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Slayer1
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PostPosted: Aug 09 2011 10:56 am Reply with quote Back to top

Vaenamoenen wrote:
ToGdor wrote:
Fuck books.

I've been thinking about reading that as well! Was it any good?

Is this what you mean?

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Slayer1
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PostPosted: Aug 23 2011 11:12 am Reply with quote Back to top

DOUBLE POST sorry :\

I just finished reading "The Last Wish" which inspired the game "The Witcher" pretty good read I might add
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PostPosted: Sep 01 2011 09:18 am Reply with quote Back to top

I just finished reading The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, which is a collection of all five books of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, written by Douglas Adams. I am now reading Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett.


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Black Zarak
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PostPosted: Sep 01 2011 11:26 am Reply with quote Back to top

Star Wars: Survivor's Quest, by Timothy Zahn. It's actually pretty good for a Star Wars book. And I know Zahn is a great writer and all, but sometimes his stuff is a little dry for my tastes, but this one is interesting. It's about the Chiss (Thrawn's species) contact Luke Skywalker with information that Outbound Flight, a massive ship launched pretty much right before the fall of the Republic as an exo-galactic exploratory and colonizing vessel, has been found. The first half is sort of a mystery story in space as three or four factions supposedly acting as allies aboard a relatively small Chiss diplomatic ship face constant instances of obvious sabotage as they travel to the planet Outbound Flight crashed on. The second half is about them exploring the ship in search of the truth of what happened to it and finding a colony of survivor descendants living within it still.

It ties into an earlier book, Outbound Flight that is also by Zahn and tells the story of what actually happened when the ship reached the edge of the known galaxy. I've read it, but awhile ago so I don't remember all the details that overlap with Survivor's Quest.


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PostPosted: Sep 01 2011 03:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Black Zarak wrote:
Star Wars: Survivor's Quest, by Timothy Zahn. It's actually pretty good for a Star Wars book. And I know Zahn is a great writer and all, but sometimes his stuff is a little dry for my tastes, but this one is interesting. It's about the Chiss (Thrawn's species) contact Luke Skywalker with information that Outbound Flight, a massive ship launched pretty much right before the fall of the Republic as an exo-galactic exploratory and colonizing vessel, has been found. The first half is sort of a mystery story in space as three or four factions supposedly acting as allies aboard a relatively small Chiss diplomatic ship face constant instances of obvious sabotage as they travel to the planet Outbound Flight crashed on. The second half is about them exploring the ship in search of the truth of what happened to it and finding a colony of survivor descendants living within it still.

It ties into an earlier book, Outbound Flight that is also by Zahn and tells the story of what actually happened when the ship reached the edge of the known galaxy. I've read it, but awhile ago so I don't remember all the details that overlap with Survivor's Quest.

That was a good book. Zahn's books are pretty much the only EU stuff I keep with, except for things I get from Wookieepedia.


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@om*d
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PostPosted: Sep 01 2011 11:21 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Black Zarak wrote:
Star Wars: Survivor's Quest, by Timothy Zahn. It's actually pretty good for a Star Wars book. And I know Zahn is a great writer and all, but sometimes his stuff is a little dry for my tastes, but this one is interesting. It's about the Chiss (Thrawn's species) contact Luke Skywalker with information that Outbound Flight, a massive ship launched pretty much right before the fall of the Republic as an exo-galactic exploratory and colonizing vessel, has been found. The first half is sort of a mystery story in space as three or four factions supposedly acting as allies aboard a relatively small Chiss diplomatic ship face constant instances of obvious sabotage as they travel to the planet Outbound Flight crashed on. The second half is about them exploring the ship in search of the truth of what happened to it and finding a colony of survivor descendants living within it still.

It ties into an earlier book, Outbound Flight that is also by Zahn and tells the story of what actually happened when the ship reached the edge of the known galaxy. I've read it, but awhile ago so I don't remember all the details that overlap with Survivor's Quest.

