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#1 Coop

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

Here's the highlights from what I've read the last couple months that you should read if you haven't already.


Wool - Omnibus edition by Hugh Howley
This was written as a series of novellas chronicling a group of people who are living in an underground silo because above ground has become uninhabitable. The plot of the story brings to light glimpses of why these people are there, and what happened to put them there, but is intentionally vague, as it's told from the viewpoints of the characters who have lived there for generations. It's a very deep book dealing with what it takes to keep people safe from things they may not be able to comprehend, and whether those steps are right or not.

Additionally Howley has a series of 'Shift' novels the third of which will be released this spring. These are prequels to the Wool series which start around the current date.

Atopia Chronicles - by Mathew Mather
This is another ebook series that is compiled into one edition. You can currently pick up the first 3 books free on Amazon. This book is set about a century in the future, and deals with the ideas that we could use nano technology and advanced networks to essentially enhance and alter the human experience. It's a great read, and while there are some items I had technical issues with, very solid hard sci-fi set here on Earth.

I, Zombie by Hugh Howley
What if during a zombie apocalypse, those zombies were completely aware of what was going on, but incapable of doing anything? What if they still have access to all their senses, but something else is driving their dead decaying body? That's what's going on here. It's a brilliant idea, and as brilliantly executed. One caveat though, and it's not a spoiler as it's on the cover. There is no hope. There's no redemption or cure, this story focuses on the ones who didn't escape. If you must have a happy ending, don't read. The walking dead is a feel-good story in comparison. While it's a fun read, its not shallow.

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Space Opera meets gumshoe novel. Humans have expanded beyond the earth, and now occupy Mars and the asteroid belt. Earth and Mars are the new super-powers, and someone is trying to start a war. If you're a fan of space operas this is one of the best new entries to the genre. The characters are compelling and real, and the story that brings them all together is a brilliant piece of sci-fi horror. Placing this all within our solar system and using realistic travel and timelines makes the hard sci-fi fan in me happy.


The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
Urban fantasy that doesn't make me want to gouge my eyes out. You're following the story of Bobby Dollar, an angelic advocate whose job it is to make a case for the recently departed. Souls start to not show up at trials, and neither heaven or hell seem to know what is going on. From shooting a demon secretary in the face to Bobby's liaisons with a 500 year old DILF, this book is just a fun read. It's not deep, the characters are not what I'd call the best developed, but the story is engaging and the action is fun.


Fate of Worlds: Return to the Ringworld Ed Lerner, Larry Niven
Sci-Fi fans should be familiar with Niven's Ringworld. This book is the final installment in the "of Worlds" and Ringworld series. Lerner and Niven don't disappoint. This book nicely wraps both series up. It's a curtain call for many of the characters throughout the book. We see Louis Wu, Sigmund Ausfaller, Alice Jordan, Nessus, Baedaker Achilles, and Nike to wrap up the series and finally start to make the timelines of the other books start to make sense. This is one of my all time favorite series, and this was a fitting final chapter to it.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

Finished the Wool Omnibus series a couple months ago. A quick and very entertaining read.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
Urban fantasy that doesn't make me want to gouge my eyes out. You're following the story of Bobby Dollar, an angelic advocate whose job it is to make a case for the recently departed. Souls start to not show up at trials, and neither heaven or hell seem to know what is going on. From shooting a demon secretary in the face to Bobby's liaisons with a 500 year old DILF, this book is just a fun read. It's not deep, the characters are not what I'd call the best developed, but the story is engaging and the action is fun.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

you got anything I can finish during my morning shit?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

Return to Ringworld?


The title alone scares the Bejeezus outa me.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:20 PM

Coop, have you read the Shift omnibus edition (One thru Three), too?

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:02 PM

I've read the first book in Shift, about 1/3 of the way through the second, at the moment. I found the first book a lot more engaging than the second to tell the truth.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:58 PM

Just finished Wool and Shift.

Looking forward to what ever is next from this Howley dude.

Nice recommend, Coop.
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:26 PM

Return to Ringworld?


The title alone scares the Bejeezus outa me.

No shit, we live in it now, why would we want to return? lol

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:28 PM

I've read the first book in Shift, about 1/3 of the way through the second, at the moment. I found the first book a lot more engaging than the second to tell the truth.


I assume you finished the Shift Omnibus series? What did you think?

I just bought it yesterday when Amazon had it for $1.99. Looking forward to see how it stacks up against Wool, which I really liked.

I believe the next one out later this year is Dust, which concludes the Silo series.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:23 PM

You all might consider some books that are both entertaining and somewhat relevant to the world we live in.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 03:44 PM


I've read the first book in Shift, about 1/3 of the way through the second, at the moment. I found the first book a lot more engaging than the second to tell the truth.


I assume you finished the Shift Omnibus series? What did you think?

I just bought it yesterday when Amazon had it for $1.99. Looking forward to see how it stacks up against Wool, which I really liked.

I believe the next one out later this year is Dust, which concludes the Silo series.


It's very good, and complements Wool well. I can't say too much because it's pretty easy to spoil things, but the third book does help tie things together, more than I actually expected.




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