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Monday’s Book Pick

December 8, 2008

Caliphate by Tom Kratman

A good adventure story and a cautionary tale as well. The basis for this alterante future history story is current birth rate trend in Europe and the current political policies of many European countries.

The Monday Book Pick archive.

Video interview with author Tom Kratman

September 10, 2008

By way of Blackfive.

Recent Reads

May 27, 2008

I’ve gotten some good reading in recently. Two by S.M. Stirling, In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, the sequel to The Sky People , and The Sunrise Lands.
The Sunrise Lands is part of his “Change” series, which is a spin off of his Island in the Sea of Time series. It was a fun read. It read quickly and had good action scenes. A touch of science fiction, with a short scene of inter dimensional shifts. The other two are good old fashioned space adventure. The first takes place on a Venus with dinosaurs, saber toothed cats, Neanderthals and beautiful native tribal princesses. The other takes place on a Mars that John Carter and Kickaha would be comfortable in.

William Gibson’s Spook Country was good, not as good as Pattern Recognition , but a fun read.

David Weber’s Off Armageddon Reef was a long read, but actually surprisingly good.
His books tend to be very long, often with long sections could be cut with no loss to the story.
This one has them too, but not as many. At one point, Weber details each Priest interacting with each kingdom’s rulers. He made sure that you knew he has detailed out every branch of each organization of the church, including the colors of their robes and the symbols denoting their rank. It ends with a big wet navy, age of sail, sea battle.

Tom Kratman‘s latest, Caliphate is a frightening view of a possible future. It was also a very good adventure read. My favorite of his so far. Ok, I really liked Yellow Eyes too, but that has the added feature of being in John Ringo’s Legacy of the Aldenata universe, which I really like.

Caliphate
is probably going to get a boost in sales because of its mention on Instapundit.

Not my book review…

September 12, 2007

A review of Tom Kratman’s latest book, found on his site.

“Tom Kratman’s A Desert Called Peace is practically the platonic ideal of epic Jacksonian war-porn. The printing process involves soaking the books in testosterone. It is so beautifully, terribly and gloriously Jacksonian, in fact, that merely reading the book carries the risk of pregnancy for unprotected women and metrosexuals.” — Albert Norman, connoisseur of fine literature.

I’m about halfway through the book myself, and I’d have to say that the review does capture the essence of the book quite well.

Just to give you an idea of how on target the review is, Mr. Kratman’s writing makes you appreciate the politically correct, balanced & nuanced writing of John Ringo‘s Ghost series.

Some people may see this as a bad thing, but I’m ok with it.
Hell, I read Eric Flint, and he’s dyed in wool Leftist.

Recommended Politically Incorrect Reading

May 10, 2007

A State of Disobedience by Tom Kratman.

A gripping read. He’s bias, no doubt about about, but there is more possible future events in there than I would like to admit to.

Todays Reading

April 27, 2007

The Intellectual Origins of America-Bashing by Lee Harris

HT to John Ringo.
There is a good political essay at the end of Yellow Eyes, which he wrote with Tom Kratman.