Posted on | August 28, 2013 | 39 Comments
1. Where did all these book posts start coming from?
We’ve had them here at The Other McCain for a while, as you can see by clicking on the “Books” tag at the bottom of this post. Stacy reads a lot, I read a lot, and Smitty likewise is a big fan of the printed word. Every so often we run across something we think you ought to read or might like to read, and a book post results.
2. How come you’re reviewing all this Buck Rogers stuff?
To paraphrase Gahan Wilson, I review what I read, and most of what I read these days is science fiction because to be honest, most mainstream fiction is depressing crap written to please the leftist mandarins of the New York publishing houses. Also, as a number of folks have pointed out, if you want to avoid socialist/multiculti/prognazi crap, your best option is to read science fiction, especially if it’s published by a certain publishing house. Also also, judging from all the comments, people seem to like it. Finally, in case you hadn’t noticed, science fiction, comic book and fantasy fans won the culture wars back in the 1980s. Suck it up, buttercup.
3. Why didn’t you include [insert book title and/or author here] in your post?
There may be a couple of reasons. I may not have read the book (or the author), and in that case I’m not going to write about it since I’d rather be silent than pop off with something that makes it obvious I have no idea what I’m talking about. I may not have included it because it’s not pertinent to the week’s topic. (All you people who complained that Starship Troopers wasn’t mentioned in “Space Opera”, I’m looking at you.) Finally, I may simply have forgotten, as was the case with A. Bertram Chandler’s most excellent John Grimes stories. Here, try To the Galactic Rim.
4. But you left out [award-winning book/author]!
Again, I may not have read it. It’s also possible that I read it and thought it was crap, and since I’m talking about books I liked that I think you might like, I’m going to leave it out. If you liked it, great. Blogs are free; go write your own book post on one.
5. Hi, I’m J. Random Scrivener, Esq., and I just wrote my first self-published SF novel. Would you review it?
Why not? Send me a copy and we’ll see if I like it. After reading these weekly book posts for the last month or so, you should have some idea of what my tastes run to, so if your debut novel is trying to do for Star Trek what Fifty Shades of Grey did for Twilight , then please spare both of us the embarrassment.
6. I can’t believe you included [book title] in that post. That book was awful!
Sorry you didn’t like it. Here, I have some more books you probably won’t like either.
7. I can’t believe you included [author] in that post. He’s an awful, chigger-hating, faggot-burning, gun-fondling, heterosexist Neanderthal!
Yes. That’s part of the reason I find him entertaining and follow him on Facebook. Are you sure you’re at the right blog?
8. I like what you’re doing with these book posts, and want to encourage you to continue your fine work.
Thank you, it’s good to hear that. You can provide encouragement (and help support my addictions to protein bars, SF novels and Chick-Fil-A) by buying stuff through the Amazon links scattered throughout these posts. You’re already going to buy the stuff, why not do it here and give me a taste in the process? I’d be much obliged.
And that’s about all the questions I thought needed answering. Now, we have some books that people mentioned in the comments to last week’s post. Mind you, I haven’t read these myself, but most of the readers here at The Other McCain are sensible folk with good taste, so the odds are good you’re not going to be stuck reading some horrendous piece of krep.
Lots of folks waxed enthusiastic about Peter F. Hamilton, especially his Night’s Dawn Trilogy and Confederation Saga. Here’s The Reality Dysfunction from the former and Pandora’s Star from the latter. Also mentioned in this connection was Alistair Reynolds’ Revelation Space.
Other series mentioned were David Feintuch’s Seafort Saga (starting with Midshipman’s Hope), David Drake’s RCN novels (With the Lightnings – free on the Kindle!), Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire). John Ringo’s Live Free or Die got a mention, and since who says A must say B, we also need to mention Schlock Mercenary: The Tub of Happiness. Also also, Star Trek: The Complete Original Series, Babylon 5: The Complete Seasons, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Complete Series
There’ll probably be another book post later in the week, when I figure out what I want to do it on.