Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Last Battle, by CS Lewis (as dramatized by Focus on the Family).

Just keeping track - I've finished listening (again) through the whole cycle of The Chronicles of Narnia via the (excellent!) FotF dramatizations. This fits in well with current listening "the Theology of CS Lewis" (via iTunes U) and "The Narnian".

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Myriad (Tour of the Merrimack Series #1) by R. M. Meluch

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The U.S.S. Merrimack was the finest battleship class spaceship in Earth's fleet, able to stand up against the best the Palatine Empire could throw at them, even able to attack and kill swarms of the seemingly unstoppable Hive. But nothing could have prepared the captain and crew of the Merrimack to face the Myriad-three colonized worlds in the midst of a globular cluster that the Hive had somehow overlooked.

Well, cool. I'd never heard of this author or series. I only came across it because there was an offhand reference in the paper (an article about guarding the Coleman/Franken ballots, one of the judges was reading an SF book "Sagittarius Command"), and I'm glad I did.

A great, fast moving milSF story - full of lots of interesting details and not a few plot twists. Parts Battlestar Galactica, parts Star Trek (the series is referred to as a PG-13 Star Trek) - it's really a lot of fun. Happily I grabbed the second book at the library, and I can request the third when I'm ready. It's a real "popcorn" kind of can't-put-it-down series.