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Post by grundail on Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:06 pm

well for those that don't know me very well i read alot, scifi, fantasy, just about you name it if it caches my eye. Baen books has a free online library with some full books and some partial to see if you like them here's the link enjoy
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Post by Svair on Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:44 pm

Wow, I haven't read any Rick Cook in almost two decades...
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Post by daveyeisley on Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:42 am

Thanks Grundail!

I got my John Steakley's "Vampires" in the other day, so when I have time Ima get started on that Smile
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Post by Svair on Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:47 am

daveyeisley wrote:Thanks Grundail!

I got my John Steakley's "Vampires" in the other day, so when I have time Ima get started on that Smile

I remember that book!

But more importantly, I now once again know the name of the author of a book I've looked for for years (but couldn't remember the auther/title). Turns out it was John Steakley's Armor. Some good reading Icon_biggrin That's awesome :-)
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Post by daveyeisley on Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:13 am

Armor!

That book was AMAZING. I actually PM'd Grundail about it cuz he had it listed on his website, and I remember loving that book so much.

My favorite quote:

"You are what you do when it matters most."

Felix is one of my heroes.
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Post by grundail on Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:32 am

daveyeisley wrote:Thanks Grundail!

I got my John Steakley's "Vampires" in the other day, so when I have time Ima get started on that Smile

I love the quote in front of the book, lol can't quote it from the language but i love it still lol
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Post by Lauralai on Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:56 pm

Wow grundail, what a great resource! And if it were not for Eric Flint, James H. Schmitz would certainly have had a harder time getting into the limelight. The Telzey books are a family favorite Smile Thanks!
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Post by grundail on Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:06 pm

I'm reading the 1632 series by eric flit now lol, on the 4th book
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Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:46 pm

I just bought a heavy book (at Sam's Club), since 99% of the things in it looked worthy of my attention. Razz

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Post by grundail on Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:22 pm

hehe i have several of those heavy books myself
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Post by Svair on Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:17 pm

Ha! The local library finally delivered Armor for me.

I picked up this book at the same time: The Elfish Gene. I don't know what to think of it yet.
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Post by daveyeisley on Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:03 pm

Svair wrote:Ha! The local library finally delivered Armor for me.

I picked up this book at the same time: The Elfish Gene. I don't know what to think of it yet.

Sadly it looks like a dude who grew out of fantasy/gaming, apologizing for his "nerd obsession" and all the time "wasted" in it, and attempting to show others (be they gamers or non-gamers) all the factors that contribute to such a proclivity being forgiveable but something that should be outgrown before adulthood. I hope I'm just seeing a harsher message than he is trying to convey....
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Post by Svair on Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:33 am

Dave, I missed this post previously, but yeah: having reading more, I don't recommend the book.

It's funny, it took till the last chapter before the author states that DnD wasn't the root cause for his youthful awkwardness, but by that time the previous chapters have already drilled into the reader's head that DnD was in fact why he didn't meet girls, do well in school, socialize better with others, etc...

I wanted to identify with the author better as there are few who had such a difficult time with DnD as I when growing up. My books were burned during the 80's DnD backlash, I couldn't own graph paper for my math class for fear I would plot a dungeon, and even my library record was frequently examined to make sure that nothing to 'fantasy' like was being checked out*. And not only DnD was submitted to the fire of the furnace, but my Lone Wolf books, my Iron Crown substitutes, and anything with Steve Jackson's name on it were committed to the flame. Seriously, there where some people madly against DnD during that time, and unfortunately my folks bought into it**.

But yeah... the author identifies DnD and his time with it, without qualification except for 2 sentences, as a waste of youth and time. Too bad, I feel sympathy for him. My youth, DnD included, was a heck of a good time.




* Not entirely bad. I was forced to explore some pretty good Sci-Fi during that time, but still managed to discover Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock during those barren years.

** But later apologized...
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Post by daveyeisley on Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:38 pm

Michael Moorcock was some good stuff, good ol' Elric hehe.

Erik Van Lustbader did some cool stuff too... I liked Sunset Warrior.
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Post by Caldor on Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:34 am

Thanks for posting that link, Grundail! They offer Mobi format, which gives me access. I'm one of those nuts who reads books on a cell phone, in my case a Blackjack II with a decent screen. When I can't sleep late at night I can get into a book on the phone, and thus avoid turning on a light that will wake the wife. Some good reading Icon_biggrin I've just about exhausted the local library's online offerings of Mobibooks, so this is a great new resource.

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Post by daveyeisley on Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:21 am

Finished Vampire$.

Overall, phenomenal book. Had a couple moments in it where I was mad at John... but those moments were still good plot. I definitely recommend the book.
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