We are back from the vacation. We spent ten days in Puerto Rico and very much enjoyed it. We swam, we snorkled, we went to see the stray cats of San Juan, and had a great time, except in the evening when a very limited selection of TV channels made things a little boring. We read a lot.
I officially finished the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. It is excellent. I loved it. I listened to it on audio and if you are into space battles with real physics and valiant Space Naval action, this is a great series of books. Mr. Campbell’s website is kind of confusing, but here is a good summary of the series and Wikipedia helpfully provides the series order, which I will shamelessly steal and paste here. As an aside, I am totally jealous of his Wikipedia set up.
1 The Lost Fleet: Dauntless (2006)
2 The Lost Fleet: Fearless (2007)
3 The Lost Fleet: Courageous (2007)
4 The Lost Fleet: Valiant (2008)
5 The Lost Fleet: Relentless (2009)
6 The Lost Fleet: Victorious (2010)
Some people say it drags a little in the middle, but I really liked it. I really loved the grind of the long retreat from space. Also the audio narrator cracks me up. If we ever do a Roman audio, I would be so happy if he did the voice.
Throne of Glass
I realize I am way behind everyone but I also read the Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and loved it. YA or NA, I guess, is not usually my thing but there was something so charming and fun about this assassin story. I don’t know if it was the hilariously arrogant teenage assassin, the cute romance, or the magic mystery that I liked more. It sucked me in and I gulped it down in a single day. I love when books do that.
Celaena was just so… refreshing. I loved that she was fiercely violent, but at the same time she loved dresses and delicious food, and tried to take care of those she considered her friends. There is one part in the book that perfectly describes her. She is trying to learn how to play pool and crown prince decides to help. Every time she makes a successful shot, it results in “shameless bragging” and when she misses, it’s a torrent of frustration. This read so authentically teenager to me. There is so much life in the character. She is passionate and she does veer wildly from one extreme to another, just like a normal young adult does, and contrary to all my previous reading preferences, I found it amusing and endearing.
So the book kicked butt and was thoroughly charming. Your mileage, of course, will vary, so please read an excerpt first before making any purchasing decisions.
Philip Jose Farmer
Gordon is still working his way through the Sten adventures but he is also reading works of Philip Jose Farmer, one of the official grandmasters of Science Fiction. Gordon tried to explain it to me, but somehow in Farmer universe, Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, Doc Savage, Bulldog Drummond, Scarlet Pimpernel, Nero Wolf, James Bond, and the Shadow are all somehow part of the same extended family. It is really complicated and apparently at some point Tarzan had to be replaced by Mowgli, because Burroughs’ estate sued him. Also Professor Moriarty is somehow also Captain Nemo. I got confused, but Gordon says that’s a thing.
You can find the official website here.