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The Joy of a Bibliophile!

I haven't gotten much stitching done in the last week. A couple of months back I stumbled across a short story on the Baen web site that I thought was very good. Come to figure out...its a story in a series. An entire, completed series! I got my hands on the last 4 books (for some dumb ass reason, the first two aren't owned by San Jose Public) on wednesday and have been reveling in the joy of being able to read an entire story without having to wait a year or more between books! Woot!

So, if you like SciFi, I totally recommend the Belisarius series by Drake and Flint (or Flint and Drake...take your pick!). Its an alternate earth story...Early Byzantium get ahold of a being from future...changing histroy as we know it. I throughly enjoyed it...now to go pick up a needle.

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sapphyres
Mar. 8th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Well I'm gonna order this from the library right now. I'm suspicious of David Drake though. I tried out his massive, just-completed Islands series, and I just don't get it. Each book seems to be a pointless meandering story of its own, without advancing the greater storyline. And I say this as a devoted Wheel of Time fan!
aelfie
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm not usually into the whole army thing (I'm a navy brat) so I was a bit...uh...worried(?)...but it had two things going for it.

1. The other writer is Eric Flint. I've really enjoyed his other alternate earth stuff.
2. Its published by Baen. My basic policy is "If its published by Baen, give it a chance. At the very least, it won't be crap."

I haven't read either of those series...I'll have to look them up.
sapphyres
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
You have heard of the Wheel of time/Robert Jordan, though, right? Cuz if not I think my brain might shut down.
aelfie
Mar. 9th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Nope! I've heard of lots of things, but not everything...=)
sapphyres
Mar. 9th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
WwwwwooooowwwwW. Shock & awe. Just shock & awe.

Wheel of Time---last book being finished posthumously right now. Nothing but love, even for the meandering.

Terry Goodkind---lynch on sight. First three books were MARVELOUS. Then it degraded into a socialist/communist rant and the plot was magicked away in the last book.

George R.R. Martin---I worship him but he's having a very hard time finishing book like six or whatever.
Even if he never finished the series, I'd buy it & reread what there was.

Kingdom of Born & Thorn---4 book series, already finished, very much enjoyed!

That way we're all caught up and I don't have to make fish faces.
aelfie
Mar. 9th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Love George RR Martin...good stuff!

Joe knew about Wheel of time. Even played a video game based on it.

Terry Goodkind...know the name, haven't read anything yet...I'll keep that in mind.

I'm gonna go see if the library owns the Greg Keyes...sounds good!
sapphyres
Mar. 9th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
I just can't believe you hadn't noticed the Wheel of Time these last like 12 years. Our used bookstores can't keep 'em in. I couldn't play the video game because I get motionsick. :(

GRRM! I wuv that man. He lives just north of us, and it's a good thing I'm not an obsessed stalker fan. I like to leave him little encouraging notes in his Not-A-Blog when the other fans are dogpiling on him for not finishing Dance.

I don't know that Greg Keyes' other work would appeal to me, but I loved The Briar King sssooo much. I may just read it again.
sapphyres
Mar. 8th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Herr durr...then I forget the second half of my thought there. I'm enjoying Jeff Long's The Descent for the second time. It's fiction with lots of science but *just* shy of sci-fi I'd say. I'm a post-apocalyptic reading mood and this was recommended.

Keep the recommendations coming! I always need more books.
aelfie
Mar. 9th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
I'll look that one up too.

No problem...as I stumble across them, I'll post about them.
ross_teneyck
Mar. 9th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
You know about the Baen Free Library? They put some of their books up as complete, free, un-DRMed e-books.

http://www.baen.com/library/
aelfie
Mar. 9th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Its where I read the story...I used it when at work and wasn't allowed to read a book at the desk. Reading one on the computer was just fine. (Well, sorta. That's consuming City resources for personal use.
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