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John Klima
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2005 - 05:16 am:   

OK, so I finished A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ, and I need to pick the next thing to put in my reading queue. I'm going to read Mervyn Peake next, but I want to set up what's on deck, so to speak. These are mass-market size books, no hardcovers or trade paperbacks. It's what I carry in my bag while I'm on the train.

Here is what I'm trying to choose from:

Chalker - WELL OF SOULS books
K. W. Jeter - FAREWELL HORIZONTAL
R. A. Lafferty - ARRIVE AT ELSEWHERE or OKLA HANNALI! or APOCALYPSES
Fritz Leiber - ILL MET IN LANKMHAR
Kim Newman - ANNO DRACULA
Larry Niven - RINGWORLD
Dan Simmons - HYPERION books (I read the first one years ago, probably should start over)
E. E. "Doc" Smith - LENSMAN books
Peter Straub - JULIA or SHADOWLAND
John Varley - TITAN series
Liz Williams - GHOST SISTER or NINE LAYERS OF SKY

Yep, that's a lot. And I'll probably read the three Gormenghast books before I get to one of these, but if the Peake doesn't strike me...I want to have an alternative.

Thanks for your thoughts.

JK
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Mastadge
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2005 - 10:33 am:   

Leiber.
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2005 - 10:11 pm:   

The two Simmons books, back-to-back. I was amazed and awed by the scope of them, and he's never done it to me since.

Ringworld's pretty classic though... <g>
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 05:41 am:   

OK, two votes in, one for Leiber and one for Simmons. I've been avoiding the Simmons because they seem so huge and I haven't wanted to get sucked into the two books, or four for the complete sequence, but maybe I should take the plunge. I've liked other Leiber that I've read, so maybe that's the way to go.

Anyone want to break this tie? Or muddy the waters a bit more?

JK
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 06:01 am:   

Leiber. I read Ill Met recently and enjoyed it.
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Minz
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 06:08 am:   

Ill Met. Definitely.
And then, knowing your proclivities, ANNO DRACULA. Probably the best vampire novel published this side of OMEGA MAN--oops, I mean I AM LEGEND.
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rick bowes
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 09:55 am:   

Leiber is the answer to everything.
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Mastadge
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 10:26 am:   

After Leiber I'd say Simmons, but I haven't read most of the books on that list.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 12:05 pm:   

Well, Leiber is winning by a land slide, so that's where I'll go after Gormenghast.

Thanks for the help.

Of course, you could go your own way, and suggest something not on my list....

JK
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Minz
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 12:33 pm:   

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

I don't have that kind of time!
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 03:21 pm:   

Walter Tevis MOCKINGBIRD

!!!
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 05:26 am:   

Well, I got bogged down in the wordiness of GORMENGHAST (TITUS GROAN to be specific) and opened my Leiber books. They seem like a good bet so far. I'm in MD for work, so I went to Wonder Book & Video in Frederick [http://www.wonderbk.com], actually went to two different locations, and picked up some Pohl, some Lafferty, most of the John Christopher Tripods trilogy, and some Pohl/Williamson.

Patrick, I have MOCKINGBIRD on my sheld somewhere (or maybe that's in a box?) along with THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. But I have the reprint trade paperbacks that came out a few years ago, and those get beat up in my bag whereas mass markets fit better. Good suggestion, though.

JK
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Laden
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2005 - 08:58 pm:   

Mieville is the answer to all your prayers
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Dunmore
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 02:10 am:   

I had the same problem with Peake as well, just couldn't get into it and it was one of few books that I've abandoned within only a few pages of reading.

Maybe someone somehwere can convince me of the merits of Peake, but if I were you, JK, I'd get stuck in to some of the recommendations above.

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