I read a book, once…. Others, I’ve read more than once.
My GP sees me so seldom that she forgets who I am, because my “yearly” physicals are often 18 to 24 months apart. I continue to accrue a lengthening list of medical specialists for myself, the wife, and the daughter. Because of this (and normal physical deterioration), available free time for reading diminishes.
Next year, instead of a list of books that I managed to read, I may just put up a list of all the medical appointments I had to drive to. This past year’s list is down to 21 books – I think. I’m too tired to check. Someone add them up, and get back to me. These are the ones that I managed to get through.
Eric Flint/Griffin Barber – 1636: Mission To The Mughals
This series was interesting Sci-Fi when it started out. I’m done with it. Now it’s just a 700 page excuse to publish a little political history of India around the time of building the Taj Mahal.
Chris Ryan – Stand By, Stand By – Zero Option – Greed
A very British men’s action series. Not bad if you’re into that sort of thing.
Gregg Loomis – The Cathar Secret
More suspense and plot development than any of the above. A good way to waste an afternoon.
Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child – The Pharaoh Key
A suspense/action tale good enough to sink your eyeteeth into, but not deep enough to need to munch your molars.
Tom Clancy’s Commander In Chief
Tom Clancy is long dead, but his ghost writers continue to grind out the pot-boilers and royalties.
Michael Kurland – The Whenabouts Of Burr
This is a re-read from 1975. I was reminded of it because of a conversation with a lady author who said that she liked time-travel Sci-Fi, as I do. It’s actually more of an alternate universe/history story, with minor temporal displacement. I’ll publish a review on it soon.
Blake Crouch – Dark Matter
This one is another alternate universe story like the above, but with no time travel. I’ll publish a review on it also, in a couple of months, to compare the viewpoints and construction.
Steve Berry – The Columbus Affair
Christopher Columbus and his navigator were both secret Jews, escaping the Inquisition…. and they hid the Temple Treasure in the New World??! Okay, you’ve got my attention and interest.
Isaac Asimov – The Rest Of The Robots
I thought that I had read every Asimov story in the Foundation series, about robots. Turns out that I was wrong. This book was published in 1964. It contains 8 short stories, and two novellas about the positronic predecessor to Star Trek’s Data character. I was able to purchase a Kindle version, and wallow in classic Asimov.
E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith – Imperial Stars
This is another Sci-Fi re-read. This is the first in a series of 12 books. In 1976, after the death of Doc Smith, his younger author friend, Stephen Goldin took notes, and drafts, and conversations/discussions with Doc, and assembled the story line as he felt Doc would have. Performers from the interstellar Imperial Circus are used like James Bond, as intelligence gatherers and executioners. Goldin has his own books, but he did well with this lot. They still have Doc Smith’s feel to them.
E. C. Tubb – The Temple Of Truth – The Return – Child Of Earth
I read the first 27 books of this never-ending series years ago, but ‘life’ caused me to give it up. When I heard that another author like Stephen Goldin above, had brought it to a post-mortem culmination after Tubb’s death, I bought the final 7. I read four of them in 2017, and the final three last year.
James Rollins – The 6th Extinction – The Kill Switch
A couple more rollicking-good men’s action books. ‘The Kill Switch’ is the first of a series within a series, where the hero, introduced in a previous book, is an ex-Army, now-paramilitary, who has brought along his K9 partner, which the Government was just going to destroy.
Clive Cussler – Lost Empire
All the old, well-known authors are increasingly, farming out the sub-series. Grant Blackwood, who wrote this one for Cussler, also wrote Kill Switch, above, for James Rollins.
David Ignatius – The Quantum Spy
One of the new type of secret agent books. As you might guess, while there is lots of travel, suspense and physical action, much of the plot revolves around the World Wide Web, hacking, and code-breaking.
Nan Yielding – Things I Never Learned In Sunday School
The very-Christian wife of an author decided to do some research to prove the inerrancy of the Bible. Along the way she turned up so many mistakes, contradictions and unprovable claims, that she turned herself into an Atheist. I ran into her blog-site one night, and she was pleased that I had read her book, and gave it a recommendation.
James S. A. Corey – Caliban’s War
This is the second book of a grand Sci-Fi series, recommended to me by my buddy BrainRants. It is/was available as a series on SYFY, which I can’t access. Even if you’ve seen some/all of it, I still suggest that you try the books.