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  • A gillie suit [mawebcenters.com] is one of those twigs-and-leaves camo suits that hard-core paintball and hunting nuts use. Oh, and the army. I learned of them reading "Rainbow Six [amazon.com]". Oh the shame of admitting to reading Clancy :-)

    --Nat

    • I learned about them from reading Darwin's Blade by Dan Simmons. No shame there. Definitely recommended over anything by Clancy (ick, pseudo-literature propoganda crap).

      -dave
      • by gnat (29) on 2002.01.02 17:31 (#2593) Journal
        Hell yes! Read anything you can by Dan Simmons--he's written in almost every subgenre of sf, but the first two of the Hyperion books are modern-day classics. I read a lot more thrillers than I do sf these days, so I was glad to see him move into that space with Darwin's Blade. I haven't read Hardcase [amazon.com] yet, but it looks like another good one. The editor's intro to that review, "Dan Simmons is not an author who writes the same book twice," is so true. As much as I'd have liked another Phases of Gravity or Children of the Night from him, he's stubbornly produced equally brilliant yet completely different books. He's in my top 5 authors list for sure.

        Clancy is not. About 30% of "Rainbow Six" is more cock-stroking repetition of "he felt close to the team, responsible for them, they were like a family to him" over and over again. Yes, Tom, they're good guys. We get it. That's why they're the Good Guys. Just get on with the shooting already!

        --Nat

        • Yeah, Simmons is one of my all-time favorites. The Hyperion books just blew me away, and I enjoyed the Endymion sequels as well.

          I didn't read the one set in Cuba with Ernest Hemingway cause I just couldn't get excited about the idea of reading something with Hemingway as a main character.

          I haven't read much of his horror stuff either because I like to sleep at night and I'm a big wuss.

          I think Hardcase is still in hardcover. I have enough pending books to read at the moment to wait til paperback, I t
          • If I can ever get my damn credit card to stop bouncing (it may have been a slow season for retailers, but the money flew away from us with amazing speed) I'm going to order his latest books from half.com. I hadn't realized there was a book after Darwin's Blade, let alone two!

            I went through a Clive Cussler phase in December. Cussler's serial hero, Dirk Pitt, is a shipwreck salvage person for the National Underwater and Marine Agency [numa.net]. They're "action adventure" novels--Cussler himself says that he starte