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48322 Mickey, definitely self-contained. as with all the novels of Darkover.
48322 although now that I think about it, I'm not sure I'm into the title of this theme because I don't know if I would actually identify as a "Gender-Bender", and I'm a bi/queer guy. certainly no questions about my gender identity nor any interest in bending it! I guess my issue is with the phrase "Gay, Trans or other Gender-Bender cultures".

however, I also want to make it clear that I know no offense was intended and I have not taken any offense either.

all that said, I'll nominate The Heritage of Hastur by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
48322 great choice of theme, Maggie!
Sep 05, 2013 11:20AM

48322 Linda, I really liked reading Mountains of Mourning before The Vor Game. sorta filled in a blank there.

Mickey, I admire and am rather envious of your lifestyle!
Sep 05, 2013 12:45AM

48322 sorry for the delay in starting this topic! but I'm afraid that I've been a bit behind in my reading of the series. still in the middle of Ethan of Athos!

regarding the book, I've read "Mountains of Mourning". I thought it was excellent. such a thoughtful novella, quite different in tone than the more colorful novels featuring Miles and the more romantic & sometimes more action-packed novels featuring Cordelia.

Mountains of Mourning really impressed me with its sensitivity and depth. I was reminded in a way of Bujold's wonderful and equally mournful fantasy novel The Curse of Chalion.
Sep 05, 2013 12:42AM

48322 September's book for our ongoing Vorkosigan Saga series read is the omnibus Borders of Infinity. this collection includes the novellas "Labyrinth", "Mountains of Mourning", and "Borders of Infinity" and is tied to together with an untitled framing story featuring Miles and Simon Illyan.
Aug 30, 2013 10:49AM

48322 thanks for the stats Linda! rather surprising to see Hamilton in such exalted company. but he's a guilty favorite of mine so I'm surprised in a good way.

like yourself, I also use this list (and its parallel lists in Fantasy Aficionados & Horror Aficionados) as a way to expand my own reading. handy!
Ethan of Athos (18 new)
Aug 26, 2013 03:31PM

48322 thanks for the post, Bernardo. you have really stoked my interest in reading this one. maybe starting tonight.
Moderator Thread (194 new)
Aug 23, 2013 08:29AM

48322 YAY, CONGRATULATIONS JASON! and good luck with school as well!
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Aug 21, 2013 11:28AM

48322 not it! I read that one a while ago and found it only so-so.
Philip K. Dick (34 new)
Aug 20, 2013 06:41PM

48322 hey I really appreciate you dividing Dick's books up like this. I'm a sucker for both Dick (pardon the pun) and organized book lists. helpful! thanks Micah
Cetaganda (25 new)
Aug 14, 2013 12:06PM

48322 thanks for the link Bernardo. definitely agree with that mystery aspect. it was present to a lesser degree in the first third of The Vor Game, which made that first third particularly enjoyable to me. I was very happy when I realized that the whole of Ceteganda was going to be a mystery.
Cetaganda (25 new)
Aug 13, 2013 02:19PM

48322 Banner your comment just reminded to come back and share my thoughts.

I loved this one! man those Haut Ladies were completely fascinating. I thought the world building was especially fine in this one - loved the layers and the complexity. plus a lot of Ivan, who I enjoy almost as much as Miles.
Asimov (18 new)
Aug 12, 2013 06:02PM

48322 ha!

well I gave up many years ago. but I do plan on eventually giving it another go. eventually. perhaps if I live forever.
Ethan of Athos (18 new)
Aug 04, 2013 12:11AM

48322 it is August and so we continue with the next installment of the wonderful Vorkosigan Saga.

this one features a new protagonist: Dr. Ethan Urquhart. according to my best friend Wikipedia, he's the "Chief of Biology at the Severin District Reproduction Centre on the planet of Athos... Athos was founded and maintained as an exclusively male-populated planetary colony, and a planetary religion and ideology supports this single-sex structure."

I will miss Miles but this book sounds fascinating already!
Moderator Thread (194 new)
Aug 04, 2013 12:02AM

48322 yep, I will be happy to continue with Vorkosigan. I'm putting up the thread shortly.
Cetaganda (25 new)
Aug 04, 2013 12:01AM

48322 I am also way behind and am only about halfway through. but gosh I am really enjoying it! pure pleasure.
Jul 30, 2013 02:05PM

48322 Innerspaceboy wrote: "I would attribute such significance to the film, Forbidden Planet, even if only for Louis and Bebe Barron's score. The score was the first entirely electronic music for magnetic tape, and the first all-electronic film score. Bear in mind that these were the days before modular synthesizers.

great comment. mesmerizing score!
Jul 30, 2013 02:04PM

48322 I actually enjoyed the remake, but then I am a fan of the director in general.

That said, it didn't hold a candle to the original, which I think is a work of art. brilliant director.
Jul 29, 2013 03:29PM

48322 CD, what are some things that would make you consider a classic scifi film to be actually "classic"?

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