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These posts mostly relate to books I am reading or series I am collecting to read in order (I tend to collect the series and then read it in one block). You can see a see a list of the books I am currently seeking, as well as a list of all the books I've bothered to catalog if you're interested.


Sun, 17 Jul 2011



Igniting The Reaches




    ISBN: 0441001793
    LibraryThing
    1,000 years after interstellar society has collapsed, a new empire which is suspiciously like Canada rules most of the planets and their most valuable resources -- slaves and automated silicon chip factories. Two gentlemen from Venus set of to make their fortunes as what can only be described as slavers and pirates. They're clearly not nice people, but they are the heros of this book.

    The book is very readable, and like other books by Drake it is clear that the heros aren't always nice, and are haunted by their crimes. Yet they continue, and in the end might have accidentally done something nice.

    Overall, a good if different book.

    Tags for this post: book david_drake slavery colonization piracy combat
    Related posts: Cyteen: The Betrayal; Body Armor: 2000; Cyteen: The Vindication; Cyteen: The Rebirth; Marsbound; Bonanza


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Mon, 09 Feb 2009



The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 3




    ISBN: 9781892389800
    LibraryThing
    This book consists of three paperbacks combined into one volume, and follows in from Volume 1 and Volume 2. I'll cover each story separately:

    • The sharp end: this story is a little different from the other Hammer's Slammers stuff. To be honest, its a bit less grim. Normally the stories are about how war is in the end just a bunch of guys trying to not die (for the grunts at least), whereas this story is a little bit more hopeful than that. Then again, there is still plenty of the negative side of war in this story.
    • Paying the piper: I've seen other people complain that this book is disjointed, which is a fair comment. Concepts are reintroduced several times, even though they've already been covered. I wonder if this was originally a set of short stories in a series? Its a good read however.
    • The darkness: a much shorter story, which is a lot more like the ones in Volume 1 and Volume 2.


    Tags for this post: book david_drake combat anthology
    Related posts: The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2; Their Finest Hour; The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1; Body Armor: 2000; Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow ; Dogs of War


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Tue, 06 May 2008



The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2

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The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1




    ISBN: 189238969X
    Night Shade Books (2005), Hardcover, 500 pages
    LibraryThing
    It occurred to me over the weekend that it was odd that I was updating books I had recently read on a book site like goodreads, given that all I'm doing by entering data on their site is blogging someplace that not even I remember to read. I'm therefore going to move all of that stuff over to here, and then try to remember to blog about books I've read recently in the future. Don't worry though, I don't get much time to read in between work, study and kids, so it wont be too many posts.

    Dad got me this and the second volume for my birthday last year, and they were awesome. The books are about a future tank squadron which takes on mercenary jobs, none of which ever seem to be clean or simple. Along the way you end up learning that they're all just misfits who haven't managed to find any other job which is a better fit for them. Worse than that, I'm left with the impression that in the back of their minds they all realize that they're running on borrowed time. David Drake has a unique position to comment on what its like to fight in a war, given he is a Vietnam veteran. These stories are fantastic science fiction, and often leave you with a realization that war often isn't simple, or fair. I first encountered David's writing when I was a kid reading a remaindered anthology called "Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow", which was a collection of short war science fiction stories. Luckily for me 15 or so years after I first encountered them I still think they are great stories. These books are highly recommended.

    Stories included:
    • Under the Hammer
    • Supertanks
    • The Butcher's Bill
    • The Church of the Lord's Universe
    • But Loyal to His Own
    • Powerguns
    • Caught in the Crossfire
    • Backdrop to Chaos
    • Cultural Conflict
    • The Bonding Authority
    • Hangman
    • Table of Organization and Equipment, Hammer's Regiment
    • Standing Down
    • Code-Name Feirefitz
    • The Interrogation Team
    • The Tank Lords
    • Liberty Port
    • Night March
    • The Immovable Object
    • The Irresistible Force
    • A Death in Peacetime


    Tags for this post: book david_drake combat anthology
    Related posts: Bolos 1: Honor of the Regiment; Body Armor: 2000; The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 3; Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow ; Dogs of War; The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2


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