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February 3rd, 2007

02:33 pm - Feast of Souls by C S Friedman
Publisher: Daw
Publication Date: January 2007
ISBN : 978-0756404321

I have to admit I love her stuff. I've been a fan since In Conquest Born came out. I was also excited that this isn't a stand alone book but the first in a trilogy. Her previous trilogy is excellent. The main lead is a woman who becomes a Magister. She is the first woman to ever be able to do this and it is thought to be impossible. Magisters live nearly forever by the simple fact that they drain the life force from mere mortals to live and produce magic. The mortals of this world don't know this but they have called the effects of it the Wasting. The plot of Kamala being a Magister is in the background of the slowing unfolding 3 book story of an long thought dead monsters coming back to destroy everyone.

I can't wait for the next one.

Ok I cheated and just c&P the one from my journal but I'm hoping that more people will post stuff they have been reading. Trust me it doesn't have to be the hot new book. It can be on
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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January 20th, 2007

09:08 pm - Yellow Eyes: John Ringo and Tom Kratman
Publisher: Baen
Electronically Published: January 2007 (eARC from Baen)
Publishing Date: March 2007
ISBN: 978-1416521037

YE is the most recent sequel in the Ringo inspired Aldenata universe, which features a multipart, multi volume story of the introduction of Terra to extra terrestrial culture followed quickly by an invasion of omnivorous, sentient centaroids.

YE is a branch of the main story, where the unique geography and geopolitical dynamics of the Isthmus of Panama provide a chance for the beleaguered humans to hold off invading hordes. Nearly everywhere else, human are reduced post alimentary residue, but in Panama, they have an unlikely and unplanned ally, a wholly sentient converted heavy cruiser of WW2 manufacture that has decided that she is a sex pot based on a popular blonde performer of the day.

This book is much, much better that another collaboration called Watch on the Rhine, and features better character development as well as battle scenes which include the all important ‘stacking horse’ elements. The ship’s personality steals scene after scene – and Ringo/Kratman more successfully weave several viewpoints into the plot.

If you haven’t read any of the Aldenata series, and you enjoy military science fiction, run, do not walk, to the store, or find a friend who will send you the digital (txt) version from one of the free Baen CDs. If you aren’t a mil sci fi kind of person, you may want to finish off your back copies of O Magazine and Yoga Monthly before you get around to picking this up.

Oh, and the next sequel in the universe is out in the summer. It’s the second volume in Ringo’s collaboration with Cochrane, named Sister Time, and its gonna rock.

(cross posted to Amazon, with a little more gushing there. I liked this particular Ringo book - its a nice return to the feel of the first 3 stories which made Ringo a mil sci fi star)
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Current Music: Halo 2 Soundtrack: The Ghosts of Reach

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January 6th, 2007

01:42 pm - Found a new blog
I think I might just watch this LJ community http://community.livejournal.com/50bookchallenge/ for new ideas on books to read.
I've been bad about posting reviews lately on my LJ and on here. Hopefully 207 will have a more active posting from everyone.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Samples of the new Cruxshadows CD

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November 7th, 2006

11:11 pm - Just an FYI ....

Everyone that has joined is more than welcome to post about a book. Mike and I have gotten our feet wet. Come on in and join the fun. ;-) 


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October 25th, 2006

10:25 am - The Sharing Knife: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Eos
Published: October 2006
ISBN:  0061137588

I've been slack in posting. I read this a while ago and haven't posted what i've been reading. This is the first book of a new duology by Bujold. I liked it but it was a bit of Bujold lite. After the chewyness of The Hallowed Hunt, it was a bit of a letdown. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book and I can't wait for the sequel but this is more of a light snack with a favorite friend instead of a thick tasty meal. 

I have to admit that I like the fact the sequel will come out in July next year so we don't have to wait as long.

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October 2nd, 2006

08:56 pm - His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: March 2006
ISBN: 0-345-48128-3

I had heard the buzz about this book for a while and after people asking me about it I finally picked it up and gave it a read. What a fun ride. The story really conveys the class breakdown of Napoleonic era Europe. Capt. Laurence is a British officer that loves his job and holds the respect of his crew. By pure chance after capturing a dragon egg from a French ship, he bonds with the newly hatched dragon.  Temeraire is a Chinese dragon and and that adds to the difference in of how things work for him within the dragon ranks.  This works well in the book to explain all of the ins and outs of  the dragon fighting force without there being huge infodumps. How society works in Britain at that time seems to be at a crossroads with the dragon fighting forces. Having a dragon in charge of flight instruction and a certain breed of dragon only wanting female captains goes completely against that mindset of the era and how they cope to keep this from the general public makes the story seem even more real.  

