Saturday, June 6, 2009

Reading List: The Grey Knights Omnibus and The Forever War

A lot has happened in the last few weeks. Ive been sick, been off work and generally have had a crappy time for the most part. Outside of a few instances where I got to go hang out with friends and such, the last few weeks I hope are easily forgotten. Anyways during this time, I have not really felt like "blogging" all that much even though most of my blogging centers around throwing my two cents around about movies and books and other such things. Mainly because my life is boring and there just isn't that much to write about. So that's why today I'm posting TWO (woot yea two) books that I have read during that time and here goes my review. The first one was the Grey Knights Omnibus by Ben Counter. This actually collects 3 books together in one volume. The Grey Knights centers on a group of highly trained genetically enhanced super soldiers called Space Marines that fight for the Emperor of Earth in the years around 40,000. It also belongs to a much greater franchise, Warhammer 40,000, which is a tabletop war game. The Grey Knights are the chosen daemon hunters of their time. They are trained from a young age to fight daemons and to have an amazing unwavering faith. This series of books focuses on one squad in particular and the trials that they must face. Its one of the better Warhammer 40k series out there and doesn't disappoint at all. If you re a fan of Warhammer 40k or just like 9 feet tall armor clad super humans fighting the spawns of evil, then this series should be right up your alley.

The second book I read over the last few weeks is the Forever War by Joe Haldeman. This is actually a quick read as I finished in it in about 2 hours or so. This book is great. The Forever War is bout a group of soldiers chosen in the late 20th century to fight in Earth's first intergalactic war. Now the reason I say 20th century is because this book was written originally in the 70s and the technology jump was so much at the time that they thought space travel and crazy scifi weapons were right around the corner. Plus the author said he wanted to use characters that could have fought in Vietnam which this story is basically an allegory for. The story is told through the perspective of one William Mandela. A physics student who is drafted to be one of the first young soldiers to fly across space to fight the Taurens, mysterious aliens who happen to have been first spotted in the Taurus constellation. Using powerful laser weapons and engineered power suits, Humanity is pulling out all the stops to win this war. Another facet of book revolves around what the book calls Collapsers. These are mid space phenomena which allows the travel of light years in literally nanoseconds. While one may travel hundreds of thousands of light years, to them its only a second but they are actually losing time as they are aging months, Earth is aging centuries. After their first encounter, Mandela and his unit are returned to Earth after being gone only a few short months to find that over 20 years have passed. Unable to deal with this future shock, Mandela decides to return to the military. What follows is more of the same, the books goes into great detail about missions and battles while at the same time always reminding him how much time he has lost as centuries start to fly by and Earth is continually changing. This book really makes you think. The future it paints for Earth is both eerie and different, telling a future that most people probably wouldn't even imagine. The Forever War is an amazing book and should be a favorite for any scifi or military fiction fan. SO there ya go 2 reviews for the price of none actually. Ill try to keep more up to date on my future posts, hope ya enjoyed it.

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