Me, Myself and Books
I am a huge fan of the primitive technology called books. For the moment I read most science fiction and fantasy but I still like a good thriller, or other good books. As being a fan of science fiction I am active in science fiction fandom. For more about SF fandom see these pages.

Since summer 1997 I have a list of all books I have read. This is a good way of keeping track of what you have read. And by placing it on the web also I can access it from any place. If I was a bit less lazy this should of course contain some review comments also, but that is to much work. To see this fairly large list, go here.

I few books and authors I like and recommend are:
  • Alastair Reynolds, British SF writer. His books Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark, and "Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days" are all taking place in the same universe. These books are taken place on a very grand scale. The setting is that humans has colonized parts of space, by using slower the light vessels and sleep caskets. They have also encountered a the remains of a few other intelligent species, however none that is alive. The technology level is quite impressive, with a lot of nano-technology. The stories combine action and suspense with hard SF considerations and questions. I like it a lot.
  • George, R. R. Martin. His Song of Ice and Fire series, starting with A game of Thrones, is clearly one of the best epic fantasy I have read. He spins a truly interesting plot, with many twists that the are very plausible but as a normal reader does not consider likely. Not for the ones that can't handle, what they consider main characters, are killed or removed from the plot.
  • Jack McDewitt, SF writer that I discovered early in my reading. He has written a number of books. A good start is A talent for War and The engines of  God. He writes very interesting suspense SF with interesting ideas. Unfortunately not all his books are superb, the weakest ones in my opinion are Ancient shores and The Eternity Road. This means that I most likes his histories that are placed far from today's earth.
  • Neal Stephenson. A SF writer that writes stories in the near future, present or in the past. One should read at least two of his books, Snowcrash, and Cryptonomicon. Snowcrash is a cyberpunk story with interesting plot elements. Cryptonomicon is book that looks upon the art of encryption by using a combined plot based in present and in a the second world war. He neatly ties together the many plot lines into a believable story. It is also a book worth reading simply for his excellent writing. There are a lot of this almost 900 page book that are not related to the plot at all, however any such loss of focus is even more rewarding to read then the main plot line.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, writes thrilling and fun space opera. This is definitely easier read than most other stuff but is well written, fun, thrilling, mind boggling, and much more. Definitely worth a read. So just start digging in to her Vorkosigan stories, the first book is Shards of Honor. You will have many interesting hours in front of you if you start reading this series. Also each book is an ended adventure which avoids the problem of getting hold of all parts. You can skip certain of the books with out major problems.
I am also a this day a sporadic reader of military SF. Earlier I read much more of these books. If you want these things, go to Baen and browse their catalogue, you can even read and buy books in electronic form. One series that I have read is David Weber's Honor Harrington. Inspired by C.S Forester's Hornblower, but no taken to space. He is excellent at writing military action so it becomes thrilling, where character and the political building is less good. David Weber is published by Baen and was also part of start up of there "how the torture your fans" movement. They for several years ago started to provide previews of chapters of not yet published books. When it has been taken to its extreme they published down to single chapters, each days in a discussion forum. THEY ARE EVIL!

I will here also take the chance to complain about things I dislike in literature:
  • Very long series: This is mostly a problem is fantasy literature, however it sometime show up other where. Sure, one can write series but should have a clear and knowledge of how to end them and keep to the plan on how long the story should become. A trilogy is the limit. Longer series should simply be written as ended chapters of the grand story. That way one does not need to suffer long waits to see the conclusion.
  • Bad editing: This comes in several forms. On recent example was John Ringo's Hell's Faire that suffered immensely from the lack of proof-reading. I can't understand how they could publish a book where the same information can be repeated just a couple of paragraphs later. Another example is editors that can't keep their authors focused and tell the author that they become unfocused and does not move the story along. The grand example of this is Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series, in my opinion there are happening more in the two first books then in the last 6 together. So editors, do your job!
  • Unnecessary Long books: This is a double edged sword. I am not against all long books, only the ones that are long without good content. If one has a good book it might be better or worse depending on if it is long or not. However I think more authors should consider how to shorten their stories, actually try it and see if it becomes better. This has also been expressed as the word processor decease.

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