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SO what do I do now?
Post by Larry   » Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:28 pm

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Well fellow gentle readers, I am now in a quandary. I have polished off Shadow of Victory and At the Sign of Triumph. The elections are over and no truly stunning technological revolutions appear in the offing. Having read all the books on my waiting list what am I to do with my spare time now? Oh sure there's the boring little matter of home repairs and school and work and helping out with my aging and ill relatives, but what I mean is What can I do for fun? Honestly All I see now is chores. Somehow now that I don't have the anticipation of waiting on the next DW missive I, well I just don't know what to do? My gosh, must I return to <Dare I say it> reality???
But it seems so grey, and dull!

Sigh

Larry
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by John Prigent   » Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:43 pm

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Dive into a different universe, Larry! Try my friend Anthony Riches' Roman Army stories, or those of Simon Scarrow set 60 or so years earlier. If you like military SF with good characterisation I think you'd like both authors.

Cheers, John

Larry wrote:Well fellow gentle readers, I am now in a quandary. I have polished off Shadow of Victory and At the Sign of Triumph. The elections are over and no truly stunning technological revolutions appear in the offing. Having read all the books on my waiting list what am I to do with my spare time now? Oh sure there's the boring little matter of home repairs and school and work and helping out with my aging and ill relatives, but what I mean is What can I do for fun? Honestly All I see now is chores. Somehow now that I don't have the anticipation of waiting on the next DW missive I, well I just don't know what to do? My gosh, must I return to <Dare I say it> reality???
But it seems so grey, and dull!

Sigh

Larry
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by Stormy   » Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:51 pm

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Having that problem myself ... Going to be a really long year or so.

(Is it in bad taste to recommend another author on an author's website? Sorry if so!)

But you might check out Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria and New Empire series. There are six finished books in the Riyria Revelations, that arc is complete and 3 in the Chronicles series, plus one in the Empire series. They are fantasy rather than Science Fiction and completely different from this series but well written as well.

I reread them all waiting for At the Sign of Triumph to come out, so it's on my mind ...
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by Dauntless   » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:35 pm

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also consider works by Glynn Stewart.

try The Terran Privateer first and if you enjoy it look up his Castle Federation and jumpship Mage books.

short compared to RFC 700+ page tomes but he fits a lot into those pages.

also try Evan Currie, either his "odyssey one" series or his "on Silver Wings" books.
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by GlynnStewart   » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:31 pm

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Dauntless wrote:also consider works by Glynn Stewart.

try The Terran Privateer first and if you enjoy it look up his Castle Federation and jumpship Mage books.

short compared to RFC 700+ page tomes but he fits a lot into those pages.

also try Evan Currie, either his "odyssey one" series or his "on Silver Wings" books.


Second both of these (one for reasons that should be VERY obvious!)

For traditionally published books, I'd suggest checking out Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series if you haven't.

If you're dipping into indie SF, there is a lot of good stuff out there. Evan Currie is high on my usual list of recommendations. So is Richard Tongue's Battlecruiser Alamo series.

Military SF and Space Opera are currently undergoing a major content overload on Amazon after a number of authors were very successful in the space. Some of the follow-the-leaders are not great. Some are brilliant.
I try and read most of the top ones for market research and even I can't keep up right now!
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by jtg452   » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:34 pm

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Larry wrote:Well fellow gentle readers, I am now in a quandary. I have polished off Shadow of Victory and At the Sign of Triumph. The elections are over and no truly stunning technological revolutions appear in the offing. Having read all the books on my waiting list what am I to do with my spare time now? Oh sure there's the boring little matter of home repairs and school and work and helping out with my aging and ill relatives, but what I mean is What can I do for fun? Honestly All I see now is chores. Somehow now that I don't have the anticipation of waiting on the next DW missive I, well I just don't know what to do? My gosh, must I return to <Dare I say it> reality???
But it seems so grey, and dull!

Sigh

Larry


If you're willing to try some historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell has the last book of the Saxon series (the BBC show the Last Kingdom is based on it) coming out at the end of the month.

That means you can read the whole series from beginning to end without having to wait a year or two (or three) between books.

As good as the series may be (and it is quite good), they don't hold a candle to the books.
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by durns   » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:40 pm

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Been stalkin' these here forums for a while. So, my first post, I guess. Yay me.

Anyway. More recommendations, please, be so kind.

My suggestion would be Destroyermen series by Taylor Anderson. Reminded me somewhat of Safehold. Completely different world (alternative history) and yet somewhat similar. Not as good (at least in my not so humble personal opinion) but well worth a read.
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by n7axw   » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:28 pm

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Perhaps we could actually discuss the book... It has to be close to being David's best. I'm busy studying it after first read. There are all sorts of potential threads to work through. It's not quite as easy as getting the material a snippet at a time, but still... No reason for boredom yet. Now it becomes work.

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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by dobriennm   » Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:35 pm

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Larry wrote:Well fellow gentle readers, I am now in a quandary. I have polished off Shadow of Victory and At the Sign of Triumph. The elections are over and no truly stunning technological revolutions appear in the offing. Having read all the books on my waiting list what am I to do with my spare time now? Oh sure there's the boring little matter of home repairs and school and work and helping out with my aging and ill relatives, but what I mean is What can I do for fun? Honestly All I see now is chores. Somehow now that I don't have the anticipation of waiting on the next DW missive I, well I just don't know what to do? My gosh, must I return to <Dare I say it> reality???
But it seems so grey, and dull!

Sigh

Larry


Another suggestion would be the Ring of Fire series by Eric Flint and others. It's basically a modern US town dropped back into the middle of Europe during the Thirty Years War.

I started it a few years ago and stopped after the first few books. Not sure why. Has an interesting mix of history and developing advanced technology in a more primitive(?) era. I looked at it recently and the major problem with it is that it has expanded so far and widely it's difficult to follow the main thread. Luckily, Eric Flint provided a "road map" to reading the series at Ring of Fire Reading Order.

And I believe all the books are on the Baen web Site.

I might give this series a try before the next Safehold series kicks off.
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Re: SO what do I do now?
Post by Weird Harold   » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:29 pm

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dobriennm wrote:Another suggestion would be the Ring of Fire series by Eric Flint and others. It's basically a modern US town dropped back into the middle of Europe during the Thirty Years War.

I started it a few years ago and stopped after the first few books. Not sure why. Has an interesting mix of history and developing advanced technology in a more primitive(?) era. I looked at it recently and the major problem with it is that it has expanded so far and widely it's difficult to follow the main thread.


It's difficult to follow a "main thread" because there really isn't one. Far more of importance happens in the Ring Of Fire and Grantville Gazette anthologies than in the Novels by various authors. There were about 3,000 Americans in Grantville when it got duped in the germanies ca late 1631. That means there's about 3,000 possible "Main Threads."

For a reading project to fill the gap until RFC finishes another book, The online version of the Grantville Gazette anthology is up to about 60 volumes now and about half of the novels are still available in the Bean Free Library files at http://thefifthimperium.com/ You need to download the entire library .ZIP file or the CD-Rom image file but the indexes are visible online.
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