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From: "Roy C. Lackey" 
Subject: Re: (urth) RE: Other authors
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2003 17:16:37 -0500

William Ansley, first quoting mimosa:

>First thing I read by John Crowley was _Little, Big_.
>It is linked in my mind with Mark Helprin's New York
>book, _Winter's Tale_ (maybe it's the New York setting
>and the strange magic). Mark Helprin is another author
>I will read on sight.

>>How interesting. LB and WT are linked in my mind as well, probably
for the same reasons. I don't know if I will ever read anything else
by Helprin, but I would definitely recommend Crowley, especially LB.<<

Interesting, indeed: I thought it was just me. The books share similar
geography (NYC and a mysterious, rural, upstate New York) and almost
identical time periods (late 19th -  very early 21st centuries). They are
also easily each author's best book. LITTLE, BIG is the best fantasy novel
I've ever read and WINTER'S TALE is the best novel I've ever read --
period --regardless of genre, "classic" or otherwise. William, you should
read Helprin's other novels; they are well worth it.



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