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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
      • 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
        • 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
          • by gnat (29) on 2002.01.03 16:41 (#2647) Journal
            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 started off modelling himself on Alistair MacLean [bizland.com]--so they might not sit well with you. I enjoyed the first few I read, but after reading four or five, I could spot the patterns. I was particularly nauseated by the way he makes "cameos" in his books--an restauranteur in one, fixing up an abandoned arctic snowtruck in another. They're written with a wink to the reader, but come off as just an ego-wank. I started reading Cussler because almost every "how to write thrillers" book I've read has mentioned him, and I figured I needed to know what the hell they were talking about.

            I think I've discovered Clancy's secret: take a 200 page thriller, add 200 more pages of weaponry catalog copy ("His 7.5 inch combat-ready Milken `Moxie' 9mm held 14 gleaming brass shells in the clip and one in the spout. He always kept one in the spout. And the safety off. He was just that kind of guy") and another 200 pages of "military guys are the noblest and most honorable people in the world!". Don't edit, just send your first stream -of-consciousness draft to the printer.

            Not that I'm cynical :-)

            --Nat