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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also Tales of Nevèrÿon is quite wonderful. (As are some of the sequels.)

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Often, at dawn in the mountains or in evenings on the desert, he wondered what terribly important aspects there were to his civilization in excess of a proper ability, at the proper time, to tell the proper tale. But for the civilization in which he lived, this dark giant, soldier, and adventurer, with desires we've not yet named and dreams we've hardly mentioned, who could speak equally of and to barbarian tavern maids and High Court ladies, flogged slaves lost in the cities and provincial nobles at ease on their country estates, he was a civilized man.

With only Nova under one's belt, I am not sure anyone is ready for Dhalgren.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is where I admit the only Delany I have read is his debut novel, The Jewels of Aptor, which was probably not representative of his later Grand Master status.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With only Nova under one's belt, I am not sure anyone is ready for Dhalgren.


Pffft. Very Happy It was the first Delany book I ever read. The only one I read for years in fact. But it was a bit mind-bending. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't find Aptor to be very compelling. Nor The Fall of the Towers. Both are earlier works.

Delaney's later works tend to spiral into contemplations of sexuality, which I am not interested in pursuing.

So it's his middle works that are the gold. To bring this [more] back on topic ...

Five Samual R Delaney books Everyone Should Read:

- The Ballad of Beta 2
- Tales of Neveryon
- Nova
- Dhalgren
- Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand


Five more because you liked the first five:

- Babel 17
- The Einstein Intersection
- Empire Star
- Neveryona
- Driftglass
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wayfriend wrote:
I didn't find Aptor to be very compelling. Nor The Fall of the Towers. Both are earlier works.

Delaney's later works tend to spiral into contemplations of sexuality, which I am not interested in pursuing.

So it's his middle works that are the gold. To bring this [more] back on topic ...

Five Samual R Delaney books Everyone Should Read:

- The Ballad of Beta 2
- Tales of Neveryon
- Nova
- Dhalgren
- Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand


Five more because you liked the first five:

- Babel 17
- The Einstein Intersection
- Empire Star
- Neveryona
- Driftglass
(short stories)


Thanks for the list!! I wanted to read more but also would rather skirt the sexual weirdness.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need a recommendation please! I recently received a $35 Dymocks book voucher for Farther's Day - and I want to read the best book you've read in a long time - give it to me! Very Happy

Or the first of a suitable epic would be fine...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you read The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin yet? Apocalyptic world where extreme seismic activity means human society has adapted to survive frequent major climate events. Also there are people who can control earthquakes with their mind. Won the Hugo Award this year. It's the first book of a trilogy, second has just been published.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Murrin I'll give that one a go!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I finished reading Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades. It's a really great book that digs into issues of why people go to war, what it means to be a soldier, and the effect that combat has on people (without actually being a war novel). Highly recommend. It's the second book of the series (after City of Stairs, which is also worth reading), but can stand alone.

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A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions.

Now, the city's god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings.

So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh- foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister-has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten.

At least, it makes the perfect cover story.

The truth is that the general has been pressed into service one last time, dispatched to investigate a discovery with the potential to change the world--or destroy it.

The trouble is that this old soldier isn't sure she's still got what it takes to be the hero.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gonna plug my friend Chris James's new book, Repulse. If you like military alt-history, it's right up your alley. Plus it's currently #2 in the Hard Sci-Fi category on Amazon UK (surprising even the author!).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Repulse-Europe-at-War-2062-2064-ebook/dp/B01IL7G6JM/

It's also available at Amazon US. Just change the "co.uk" in the link to ".com" and it'll get you there.
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