Geekstuff levels… dropping…

This is a kind of slow month for me, really.  Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings won’t be available for another two weeks; V isn’t back on until March 30th; there’s no Harry Turtledove or S.M. Stirling or Terry Pratchett coming out this month (and although there’s a Charles Stross, it’s not really the one I want).  And, oh, yeah: my fortieth birthday is at the end, so I have to look forward to that.

So I’m at a bit of a loss.  Suggestions for diversions?


  • Take up chainsaw juggling.

  • physics geek says:

    The Mistborn trilogy. Pretty interesting, new and consistent mythos. Uneven at points, but certainly worth reading.

    Wizard101. Even my wife has a wizard or two.

    And 40? Really? Is that all? I just inched a year closer to 50 yesterday. The next three years will move just a bit too quickly for my tastes. But hey, I’ve got three kids ages 1-7, so they’ll keep me young. Or put me in an early grave. Some days, it’s hard to tell.

  • DaveP. says:

    Well, since there’s a new book in the series due in November, I’d go with Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series. Start with either Barrayar or Warrior’s Apprentice and just go wild from there. Five Nebula awards (plus a host of others) can’t be wrong.
    Her Curse of Chalion series is also worth a read.

    Second stop: If you haven’t read Patricia Briggs’ Mercy stuff yet, get going. It’s like the antidote for Laurel K. Hamilton.

    Third, you could raid Amazon for a used copy of Michael Scott Rohan’s Gates of the Morning or Aaron Alston’s Doc Sidhe.

    Want to read a forgotten treasure? Everyone’s read Starship Troopers and most have read Stranger in a Strange Land, but then there’s Heinlein’s Glory Road.

    Finally, if you want to enter a truly strange and alien world… Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey/Maturin novels. ’nuff said.

  • physics geek says:

    If I might interject with regards to Laurel K. Hamilton.

    She used to be a pretty good read. The first 3-5 books in her Anita Blake series were great. And when she interjected the first bit of nookie, it really set the vampire-human-werewolf love triangle on its corner so, you know, cool.

    And then she went off the deep end. I get that soft core porn sells. A lot. What Ms Hamilton doesn’t get is that many of her earlier fans have left the building forever.

    Oh, and she wrote a fairly decent first book called Nightseer. I enjoyed it enough to be enthusiastic about her Anita Blake series. Well, for the first few anyway.

    Far be it from me to decry someone’s commercial success, and Ms. Hamilton’s books make money. But I can be a bit sorry that someone with some actual talent has thrown it all away by going the easy way out and simply writing what amounts to an endless series of interspecies sex scenes. And don’t get me started on her Faery series. The protagonist Merry seems to find a new power within her in whenever she finds a new penis within her. Boring isn’t sufficient to describe the “plots” in those books.

  • chad says:

    If you haven’t read Jerry Pournelle’s Falkenberg’s Legion series I highly recommend it.

  • Spartan79 says:

    Dig into Alastair Reynolds Terminal World, available in a week or so from Amazon UK:

    US SciFi writers haven’t been writing anything worth reading for a decade or more. They still understand SciFi in the UK. Reynolds is one of the best. Also check out Adam Roberts, Ken McLeod, China Mieville, John Meaney, and a number of others, many not published in the US. You may never go back to stateside SciFi writers.

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