I read this book a couple of months ago but I never read Outbound Flight. Wasn't there speculation at the end of this book that Thrawn might still be alive? Did they ever clear that up in another book? Thrawn was always one of my favorite characters. Overall I liked this book though.


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Black Zarak
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PostPosted: Sep 03 2011 01:51 am Reply with quote Back to top

I dunno, I haven't gotten to the end of this one. I know there was some plot where there was a double of him out there, but I don't remember if it was before or after this.


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Blackout
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PostPosted: Sep 03 2011 04:47 am Reply with quote Back to top

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Hey Blackout, if I wanted to start reading some Battletech novels, what would be the first one you recommend I start with? I played Earthsiege the other day and I got the itch for some giant mech action.

Wow SUPER DELAY!

Uh here's the list of novel order. The smiley faces after the titles are my opinion of the book's merits. REPRINTS ARE CHEAPER AND MORE PLENTIFUL ON EBAY. DO NOT READ OUT OF ORDER unless you like confusion. this shit has been out of print for years even the new stuff, don't bother going to a book store like Borders or Barnes & Nobles if you are interested in finding this, BT is clearly used market only at this point, which makes me a sad panda. Sad

1.1 Decision at Thunder Rift Very Happy
1.2 The Sword and the Dagger no idea, rarest book of em all due to limited printing, hope you like paying 40+ bucks for a paperback. never read it.
1.3 Mercenary's Star Confused
1.4 The Price of Glory Smile
1.5 Warrior: En Garde Neutral (important for storyline, MEH writing)
1.6 Warrior: Riposte Neutral (important for storyline, MEH writing)
1.7 Wolves on the Border Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
1.8 Warrior: Coupé Neutral (important for storyline, MEH writing)
1.9 Heir to the Dragon Smile
1.10 Lethal Heritage Smile
1.11 Blood Legacy Smile
1.12 Lost Destiny Smile
1.13 Way of the Clans Smile
1.14 Bloodname Smile
1.15 Falcon Guard Smile
1.16 Wolf Pack Smile
1.17 Natural Selection Very Happy
1.18 Decision at Thunder Rift (Reprint) Very Happy
1.19 Mercenary's Star (Reprint) Confused
1.20 The Price of Glory (Reprint) Smile
1.21 Ideal War Confused
1.22 Main Event Smile
1.23 Blood of Heroes Confused
1.24 Far Country Confused (good book but way too off cannon to be a BT book)
1.25 Assumption of Risk Smile
1.26 D.R.T. Neutral
1.27 Close Quarters (no idea, have it mint but have not read it yet, probably Very Happy given the author's other books about this group)
1.28 I Am Jade Falcon Smile
1.29 Highlander Gambit Neutral
1.30 Tactics of Duty Smile
1.31 Lethal Heritage (Reprint) Smile
1.32 Blood Legacy (Reprint) Smile
1.33 Lost Destiny (Reprint) Smile
1.34 Bred for War Smile
1.35 Star Lord Sad
1.36 Malicious Intent Very Happy
1.37 Wolves on the Border (Reprint) Very Happy
1.38 Hearts of Chaos Very Happy
1.39 Operation Excalibur Confused
1.40 Heir to the Dragon (Reprint) Smile
1.41 Black Dragon Very Happy
1.42 Impetus of War Very Happy
1.43 Double-Blind Confused
1.44 Binding Force Smile
1.45 Exodus Road Smile
1.46 Grave Covenant Smile
1.47 The Hunters Smile
1.48 Freebirth Smile
1.49 Warrior: En Garde (Reprint) Neutral
1.50 Warrior: Riposte (Reprint) Neutral
1.51 Sword and Fire Smile
1.52 Shadows of War Smile
1.53 Warrior: Coupé (Reprint) Neutral
1.54 Prince of Havoc Smile
1.55 Falcon Rising Confused
1.56 Threads of Ambition Smile
1.57 The Killing Fields Smile
1.58 Ghost of Winter Neutral
1.59 Roar of Honor Neutral
1.60 By Blood Betrayed Neutral
1.61 Dagger Point Smile
1.62 Measure of a Hero Confused
1.63 Path of Glory Smile
1.64 Illusions of Victory Very Happy
1.65 Flashpoint Smile
1.66 Test of Vengeance Very Happy
1.67 Patriots and Tyrants Very Happy
1.68 Call of Duty Very Happy
1.69 Initiation to War Smile
1.70 The Dying Time Sad Sad Sad
1.71 Imminent Crisis Smile
1.72 Storms of Fate Very Happy
1.73 Operation Audacity Smile
1.74 Endgame Smile
1.75 The Legend of the Jade Phoenix (Omnibus reprint of Way Of The Clans, Bloodname, and Falcon Guard) Smile
1.76 Shrapnel (super rare cannot afford, never read)
2 MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels
2.1 Ghost War Smile
2.2 A Call to Arms Smile
2.3 The Ruins of Power ? no idea still collection
2.4 A Silence in the Heavens ? no idea still collecting
2.5 Truth and Shadows ? no idea still collecting
2.6 Service for the Dead ? no idea still collecting
2.7 By Temptations and By War ? no idea still collecting
2.8 Fortress of Lies ? no idea still collecting
2.9 Patriot's Stand ? no idea still collecting
2.10 Flight of the Falcon ? no idea still collecting
2.11 Blood of the Isle ? no idea still collecting
2.12 Hunters of the Deep COULD NOT FINISH may be good probably not
2.13 The Scorpion Jar Smile
2.14 Target of Opportunity ? no idea still collecting
2.15 Sword of Sedition ? no idea still collecting
2.16 Daughter of the Dragon Confused never finished not great from what I took away from the beginning,
2.17 Heretic's Faith ? no idea still collecting
2.18 Fortress Republic ? no idea still collecting
2.19 Blood Avatar ? no idea still collecting
2.20 Trial by Chaos ? no idea still collecting
2.21 Principles of Desolation ? no idea still collecting
2.22 Wolf Hunters ? no idea still collecting
2.23 Surrender Your Dreams ? no idea still collecting
2.24 Dragon Rising ? no idea still collecting
2.25 Masters of War ? no idea still collecting
2.26 A Rending of Falcons ? no idea still collecting
2.27 Pandora's Gambit ? no idea still collecting
2.28 Fire at Will ? no idea still collecting
2.29 The Last Charge ? no idea still collecting
2.30 To Ride the Chimera ? no idea still collecting

