I thought it might be interesting to have a thread where we could suggest novels and stories to one another that might be particularly inspiring for our Only War games, both works set in the Warhammer 40K universe and others.
I'm probably not alone in being an enthusiast for Dan Abnett's work in the Gaunt's Ghosts series from Black Library, but as I work my way through other Imperial Guard novels, I've found other authors to be a fan of as well. So far, I've read Mitchell Scanlon's Fifteen Hours, Steve Lyons' Death World, Steve Parker's Rebel Winter, and Lucius Soulban's Desert Raiders. I was particularly impressed with Rebel Winter, to the point that I've just now written Black Library putting in my vote in favor of a sequel.
I'm less familiar with military science fiction outside the Warhammer 40K line, at least beyond Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Haldeman's searing answer to it, The Forever War, both of which have much to recommend them. I remember greatly enjoying David Drake's Hammer's Slammers stories when I was around thirteen or fourteen, but that's been years ago, and is about armor, not infantry, besides.
Of the speculative fiction I've read recently, I'd actualy recommend a fantasy series, Steve Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, much of which is concerned with military adventures at the squad level (and, to be sure, much of which is not—they're very long, complex books).
Anyone else have any suggestions?