As a fellow Lovelock reader (the man is a genius!) I'm pleased to read this. You have read Spring already, though? If you have, then the gothic, gloomy delights of Winter await you...Currently reading Helliconia Summer I think it is brilliant. And the idea of the Avernus watching it all and (mostly) resisting the temptation to interfere is very interesting. I'm a fan of Lovelock's Gaia books, so I was fascinated to read that Aldiss was influenced so strongly by that concept.
Well, I shan't spoil it for you - fantastic book crowning a unique achievement. As I've said elsewhere, Helliconia is second only to The Book Of The New Sun for me.Oh yes, I loved Helliconia Spring.
Already looking forward to Winter - I can't imagine what the Phagors will get up to when the ice returns!
Yes, I've located the old Grafton paperbacks under separate cover on Ebay and ordered them. Like you Chris, I have been put off reading the big compendium edition that's currently available. I like those old Grafton editions of his books anyway - they are what was available in the shops in my youth (early-mid 1980's).Sooner rather than later! You won't regret it.