Friday, 22 June 2007

eBook recommendation

Speaking of ebooks, I've been reading the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. It has been described as Hornblower in space and I can't agree more.
It is great fun.
The books are published by Baen Books, who have a history of releasing ebooks for free around the place. As a result, you are able to get most if not all of the series off promotional CD-ROMS that have been released over the place have been placed on the bittorrent network.
"On Basilisk Station", the first in the series, is on the "War of Honor" CD if you don't want to download them all first!
I can also recommend Eric Flint's "1632" and John Ringo's "A Hymn Before Battle", also on that same CD.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Dune Houses

I have just finished reading Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's Dune prequel trilogy, House Artreides, House Harkonnen and House Corrino.
I have no intention of writing a book(s) review but I just wanted to share how much I enjoyed these books.
I suppose I was a bit hesitant in reading them at first, if for no other reason than being concerned about someone else (even Brian) taking over Frank Herbert's vision. Dune is one of those magnificent epic settings that makes you wonder how one man ever thought up the whole thing and kept it consistent through all his writings... Much like Lord of the Rings...
Well, I wasn't disappointed. The whole epic scope was their in all its glory. The characters were well portrayed, and it was especially good to get a bit more of a look at Leto, seeing how he was killed off fairly early in Dune.
Next on the list is the even more pre-quel series set during the Butlerian Jihad...
PS You will note that I have given links to for the books rather than Amazon or some Australian bookseller. This is because wherever possible I will read ebooks. I always have my Palm with me, you can read it in the dark, I don't find it any more difficult to read than the dead-tree editions. If my short gush makes you want to go out and buy them in hardcopy, I'm sure a short search will get you want to want. [Edit 2015: Fictionwise is long gone. Changed the links to Brian's home page.]
PPS I have just handed over my dead tree version of Dune to my 10 year old son, who is currently participating in the MS Readathon. He is a very gifted reader, very much into epic fiction (especially LOTR) and I think it will suit him down to the ground. I might get him to post his thoughts when he is done...