Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Dngrsone, Aug 25, 2009.
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that if you decide to use Barnes&Noble for a Heinlein purchase, you'll need to be persistent in your scrolling (at least in the Nook app), because *many* of the early books listed are in Russian or German. It could be a setting, I guess, in my app -- I'll take a look•see in a bit and edit this post with my findings
I just returned from a week-long field trip, to a very remote area with almost zero cell coverage. No internet, no distractions, so I was able to spend lots of time reading. I finished Forsyth's The Fist of God , and it was a very nice re-read. There were a few subtle points that I hadn't caught on my previous read and they improved the story significantly.
After that, I read a recommendation from BookBub: Forging Zero, first of the The Legend of Zero series by Sara King. It's military SF, origin story, and coming-of-age story. I enjoyed it very much, the premise is nice, the main characters are well-developed and relatable. There's quite a lot of alien terms, but then the book is full of alien races. A few of them were very well developed IMO. There's a lot of my favorite tropes from military SF movies: Drill Sergeant Nasty, Sergeant Rock, Action Girl, Deadpan Snarker, Dwindling Party, The Neidermeyer, BFG, Colonel Badass, and of course, Magnificent Bastard (just to mention a few). It's almost like the author grabbed the list from Aliens on TVtropes and sketched the plot with that. The novel works well as a stand-alone book, but of course it leaves enough unresolved matters for the sequels. There seem to be over 8 more books in the series. However, from the titles and descriptions it's not clear if there's an overall arc to the story or if they're just monster-of-the-week novels. So I'm not sure I'll follow it yet.
Then I read Clive Barker's The Hellbound Heart. In case someone doesn't know, this is the basis for the Hellraiser movies. The original Hellraiser is one of my favorite horror movies, so I expected a lot from the novel (novella, according to Wikipedia). The novel is short but engaging, and soon it was clear that the movie was a very faithful adaptation, almost a direct transfer from paper to film. However, the movie is a blood&gore feast, much more so than the book, so I found it much more enjoyable, especially since the Cenobites are so well designed on screen. I guess if I hadn't watched the movie so many times I'd have enjoyed the novel much more.
I'm going to try another Timothy Zahn book I have: Cobra Slave, first in the Cobra Rebellion series. I got it from a StoryBundle pack a few months ago. Then I think I'll try some Kevin Anderson's book I got from that or another StoryBundle pack.
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