I polished off The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi last night and it’s a great continuation of the universe that Scalzi is creating. Some people are down on Scalzi calling his books carbon copies of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Trooper novel. To these people I say carbon copy or not these novels are as good if not better than Starship Troopers (which is one of my favorite novels.) Besides its obvious that Heinlein and other Sci-Fi authors were huge influences on Scalzi’s writing. In Ghost Brigades he even gives a few shouts out to these novels. I should have a review of this novel up before the end of the week.
After finishing The Ghost Brigades I leapt right into George Zebrowski’s short story collection entitled “Swift Thoughts.” Really liking it so far and it never hurts that it was published by my favorite small press: Golden Gryphon Press. One of the things that I think makes Golden Gryphon so special is that in their short story collections, after each story there are Author Note’s which give you some insight to what the writer was thinking while writing the story. Awesome.
Had lunch with my friend Nadia today who is back from doing a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in
Anything besides the Cliff Janeway novels, I read the first two in the series and that is enough for me. His whole act gets old quick.
If you couldn’t tell from my 3 in 1 review I’m on a huge Glen Cook kick right now. Yesterday I received my copy of A Cruel Wind: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire which I won for $15 on ebay. So I’m debating about whether I should read that or the Books of the South. I think I’m going to go with the Dread Empire.