Book break!

Yesterday evening, like literary manna, Vernor Vinge’s The Children of the Sky fell into my lap.  Got about halfway through it last night.  So obviously there won’t be much blogging this evening, either.

It’s very good, but I knew going in it wouldn’t have the cosmic sweep and scope of A Fire Upon the Deep.  Alas.  Great space operas are few and far between.  If you happen to love them also, I can recommend Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels.

Of course, E.E. “Doc” Smith is the forever master of this sub-genre.  I was hitting Skylark and Lensmen books way before hitting puberty.

Which may explain a lot, come to think of it…

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8 Responses to Book break!

  1. Xpat says:

    In the space opera category, I once borrowed the books in these series (from the massive library of a science fiction freak) and enjoyed them. Not super fantastic but very good space operas:
    The Reality Dysfunction series by Peter Hamilton
    The Hyperion Campos by Dan Simmons
    They weren’t Ian Banks level, but they were up there.

    • wormme says:

      I got tired of Hamilton’s series and dropped it. Hyperion I’d actually rate up there, at least the first “Canterbury Tales” book. But Simmons can be wildly uneven in quality. Too bad, becaue he’s so versatile in genres.

      • Xpat says:

        You were right to bail on TRD. The last novel had a literal deus et machina appear out of nowhere to resolve everything. I thought Hamilton could only have been fracking with us readers to do that. But the series had its moments.

  2. Mountainbear says:

    Space operas? Abnett and Mitchell. Gaunt’s Ghosts, Eisenhorn and Ciaphas Cain. Hell yes!

    I’m almost through the Eisenhorn omnibus. Then I have to read the Ravenor omnibus.

  3. crosspatch says:

    If you want some non-fiction, you might try

    The Big Short
    and
    Reckless Endangerment

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