What I’m reading

I have received some material books and some digital, Kindle books recently.  Thank you to the kind people who sent them as gifts.  Thanks!  I am grateful.  Some of them came from publishers and the authors themselves.

Here are a few of those I have received.

First, Michael O’Brien has a new book:  Voyage To Alpha Centauri. If you are in the UK, cut and paste the title into my search box for you at the bottom of this page.

I haven’t cracked this one yet.  O’Brien is very good, especially if you are patient.  His books seem to be getting longer.  A Father’s Tale was long and pays dividends.  He clearly has a contemplative streak, so his books have a different quality than those of most authors.

I also received two books from J. Budziszewski: What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide and also The Line Through the Heart.

Prof. B is deeply interested in Natural Law.  He teaches at the U of Texas in Austin, which is suspect is a challenge and, when the occasional light bulb flashes on, rewarding.  I haven’t read these yet either, but I’ll get to them soon.

Right now I am reading, on Kindle, another in the Kydd series, the 13th, by Julian Stockwin: Conquest

People who liked the fantastic Aubrey/Maturin series, may also like these.  I don’t think they are as well-written, but they have their benefits.  How I envy people who haven’t yet read the Aubrey/Maturin series.

I also read recently Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken.

This is a trilogy.  Yes, it is dystopian SHTF stuff.

And someone sent me a John Sandford book, Rules of Prey.  I’ll get to that soon.  I believe it is set in my home town.

That’s enough for now.

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  1. Mike says:

    I cracked Voyage to Alpha Centauri on Christmas Eve and am a little over a third of the way done. Not that it isn’t a page-turner, but there are, as you say, a lot of pages.

  2. jaykay says:

    Having received an Amazon gift token from my loving family I also got “Voyage to Alpha Centauri” for my Kindle. Am now about 50% through it. I agree with Mike that it is a page-turner, and although there are certainly a lot of pages that suits me nicely because I am reading it primarily on my 2-hour daily commute. I would say that he has avoided some of the philosophical longeurs that he has been prone to in a number of his earlier books and it is actually a very good storyline, up there with “A Father’s Tale” which it resembles thematically to some extent in terms of the journey/quest structure. Anyway, ’nuff said, I’m only halfway through but I don’t think the remainder is going to be a letdown.

  3. poohbear says:

    I just read Voyage to Alpha Centauri, and I think it is his best book yet. With so many characters and subplots, I’m thinking of reading it again because I’m sure I missed some things.

  4. JonPatrick says:

    Voyage to Alpha Centauri looks interesting. I used to be a big fan of sci-fi in my younger days, then got away from it with some of the bizarre newer stuff like the later books by Heinlein, who seemed to go off the deep end toward the end of his writing career. Perhaps it’s time to get back into the space ship so to speak.

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