All in all there are some good ones, some meh ones, and some BLECH ones, but they all fit together like a puzzle pretty well. Not the best writing though, it's pulpy sci fi to the max, so if you're for example a Larry Niven or an Isaac Asimov fan you will probably HATE Battlech fiction.

If you'd like to do some more research I'd recommend this http://www.sarna.net/wiki/List_of_BattleTech_novels, and don't forget that there is new fiction out there, Battlecorps sells a subscription service for short stories that pretty much kept the fluff side of the universe alive, http://www.sarna.net/wiki/BattleCorps if you want to read about the new website, http://www.battlecorps.com/BC2/index.html is the home for new fiction, they even put out two print amnibus novels http://www.sarna.net/wiki/The_Corps and http://www.amazon.com/BattleCorps-Anthology-Strike-Battletech-Unnumbered/dp/1934857815/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315040202&sr=1-1

New novels are on super hiatus until the insanely complicated rights situation gets figured out but if you're interested I'd suggest you hang with Catalyst and Topps, they've done a a lot to keep the shit boat of copyright quagmire afloat where multiple companies have failed in the past. Hell they've done better than the last three copyright holders in my opinion.



 
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bitwise
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PostPosted: Sep 04 2011 11:12 am Reply with quote Back to top

I'm currently reading A Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss. It's the second book in his trilogy, the first being The Name of the Wind. Both are incredible reads, definitely worthy of at least a look for any fans of fantasy or good literature in general.

I'm going to be so impatient waiting for the third to come out!
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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 05:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I just finished The Count of Monte Cristo.
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JimmyLazer
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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 05:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The Last of the Mohicans, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.


