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Scalzi doesn't need help - Michael J Parks does, and deserves it. System Seven is a great new first novel.


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Initial post: Jan 9, 2013 2:14:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2013 2:15:35 PM PST
Captain says:
Best first novel I've ever read apart from The Martian. Completely original, very polished writing style, absolutely no errors in the Kindle edition. Think Snow Crash style of techno-thriller with omniscient and omnipotent villains versus regular people who work as high-tech pros, pitted against each other in the final battle of a millenia-old war that only a few knew was being waged. A can't put it down page turner with fast and furious action and profound character development.

I did mention this in the omnibus new-read thread but since Scalzi gets his own threads, Michael should as well. Like Andy Weir, he's going to be a star.

System Seven

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 6:13:03 PM PST
K. Rowley says:
Well - I went ahead and bought it based on your recommendation... not sure when I'll get around to actually reading it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 7:40:32 PM PST
Captain says:
I think you'll like it. But once you start you won't put it down. It's paced like Ludlum's Bourne books.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 5:48:41 AM PST
Captain, thanks for the recommendation of Park's book, System Seven. I'm always looking for new books and authors.

You're right. Scalzi has become one of the big names in sci-fi and may not "need" recommendations, but he certainly deserves them. Any sci-fi fan who hasn't read his Old Man's War series is missing out on some of the best sci-fi in recent years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 8:54:34 AM PST
Captain says:
Hey, I'll be buying his new serialized book. And I appreciate the heads up on the free offer that you mentioned in your thread.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 10:51:19 AM PST
Sure, I hope it's still available. In any event, at $.99 an episode I'm in for the duration.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 11:09:31 PM PST
Fullme7al says:
I'll probably give it a shot.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 11:52:48 PM PST
Tom Rogers says:
nobody seems to be good enough to deserve a thread in this neighborhood, though there have been a couple long lived Heinlein discussions.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 11:20:42 AM PST
Captain says:
If you go to the top 100 lists and select for sci-fi, I have sampled most of them. I love it. I'm new to using Kindle as I waited until there was a lighted version and I've been buying used paperbacks for years, to save money and compensate for the occasional duds. I've been the proverbial kid in a candy store now with Kindle samples, what a boon to reading.

For the most part the new stuff is Honor Harrington clones, and while I love military sci-fi, the authors just aren't good wordsmiths, yet. I don't ever leave reviews for stuff I don't care for as I will not presume to judge someone who has done what I can't, write a book. And I see no reason to discourage them, although they would probably say the criticism will improve them.

All to say that when I find a truly well-written book that is unique, and that isn't seeing the light of day, I have the urge to mention it. This particular book is so good that a passing mention in the "Please list an indie sci-fi novel you recently enjoyed!" didn't seem to suffice, although that is a great thread and has pointed me to good books. And yes, the thread to promote Scalzi's new serial did enbolden me to do this for System Seven. I love Scalzi's work, he deserves the props. As in this case does Michael J Parks who needs a leg up. I will curb my enthusiasm however.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 2:36:08 PM PST
Captain, please continue with the recommendations. I, for one, am always looking for new books and authors. What's frowned on in the forums is self-promo. Legitimate recommendations from other readers are appreciated and welcome.

I'm an avid sci-fi/fantasy reader and have been using Kindles since the K1 came out in 2007. Even before then, I'd been reading ebooks on other devices since I moved to Central America in 2000 where could no longer buy enough paperbacks to feed my habit.

If you, or others, would like me to post info on how to find good sci-fi for Kindle I'd be glad to start a new thread and do so. I realize that there have been numerous recommendations on these forums but it's all pretty scattered and not very useful for reference.

Just let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 7:03:34 PM PST
Fullme7al says:
I agree with this. I hate self-promo, but recommendations are always a great way to open up to different, great reads.
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