Saturday, January 8, 2011

Reading material!

So I recently started listening to a few audio books that Russ from the D6G recommended in preparation for me starting my Dystopian Wars Prussian army! The first is called Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld. The basic premise is that WW1 has started, with the same alliances, but different technologies. The Germans and their allies employ giant mechanical walkers with giant guns and rockets. These guys are called the Clankers. On the other side you have the Anglo-Russian alliance who have developed a way to alter genetic code of animals to create giant living weapons. One example is the Leviathan, a giant wale genetically altered to have a giant Hydrogen air bladder which it produces in its intestinal track, and its fitted with air guns, engines, and a variety of biological weapons(like flichet bats!)

What are you all reading lately? Anything good?! Is anyone interested in listening to Leviathan??



skywatcher said...

I am just wrapping up a good sci-fi short story collection. And on deck are the 2nd and 3rd books in a series by William Gibson. The series started with Neuromancer. A futuristic tale similar to Blade Runner. It was once of the first to use the term cyberspace. Very cool and very Necromunda like.

Op-For said...

Read "The Dead Hand" and "War". Nothing anyone can imagine is more horrifying and troubling than reality.

CB said...

Read 'Leviathan' and it was OK. Definately YA fiction, but I bet the audio book is a better listen than read. Check out Mortal Engines by 'Philip Reeve' for something cool with airships and giant moving cities. Stay away from 'Boneshaker' That one is a painful read.

You should read the "Difference Engine" Gibson/Sterling, or crack open some good old Jules Verne. That should get ya crackin'. Gibson is awesome, Neuromancer is in my list of top 5 books ever (along with Dune, Ender's Game, the Hobbit, and the original Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov).

If you like Neuromancer, check out 'Snow Crash' or the 'Cryptonomicon' by Neal Stephenson, or some of Phillip K. Dick's stuff.