Re: RARA-AVIS: The Greatest of Them All?

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 10 Jan 2003

Ed asked:

"Offhand, do you a good starting place for reading either Kantner or Schutz?"

As I noted in another post, I'm kind of anal about reading in order, so my kneejerk reaction is to say, with the first of each. That said, I'm not sure it's essential with Kantner, although there are some changes in personal relationships along the way. I remember Hell's Only Half Full and Thousand Yard Stare as being particularly good.

With Schutz, I'd say the best is either A Tax in Blood or A Fistful of Empty, but DO NOT start with the latter first. Even if you are not going to read all of the earlier ones, read at least one. If it's going to be just one, make it A Tax in Blood. While still quite good, Mexico is Forever and Things We Do For Love are not as good as the others.


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