Five for Friday: Let’s Talk 5 random books! – 3/29/19

Over at the “Little Red Reviewer,” “Redhead” has been posting a “Five for Friday” feature on five random books from her shelves to discuss and encouraging others to do so. So here, I go. Following (directly, as quoted in the link)  her rules:

The only things these books have in common are:
-they were
on my bookshelf
-I’m interested in your thoughts on them

This go-round, I grabbed what was nearest at hand, along with one book from my “to read” nonfiction basket.

Firefly Legacy Edition Book One (2018)
I love Firefly. I recently re-watched it for the first time in too long and the feeling when it ended was very much empty. I saw that this collection of Firefly graphic novels was coming out, and sprung for it and the second. Of course, I still haven’t read it. I clearly need to. Anyone read these comics?

The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Desolation by Yoshiki Tanaka (2018)
This is volume 8 in the 10 volume Legend of the Galactic Heroes series. Better known for its anime (that’s still hard to track down, sadly), this is a  military space opera that feels like an anime when you’re reading it. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made as much a splash in English as I was hoping it would. But these novels are truly enjoyable. They have a very different feel from most military sci-fi in English, and the scale is really anime–like thousands of ships battling each other. I love it.

Natural Signs and Knowledge of God by C. Stephen Evans (2010)
I read this book back when it came out, but want to re-read it. Evans gives a different perspective on theistic arguments than is often offered. He doesn’t fall into the trap of seeing them as entire, clear proofs. I am interested in the re-read but I probably won’t get to it for a long while yet.

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (1954)
I fell in love with Sutcliff’s books as a child and have re-read many of them several times. This one is probably my favorite, and there was an okay movie made out of it (The Eagle). Anyway, Sutcliff writes truly grounded historical fiction, largely centered around the Roman Empire. Anyone else read her stuff?

Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky (2008)
The first book in Tchaikovsky’s “Shadows of the Apt” series, this novel shows his immense talent across the board. The premise includes humans divided into various “kinden” that have various abilities of insects, something of Tchaikovsky’s specialty. It’s a truly epic fantasy series (10 books long!) and I’m on book 6, so far loving every minute. I’m glad I dove into this after reading the superb Children of Time by the same author.

4 thoughts on “Five for Friday: Let’s Talk 5 random books! – 3/29/19

  1. Redhead says:

    Can you read Legend of the Galactic Heroes out of order? I’d love to give it a try, not sure I want to commit to a long ongoing series. Empire in Black and Gold looks great too!

    • J.W. Wartick says:

      Definitely a front to back series. Will make little sense otherwise. It reminds me a bit of Olaf Stapledon’s storytelling technique with such a zoomed out picture.

  2. David says:

    Considering I found this post by searching the “Rosemary Sutcliff” tag, it is safe to assume I’ve read her stuff. Safer if you visit my blog and find the several posts about her and her books (and the okay movie). 🙂

    “The Eagle of the Ninth” is an all-time favorite, although my personal favorite is “The Lantern Bearers.” I buy her books whenever I see them and have given several copies away, even as I build my own collection of her works. Anyway, great to meet another fan!

    I read at least one Firefly comic collection that was okay, and the Shepherd Book comic that was also ok. Are those in the collection you got, or are there other comics that I missed? It’s good to get more stories about those characters and world, though never quite as fun as watching the actors be perfect together.

    • J.W. Wartick says:

      Yes I have a large Sutcliff collection myself. I need to reread more of them. I read virtually everything I could find by her as a child.

      The Shepherd one is in this collection. There is another collection, too. I read the one pictured here and enjoyed it, but it didn’t have the same energy as the show.

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