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2012-10-23 10:58:01 AM  

mainstreet62: Can anyone recommend some books for me?

Just to give you all a taste of what I like: I'm a big fan of Robert Ludlum's books, including the Covert One series (which incorporates a bunch of biomedical info), written by several authors after Ludlum's death but using his style. I also like Dale Brown, which is a bunch of sci-fi military stuff.

I'm about to read Steve Jobs' bio. One of the most successful people in history (like him or hate him), should be a good read. But after that I don't know where to focus my attention.

Ideas?


I am currently re-reading a collection of Robert Silverberg short-fiction. Novel-wise, "Lord Valentine's Castle" might be a good place to start with Silverberg. Of course, Silverberg has a career 40+ years long so there is lots to choose from.
 
2012-10-23 10:59:26 AM  

Dissociater: bibli0phile: I'm not going to criticize young people for reading Twilight, or anything else, for that matter. The point is, they're reading, and if they find they enjoy it, they may move on to other books as well.

I once had a friend who said she hated to read. So I went out and bought her the trashiest bodice-ripping romance novels I could find (this being the days before erotica was mainstream enough to be widely available in book stores) and it worked. She was hooked. She eventually moved on to other genres, though she still enjoys the occasional romance novel.

It's why I don't criticize the Fifty Shades phenomenon. Same results: more people reading. And that's not a bad thing.

I generally agree, my only concern is what it teaches publishers and writers. My fear is that we get flooded with shiat (why write or publish compelling, original, quality work when you can squirt out fan-fic based on poorly written crap in the first place and make huge money?) and have a limited selection of quality to pick from. Thankfully my predictions here in the literary world have been wrong, and I hope that trend continues.

A friend of mine commented recently that there is a very large amount of modern writing which reads as if it's been written with the hopes of being optioned for TV or Film. I think the example she used was The Hunger Games. I just hope this is a passing trend.


That can be good and bad. I know a lot of people who are compelled to read the source material for the awesome new film or tv series they just watch.

/I'll get to Game of Thrones in both literary and TV format eventually.
 
2012-10-23 10:59:43 AM  
i prefer watching sports.
 
2012-10-23 11:01:16 AM  

mainstreet62: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: May I recommend reading a few history books.

I'm guessing you don't agree with the bolded statement.

How about in MODERN history? Better? :-P


I would say this century. Of course, we're only 12 years into it.
 
2012-10-23 11:01:37 AM  

mainstreet62: It doesn't have to be strictly that genre. I prefer fast paced books that have a fair amount of depth.


This is a little more of the scifi with less of the military but read Snowcrash - fast paced, good depth. You might also like William Gibson, Neuromancer is a classic.
 
2012-10-23 11:01:52 AM  

BohemianGraham: Dissociater: bibli0phile: I'm not going to criticize young people for reading Twilight, or anything else, for that matter. The point is, they're reading, and if they find they enjoy it, they may move on to other books as well.

I once had a friend who said she hated to read. So I went out and bought her the trashiest bodice-ripping romance novels I could find (this being the days before erotica was mainstream enough to be widely available in book stores) and it worked. She was hooked. She eventually moved on to other genres, though she still enjoys the occasional romance novel.

It's why I don't criticize the Fifty Shades phenomenon. Same results: more people reading. And that's not a bad thing.

I generally agree, my only concern is what it teaches publishers and writers. My fear is that we get flooded with shiat (why write or publish compelling, original, quality work when you can squirt out fan-fic based on poorly written crap in the first place and make huge money?) and have a limited selection of quality to pick from. Thankfully my predictions here in the literary world have been wrong, and I hope that trend continues.

A friend of mine commented recently that there is a very large amount of modern writing which reads as if it's been written with the hopes of being optioned for TV or Film. I think the example she used was The Hunger Games. I just hope this is a passing trend.

That can be good and bad. I know a lot of people who are compelled to read the source material for the awesome new film or tv series they just watch.

/I'll get to Game of Thrones in both literary and TV format eventually.


Good point, I guess there are two sides for it. I know as a kid I read starship troopers after seeing the amazingly gory movie, which eventually turned me onto books like Stranger in a Strange Land.

