September 7th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Hey Asimov/Herbert fans, did I recommend right...?
On the plane back from a business trip this week, I was trying to read my fantasy book but was seated next to a really bored talker, so eventually I took pity and talked to him. Turns out he was an SF fan, and that I knew more about the genre than he did, so I offered to recommend him something based on what he likes (a game I often play in real life and usually do pretty well at).
His favorites were the Foundation series by Asimov and Dune by Frank Herbert, in SF, neither of which I'm a great fan of, and Tolkein in F (yawn). That added some serious challenge to the game, but then he also turned out to like magical realism, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and all that... hmmm... so I ended up recommending A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge, based on the long time scales it shares with the Foundation series, the good world-building it shares with Dune and the basic fact that it's a great book from a recent year, and now I'll never see him again to know whether I did right.
So, Asimov and Herbert fans, do you like A Deepness in the Sky? Why or why not? Could I have given a better recommendation?
September 7th, 2003, 05:02 PM
September 7th, 2003, 06:57 PM
Well, all his favorites were long and potentially boring already, so that's why I figured he could take the length... and (IMHO) Deepness is just way better than A Fire upon the Deep. I can't in good conscience recommend it to people before Deepness, anyway.
Alas, I haven't read any Cherryh myself so couldn't have thought of it. Possibly quite good advice there. Though if you recommend it for people who love Asimov and Herbert, perhaps I should approach her slowly and with a long stick. Hmmmm.
(It's out of genre, but since you ask, I was reading Hidden Warrior by Flewelling, the sequel to The Bone Doll's Twin. It was a very good read and for a while had me thinking there wouldn't even be a third book--really avoided the usual "middle book of a trilogy" doldrums quite nicely!)
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