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I would normall post this in the sci-fi book thread, but I think it's so good that it deserves its own.
As a long-time sci-fi fan, I'm always on the lookout for a great book to read in the genre, but they're far and few between. On top of a great sci-fi concept, in order to be great, it also has to employ great writing and characters. Isaac Asimov, Heinlein and Vonnegut (amongst many others) were great at this and have gone down in history as the great sci-fi authors. I think we have a new addition: Hugh Howey.
Hugh Howey wrote a short story called Wool just under a year ago. He self-published this novelette and developed a quick and strong following. With encouragement from fans, he wrote several more books in the series over the last few months. These have been released as a single book entitled Wool Omnibus.
Of the current 690 Amazon reviews, 618 are 5 star. I couldn't resist, so I bought a copy. They aren't wrong. If you're a sci-fi fan, buy this now, you won't be disappointed.
i'd give this a try. ugly cover though...
have you read tunnel in the sky by heinlein? just finished it off a few weeks ago. lord of the flies, but with older kids on an alien planet. it was awful and i loved it.
i prefer fiction. "most sci-fi" book i've read recently was 'Oryx & Craik' by Margeret Atwood, but i'm always keen to try something if it comes highly recommended. this does looks interesting, despite the cover...
BTW - No hate here posted towards monospaced, I am shocked!
am i understanding right that this is 5 (short) books put into a single volume titled 'wool omnibus' ?
just looking at the kindle edition and don't want to go buying and then reading out of order... you know... find out that luke is vaders kid before i'm suppose to know that...
Wait, what?!?! Luke is Vader's kid? Next thing you're going to tell me is Leia is Luke's sister.
Just finished the second 'book' -- really enjoying these so far. thanks for the recommendation.
ok i just bought wool for 99 cents on kindle... it better be good or it's your arse
just read the original wool,,, thanks for the recommendation
I'm 60% through the Wool Omnibus (well into the 4th book) and my position still stands: this book (series?) is getting better. Reads a lot like a great television series (I know, that's not exactly a good thing to say), the way it has cliffhangers at the end of each book and chapter. The pace is steady and the mystery builds. Still highly recommended.
So on his site it says he's working on #9 already? but only 5 have been released right, with the most recent one just coming out two months ago give or take??
Scott Free got the rights. Tony Scott and Ridley Scott are turning it into a project.