It's a really good book if you want to understand the different types of
Radiation, how easily people are confused by Geiger Counters that only
read what's in the air and not an object or wildlife & of course learning
about all the many different types of wildlife actually in the Zone. It
also covers more than just the Ukraine and you can see how Belarus
operates a little differently. I believe I read the Obituary of one of the
female Ukrainian Scientists working in the Zone mentioned in the book
earlier this year. The other book I read was written when the author
was working on a second book that was more scientific and about the
original Disaster. I enjoyed that book more that he wrote about doing
the research for the other one and all the people he met in the Ukraine
and about their culture and their customs. It was very memorable and
quite genuine and made me understand better the Ukrainian way of life.
The Empathic Civillization — I recommend this to everyone who is not too intimidated by its thickness. It is an excellent summary of the development of human relations through history from several vantage points. The book contains an extensive list of references and surprised me with numerous facts.
Horus Rising had combat and politics in good measure. Science and reason also were pitted against sorcery and superstition, leaving doubts and unanswered questions.
It ended with a great battle but it was bitter, regretful and stained by treachery.
Legion, Secrets and Lies, had many more layers of intrigue with 'science and reason' taking center stage and being assaulted by a crushing tide of sorcery and horror.
One of the protagonists scoffed at the superstitious markers left on the dark regions of star maps by men in their ignorance in dark ages past. But soon found himself uttering the same words when face to face with the horror himself.
HERE BE DRAGONS
E: will be giving Legion a second reading before I read anything else.
And I really do hope you look into these Steelyglint, I think you'll enjoy them.
I dunno, I've been reading Robinson Crusoe lately, difficult read, the author didn't like paragraphs and just made the entire thing without spaces (probably to give the feel he was saving limited paper)
Also the store seems to Deus Ex Machina on you when Crusoe "neglects" to inform you of important features that didn't seem relevant at the time but later become very important like when he escaped the shipwreck on his own to later tell you he actually escaped the shipwreck with a dog and two cats tied to his back, or that he found a box on the shipwreck weeks before informing you that contained hundreds of pages of paper, quills and inks, or that he reinforced his walls and etc.
I half expected to hear him go later on, I also forgot to mention there is another person named Carl living with me who likes to kill flightless birds on his free time.
All in all it is a good read, albeit a tricky one to follow.
Picked up 'The Lost' omnibus, of the Gaunt's Ghost series yesterday at a Borders in George Bush Intercontinental Airport while waiting on a 2 hour layover in Houston.
I'll be skipping 1 or two books in the series when I start this omnibus but I didn't let that stop me previously with the two Horus Heresy series books.
Considering the text on the back of the book....
'The Tanith First-And-Only are among the most legendary regiments of the Imperial Guard and at the head stands Commisar Ibram Gaunt, unflinching in duty and unrelenting in combat. The Lost sees the very future of the regiment in jeopardy as Gaunt battles the forces of Chaos across the Sabbat Worlds. From rescue missions to the horrors of the battlefield, the Tanith First-And-Only must survive extreme dangers or be forever lost.'
Along with the endorsement printed under that...
"The cinematic scope and dizzying vision we're shown puts most of the recent SF movie epics into deep shadow." -SF Site-
You can see how I couldn't NOT buy this.
It will have to wait till I finish 'Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft' though. Got a commemorative edition which looks great, a dense, black tome with gold lettering on it's cover. Not to mention an illustration of what appears to be a shoggoth centered on the cover, also in gold.
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A good book I read recently was Call to war, memoirs of a boy soldier by Ishmael Beah. The book's based on real life events that happened to a boy in Africa a while back. It's a great read and I'd recommend it. It's not famous or anything, but it's stunning as everything in it was true. He survived multiple life or death situations. I won't spoil anything else but still should take a look at it
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