02 February, 2008

Recently Read

I thought it might be a good idea to list some books I've read recently and give them a completely arbitrary ranking based on my own scale (which you can find to the left of my posts if you look for it). This hopefully will work better than just recommending books randomly from time to time. So, in no particular order, here we go.
1. Ilium by Dan Simmons. If you like sci-fi and have never read anything by Simmons you are doing yourself a grave disservice. I'm not a big fan of reading sci-fi yet Dan Simmons is one of my favorite authors. He never disappoints. This book is also highly recommended if you are a fan of the Trojan War (specifically, The Iliad). Oh, and throw in the fact that this all happens on Mars far in the future and you have a very intriguing book. How does it all tie together? I can't tell you without ruining the story. You really have to check it out. I give it a 5 on the haonmot scale.
2. Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr. This is an older fantasy novel sorted under the heading of "Celtic fantasy". It involves reincarnation and karma and a disturbing underlying theme of incest. It shows great potential at times yet at others it seems a bit disjointed. If you don't have a burning desire to read anything else at the moment, give this a shot. Haonmot scale ranking:3
3. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling. If you liked The Stand or are a fan of alternate history you will likely enjoy this book. The premise is intriguing and the post-apocalyptic storyline plays out in a relatively convincing manner. Imagine if all technology of the past thousand years was suddenly rendered inoperable. Nothing mechanical of any kind works. Even gunpowder is ineffective. People suddenly find themselves back in agricultural society. What happens next is fascinating and thought provoking. I give it a 4.

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