Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force, #1) by Craig AlansonCraig Alanson (ISBN: 978-1520126241)
We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news. The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were...

I dived into the Expeditionary Force series by Craig Alanson recently starting with Columbus Day (ISBN: 978-1520126241) and I had no idea what I’d bargain with before. The story sounded kinda like generic boring sci-fi military stuff and I was not too excited about it.

Making my way through the first part I was that close to dismiss it as really boring when Skippy, a super advanced alien AI residing in a beer can like casing [and also asshole first class], approached the scene. From here the story sky-rocketed – or whatever term would fit for a space opera – and I caught myself breathless from laughing on various occasions..

Several books later I conclude it is still a kinda generic sci-fi military stuff story. A small group of thrown together people fighting against all odds outsmarting their opponents – that is the whole galaxy so far – and somehow surviving whatever the universe throws next at the band. It’s also a hilarious fun story that sent me rolling on the floor laughing several times thanks to the dialogues between Skippy, Joe Bishop and the rest of the Expeditionary Force.

I’d love to link to craigalanson·com but the website has a whole manifest of stupid Terms And Conditions about linking to it that I will not even bother to read and understand.

Update: @CraigAlanson is also on Twitter and I totally missed to tag him buuut what to I know since neither Twitter account nor website link to each other so I’ll never know if it’s _the real_ beer can or just a submind 🤷

The Collapsing Empire by John ScalziJohn Scalzi (ISBN: 978-0-7653-8888-9)
Hey! It's out! The Collapsing Empire, my twelfth novel, is here and available at your favorite bookstore and/or online retailer (in the US/Canada; in the UK it's out in two days). It's the first book in the new space opera series (called "The Interdependency") and introduces some of my favorite characters ever in a universe…

Current read: The Collapsing Empire

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2017/03/21/the-collapsing-empire-is-here/

The Expanse tells us what happens when paths open and distances “shrink”. The Collapsing Empire does kinda the opposite. The paths close and humanity has to deal with it.

Caliban’s War by Daniel Abraham and Ty FranckDaniel Abraham and Ty Franck (James S.A. Corey)
In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun…

Current read: Caliban’s War

https://www.jamessacorey.com/books/calibans-war/

Hard to put it aside. I haven’t enjoyed such a great SciFi novel in years 😀

Timber Framed Buildings Explained by Trevor YorkeTrevor Yorke (ISBN 978-1-84674-220-0)
The complete guide to recognising and understanding timber-framed buildings. Using his own drawings, diagrams and photographs, Trevor Yorke takes the reader through the story of these buildings from 1200 to the present day.

ISBN 978-1-84674-220-0 / Timber Framed Buildings Explained by Trevor Yorke

Current read: Timber Framed Buildings Explained

That’d be my latest bible on / [for Britain] by Trevor Yorke. £7.95 / ISBN 978-1-84674-220-0 / Timber Framed Buildings Explained specially for my current interest in traditional hall houses.

The Fifth Elephant by Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett (ISBN: 0-385-40995-8)
The Fifth Elephant is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the 24th book in the Discworld series. It introduces the clacks, a long-distance semaphore system.

Current read: The Fifth Elephant

I’d like to link to terrypratchettbooks·com but they have a hilarious stupid Terms Of Use about linking or even quoting that I will not support.

Jingo by Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett (ISBN: 0-575-06540-0)
Jingo is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, part of his Discworld series.

Current read: Jingo

I’d like to link to terrypratchettbooks·com but they have a hilarious stupid Terms Of Use about linking or even quoting that I will not support.