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So good that it was unbelievable

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Date: 2011-05-19 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msss.livejournal.com

By which I mean unbelievably good.

Date: 2011-05-19 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] threeringedmoon.livejournal.com
Per your recommendation, I just put it on reserve at the library.

Date: 2011-05-20 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msss.livejournal.com
Oh, good. I hope you enjoy it.

Date: 2011-05-19 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reverancepavane.livejournal.com

How does it compare to the original three? Whilst they were my least favourite of H Beam Piper's work, they still have a sentimental place in my heart (and do contain important reflections on his Terro-Human Future history).

Date: 2011-05-20 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msss.livejournal.com
*looks guilty*

I haven't actually read the original three. I'm in the process of reading Little Fuzzy and downloading all of Piper's work from Gutenberg, but I didn't even realise there were three in this sequence.

This one is fast-paced, entertaining and FULL of character. I don't know how it would overlay with fond memories though. I find it distracting when I have two very similar stories and I end up playing "spot the difference".

I admit that I'm biased though - I do like a good courtroom drama and stories where lawyers do the right thing.

Date: 2011-05-21 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reverancepavane.livejournal.com

The third (Fuzzies and Other People) was a manuscript discovered in his estate and published posthumously. There are also two sequels written by other authors before this manuscript was discovered, but these are now considered non-canon since they are contradicted by the events of this story.

And truth to tell, I found the Fuzzy novels to be the least enjoyable of his work.

[And lawyers doing the right thing should always be encouraged.]

Anyway, enjoy discovering H Beam Piper. He is one of my favourite authors. I think my personal favourites are Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen (UK title: Gunpowder God), Lone Star Planet (also published as A Planet For Texans), and his short stories that consist entirely of correspondence (And He Walked Around The Horses and Operation RSVP). Although I mustn't forget Ministry of Disturbance (and to a lesser extent The Mercenaries and Day of the Moron). The old Ace editions collected the short stories into appropriate themes (Paratime and the Terro-Human Future History* [of which the Fuzzy novels are a part]). Of particular use where Federation and Empire which collected the Terro-Human Future History shorts into a rough chronological order. As a Toynbeean he believed history repeats, and it was a common theme in his work.

[* Jerry Pournelle's Future History, which includes A Mote In God's Eye, is a direct tribute to Piper's vision of the future, which he had extensively mapped out using index cards. Which added a powerful cohesiveness to his overall vision, and allowed the writing of The Edge of the Knife.

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