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Slayer1
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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 06:06 pm Reply with quote Back to top

pineapple wrote:
I just finished The Count of Monte Cristo.

What did you think of it?

Finished The War of the Lance Trilogy and just started the Time of the Twins.
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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 07:44 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Slayer1 wrote:
pineapple wrote:
I just finished The Count of Monte Cristo.

What did you think of it?

Finished The War of the Lance Trilogy and just started the Time of the Twins.


The Dragonlance novels are one of my favorite series, next to Icewind Dale.


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Drew Linky
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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 09:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Reading the Arabian Nights. Lots of interesting stories I've never even heard of.


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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 10:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Drew Linky wrote:
Reading the Arabian Nights. Lots of interesting stories I've never even heard of.

One of my personal desert island books <3

On another note, I recently read Free Radical by Shamus Young and loved it. Can anyone point me in the direction of more good cyberpunk lit?




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Tomdincan
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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 11:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Casca: The Eternal Mercenary by Barry Sadler. It's about the Roman soldier that pierced Jesus with his spear on Golgotha, and was cursed by Jesus to wander forever as a mercenary until they meet again.


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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 11:09 pm Reply with quote Back to top

SoldierHawk wrote:
Drew Linky wrote:
Reading the Arabian Nights. Lots of interesting stories I've never even heard of.

One of my personal desert island books <3

On another note, I recently read Free Radical by Shamus Young and loved it. Can anyone point me in the direction of more good cyberpunk lit?

Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson and Neuromancer by William Gibson. Definitely two of the best ones out there for the cyberpunk genre in my opinion.


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Black Zarak
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PostPosted: Sep 05 2011 11:27 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Just started reading Lord of Chaos, book six of Wheel of Time. It's been awhile since I read the last one and I was starting to get bored of the series then but it's been awhile and this book was like four bucks so I said what the hey.


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Neutral-Bob
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PostPosted: Sep 07 2011 03:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I just started reading The Sword of Shannara after getting on a fantasy kick. I was reading the Redwall series for a while but all the books at the library are printed in different times and it's a bit tough to decide which one to read next.
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PostPosted: Sep 07 2011 03:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Practical demonkeeping by christopher moore
the wide window by lemony snicket
and Slam by Nick Hornby


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Drew Linky
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PostPosted: Sep 08 2011 07:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Dante's Paradiso and Gone with the Wind, as soon as I finish Arabian Nights.


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Slayer1
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PostPosted: Sep 08 2011 10:25 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Drew Linky wrote:
Dante's Paradiso and Gone with the Wind, as soon as I finish Arabian Nights.

good luck with both of those...

Finished Time of the Twins, onto War of the Twins now
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Greg the White
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PostPosted: Sep 08 2011 11:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Book: The Prince- I wonder how dumb people are to think Machiavelli was being serious with this story. It's a bit dry in parts, but pretty funny when you read up on Renaissance history and who he was criticizing.
Graphic Novel: The Boys, book #8. After meandering around a lot with a ton of fanservice, the past two books have been very enjoyable. Much better pacing and character development. Starlight and Hughie are one of the few times I've seen couples represented well in comics, though I'm still wondering what Ennis is trying to do with the whole Black Noir rape scene from Herogasm.


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PostPosted: Oct 23 2011 10:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I just finished reading Kim by Rudyard Kippling. I had forgotten about it after breaking at the halfway point. Embarrassed It was really good. If British spies, Tibetan Lamas and the cultures of late-1800s India interest you at all I really recommend it. Very Happy

I've also read the first three books in Timothy Zahn's Quadrail Series, need to pick up the fourth soon. Easy reads, lots of sci-fi/detective tropes, but damned if I wasn't entertained enough to keep reading "just one more chapter." Smile
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PostPosted: Oct 23 2011 10:58 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I read I Am Legend a few days back in about 4 or so hours. I really enjoyed it and it was pretty different from the movie. It was a pretty short book so it might be one of those novels you pick up before a plane trip or something because you could easily finish it on the way there and back.
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