I read the sample chapter for the second book at the end and now I have to go to the store and get them. This series looks to be quite fun and now with Peter Jackson wanting to do a movie of the series it should be even more fun.  

And I know at least one of the members here has read this book besides me. So maybe they can chime in on book 2.
Current Mood: happyhappy

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September 20th, 2006

05:36 pm - Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
Publisher: Tor
Published: not yet but coming January 2007
ISBN: 0-765-31500-9

Yes I got a review copy of this. The book is a new series that is coming out from Tor. The book has the usual Weber players in his plots. The strong hero/heroine that is the focus of all the action. The good guys are smart caring wise rulers. The bad guys are corrupt with power. Lots of long battle scenes. It was enjoyable but not like OMG must get the entire series ASAP.

I have spoilers on my LJ missingvolume behind a cut if you are interested in a little more info.

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September 16th, 2006

09:27 pm - A Meeting at Corvallis
Publisher: ROC (The Penguin Group)
Published: September, 2006
ISBN: 0451461118

Third in Stirling’s Dies the Fire (DtF, The Protector’s War) series, this book is intended to bring initial closure to the story of the characters who have survived the collapse of the modern world, after the technological and social fall of the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Set in the universe introduced in Islands in the Sea of Time (1998), Corvallis concludes the story of the first generation survivors of the die off of the US metro centers, and subsequent feudalization of society.

Corvallis is not the right place to leap into this story. Let me caveat that I particularly enjoyed the lead book, and have acquired the hardcover editions of each succeeding volume, but the series has never matched the intensity of the first story. I have enjoyed the way that Stirling has been able to switch between the mi-tech style of the Bears and the fantasy/spiritual perspective of the Clan, not to mention seeing the world ‘as is’ through the eyes of the second generation. Despite a rich character tapestry, the villains, with one exception, remain one dimensional. The sweeping battle scenes retain the Stirling touch, and the incorporation of allowed tech is enjoyable, harkening back to Stirling’s work in the General series.

If you are a die hard fan of the series, you will find much to appreciate. As a stand alone book, it relies heavily on backstory. I found a few nits to pick, like the wholesale adoption of Scottish custom by a bunch of American suburbanites. I also hoped to see more of our UK friends, introduced in the second book. No snerks here, but Stirling gives some pretty hints that another series will follow this one.
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Current Mood: upbeat
Current Music: Cowboy (Kid Rock)

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September 14th, 2006

11:17 pm - Times Other Than Peace by David Drake
Published August, 2006: ISBN: 1416520767

This anthology by David Drake pulls together some new material as well as stories found in older works. The real draw of course, are the two new Slammer’s short stories. We get to find out the backstory on Joachim Steuben’s mysterious demise (‘A Death in Peacetime’), and also get to ride along with another tank crew as they do what the Slammers do best: kick the cop out of the opposition as they fulfill another contract (‘The Day of Glory’). Readers new to Drake shouldn’t expect sweetness and light from the man that many consider to be the dean of military sci-fi. You can expect a thoughtful treatment of hard edged situations found in areas of strife or outright warfare, which remain pretty common in the real world. Drake fans will be rewarded – and military sci-fi fans will find a hook here: a squadron of lost spaceships, Roman centurions versus aliens and the end of Halley’s Comet.

Current Location: Potato Land
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: I'm Not An Addict (K's Choice)

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September 13th, 2006

08:54 pm - To start things off...
I'll post what I just listed on my journal. But I do want people to post about what they are reading and that does mean you Ratseal since you prodded me into doing this. ;-) 

Firestorm by Rachel Caine    published  sept 2006 ISBN 0451461045
Firestorm is the fifth book in the Weather Wardens series. I do enjoy the series but every freaking one seems to end with a cliffhanger.  Not true I guess since book 3 didn't leave you hanging. Just feels that way sometimes. In this one we find out what the djinn worship and more details to the interlocking relationship of Mother Earth with the djinn and wardens.  This is a series that you must catch at the beginning or you will miss some details. Granted there is flashbacks throughout the book when necessary for the reader to catch up. I do get a laugh at the heroine and her shoe hangup.  And of course this book ends on a cliffhanger as well.  A series that if you start you will want several of the books to read back to back.

So has anyone else read any of these books?
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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