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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, 14 Dec 2014



Ghost

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Wed, 26 Mar 2014



The Hot Gate

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014



Citadel

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Fri, 14 Feb 2014



Live Free or Die

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Sat, 08 Sep 2012



The Tuloriad

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Wed, 22 Aug 2012



Yellow Eyes

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Sat, 04 Aug 2012



Watch on the Rhine




    ISBN: 9781416521204
    LibraryThing
    If you knew you were in deep trouble, had the technology to rejuvenate any soldier you wanted, and happened to be a late nineties Germany desperate for cannon fodder, would you return the SS to service? A harsh reality is that they're some of the only soldiers you have left with real combat experience, even if their politics is abhorrent. This book has an interesting underlying concept, but to a certain extent its ruined by the politics of the authors -- any concern for anything other that military strength is dismissed as another example of rampant nimbyism. However, the book tells a good story and made me think about some stuff I wouldn't have otherwise thought about, while being entertaining. So, overall a success I guess.

    Tags for this post: book john_ringo tom_kratman aliens combat personal_ai rejuv legacy_of_the_aldenata germany
    Related posts: The Tuloriad; Yellow Eyes; Hell's Faire; When the Devil Dances; Cally's War; A Hymn Before Battle


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Sun, 05 Jun 2011



Von Neumann's War




    ISBN: 1416555307
    LibraryThing
    A Von Neumann probe is an automated self replicating machine which is sent into space to map and possibly prepare for human exploration. What would happen if we were the victims of someone else's Von Neumann probes run amuck?

    This book is typical Ringo in that it is about an apocalyptic invasion from outer space, and you just know that most of the worlds population is going to die. However, the book is also exceptionally detailed in its handling of rocketry, and the science behind finding out more about the incoming threat is very well done.

    Overall and good book that I enjoyed, although the end is definitely fishing for a sequel.

    Tags for this post: book john_ringo travis_s_taylor aliens combat ai
    Related posts: Against the Tide; There Will Be Dragons; Emerald Sea; East of the Sun, West of the Moon; Neuromancer; When the Devil Dances


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Mon, 23 May 2011



Princess of Wands

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Mon, 21 Mar 2011



Cally's War




    ISBN: 141652052X
    LibraryThing
    Let's be honest, this book has not reviewed well over the years. However, I had a long flight, and figured I'd give it a go. It wasn't actually all that bad, and was certainly massively better than some other share cropped books I have read. The writing is competent and the plotting reasonable. I think the biggest problem is that the start of the book would be quite shocking to some people (it certainly bothered me), and Cally's character is so out of line with where I wanted her to be 40 years after the last book. I can see how it would be possible for her to end up like she is in this book, but it was a disappointment to me. The pretty much constant shagging is distracting from the rest of the plot too.

    Overall, I am left wanting to know more about the Darhel plot, and the book did help further that story line, if only a little. I don't regret reading the book, even though it isn't the strongest in the series.

    Tags for this post: book john_ringo julie_cochrane aliens personal_ai rejuv legacy_of_the_aldenata espionage
    Related posts: Hell's Faire; Yellow Eyes; The Tuloriad; Watch on the Rhine; A Hymn Before Battle; Gust Front


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Wed, 16 Mar 2011



East of the Sun, West of the Moon

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Wed, 09 Mar 2011



Against the Tide

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Mon, 28 Feb 2011



Emerald Sea

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Sun, 06 Feb 2011



There Will Be Dragons

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Mon, 27 Dec 2010



Hell's Faire




    ISBN: 0743488423
    Baen (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
    LibraryThing
    The final book in the Earth based Posleen war series. This should really have been part of the previous book (When the Devil Dances), but that would have made it a 1,100 page book. I've seen some complaints that these two books needed editing, but I feel that's not totally fair. They didn't feel padded, and I'm not sure what' you'd leave out of them. Sure, there are characters who are introduced in reasonable detail in order to then die, but isn't war like that? I like that you couldn't really guarantee that all the good guys would survive for once.

    The remainder of the books in this universe are share cropped. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    Tags for this post: book john_ringo aliens combat combat_suit personal_ai rejuv legacy_of_the_aldenata georgia
    Related posts: When the Devil Dances; A Hymn Before Battle; Gust Front; Cally's War; Yellow Eyes; Watch on the Rhine


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Sat, 25 Dec 2010



When the Devil Dances

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Mon, 20 Dec 2010



Gust Front

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Sun, 05 Dec 2010



A Hymn Before Battle

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