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Gobsmacked by great fiction

My next two book reviews are going to be about novels by Theodore Sturgeon. Here's the thing about that: I'm not going to be able to express the extent of their excellence. I'm going to try, but not until I've read both of them for a second time, and even then, I will fail.

I read The Synthetic Man last week, and it was one of the best novels I'd ever read, but now I'm reading More Than Human, and it's even better; despite craving whatever will happen next, I find myself wanting to only read a few pages at a time and really absorb it, since this will be my only first reading of this book, and I don't want to ruin it by speeding through. I know that I'll read it enough times to nearly memorize it, the way I've done with a couple by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates and Last Call), but I'm going to linger over this first time for as long as I can stand it. Which probably won't be long enough.

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k_crow
Oct. 25th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
I *highly* recommend his short story collection, E Pluribus Unicorn. In many ways, I think it is the best single book collection of his short fiction that I have ever read. Not that that's stopped me from reading every novel and other collection of his short fiction that I could get my hands on. :) The other novel i'd recommend, above More Than Human, is Godbody.
nayad
Oct. 25th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Whenever I find an author I like, I want to read everything they've written, so I'm sure I'll get into those as soon as I find them.
bibliofile
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Er, you know that Sturgeon wrote many more stories than are in that collection, right? I think the "complete stories" is up to the tenth volume, now:
http://www.northatlanticbooks.com/store/theodoresturgeon.html
k_crow
Oct. 26th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
Oh yes, very well aware of that. But I use E Pluribus to get new people hooked on his short fiction so that it *stays* in print. :)
darius
Oct. 26th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
Agreed, that's my favorite collection of his.
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gardenpriestess
Oct. 25th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Read Godbody if you can find a copy - and if you can't, I'll loan you one of mine (I have two.) It's amazing.
fingle
Oct. 27th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
I think that Sturgeon's The Man Who Lost The Sea is one of the most effective short stories ever written. Genius!
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