OT: best book in years

Martin Maney maney at pobox.com
Sun Sep 7 01:05:08 CEST 2003

Aahz <aahz at pythoncraft.com> wrote:
> McMaster Bujold (start with _Shards of Honor_, but don't read _Barrayar_
> yet if you pick up the _Cordelia's Honor_ omnibus).

Are you advising the traditional publication order or reading here?  I
did that the first time; last year I went through them again in
internal chronology sequence, and damned if I don't think they work
just perfectly well that way.  I suspect Baen, and presumably Lois,
would agree, as that seems to be the way they're packaging the omnibus
reissues, at least mostly.

> Social SF: anything by Ursual K. LeGuin, _Courtship Rite_ by Donald
> Kingsbury

I stumbled across Kingsbury's _Psychohistorical Crisis_ at a bargin book
outlet early this year, and thought it was absolutely stunning.  I have
to keep telling myself it's too soon to reread it, yet.  A couple
months ago I had to dig out CR as a surrogate.  I hadn't read it in
donkey's years, and I'm happy to say that I found it had aged very

No, Martin, it is still TOO SOON!  <rumble rumble ...>

(this group/list is dangerous.  just a few hours ago I was looking
forward to finishing _Death in a Tenured Position_; now it's looking
more like a obstacle that wants overcoming.  sheesh!  maybe i can find
some nice python programming project to distract me...)

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedients, and by parts.  -- Edmund Burke

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