I don’t usually blog about recent releases (other than my guest authors!), because then I start getting requests for reviews. This post is not a review. Reviews are a critical analysis of a book, with a final recommendation and/or assessment of enjoyment. I DON’T DO REVIEWS. So please don’t email me asking for one. 🙂

I just talk about books I like, because I love books and I love talking about books. I was a reader before I became a writer. It is possible that I’ll finish life as a reader if I get to where I can’t write. (If my kids are reading this, plug me into audio books if I can’t hold up my Ereader! Popular fiction, please!)

I just finished reading Jack Campbell’s latest offering in his Lost Fleet series, Beyond the Frontier: Steadfast.

Okay, mild spoiler alert here. The fleet isn’t lost anymore. It’s always a bit problematic when you take a series past its main story arc. The first book after the main story resolved felt like it belonged in the series. I was not wild about the cliff hanger ending, since I had to wait a whole year for the next book. I liked the book after that one okay, felt like the ending was just a bit meh.

There is no meh in this latest book. I kept trying to find a place to stop and go to bed when I was in the last part of the book and couldn’t. I seriously had to keep reading. Stayed up way too late finishing. It covered a lot** of space. Seriously. A lot of space. I thought it was kind of winding down, like the last book, when POW.

It does have a sort of cliff-hanger ending. But not as bad as some of them. I always felt lucky that I didn’t discover the series until the original story arc was almost complete, so I only had to wait a couple of weeks for the last book. That was good because the books had cliff hanger endings until the last two.

Things that surprised me about the Lost Fleet books:

  • That I not only read, but liked military science fiction. Did not see that coming.
  • That I still don’t know how old Black Jack (main character in the books) is or what he looks like.
  • I don’t care that I don’t know what Black Jack looks like.
  • How much I liked these books.

There are books that push my “like” button for reasons I can’t always quantify. I re-read them to figure out why and end up just enjoying them again. If you looked at my “shelf,” the one where I keep the books I go back to, you will find no common denominator, well, except what I think is good writing. But even that is subjective.

Like most books, this series has readers who didn’t like them. It happens. Not everyone likes the same things. What I learned from liking outside my usual genres is that reading outside my usual genres can result in wonderful surprises. I don’t always find books that end up on the re-read shelf, but reading outside the lines kind of refreshes my reading senses. I seem to enjoy reading more.

Do you ever read outside your genre? Or try a new-to-you author? What gets you to take a reading risk?

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“…the story is magical, romantic, and funny. It’s a hoot to see Mel, a thoroughly 21st century woman, trying to cope with the culture, and the uncomfortable shoes, of wartime England…In this homage to the Greatest Generation, Jones takes us on a wild and often poignant ride through time.” Over My Dead Body Reviews

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What happens when a twenty-first century woman on a mission to change the past meets a thoroughly 1940s man trying to stay alive in the hellish skies over war-torn Europe?

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Why I’m a Fan of THE LOST FLEET Books
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6 thoughts on “Why I’m a Fan of THE LOST FLEET Books

  • June 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I discovered Elizabeth Moon and her Serrano Legacy and Vatta Trading books through her collaborations with Anne McCaffrey , who had her own “military” SciFi books with The Dinosaur Planet Series, The Brainship Series and Talents/Tower books. Then there is Tanya Huff’s Chanur Series, I’ve also read some of the Honor Harrington books. Also a big fan of S.L. Viehl’s Stardoc Series and C.J. Cherryh has several, including The Company Wars Series.

    For humorous military SciFi you might check out Robert Asprin’s Phule’s Company Series.

    I used to spend hours at the library and the bookstore looking at every book spine for titles/images that caught my attention. Now I do the same thing but online at Goodreads, Amazon and many independent publishers.

    • June 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

      You have some good rec’s there! Yeah, browsing for books. Nothing quite like it! Thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂

  • June 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I discovered I liked military SF when I came across the Honor Harrington series by David Webber … was a bit of a surprise, because in real life I’m allergic to all things militaristic.

    I’m not sure why I liked the Lost Fleet series either but I did, and it’s good to know there’s a new one out.

    After a bit of pondering on the ‘reading risk’ question I’d have to say that the one thing that would hook me (among a slew of others) is a well written strong female lead, or two, or three 🙂
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    • June 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Yeah, Honor Harrington, good series! It is a puzzlement knowing what makes us bond with a book. And I like strong female leads, too! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. 🙂

  • June 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    “Do you ever read outside your genre? Or try a new-to-you author?”
    Yes to both of those! My own genre is historical fiction but I read quite widely in science fiction and fantasy as well… though not very much contemporary stuff. And I do like finding authors that not many people have so far read or reviewed. Having said that, I am more fussy when it comes to content – an exclusive focus on fighting puts me off whenever it is set, for example.
    As to what gets me to take the risk, usually it is coming across a mention online – blog, social media etc – and just deciding that it sounds like something that would appeal.

    • June 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      that’s very interesting, Richard. It’s interesting to me how we find books we enjoy and how books can sometimes surprise us. I found the Lost Fleet from a recommendation from an author I respect. I tried the sample of the first book 3 times before I decided to try it. That sure taught me to never say never. LOL Many thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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