What are you reading?

I’ve recently bought Fallen Dragon and Pandora Star, from Peter Hamilton after some recommendations of fellow EVE friends. I have yet to receive them however…

It’s been a while since I’ve been the proud owner of the EVE : Source book, and it’s great because of all the lore I learned on the empires, and particularly pirate cartels like the Sansha’s Nation. However, do you guys have more EVE lore related books I could buy, please ?

Also, I’m looking for new and good read in the fantasy and science fiction genre, and if you have stuff related to the Steampunk style, that’d be great !

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler. The author was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teaching at a university in a kind of backwater city in China in the 1990s. Just before China became an industrialist/strangely Communist-capitalist society. Pretty good book. A very good one if you’re interested in understanding the background where people from China in 2019 are coming from.

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There are three EVE lore novels, and I liked all of them. I’ve read the first one twice, and might read the others again too.

EVE: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales - Set in the “modern” times of New Eden around 2010 or so. A giant space opera about powerful people and regular spacefaring or baseliner people involved in conflicts among the four races. It established a lot of lore, and threads from that are still developing. Maybe best of all is it visualizes for you what life in New Eden and in a New Eden spacecraft or planet is like.

EVE: The Burning Life by Hjalti Danielsson (the former CCP Abraxas I believe, who wrote much of the early lore and many of the old Chronicles short stories). An innocent Sabik Sani (Blood Raiders) child and two lesbian drug addicts journey through the pirates factions, Sisters of Eve, and ruthless corporate New Eden. Much different from the previous book. If I can, I’d say this one is kind of imaginative literature. Very good, and at the very least, you’ll learn a lot about Guristas, Sisters of Eve, etc.

EVE: Templar One Back to author Tony Gonzales. A hard one, only because it explains the many threads the writer devs introduced later, only through in-game gameplay… And introduced new lore development themes at the same time. Which are still going on with the Triglavian and Sleepers invasion, as we speak.

Have pity on the CCP devs, of all sorts. Some are developing and marketing a commercial game, to keep going. Some are writers keeping the cryptic backstory lore going, and getting players involved in projecting the story, even if they gripe about it and don’t know the backstory. How fooking cool is that? :slight_smile:

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If not for poor choices and too much “balancing” any of those books, which plots were all abandoned(?) eve could have flourished.
I enjoyed those books but they were 2 dimensional from a writer’s pov. I got through them all in a few hrs I think.

Warhammer 40k Horus Heresy will keep me going for a while, although I skipped ahead to Talon of Horus and I’m like, wtf? The slow advancing of any progression in 40k is also agonizing.

The astarte marines and genetic perfection seems neat. Immortal except to massive injury.

Empyrean Age looks interesting ! Btw, when you say this :

Do they go through the Sansha’s Nation, please ? Thanks !

Oh yeah. They do. :scream:

Yeah, when I think about Tony’s books, my impression is that they’re kind of 2 dimensional. But when I reread them, I had to respect the amount of ideas in them. Especially Templar One. Hjalti’s book is a little 2 dimensional too, but it’s got that extra depth of the grimness + nihilism. What sort of writing do you do?

Now that’s all in the realm of the “star wars expanded universe”. You know, the 20+ or so years of fiction after Return of the Jedi that was trashed for Kylo Ren?

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I picked up a very well thumbed copy of Robert Heinlein’s ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ at the hospital book donation rack earlier and I can’t wait to start it. It was one of the first scifi novels I read as a spotty youth and I remember not being able to put it down.


Slaughterhouse Five is an excellent one. Also Vonnegut’s novels with the character Kilgore Trout.

The Cave by José Saramago (translated from Portuguese) Really excellent so far.
“Readers unfamiliar with the work of this Portuguese Nobel Prize winner would do well to begin with The Cave , a novel of ideas, shaded with suspense. Spare and pensive, The Cave follows the fortunes of an aging potter, Cipriano Algor, beginning with his weekly delivery of plates to the Center, a high-walled, windowless shopping complex, residential community, and nerve center that dominates the region…” - Goodreads

I’d add that it has some darkly humorous zingers slipped in that unexpected pop up and disappear just as quickly as the story just keeps moving on.