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it's old but it's good

Spent a lot of time last night reading The Hugo Winners and C.J. Cherryh's Serpent's Reach, which are both all kinds of awesome. I think Serpent's Reach doesn't get a lot of love because it's a one-off novel that doesn't fit neatly into the Alliance/Union universe and also, perhaps, because Raen Meth-maren just isn't as good a character as, say, Pyanfar Chanur or any of Cherryh's later female heroes. Still, I like it a lot.

As for The Hugo Winners, well, Isaac Asimov's intros haven't aged well, imho, but most of the stories are still most excellent. I particularly enjoyed the Jack Vance novelettes "The Dragon Masters" and "The Last Castle"; also read Gordy Dickson's "Soldier, Ask Not", which has some absolutely heartbreaking dialogue, Philip Jose Farmer's wild "Riders of the Purple Wage", and Poul Anderson's "No Truce With Kings", which for me put a different spin on America after the holocaust. I was also surprised to find that I liked Clifford Simak's "The Big Front Yard" a lot better now than when I first read it.



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Aug. 18th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
As much as I like Cherryh, my favorite books of her's have been the Mri trilogy and Cuckoo's Egg - and the Morgaine books have a certain warm spot in my once adolescent heart...

Asimov was prick and I pretty much hated everything he wrote - I know, bad scifi geek.

Vance, Gordy, Farmer - often well worth reading, though the fact that I was reading things like Farmer's Image of the Beast when I was 13 or so might explain a great deal...

From your other post, I also used to have a pile of the Mack Bolan novels - though the one series that I still very happily own as a somewhat guilty pleasure is Alan Burt Aker's Dray Prescot series...
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, man, the Faded Sun trilogy was made of 110% badass, and the Morgaine books likewise.

Asimov and Ellison came to resemble each other quite a bit at the end of it all...obnoxious old fucks who kept writing long after it was obvious they'd lost their chops. That having been said, I like Asimov's Golden Age stuff a lot better than Ellison's New Wave stories, especially the Foundation trilogy and the robot stories.

I didn't find out about Farmer's weirder stuff until long after I'd read To Your Scattered Bodies Go; in fact, the first Farmer I read that didn't come out of an anthology was Tongues of the Moon, which was...odd, but not in the same way Image of the Beast was odd.

Can't believe I never got into the Dray Prescot novels. :(
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
I could sort of tolerate the Foundation novels, but only barely. I might enjoy them more now, but I doubt it.

Dray Prescott was one of the fun discoveries in a used bookstore that has had me continuing to hunt for them in the same manner for years. It's kind of a game now, since with the Internet I could probably complete the collection with little difficulty if I wanted to...
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oddly, I don't think I'd like the Foundation trilogy as much these days, because now I'm aware of the underlying assumptions. Even back in the day, I only liked the first and second books; the third was annoying.

Yeah, abebooks.com is a serious threat to the wallet. I try not to look at it because I could easily spend a couple of hundred bucks I don't have at the moment.
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