- Sep 9, 2011
Sassinak by Anne McCaffery and Elizabeth Moon. I've had this one forever and am finally getting to it. Very good so far.
I hadn't read him for a couple of years so I would guess that's why it came as a surprise, and not a good one, to me.I would say he's done that with at least four of his books, I've read a good few but lost interest in his stuff because they got very 'formula-istic'
There was indeed a series: The Planet Pirates series. Anne "wrote" them with other authors, but IIRC they were very uneven and Sassinak was the best by far. Seeing as Sassinak was co-written by Elizabeth Moon, Sassinak being the best would not be surprising in the least!Whoa! Blast from the past, it's that long since I read it that I just might do a re-read on it myself.
Good story, iirc there was a series?
Many thanks indeed for going into this detail. I'll definitely be reading it. I began with 1980s reprints of several of his small works/books then moved onto the Amphigorey collected works. In truth there are only several of his creations that I particularly like, but they are so wonderfully strange and spacious - "The Willowdale Handcar", "The Doubtful Guest", and "The Epiplectic Bicycle" come to mind.He was unique, in both lifestyle and art. Although his manner was outrageously fey -- wearing dyed fur coats, earrings in both ears, fingers full of rings, and so on -- he was also a loner. (If I had to describe his personal life in a few words, it would be that of an asexual gay man. If that's a contradiction, so was Gorey.) An Anglophile who never set foot in England; a creator of strange little works that defy categorization (Children's books? Black humor? Surrealism?); an obsessive devotee of the ballet and late 19th century/early 20th century culture who was also a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; known to millions for his work on the play Dracula and the TV series Mystery! but almost unknown save for a few folks living on Cape Cod for the plays and puppet shows he created for local theater; he was one-of-a-kind.
The biography is detailed and well-documented. It may speculate a bit too much on Gorey's psychology, but never in an unconvincing way. You'll learn a lot, but at the end, you'll share the author's belief that the man and his work are, inevitably, not fully understandable.
I wonder if that's where James Thurber got My Life and Hard Times, maybe conflating that title with a Dickens title.I have just started My Life and Times (1926) by Jerome K. Jerome, an autobiography by the fellow best known for writing Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (1889).