Patrick S. McGinnity wrote:
Corbin Maxwell wrote:Yes, supposedly Thomas Wolfe was pretty tall. I don't know about Nabokov. I haven't studied him yet. Probably won't because when I read the first page of Lolita it grossed me out and I had to put it back on the shelf.
You are missing out on what I consider to be one of the finest novels in the English language. Sure, he's a pervert, but Hannibal Lector is a cannibal, yet people love him (as a character) too. Humbert Humbert is an amazing character, but it is the pacing and the actual construction of that book that floors me every time.
Sorry, that actually LESSENS the appeal for me.
To explain why, I have to explain that for whatever reason (I've never analyzed it), Piers Anthony is one of only two authors whose work I simply cannot put down. (The other is Harlan Ellison.) Yes, even the Xanth books. Even the BAD, SILLY Xanth books. Something about his style just compels me to keep reading.
So one day I made the mistake of starting Bio of a Space Tyrant. Let me say right now that I found the politics and the science ludicrous. I found the plot unbelievable. And I found the characters -- even the "protagonists" -- rather loathsome. The BEST I could say was that some of them were sad, broken individuals I could maybe pity a little bit. But mostly I found them singularly unlikable. Rape, incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, drug abuse, pandering, extortion, corruption, piracy, murder... You name a perversion, it was in there. And those were the "good guys"!
And damn me, I was compelled to read it, all the way through, thanks to Anthony's engrossing style. But once I was done, I felt dirty for a week or more.
So now the idea of a well-told tale of depravity revulses me. I would rather not start it than take the chance of getting caught up in something like that again. (Though that hasn't stopped me from trying other Anthony books, most of which I enjoyed.)
Martin L. Shoemaker
F - Q1V28,Q1V29
SF - Q4V28
HM - Q2/3V28,Q2/3/4V29,Q1V30
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