Although I'm one of the few who found ASoFaI to be middling at best, and overall derivative with a huge pinch of cynicism. So I'm obviously in the minority ;)
 
2012-10-23 11:03:01 AM  

mainstreet62: Can anyone recommend some books for me?

Just to give you all a taste of what I like: I'm a big fan of Robert Ludlum's books, including the Covert One series (which incorporates a bunch of biomedical info), written by several authors after Ludlum's death but using his style. I also like Dale Brown, which is a bunch of sci-fi military stuff.

I'm about to read Steve Jobs' bio. One of the most successful people in history (like him or hate him), should be a good read. But after that I don't know where to focus my attention.

Ideas?


You might try W.E.B. Griffen. He has a huge number of books he started in the late 80's. One of the series is about police politics, one is a military series, and one has to do with the intelligence services. They are pretty entertaining, even though some of the early ones are a little dated.
 
2012-10-23 11:03:06 AM  

SlothB77: i prefer watching sports.


I read while watching MLB. Thats what baseball is for.
 
2012-10-23 11:05:42 AM  

sweetmelissa31: How is it even possible to read 100 adult-sized books per year and absorb any information from them? One book every 3-4 days. Does your friend not work or do anything else?


It typically takes me about 2 days to read any given book. 1 day if I'm really absorbed. Hell, I just finished a book yesterday that I started on Sunday.

/Reads about 5 books a month
//It's getting hard to find good sci-fi books that I haven't read.
 
2012-10-23 11:06:58 AM  
15-29 is the Facebook Generation? Finally the silver lining to having hit 30.
 
2012-10-23 11:14:46 AM  
Thank the gods that I don't have to be associated with a generation
that has read 50 shades of merde

Thank the gods that I'm part of the generation
that gets to suspend and flog those 20 somethings that have read the twilight fan-fiction
 
2012-10-23 11:15:02 AM  
Do the books in Skyrim count?

/or all the excerpts I am reading in Dishonored?
 
xcv
2012-10-23 11:15:32 AM  
More than 1 book hm? I went through a couple Harry Turtledove books but they're all the same book with different covers so I guess that doesn't count.
 
2012-10-23 11:15:54 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: mainstreet62: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: May I recommend reading a few history books.

I'm guessing you don't agree with the bolded statement.

How about in MODERN history? Better? :-P

I would say this century. Of course, we're only 12 years into it.


Fair enough.
 
2012-10-23 11:16:02 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: 15-29 is the Facebook Generation? Finally the silver lining to having hit 30.


I'm 29 and Facebook was doing its early expansion from a few colleges to most of them my senior year. I think they hit it about right.
 
2012-10-23 11:16:44 AM  
hm, I recently finished up Wuthering Heights (wtf Heathcliff?!?!), and I'm about to start The Emancipator's Wife, or re-read Anathem. I've been wanting to check out Stephenson's Reamde: A Novel or his other work, The Mongoliad. Has anyone read these? Are they worth the time investment?
 
xcv
2012-10-23 11:16:50 AM  

you have pee hands: Zarquon's Flat Tire: 15-29 is the Facebook Generation? Finally the silver lining to having hit 30.

I'm 29 and Facebook was doing its early expansion from a few colleges to most of them my senior year. I think they hit it about right.


So we're the Friendster generation?
 
2012-10-23 11:18:44 AM  

xcv: So we're the Friendster generation?


That generation is only 3 months long and will never reproduce
 
2012-10-23 11:20:42 AM  
I read maybe 5 books a year. Not much, at all. My wife is an English teacher and reads around a billion books a year (give or take).
 
2012-10-23 11:21:09 AM  

mainstreet62: Can anyone recommend some books for me?

Just to give you all a taste of what I like: I'm a big fan of Robert Ludlum's books, including the Covert One series (which incorporates a bunch of biomedical info), written by several authors after Ludlum's death but using his style. I also like Dale Brown, which is a bunch of sci-fi military stuff.

I'm about to read Steve Jobs' bio. One of the most successful people in history (like him or hate him), should be a good read. But after that I don't know where to focus my attention.

Ideas?


Robert Caro's much praised Passage to Power. He vividly details LBJ's assuming the powers of the Presidency after the assassination as well as how he pushed the Civil Rights Act through Congress. All pretty remarkable and riveting.

