was one of the better reads I've had for popcorn media.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:07 am 
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Most of the few Black Library books I've bothered with haven't been worth the time. I loved, was it, Horus Rising? The first of the Horus Heresy series. Haven't continued the series as I heard it went bad after a couple of novels though. Grudge Bearer was dreary. Titanicus was mildly amusing but with a dull plot and much too less focus on the titans. Most of the Black Library stuff seem to be of the level you can read in your average codex fluff i.e. a sales pitch for miniatures. But you probably should get the opinion of someone who has read more of them than I have. I'll happily take recommendations to change my mind.


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elsmore wrote:
No book has grabbed me as much as Dune did in my teens. I'd love to read all 6(?) again, but knowing what's going to happen would lessen the experience.[/code]
Dune is an excellent book, but I thought the series went more and more downhill after each book. At one time I wanted to read all of them, but I stopped after the 4th, I think.

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Are any of the 40k books any good? I mean in terms of plot / character development, writing style and vocabulary. I never understood the need for grown adults to read Harry Potter, for example. ;)

I highly recommend the Eisenhorn trilogy.

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Yeah the Abnett stuff actually is pretty well written unlike the rest which is pretty much bolter porn.
For the record"popcorn media" is stuff (books games comics movies) generally based on large franchises or tropes. Doesn't mean bad, just isn't Hamlet that's all.

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I'd agree, the Eisenhorn trilogy is good fun and the Gaunt's Ghost series are also decently written.

I also used to enjoy HP Lovecraft when I was younger and if graphic novels count, Grant Morrison's The Invisibles is a fine ride!


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I like Abnett as a writer, but I also like authors like Eric Flint, David Weber and Larry Correia (ie Baen fare).

He's worth a shot if you're interested in 40k stories (which is likely if you're posting here!)


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I've read six or seven of the Gaunts books. I wasn't all that impressed even then, when I was pretty deep in the GW fandom. I kinda liked parts of the one about the siege on a city.

I liked some of the Really old GW books, especially the Kim Newman stuff, but I seriously doubt they'd stand the test of a reread.

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David Drake's Hammer's Slammers series of books ...

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DS is correct that the Eisenhorn trilogy is fantastic - even if you are unfamiliar with the 40K universe.

On non-fiction, I love tales of the high seas and there are a few amazing stories that a fiction writer could not have made a better one.

Batavia's Graveyard, by Mike Dash. History's bloodiest mutiny and an ending that will knock your socks off.

Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805, by Richard Zacks. This is the story of the Barbary Pirates and Zacks is a brilliant researcher and story teller. He also will correspond with you if you have questions or comments on his books. For me, this was a tremendous privilege as I got a peak behind the veil; an opportunity to get impressions from the author that he didn't want to include in the book because they were guesswork.

Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas, by Sara Lorimer. It is a tiny little book that was fun to read with the wife in bed. Short (true) stories of women who captained pirate ships in history. NOT a book for kids despite the cute cover.

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