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Lost Regiment Series by William R. Forstchen

20. December 2012 12:44 by Rick Glos in

I’m finding this series, Lost Regiment Series by William R. Forstchen, to be particularly good.  I thought he first one was so good, it needs to be a movie.  Careful researching this though because if you read the plot, it’ll destroy some of the novelty and the first book has some great plots.

Apparently there are 9 books in the series and at this point I’ve made it through 5.

Here’s what I’ve read so far:

  1. Rally Cry (1990)

  2. Union Forever (1991)

  3. Terrible Swift Sword (1992)

  4. Fateful Lightning (1992)

  5. Battle Hymn (1997)

And here’s what’s next:

  1. Never Sound Retreat (1998)

  2. A Band of Brothers (1999)

  3. Men of War (1999)

  4. Down to the Sea (2000)

They are hard to find though.  I’ve been buying them used through Powell’s Books here in Portland.

Frozen Hell

11. August 2012 11:14 by Rick Glos in

Finished the book A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 .  It was an interesting read about a part of the war I didn’t know much about.  Inspiring how a force so small could do so much damage to a force so large and how much a part politics plays in decision making.  It was sometimes dry and I would’ve liked more personal stories and more maps defining the locations described to give better context.

Finished - Posleen War Series

1. December 2011 08:28 by Rick Glos in

I finished the next 3 books just this weekend after the 1st one I mentioned a couple months ago.  Apparently it was supposed to be a 3 book series but turned into 4 as the author explains at the end of the 4th book.

I like to buy books ahead so that when I finish book x in a series I’m not waiting to start book x-next.  I was confused looking on Amazon seeing book 5 and then 6 and 7 etc.  Turns out these are all spin offs and some not thought of as being very good.  Luckily wikipedia to the rescue to define the order and what books are what.  This is apparently called the Legacy of the Aldenata.

I’m going to stop here.  The books were pretty good but not awesome. I liked the fact that the 3rd and 4th were pretty much action and fighting throughout.  It was sometimes a little hard to get through the 1st and 2nd.  Also, the author sometimes spent and entire chapter defining how a bullet was engineered or how a vehicle had some type of armor which I thought was way too much information and a simple paragraph would’ve sufficed.

So here’s the 4 books I read in order:

Since I thought they were pretty good, I’m going to skip the Cally’s War spinoff series and read the Posleen War side-stories next as they seem to be getting pretty solid reviews on Amazon:

Finished - The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust

25. August 2011 05:55 by Rick Glos in

Not sure why I read The Book of Jhereg.  About 2/3 into it I was thinking, “man, this isn’t that great” but I finished it this morning anyway.

It’s a collection of 3 books and part of a larger collection of I’m not sure how many – who cares.

If you dig books about assassins mixed with a fantasy world and some magic then go for it.  I’m not going to read anymore of the series myself at this point.

Codex Alera Series

29. July 2010 15:52 by Rick Glos in

Just finished the 6th and final book in the Codex Alera series written by Jim Butcher.  My old man recommended them to me and they were fantastic.  My personal favorite was book 3.  If you are a fan of fantasy novels, war movies and especially of ancient roman history, then you’ll love these.

I really enjoyed the strategy and tactics and life of being in a Legion.  The magic is not too over the top.  It would be cool if they made these into a series of movies.

The Codex Alera Series on Amazon.

Codex Alera on Wikipedia.