Probably the best biography I've ever read is American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He makes Steve Jobs look insignificant. It wasn't just that Oppenheimer was one of the most brilliant scientists, but he had a unique ability to manage people -- which is how he got the a-bomb built so quickly. And then the US Government ostracized him because he was against the development of the hydrogen bomb.

You've probably heard of it, but if you haven't read it yet, do so: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
 
2012-10-23 11:21:19 AM  

mainstreet62: Can anyone recommend some books for me?

Just to give you all a taste of what I like: I'm a big fan of Robert Ludlum's books, including the Covert One series (which incorporates a bunch of biomedical info), written by several authors after Ludlum's death but using his style. I also like Dale Brown, which is a bunch of sci-fi military stuff.

I'm about to read Steve Jobs' bio. One of the most successful people in history (like him or hate him), should be a good read. But after that I don't know where to focus my attention.

Ideas?


If you like Military action, you might try John Ringo. The Kildar series is a lot of fun. There is a ton of sex and bondage tossed in too.
 
2012-10-23 11:26:48 AM  

EZ Writer: Doesn't matter if it's Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey, or a birdcage liner (NY Times), reading > watching TV or spending time on some faux news webpage.

/Not FARK... FauxNEWS
//OK, maybe FARK too.


That is just dumb. There are plenty of television shows that offer more than 98% of books written.

Dissociater: I generally agree, my only concern is what it teaches publishers and writers. My fear is that we get flooded with shiat (why write or publish compelling, original, quality work when you can squirt out fan-fic based on poorly written crap in the first place and make huge money?) and have a limited selection of quality to pick from. Thankfully my predictions here in the literary world have been wrong, and I hope that trend continues.

A friend of mine commented recently that there is a very large amount of modern writing which reads as if it's been written with the hopes of being optioned for TV or Film. I think the example she used was The Hunger Games. I just hope this is a passing trend.


There's been crappy books being produced since the printing press. It is just how it works - the easily disposed of crap is disposed of and forgotten while the quility works get remembered.

The screenplay book is just a new form (though some of them are insanely annoying).
 
2012-10-23 11:26:52 AM  
I dunno, but reading 2-4 books per month seemed to have stopped ever since I got a job with a 10+ hour workday, 1-2 weekend days per month, and twin toddlers.

Can anyone explain this?

/On the plus side, because of our subscription to the New Yorker, I become more erudite during every bowel movement. After all, reading a six-page book review is like reading the book.
 
2012-10-23 11:27:53 AM  

mainstreet62: bdub77: Sci-fi military? Hmm.

It doesn't have to be strictly that genre. I prefer fast paced books that have a fair amount of depth.

I'll try some of your suggestions as well. Thank you. :-)


If you havent read Ender's Game I highly recommend it. It is Sci-fi military and one of the best books I have ever read.
 
2012-10-23 11:31:21 AM  

Gunny Highway: mainstreet62: bdub77: Sci-fi military? Hmm.

It doesn't have to be strictly that genre. I prefer fast paced books that have a fair amount of depth.

I'll try some of your suggestions as well. Thank you. :-)

If you havent read Ender's Game I highly recommend it. It is Sci-fi military and one of the best books I have ever read.


I picked up Ender's Game not knowing anything about it, except that it was good. I started reading and was forced to go to sleep half way through because it was 2am. It's that good. Next day I finished it. Wonderful book.
 
2012-10-23 11:36:29 AM  

seniorgato: Gunny Highway: mainstreet62: bdub77: Sci-fi military? Hmm.

It doesn't have to be strictly that genre. I prefer fast paced books that have a fair amount of depth.

I'll try some of your suggestions as well. Thank you. :-)

If you havent read Ender's Game I highly recommend it. It is Sci-fi military and one of the best books I have ever read.

I picked up Ender's Game not knowing anything about it, except that it was good. I started reading and was forced to go to sleep half way through because it was 2am. It's that good. Next day I finished it. Wonderful book.


The next book "Speaker for the Dead" is a better book. Then stop reading the series, because it all goes to crap after "Speaker".
 
2012-10-23 11:38:18 AM  

Burr: Do the books in Skyrim count?

/or all the excerpts I am reading in Dishonored?


All the volumes of the "Argonian Account", or "The Wolf Queen", yes.

