Books

Hello 2016

It’s the first day of 2016 and I am going to try to do some things differently in 2016 than I did in 2015.  First of all I am going to concentrate more on Fitness.  I started this in 2015 but am going to carry this through all of 2016 and really emphasize it.  I am going to use my Fitbit every day and going to try to walk at least 5 miles a day.  I joined an online challenge to walk at least 1000 miles in 2016 and I should be able to do that.  I have walked over 800 miles since August when I started concentrating on getting back into shape.  I am also going to continue to work on my weight this year.  When I started last August I was about 19o.  I worked myself down to 177 by the end of the year.  By the end of 2016 I would like to be about 160.

Blogging and learning are another thing I would like to concentrate on in 2016.  I am going to try and use my blog site at least once a week to post about something I am doing.  I haven’t decided what I am going to concentrate on learning in 2016 yet.  Most days when I am done with work I really don’t feel much like learning more about Networking.  It would be good for me but I am not sure I want to do that.  Maybe I will concentrate on learning a programming language like Python or Perl.  Will have to get back to that.

I would also like to read more in 2016.  I read a number of books in 2015 and plan to continue that in 2016.  Baen has quite a few authors that I enjoy and I would like to read more new stories and not reread as many older books in 2016.

I guess that’s all I have to start out 2016.  Hoping  it’s a good year.

More Interesting Reading

I have been reading books by John Ringo for a couple years and I have read just about everything that he has written and I have really enjoyed it.  Recently I have been looking for some new material to read and heard that John was writing some stories in the Monster Hunter Universe that Larry Correia had created.  I picked up the first book in the series a little over a week ago and since then I have gone through five books.  I found the stories to be pretty interesting.  Larry has a writing style similar to John and the material kept me interested.  I think John does a better job of character development but overall the stories were worth the time to read them.  Both have a decent sense of humor and research their material thoroughly.

To Sail a Darkling Sea – Great Read

Just finished my second time through To Sail A Darkling Sea. It’s the second book in the Black Tide series by John Ringo and it’s another great read. John has a knack for Character development that really engages his readers. This books continues the story of how a group of survivors are dealing with a Zombie Apocalypse. The Central characters are two teen girls that are larger than life and have been prepared for this kind of event by their father. The first book was great and this one is even better. I can’t wait for the next book and that is a common trait of John Ringo books.
 
 
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Great Zombie Story

It’s kind of a Zombie story but a little more realistic than some that i have seen. The story is called Under a Graveyard Sky and it’s the first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors, John Ringo. John has a talent for developing really interesting characters and is also excellent and giving you just enough detail without overdoing it. He also has an knack for adding humor to his stories that work well with the story.

This book follows the adventure that a family has during the start of a Zombie Apocalypse. He actually has a plausible explanation for how it happens and that is somewhat alarming in itself. Of course the family in this story is not your every day run of the mill family from the suburbs so that helps move the story along. When I got the book I couldn’t put it down. I think he did a great job and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

The Sixth Column

Yesterday I downloaded the January book bundle from Baen Books. The first story that I decided to read was The Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein. I have read quite a few of Heinlein’s other stories of the years and really enjoyed them. The story was interesting but since it was a short story, there was only so much that could be done with the character development. I enjoyed reading the story but it was not one of my favorites of his. I think that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress still holds that spot. I have re-read that story several times over the years and still find it very entertaining.