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One of the few advantages of working away from home so often is that I rack up the frequent stayer points on various hotel loyalty schemes. I've stayed at Intercontinental hotels enough in the last couple of years to accumulate enough points for £50 of Waterstones vouchers. And this morning I spent them.

This is what I bought:

Joe Abercrombie's most recent novel 'The Heroes', a sort of sequel to the 'Book of the First Law' trilogy, which longstanding readers will remember me praising in the past.

A couple of SF classics (both in their SF Masterworks editions) - Greg Bear's 'Eon' and Dan Simmons's 'Hyperion'.

'Rule 34', the sequel to 'Halting State', by Charles Stross's. Again, long term readers of this blog will remember that I liked that novel a lot.

'Yellow Blue Tibia', by Adam Roberts, which struck me as a fun premise (Soviet SF writers called on by Stalin to create a convincing alien threat to unite the people, then disappear, then one reappears after Chernobyl and Challenger and says the plan is coming true).

'Moneyball' by Michael Lewis, which is a book about how the Oakland Athletics, despite being one of Major League Baseball's poorest franchises were able to compete with much richer clubs. Lewis is the author of 'The Big Short', which I recommend to anyone who wants to know how the credit crunch happened.

Robin Lane-Fox's 'The Classical World - An Epic History of Greece and Rome', which I think (hope) does exactly what it says on the tin.

'Peace and War', an omnibus edition of the trilogy which starts with 'The Forever War' by Joe Haldeman. 'The best military SF ever written.'

If anyone has ever read any of these, feel free to comment...

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May. 16th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I've read Hyperion and its three sequels, and enjoyed them a lot, a fair amount, quite a bit, and not at all (in that order). I found them to be better at setting up an interesting situation than resolving it, and still have no idea what The Shrike was really up to.

I loved The Forever War, wasn't grabbed by Forever Peace and found Forever Free insultingly bad (particularly the ending).

I liked Halting State, mostly because I work near several of the places mentioned. Haven't read Rule 34 yet.
May. 16th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I've read both Eon and Hyperion, but I really can't recall a thing about them now, so I might as well not have done. Maybe I will read your copies sometime.
May. 16th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Eon made me want to scrape my brain out of my skull using a plastic spoon, I was so bored. I later found out though most Greg Bear does this to me, so it could just be me. My boyfriend at the time raved about him which was why I even bothered to attempt reading another one of his books.
May. 17th, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
Pp quite often likes books that have that brainspoon effect on me, so fingers crossed this is one of them!
May. 17th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Which ones were particularly brainspoonish? Was it Thomas Covenant?
May. 17th, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
I read Forever War a squillion years ago and can't remember much about it. I think I liked it but not enough to rate it as 'best military SF ever written'. I really disliked the sequel. I didn't realise there was a third book (or possibly the second?).

I also read another of his with 'forever' in the title that didn't seem to have any links to Forever War. I think it was about remote piloting of mecha type machines in a South American war. It was okay but nothing special.
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