I have never read Zelazny or Delany - recommendations?

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It's criminal, I know. I'm not sure if it's because their names rhyme but they keep niggling at me with equal urgency like two glaring spaces on my bookcase. If I were to read either author what books should I start with? I'm only really aware of Lord of Light and Babel-17.
 
I have not read much from Delany. Only 1 book that I can recall (vaguely) and that was Babel-17.
Zelazy is a totally different story (and writer). I have read every book from him, several times.
No 2 books of him are the same. It would depend on your preferences to determine with what to start.
 
Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny
The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny

By Samuel Delany

Babel 17
Bove
Triton




I
 
Not read Delaney.
Enjoyed all the Princes in Amber many years ago, including re-reads (must try them again)
Lord of Light enjoyed and on re-reads
A Lonesome Night in October first read a couple of years ago and enjoyed it - sort of a gothic horror.

They do all have something in common, that quite a lot is hidden from the reader and they can be puzzling in places.
 
The little Delany I've read has been terrific (Nova, Babel-17).
I've struggled with Zelazny - I just don't get on with his stuff; Lord of Light was DNF for me.
So, go with Delany.
 
Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny
The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny

By Samuel Delany

Babel 17
Nova
Triton




I
Another typo.:eek:
 
Nova is the first book I read by Delany and still one of my favorites. Would also recommend Babel 17. (I've read perhaps half of his books. Those 2 stand out for me.) I agree with tinkerdan about Dhalgren -- it is a little a-typical and reads a bit like an experiment he was trying.
 
"Lord Of Light" by Zelazny is a cracking (and mind-blowing) read, and Delany's short stories "Time Considered As A Helix Of Semi-Precious Stones" and "Aye, And Gomorrah".
Zelazny's collaboration with Philip K Dick, "Deus Irae" was also worth reading iirc
 
As I have said , on a difrent thread, I'm rereading David Pringle's 100 best SF novels . I'm still reading the first book , it is in date order, Orwell's 1984, pub 1949 . The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny 1966, and Nova by by Samuel R Delany 1968, is on the list . I will give you a detailed review in a couple of years, pleas wait.
 

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