"The Lusty Argonian Maid", not so much. :)
 
2012-10-23 11:38:32 AM  

ObscureNameHere: seniorgato: Gunny Highway: mainstreet62: bdub77: Sci-fi military? Hmm.

It doesn't have to be strictly that genre. I prefer fast paced books that have a fair amount of depth.

I'll try some of your suggestions as well. Thank you. :-)

If you havent read Ender's Game I highly recommend it. It is Sci-fi military and one of the best books I have ever read.

I picked up Ender's Game not knowing anything about it, except that it was good. I started reading and was forced to go to sleep half way through because it was 2am. It's that good. Next day I finished it. Wonderful book.

The next book "Speaker for the Dead" is a better book. Then stop reading the series, because it all goes to crap after "Speaker".


Ender In Exile was alright. It didn't go anywhere and nothing happened in it, but the psychology and motivations behind those characters was spot on. It takes place before Speaker for the Dead, though it was written several years afterwards.
 
2012-10-23 11:41:24 AM  

sweetmelissa31: bdub77: My friend reads anywhere from 50-100 books a year.

How is it even possible to read 100 adult-sized books per year and absorb any information from them? One book every 3-4 days. Does your friend not work or do anything else?


Most likely little TV and a fast reading speed. I can finish a standard 300 page novel in about 3 to 4 hours, and I've known faster readers. I finish a couple of books a week without trouble, and that's with hobbies and a friend. If I watched absolutely no TV (I watch some) I could probably finish 3-4 books a week. That being said, there is a huge difference between reading fiction novels for fun and reading dense material for work or education.
 
2012-10-23 11:43:53 AM  

ObscureNameHere: seniorgato: Gunny Highway: mainstreet62: bdub77: Sci-fi military? Hmm.

It doesn't have to be strictly that genre. I prefer fast paced books that have a fair amount of depth.

I'll try some of your suggestions as well. Thank you. :-)

If you havent read Ender's Game I highly recommend it. It is Sci-fi military and one of the best books I have ever read.

I picked up Ender's Game not knowing anything about it, except that it was good. I started reading and was forced to go to sleep half way through because it was 2am. It's that good. Next day I finished it. Wonderful book.

The next book "Speaker for the Dead" is a better book. Then stop reading the series, because it all goes to crap after "Speaker".


I just purchased 'Speaker of the Dead.' Finishing up 3 or 4 books I started and put down before I dive in.
 
2012-10-23 11:46:16 AM  
I'd like to read more informative non-fiction stuff, and I do really like some of the better written informational books, but after reading technical specs and manuals all day, I like to unwind and take my time with whatever mindless fiction I can. I also like to read slow. It's taken me about a year to get through A Song of Ice and Fire, so meh, it's cheaper entertainment that way.

/internet is generally better for short to medium length non-fiction/news analysis anyway
 
2012-10-23 11:54:18 AM  

Lupine Chemist: I'd like to read more informative non-fiction stuff, and I do really like some of the better written informational books, but after reading technical specs and manuals all day, I like to unwind and take my time with whatever mindless fiction I can. I also like to read slow. It's taken me about a year to get through A Song of Ice and Fire, so meh, it's cheaper entertainment that way.

/internet is generally better for short to medium length non-fiction/news analysis anyway


Same problem, but I utterly detest fiction. I opt for educationally good stories like Sex on the Moon and Glock. They describe technical and science things but its worked into the story and is usually only a small part.
 
Biv
2012-10-23 11:58:58 AM  

bdub77: sweetmelissa31: bdub77: My friend reads anywhere from 50-100 books a year.

How is it even possible to read 100 adult-sized books per year and absorb any information from them? One book every 3-4 days. Does your friend not work or do anything else?

Well for one, he listens to audiobooks to and from work.

Besides, a fast reader can consume a good-sized book in 10-12 hours. Consider that many people watch TV an average of I dunno 4-5 hrs a night? It's not that hard to do.

I definitely take more of a week or two to get through something.


This is me. I just finished the Passage. Took me ten days, but that included two weekends and I generally don't read on weekends.

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.
 
2012-10-23 12:04:37 PM  

Biv: This is me. I just finished the Passage. Took me ten days, but that included two weekends and I generally don't read on weekends.

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.


