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  •  Well... (4+ / 0-)
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    rserven, NearlyNormal, Avilyn, jolux

    ...he's kind of Heinlein-esque in that series, but in the good way -- somewhere between Heinlein and Poul Anderson, in that there's an intrinsic kindness to him and he's not a misogynist, but he's going to tell a tale.  I like tales.  I read an embarrassing amount of stuff that is intended to while away an afternoon.   It's not, y'know, Nicola Griffith or Graham Joyce or even Emma Bull.  But I have yet to regret an afternoon spent with the fellow.  If I was at a campfire I'd roast the marshmallows and make the smores 'til late to keep him talking :}

    As an essayist, he has a much sharper knife and is willing to turn it more quickly.  Which is generally what I laud and appreciate in essayists, though I don't always agree with him.  But he's a mensch.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:06:09 PM PST

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    •  Not a real fan of Heinlein... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...but Poul Anderson and Clifford Simak are the people who drew me into the genre.

      And I'm glad someone else likes Emma Bull.  :-)

      •  oh heavens yes (3+ / 0-)
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        I am not much of a fan of RAH's later stuff, but the juveniles were in the Bellingham Public Library and my life would be a poorer and suckier thing without 'em, they were some of the first novels I read.  Nothing about Scalazi reminds me of RAHs later work, but he's perfectly happy to tell a rollicking adventure.  I'm good with that, but as I say too often, mileage varies.  I'm perfectly willing to smile at conventions of my youth (I've read every Analog and F&SF since the early sixties) with a wink where others judge a bit (or a lot).  

        While I read most of her stuff as I find it, I have Bull's Finder on the top shelf of my bookcase and keep giving it away.  Really liked Freedom and Necessity too, which she wrote with Brust.  She's a lovely mix of thoughtful and adventurous.

        ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

        by jessical on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:17:36 PM PST

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