The great paperback giveaway, part 2

More boxes of books repacked, with similar results:

Same rules as last time (and some of those are still available for another week as well). Whatever is not claimed by mid-July will go some other way. I’m leaning toward donating them to the hospital library at this point. Post your requests, don’t email me–that way I won’t forget what you wanted and everyone can see what’s already gone.

This time the list is:

  • Robert Anton Wilson‘s Historical Illuminatus ChroniclesLess fun than the Chronicles, but perhaps the most linear of Wilson’s fictions. Worth the read just for the Paris/mistress joke
  • A. E. Van Vogt‘s SlanI enjoyed this book a lot when I read it as a teen. I can’t enjoy it anymore because I have severe cognitive dissonance these days when the title makes me think of a certain kind of person with a “fans are Slans” button and a propeller beanie
  • Denner’s Wreck by Lawrence Watt-EvansIt’s no Lord of Light, but it’s a readable slim novel
  • The first two Lords of Dûs books by Lawrence Watt-EvansThis was definitely one of the first pure fantasy series that I read when I started on “proper” novels (as oppposed to “kids” books like the L’Engle stuff), and I have no idea how it will read now. I had to get the Wildside omnibus for sentimental reasons, and now I’m kind of scared to read it
  • The first Sector General book, and a collection of short stories, by James WhiteI love that the SFBC did Sector General omnibi, and I worry that recent changes there will mean this kind of thing stops happening
  • The first two Drake Maijstral books by Walter Jon WilliamsWhen the author himself classifies novels as ‘divertimenti’ you know you aren’t in for a Big Serious read–accept that and enjoy a really great romp with an Allowed Burglar in a future aristocracy, and don’t miss the scathing criticism of celebrity-for-its-own-sake
  • Voice Of The Whirlwind by Walter Jon WilliamsHardwired was a big deal to me when I read it as a teenager, so naturally I sought out the “kind of” sequel
  • Facets, a short story collection by Walter Jon WilliamsI really like Williams. A lot.
  • Diana Wynne JonesDeep SecretAfraid to read Diana because her stuff is usually in the kids section? Try this packaged-for-grownups multiple-worlds fantasy as a way to get over your YA phobia.
  • Diana Wynne JonesPower Of Three…then try this straight up YA work
  • Lord of Light by Roger ZelanzySurely one of the ten finest science fiction novels of all time
  • Isle Of The Dead by Roger ZelaznyAnother damn fine novel
  • The Doors Of His Face, The Lamps Of His Mouth, a short story collection by Roger Zelazny
  • The Golden by Lucius ShepardPossibly my favourite vampire novel whose title is not also a punchline to that lame door joke
  • Only Forward by Michael Marshall SmithThis is a novel for people who like mad ideas and don’t mind a gear shift in mid-story (if, for example, you hated it when From Dusk Til Dawn switched from a road movie into a vampire movie, this is not the book for you, although it is neither contemporary nor about vampires)
  • The entire Lensman series by E. E. “Doc” Smith Bless the SFBC for putting this Old Skool pulp, perhaps the sine qua non of all Space Opera, into omnibi
  • Three Skylark books by E. E. “Doc” Smithditto, except with less excitement
  • Deus X by Norman Spinrad
  • Angel of Pain and The Carnival of Destruction by Brian StablefordFor the record, these two, and the predecessor Werewolves of London, were both not at all what I expected based on the titles, and were much better books than I expected–Fin-de-siècle-extended-to-the-end-of-the-WWI-era intellectual horror with no hint of Warren Zevon
  • Two short story collections by Allen SteeleSteele’s first book about Deadhead construction workers in orbit (and the NSA spying on us) pretty much made me a long term fan. His stories are pretty fine for the most part
  • The Jericho Iteration by Allen SteeleSteele’s crack at the near future disaster novel
  • Clarke County, Space by Allen Steeleif a novel with a Sheriff in a space colony, an assassin, and the joys of the Church of Elvis, sounds like it might be up your alley, the pick this one up
  • Distraction by Bruce Sterlingevery time I read a Bruce Sterling novel it’s better than I expected it to be, even when I take into account this phenomenon
  • Resurrection Man by Sean Stewartan excellent contemporary fantasy
  • Night Watch by Sean Stewartone of my personal ten favourite fantasy novels–among other things it exactly captures the differences between the essences of two major Canadian cities
  • Leave It To Psmith by P. G. WodehouseI don’t have to explain this do I?
  • The Death And Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslowa fun, straight up caper story; I hear they’re making a movie
  • Wrapt In Crystal by Sharon Shinna science fiction murder mystery that works on issues about religion

Related Reading: All Those Books and this NYT article that Gwenda pointed out.