Did you like it? I tried the audio version and I will never do it with a "horror" book again. There was absolutely no atmosphere, which was a shame considering how good the audio version of World War Z was.
 
Biv
2012-10-23 12:06:39 PM  

Raug the Dwarf: mainstreet62: Can anyone recommend some books for me?

Just to give you all a taste of what I like: I'm a big fan of Robert Ludlum's books, including the Covert One series (which incorporates a bunch of biomedical info), written by several authors after Ludlum's death but using his style. I also like Dale Brown, which is a bunch of sci-fi military stuff.

I'm about to read Steve Jobs' bio. One of the most successful people in history (like him or hate him), should be a good read. But after that I don't know where to focus my attention.

Ideas?

If you like Military action, you might try John Ringo. The Kildar series is a lot of fun. There is a ton of sex and bondage tossed in too.


Another vote for John Ringo. The Kildar series rocks.
 
2012-10-23 12:06:48 PM  

Biv: bdub77: sweetmelissa31: bdub77:

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.


Honor Harringtons any good? I've read the 1632's with Flint and the Hells Gate with Evans (which sucked, btw) but I've never read any of his solo stuff. I recently rescued a couple of that series from a thrift store and hadn't bothered with them since I didn't have Basilisk Station.

/huge Baen fan.
 
Biv
2012-10-23 12:08:18 PM  

thecpt: Biv: This is me. I just finished the Passage. Took me ten days, but that included two weekends and I generally don't read on weekends.

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.

Did you like it? I tried the audio version and I will never do it with a "horror" book again. There was absolutely no atmosphere, which was a shame considering how good the audio version of World War Z was.


Very much. Good thing the sequel is out, or the ending would have killed me.

And if anyone likes Post-apocy books, I push S.M. Stirling's Change series like it's crack.
 
2012-10-23 12:09:52 PM  
I would have looked closer at this thread, but there weren't enough pictures.
 
Biv
2012-10-23 12:11:44 PM  

Raug the Dwarf: Biv: bdub77: sweetmelissa31: bdub77:

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.

Honor Harringtons any good? I've read the 1632's with Flint and the Hells Gate with Evans (which sucked, btw) but I've never read any of his solo stuff. I recently rescued a couple of that series from a thrift store and hadn't bothered with them since I didn't have Basilisk Station.

/huge Baen fan.


It's one of my favorite series. Weber sits upon the pantheon of Gods for me. His Empire of Man and Safehold series are both excellent as well. "A new Safehold just came out, YAY!"

Do you have an eReader? Baen has a free library and you can find most of the Harrington series and all the Empire of Man series there.


http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-library.aspx
 
2012-10-23 12:12:50 PM  
28

I think this year alone ive read around... 30-40?
 
xcv
2012-10-23 12:13:56 PM  

thecpt: Biv: This is me. I just finished the Passage. Took me ten days, but that included two weekends and I generally don't read on weekends.

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.

Did you like it? I tried the audio version and I will never do it with a "horror" book again. There was absolutely no atmosphere, which was a shame considering how good the audio version of World War Z was.


The audio version of WWZ was abridged though, cut out some of the most interesting foreign characters IMO. As for the passage, listen to the first part, it's very well done. Then skim through the comparatively awful 2nd part.
 
2012-10-23 12:14:40 PM  

Biv: Raug the Dwarf: Biv: bdub77: sweetmelissa31: bdub77:

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.

Honor Harringtons any good? I've read the 1632's with Flint and the Hells Gate with Evans (which sucked, btw) but I've never read any of his solo stuff. I recently rescued a couple of that series from a thrift store and hadn't bothered with them since I didn't have Basilisk Station.

/huge Baen fan.

It's one of my favorite series. Weber sits upon the pantheon of Gods for me. His Empire of Man and Safehold series are both excellent as well. "A new Safehold just came out, YAY!"

Do you have an eReader? Baen has a free library and you can find most of the Harrington series and all the Empire of Man series there.


http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-library.aspx


I don't have an e-reader yet. I think the misses is going to get me one for Christmas. I've turned my dad over to that site before though. He really likes the 163X series.

I've been digging on Correia since he came out a few years ago. I haven't gotten to pick up the new one yet though. Did an interview with him when MH: Alpha came out last year. He's a great guy too.
 
