14 May 2010

Another brief book catch up post

Posted by Dirk under: books .

Bernard Cornwell – Gallows Thief: Wrote the very popular Sharpe series (which were also made into several movies), Cornwell writes fun historical adventure books.   In this one a down on his luck gentleman in London takes a job to prove that a painter really did kill a nobleman.  I enjoyed it.

Bernard Cornwell – Agincourt: A book about the famous battle of Agincourt (Some dude named Shakespeare wrote a play that involved it too) told from the perspective of an English archer.   Cornwell is good at creating villains that get me rooting for them to die in some horrible way.   Another fun book.

Bernard Cornwell – Redcoat: I was on a Cornwell kick.  This one is about part of the Revolutionary War, told from the viewpoint of a British Redcoat.   Another pretty enjoyable read.

Stephen Gould – Blind Waves:  Set in a near future, after the polar ice melts (or something like that) and lots of flooding has happened along the coasts.  Set along the coast of Texas and is about a lady that does salvage who finds something in a sunken ship that causes some bad people to come after her to keep her quiet.    Decent read, kept me interested.

Naomi Novik: First three books in the Temeraire series.  I mentioned these in a previous thread.  An entertaining romp around the Napoleonic War era with a British Naval Officer turned Airman and his dragon.   I am currently reading the 4th one.

Robert Silverberg – Hawksbill Station: And odd little book about political prisoners that get sent back in time, on a one way trip, to about a billion years in the past.  Published in 1968.

Neal Asher – The Voyage of the Sable Keech: I really like Neal Asher’s books and I’m surprised he isn’t more popular in America.  This is a sequel to his book Spatterjay, which I liked a lot.   I don’t think this one was quite as good, but it was still enjoyable.  I like the world he has created on Spatterjay.

John Christopher – The White Mountains: Another older book that I read about on some list of favorite books people read when they were younger.   This is the first in a trilogy about a future in which Aliens have basically domesticated humans and three boys that try to revolt.   It’s pretty thin and written for younger readers and didn’t engage me all the well, though I’d probably have liked it when I was a kid.   Probably won’t pick up the rest of the trilogy unless I find em used someplace.

Laurie R. King – The Moor: Laurie R. King has written a series of novels based on the premise that an older and semi-retired Sherlock Holmes meets an intelligent young woman who basically replaces Watson.  Eventually they get married.   The books are told from the pov of the woman, Mary Russel, and though the books are probably http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue I still have enjoyed all the books I have read in the series.

Richard L. Boyer – The Giant Rat of Sumatra: Another Sherlock Holmes story, this one is pretty much a straight up telling of a Holmes adventure.  No smarty women coming between Holmes and Watson here, just some bad guys that need to be caught.  Not bad.

Sam Keith (from the journals of Richard Proenneke) – One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey: In 1968 Richard Proenneke had himself flown into a remote lake in Alaska where he built himself a log cabin and lived through the winter.  He pretty much retired there and lived in that cabin off and on for the rest of his life.   This book is an account of his first year or so there, how he built his cabin and stuff like that.   Not terribly exciting reading, but I dug it.  Proenneke was a heck of a guy.

One Comment so far...

Charlie Davidson Says:

28 November 2010 at 3:22 pm.

Great to see a couple of Cornwell books in this list. I thoroughly enjoyed Redcoat and Gallows Thief but wasn’t so keen on Agincourt for some reason. If you haven’t read all his books check out my favourite ones here:

Bernard Cornwell

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