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?

What Is Happening To The Specialist Shop?

I’ve just had a text off of a good friend of mine saying that he’s heard a rumour that both Gamestation and Game over here in the UK are about to close down.  Add to that the continuing rumours that HMV are also on rocky ground ( I think that Waterstones are part of HMV as well) then I find myself thinking ‘Where am I going to buy Games, DVD’s and music from?’  I know some of you will be saying ‘Err online you retard.’  Which is all good and well, if you know what you want.  I love going into HMV or Waterstones and just looking at the selections and trying to find that hidden gem.  I would never have read Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War had it not been for a random look in Waterstones one day.  Yes, the internet is a great thing and there are lots of bargains on there but does it have to be at the cost of these High Street shops?  Maybe their demise will give birth to more independent shops but with the savings that the internet gives are they going to survive?