2012-10-23 12:16:42 PM  

xcv: The audio version of WWZ was abridged though, cut out some of the most interesting foreign characters IMO. As for the passage, listen to the first part, it's very well done. Then skim through the comparatively awful 2nd part.


Didn't know that about WWZ. Maybe thats why I was utterly unsatisfied with the Passage. The second part was basically a separate book and I didn't care about anyone.

SPOILER ALERT:

and most of them died anyways.
 
2012-10-23 12:19:29 PM  

mainstreet62: Can anyone recommend some books for me?

Just to give you all a taste of what I like: I'm a big fan of Robert Ludlum's books, including the Covert One series (which incorporates a bunch of biomedical info), written by several authors after Ludlum's death but using his style. I also like Dale Brown, which is a bunch of sci-fi military stuff.

I'm about to read Steve Jobs' bio. One of the most successful people in history (like him or hate him), should be a good read. But after that I don't know where to focus my attention.

Ideas?


Sci-fi military? David Weber's Honor Harrington series. He's very wordy and some people find that not to their tastes, but he still comes up with the most interesting stories and characters.

As a bonus, Baen books has actually joined the 21st century, and they've released a CD with most of Weber's work on it that explicitly states it can be freely shared. You can find it mirrored a number of places online, and it's actually legal, so it's very easy to get a sample to see if you like it.
 
2012-10-23 12:21:09 PM  
Only 1 book in a year? I read about a book a week.

/39
 
2012-10-23 12:24:37 PM  
I've been sticking to a New Year's resolution to read at least one book a month. It's been going really well. Definitely one of the most fun resolutions I've made. Got to read a lot of interesting stuff to boot.

/Currently reading Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography. In his voice in my head. Argh.
 
Biv
2012-10-23 12:28:07 PM  

Raug the Dwarf: Biv: Raug the Dwarf: Biv: bdub77: sweetmelissa31: bdub77:

I'll pop a 400 page book in a day or two, faster if I've read it before. Depends on the book. Some book read "slower" for me than others. Non-fiction really slows me down. 3-4 days instead of 1-2. I'm re-reading the Honor Harrington books for the third time. I'll knock out two by the weekend.

Honor Harringtons any good? I've read the 1632's with Flint and the Hells Gate with Evans (which sucked, btw) but I've never read any of his solo stuff. I recently rescued a couple of that series from a thrift store and hadn't bothered with them since I didn't have Basilisk Station.

/huge Baen fan.

It's one of my favorite series. Weber sits upon the pantheon of Gods for me. His Empire of Man and Safehold series are both excellent as well. "A new Safehold just came out, YAY!"

Do you have an eReader? Baen has a free library and you can find most of the Harrington series and all the Empire of Man series there.


http://www.baenebooks.com/c-1-free-library.aspx

I don't have an e-reader yet. I think the misses is going to get me one for Christmas. I've turned my dad over to that site before though. He really likes the 163X series.

I've been digging on Correia since he came out a few years ago. I haven't gotten to pick up the new one yet though. Did an interview with him when MH: Alpha came out last year. He's a great guy too.


Yeah, the Ring of Fire/163x books are at the top of my list as well. Don't know the author you're speaking of. Have to look into it
 
2012-10-23 12:30:44 PM  

hundreddollarman: I've been sticking to a New Year's resolution to read at least one book a month. It's been going really well. Definitely one of the most fun resolutions I've made. Got to read a lot of interesting stuff to boot.

/Currently reading Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography. In his voice in my head. Argh.


I have a problem finishing books. I start 10, finish one, sprinkle in comics, start 2 more, and then finish the 11 books.

I need to learn to start, stay focused, and finish.
 
2012-10-23 12:38:03 PM  

Gunny Highway: I have a problem finishing books...


Then you should read Stephen King.
 
2012-10-23 12:39:06 PM  

Biv: Raug the Dwarf: Biv: Raug the Dwarf: Biv: bdub77: sweetmelissa31: bdub77:

Yeah, the Ring of Fire/163x books are at the top of my list as well. Don't know the author you're speaking of. Have to look into it



For sure. He's got three series. Dead Six is a military thriller. Grimnoire Chronicles is, in his words, "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets the Xmen, set during WWI." It's great. And the Monster Hunter series is balls-to-the-wall fun.
 
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