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Before I went away I coaxed my Psion back to life so I could read ebooks and not have to trog around with print copies. This didn't completely work as I ended up buying a security book in Leipzig. At least I had something to read in the bath.

Lois McMaster Bujold, Cryoburn. It's a Miles book, it's not the best I've read, it's not the least good, if you like Miles books you'll probably like this one. If you've never read one start with Shards of Honor which, er, isn't technically a Miles book.

Flint & DeMarce, 1634: The Bavarian Crisis. This is part of Eric Flint's now vastly grown "1632" universe based on the premise that a US mining town is transported to the middle of the Thirty Years' War. Flint has the compelling advantage over most American mil-SF/alt-history writers of not being incredibly right-wing. Of the 163x books this trip, this was the best one.

Flint & DeMarce, 1635: The Dreeson Incident. I didn't think much of this. About 1/3 of the book is typical 163x messing with history and having a plot - but the rest is essentially about a set of tangled romantic relationships which are peripherally related to the plot. Soap opera, no thanks.

DeMarce, 1635: The Tangled Web. A collection of short stories by Flint's collaborator on the previous two (who like quite a few of the 163x (co-)authors was not previously published), much better than The Dreeson Incident and probably actually to be read first.

Silverberg, Downward to the Earth. This is the print security book I bought. I've never really got on with Silverberg; this is his entry in SF Masterworks, but I do wonder why. There's a certain amount of travelogue, a certain amount of unlikely dialogue, some meandering about the nature of being, and a big plot point which was effectively telegraphed half a book beforehand, the end. It's not a bad book, but it's not really a good one either.

Flint & Drake, An Oblique Approach, In The Heart Of Darkness, Destiny's Shield (started). Their alt-history series about Belisarius which you either don't like (like Clare) or like a lot (like me; it's what I read when I can't decide what to read, along with C.S. Forester).

Last but not least, the latest What's Brewing. I suspect I have a lot of magazines back at the flat, too...
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