Right gents, I usually prefer to spend the first few days of summer holidays sitting on my terrace, doing nowt except reading books and drinking beer, and after a week I get my head up and then do things. But I am a huge sci-fi fan, (Like history too) and find it ideal for switching off after work. Problem is that I have been cut-off here the last few years and have lost track a bit. Now with the miracles of internet I can order stuff in now for the summer. I am reasonably eclectic but like humour as well as serious stuff. Got any recomendations? I pitch in with my own: Recently got hold of a copy of Ian M Banks The Player of Games. - Cracker. Last year the dwarfette gave me a copy of the second part of a story needing me to order the first, total of 2,300 pages between them, didn't want to read much afterwards, good stuff though. - Peter F Hamilton, Pandora's Star, and Judas Unchained. Thanks.