Verno wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 15:04: Just random shit I've read (or reread) in the past few months
Armor by John Steakley (mil/sci-fi) Rendevous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke (classic sci-fi first contact)
It been a long time, but I remember "Rendezvous with Rama" as being very good and the sequels less so -- possibly because for the followups Clarke paired up with Gentry Lee (not really trying to be critical of Lee, just passing information).
"Armor" is fantastic. A novel I've read several times. Well worth the time for any sci-fi fan. They should have made this into a film instead of "Starship Troopers" -- this is more along the lines of an action film.