Being Gripped

When I was talking to Owen on Friday he asked told me to read Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein as he thinks part of it will help with an aspect of Project Apollo. I have read Starship Troopers, but it was a few years ago now so I only really remember the basics of it, and how it had no real similarity to the movie (which I’d seen before I read the book). I do remember it being a good book but nothing that blew me away, but that was a few years ago and I think I’m a more experienced reader now and ill be able to appreciate it more, hopefully anyway.
When I’ve heard writers talking about Starship Troopers on various podcasts they quite often mention The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, and out of the two I much prefer The Forever war and Joe Haldeman as a writer in general. I would like to read a few more of Heinlein’s work but Starship Troopers did not grip me like The Forever War did. After reading it I went and brought Camouflage but Mr.Haldeman which is another book that has had a deep affect on who I am as a person.
When I was younger and I heard a song I liked I’d buy the album, and if I liked the album I’d buy as much of the music by that artist as possibly. I would do this with books if I could, I need to add more of Joe Haldeman’s books to my collection. The man is an amazing writer and I’d recommend his work to anyone.
A writer that has recently gripped me in a similar way is Stephen King, The Gunslinger was a fascinating read and I’m eager to wrap up The Dark Tower series, but I have other books to read and I’m going to pace the other six books over the course of the year.

What author has gripped you?

4 thoughts on “Being Gripped

  1. yeh I got into the Gunslinger, then picked up the- no hang on, i read the drawing of the three first, and got a bit confused because I didn’t realise it was a set. Then i went back and started from the beginning(makes for a better read) then I got hooked. wasteland hmmm- then BANG wizard and glass! it is by far the story of the set- and i urge you to get to it before your enthusiasm eases.

    going through your blog now.


  2. good to hear sai G. I try and put down a collection of words every day- but, like you, i am drawn to breaking bad, or Game of thrones- or the flavor of the month -Defiance (I’m thinking warhammer or space marines at the moment with the grand fight scenes) This has put my story blog on hold while i fill the blog space with all the back log of shorts i have wrote last year.


    • I don’t think I could read game of thrones, I’m not big on fantasy, I am a fan of Dan Abnett’s Gaunts Ghosts books in the Warhammer 40k universe.
      I’m halfway through the final hunger games book at the moment and in flying through it 🙂


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