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message 1: by Marina (new)

Marina Fontaine (marina_fontaine) | 1445 comments Mod
Please list any books you discover this summer in this thread. Authors: IF you publish a book this summer, you can list it here in addition to the self-promo thread. Readers: anything goes- old or new, indie or traditional- as long as we haven't already had a discussion on it previously. Have fun!


message 2: by Dave (new)

Dave Burns | 24 comments I recently stumbled on a graphic novel version of "the Probability Broach" by L. Neil Smith, available free online at big head press. I think the novel was written in the seventies, it has a science fiction premise that sends the protagonist to a parallel dimension where world history took a libertarian turn. It's set as a detective story. I loved the premise, but it was Smith's first novel and a bit rough. Turning it into a graphic novel seems to have smoothed some of the edges, I like it better this way.


message 3: by Marina (new)

Marina Fontaine (marina_fontaine) | 1445 comments Mod
Cool. Do you have a link?


message 5: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather | 308 comments Oren Litwin's The Best Congress Money Can Buy: Stories of Political Possibility

A collection of short stories, each of which is centered on a different political experiment to increase liberty. A very positive reading experience. I would recommend it to everyone here, and that goes double for libertarians.


message 6: by Greyweather (last edited Aug 02, 2013 11:49AM) (new)

Greyweather | 308 comments I am 10% of the way into Amy Lynn by Jack July and I am enjoying it immensely.

Today and tomorrow the Kindle version is free at Amazon. Make a point to get it even if you don't have time to read it right now.

The author's notes are instructive:

"My decision to write this book was motivated by watching President Obama hang the Congressional Medal of Honor around the neck of Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta. As the president read what he had done, I sat back and wondered., where do we get these kids? These wonderful, brave young men and women that put on a uniform and decide that their life is worth less than a brother or sister in arms or even the greater good?

I once heard the expression, "You are the sum of your experiences." OK, I can buy that. But I believe there is so much more. It isn't just the sum of your experiences but the experiences of those who have influenced you. What makes them who they are? I lived with my father for 18 years, never knowing much about him. He was not a good man and I never knew why. His actions and examples taught me to be less than honorable.

Throughout the years I have met people, wonderful people that stood by me when I was at my worst, when my life was at it's lowest. I often wondered who mentored them? Who made them who they are? Why would they waste time with me? But they did and I am a better man for it. I wanted to write all of these peoples' names down in a list. I'm sure, however, that they already know who they are. If I have shaken your hand and called you friend, you are one of them. Thank you, I love you.

This book is about a girl named Amy Lynn and those who loved her. She was exposed to both the best and worst of humanity. Her trials and travails are somewhat autobiographical in nature, though I will never disclose what is real and what is fiction. The characters in this book are either real people or compilations of people from my life. I hope while reading this book you will thing about those that love you, those that put themselves out for you. Then take the time to find out who and what shaped them because it will be worth your effort."



message 7: by Steve (new)

Steve M. (stevesworld) | 56 comments I haven't read the book yet but the explanation on the website alone is a nice, short primmer on libertarianism. http://philipschuyler.wordpress.com/


message 8: by John (new)

John | 59 comments Steve,

Nice! I found myself nodding my head as I read each paragraph, so I guess that makes me officially a Libertarian. I think I WILL buy the book... Kindle, anyway. Good stuff.


message 9: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather | 308 comments I finished with Amy Lynn and it was brilliant. Way, way better than I expected it would be. Seriously, check it out.

Now I'm reading Correia's Hard Magic which is an immensely entertaining urban fantasy/alternate history novel. I think it's even better than his Monster Hunter International books.


message 10: by Marina (new)

Marina Fontaine (marina_fontaine) | 1445 comments Mod
Greyweather wrote: "I finished with Amy Lynn and it was brilliant. Way, way better than I expected it would be. Seriously, check it out.

Now I'm reading Correia's Hard Magic which is an immensely entertaining urban..."


NICE! I was wondering if Hard Magic was any good.


message 11: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather | 308 comments Masha wrote: "NICE! I was wondering if Hard Magic was any good. "

Done with it now, and yes, it was awesome.

I also finished Battlehymn by Zachary Ricks.

Very enjoyable and without the usual heapings of sex, cursing, and death it would be something I would also suggest for a young adult reader.


message 12: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Nock (jdnock) | 8 comments I recently finished Red Country by Joe Abercrombie. Here is an exchange that I enjoyed.

"Can't say I'm an enthusiast for taxes."

"Just a fancier way to rob a body, ain't it? I'd rather be thieved honest with mask and dagger than have some bloodless bastard come at me with pen and paper."


message 13: by Jack (new)

Jack (jackjuly) | 254 comments J.D. wrote: "I recently finished Red Country by Joe Abercrombie. Here is an exchange that I enjoyed.

"Can't say I'm an enthusiast for taxes."

"Just a fancier way to rob a body, ain't it? I'd rather be thieved..."



Sounds like my grandpa.


message 14: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Nock (jdnock) | 8 comments Your grandpa is a smart man, Jack.


message 15: by Marina (new)

Marina Fontaine (marina_fontaine) | 1445 comments Mod
Has anyone read Thomas Sewell's Sharper Security series? I recently got Hitchhiking Killer For Hire as a freebie, which is supposed to be the "origin" story of the character, and it's pretty entertaining. From what I can tell, the series proper takes place after The Split, where the US gets broken up and there is a war going on or something. I'll try to look into it for the future, but he's clearly a conservative author with healthy dash of libertarianism thrown in.


message 16: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather | 308 comments I've only read Hitchhiking Killer For Hire so far. I quite enjoyed it and plan to pick up Sharper Security at some point. With the current NSA scandals and the debates over the border and illegal aliens Hitchhiking Killer For Hire seems very timely, though it was actually published 9 months ago.


message 17: by Marina (new)

Marina Fontaine (marina_fontaine) | 1445 comments Mod
I have to say my intro to Sarah Hoyt was a disappointment. I got Spinning Away as a freebie and it was just meh. Interesting premise, but went nowhere.


message 18: by Barry (new)

Barry Kelly (factsandfictions) | 8 comments I had a book published this summer that is actually all three of my books published in one volume with updates and, a new introduction, and bonus material at the end on my fourth novel. Released it in ebook and as a hardback. The Justice Trilogy


message 19: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather | 308 comments I strongly recommend you find yourself a new cover for Shades of Justice. I have no doubt that the current one has cost you sales.


message 20: by Jack (new)

Jack (jackjuly) | 254 comments Greyweather wrote: "I strongly recommend you find yourself a new cover for Shades of Justice. I have no doubt that the current one has cost you sales."

Great Advice.


message 21: by Steve (new)

Steve M. (stevesworld) | 56 comments Well it's autumn now but the books keep coming . . .

Asterion

This isn’t exactly a small government book. It’s more like an enormously large government book. Set in the near future, America has become a socialist bureaucracy ruled by a tyrannical Leader for Life. Two scientists see their experiment, that could benefit all mankind, transformed into a means to completely control the populace forever. The two must flee for their lives and fight to regain the freedoms of their ancestors.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17...
http://www.amazon.com/Asterion-ebook/...


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