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  •  I think quarkstomper has a friend filling in for (4+ / 0-)

    now - there were some messages on the R&BLer board about it. I have had a couple ideas for SF lists, to diary, someday.

    The Book of the New Sun is epic - maybe even a little too epic. I'd certainly have to reread it, and take a lot of notes. Complicated stuff.

    In the same direction, but maybe easier to grasp in a diary, is his two book series, The Wizard Knight.

    I think those six are all the Wolfe I've read, besides several short stories. Yeah, he's rich with dreams and systems.

    And no Delaney at all - I got about 40 pages into Dhalgren, then put it back on the shelf. I don't know Tim Powers.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:41:03 AM PDT

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    •  I never read Dhalgren. (4+ / 0-)

      A friend of mine once told Chip it was (paraphrase) too fat to fit in his pocket...ie, too much. Not a dumb guy: he meant too much in a whole lot of different ways, not just size of novel.

      Love The Wizard Knight.

      The Bridge of Lost Desire...oh, Wiki it. It's part of a fantasy series Chip wrote. It's in NYC and it's now all cleaned up and called the High Line Park.

      When I first saw it, it was an abandoned rail bridge where lots of homeless people had set up tents.

      Asked Chip at a party once, and he said yes, that was his inspiration for the Bridge of Lost Desire.

      Sorry. Tired. Not making complete sense. But Chip Delany used the old (pre-fixed-up) High Line as his template for his Bridge of Lost Desire. Had I not known its source, I would have suspected London Bridge.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:10:59 AM PDT

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      •  I'm intrigued by Dhalgren. I like ambitious books, (4+ / 0-)

        that set out for strange new territory. But I need to read a few more transparent Delaney's, to get a feel for his methods, before embarking to his Jupiter.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 09:05:15 AM PDT

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        •  Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Brecht, cfk, RiveroftheWest

          struck me as more accessible than Dhalgren...then I got busy and never finished it, and lost my copy.

          I would rec his fantasy series, Neveryon, that includes The Bridge of Lost Desires.

          The Neveryon stories are as wonderful as all Delany's work is, but ... well, less "difficult" than some of his sf.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 01:13:45 AM PDT

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