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If You Want Books, You Got ‘Em

Posted on | October 6, 2016 | Comments Off on If You Want Books, You Got ‘Em

— by Wombat-socho

I was more than a little appalled to realize I hadn’t done any book posts since July, when I wrote about Don Surber’s Trump The Press, Jean Larteguy’s The Praetorians, and even some SF. So in this post I’m going to play catch-up and briefly talk about the new stuff I managed to get read in between sleeping, eating, and Ubering.

Probably the best thing I’ve read was John Ringo & Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter: Grunge, a prequel to Larry’s Monster Hunter International series starring a Marine turned Monster Hunter during the 1980s. It’s an interesting book, with just as much action (but not as much sex and politics) as Ringo’s Paladin of Shadows books, and fits in very well with the later Monster Hunter novels.

Also very good is Kia Tsakos Heavey’s Domino, an excellent little tale of the eponymous barn cat who has to confront a new cat in the neighborhood with some strange ideas…ideas that ultimately threaten not only Domino and his new family, but their entire neighborhood. Good for young adults, too.

There’s been a lot of excitement over Kurt Schlichter’s People’s Republic, which could in some ways be a sequel to Tom Kratman’s A State Of Disobedience in that it tells the tale of an America split between Red and Blue states, with a low-level state of war going on between the two. Kelly Turnbull is an infiltrator, a veteran who specializes in penetrating the People’s Republic and getting people out, and after one such exfiltration almost goes bad, he’s recruited by one of the richest men in Texas to get someone out – someone who may not want to come out. Plus, he has to take a blooded but inexperienced young officer with him. It’s a fun story, a grim look at how the blue states would most likely decay without the red states propping them up, and as with other such books, its main problem is that it’s too short. Hoping a sequel comes out soon.

I’ve also been reading There Will Be War Volume VI, which is every bit as good as the other anthologies in the series; John Ringo’s The Last Centurion (which I bought for the Kindle because my dead tree copy is still packed up) which goes a little too well with the Schlicter and Kratman books mentioned supra with its tale of epidemic flu and feckless politicians in Washington bungling the response and recovery. I’m also in the middle of reading John C. Wright’s Iron Chamber of Memory, Henry Vogel’s The Fugitive Heir (which is reminding me a lot of Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy), and Adam Piggott’s Pushing Rubber Downhill, to say nothing of G.K. Chesteron’s Orthodoxy. Plus, I have Karl Gallagher’s Torchship Pilot waiting for me. Will I be able to wrap all these up, get my continuing education for next tax season done, and cheer my Nationals into the World Series? Tune in again next month to find out!


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