  17 comments for “The great paperback giveaway, part 2

  1. Matt
    June 26, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    I’m interested in the Lensman series because they are obviously the most worn and they deserve a good home. Also, I’m a sucker for old pulp and anybody who goes by “Doc.”

  2. June 26, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Would you recommend any of the Walter Jon Williams books as a good introduction to him as a writer? Because I keep seeing the name (here, quite often, actually), and I feel increasingly scandalized by the fact that I haven’t read anything by him. The same, actually, goes for Zelanzy’s Lord of Light — although that’s been on the to-read list at the back of my brain for quite a few years now. I feel slightly embarrassed that the only thing of his I’ve actually read is Nine Princes in Amber — which, while the start of a popular series, really isn’t that terrific a book. And, while not exactly *afraid* to read Diana Wynne Jones, I, well, *haven’t*. So Deep Secret might be a good place to start. I’ve actually not read *any* of these authors, embarrassingly enough — with the possible exception of Wilson, though I never finished and keep meaning to go back to Th Illuminatus! Trilogy — but I have a limit to the number of books I can house, much less read.

  3. June 26, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    Hi, Chris,
    if the Wodehouse book hasn’t been snagged, I’d love to get it. I’ve read, listened to, and watched the Jeeves stuff but have never read any of the Psmith stuff.

  4. Kira
    June 26, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    ooo! Can I get my hands on NIGHT WATCH? I loved RESURRECTION MAN, and so did my sister….

  5. Kira
    June 26, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    oops, I guess I have to ask for the Shinn book too.

  6. June 27, 2007 at 2:32 am

    Fred, you want Lord of Light is you haven’t read it. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

    For WJW, there are several good places to start. If you like future noir it’s Hardwired. If you like the post-singularity future (before it was called that) you want Aristoi. If you like a romp, then the Maijstral books I have here are good. If you like Patrick O’Brian and science fiction, then you want the recent trilogy. Hell, if you want a Roger Zelazny cover novel you can even read Knight Moves. And so on…

    Anyway, let me know definitely what you want from this list.

  7. Craig
    June 27, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Hi Chris,

    Yes, they did indeed make a movie of The Death and Life of Bobby Z and I’m sorry to say it was terrible. It’s already been releaded to the theaters and on DVD in Europe, but with no anticipated date of release in the US, I went ahead and downloaded it a few days ago. It was crap. has a link to a trailer for the movie which will give you a taste of just how bad it is.

  8. June 27, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Lord of Light and Deep Secret, then. I think I’ll start my WJW with Aristoi, since I recall seeing that on a shelf once or twice and thinking it looked interesting. Thanks! And, again, let me know if you need me to cover postage — I’d be happy to.

  9. June 27, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Craig: that’s too bad. Of course, I can still enjoy the book.

    Still, it would have been nice to enjoy an adaptation that didn’t need a lot of expensive CGI…

  10. sharon
    June 27, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Can I have Isle of the Dead, please? The Wikipedia entry has me intrigued.

  11. June 27, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Sure you can.

    Someone else had emailed me about it, but since I was pretty clear that I wanted requests here in the comments, it’s yours.

  12. David Allspaw
    June 27, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Can I have Spinard’s “Deus X” and Sterling’s “Distraction”, please? The reviews for both books sounds like it’s the type of thing I need to read.

  13. June 27, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Yes to Deus X, you just missed Distraction, which Kim Wong claimed in a comment on the other giveaway post.

    PM me a mailing address over on the VHive.

  14. Karon Flage
    June 27, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Resurrection Man by Sean Stewart please. I adored Perfect Circle so I would love to read more by him. And the Drake Maijstral books by Walter Jon Williams. The excerpt from the third in the series convinced me of the fun.

  15. David Allspaw
    June 28, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Oh yeah, if no one has claimed Doc Smith’s “Skylark” books, I would like to do so to satisfy the craving I have for some old school pulp sci-fi.

    (I’m seriously considering joining the SFBC just to get my hands on the “Lensman” series. Those books sounds like they are all kinds of retro-coolness.)

  16. June 28, 2007 at 8:24 am

    Skylarks are yours.

    I could never claim the Lensman books are good with any kind of straight face, but if you understand their place in the history of the genre and don’t mind pulp-style writing (or if you’re 13) you can enjoy reading them.

    But, on the other hand, “intergenerational family saga tracing the development of human consciousness to the next level”, “several alien races, including humanity, as pawns in an eon long chess game between two advanced alien races”, “mind-reading space police” and “telepathic space dragon heroes”, etc.

  17. Bene
    July 16, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Hi, I PMed you a while ago and then had fuckloads of stuff to do and didn’t make it here till now, sorry.
    Anyway, I’d love to take the Histroical Illuminatus and the Stableford-ones off you to Germany so they’re still there. Come to think of it, I’d also happily have a new home for the Zelazny and Walter Jon Williams collections.

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