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Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 11:30:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Straight 
Subject: Re: (urth) Re: Wolfe's little stories

Wolfe's short story collections are a mixed bag.  Some stories I really
like, some I don't enjoy that much.  Island of Doctor Death has some
fantastic novellas: Seven American Nights, Tracking Song, Eyeflash

Here's the order I'd rank the collections, with my favorites:

Island of Doctor Death
 The Death of Doctor Island
 Tracking Song
 The Eyeflash Miracles
 Seven American Nights
 Alien Stones

Endangered Species
 When I Was Ming the Merciless
 The Last Thrilling Wonder Story
 A Cabin on the Coast
 The Other Dead Man
 The HORARS of War

Castle of Days
 How I Lost the Second World War
 The War Beneath the Tree

Storeys from the Old Hotel
 The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton
 A Solar Labyrinth

Strange Travellers
  My least favorite.  "And When they Appear" and "The Ziggurat" are good
stories, but kind of grim.  "To the Seventh" is fun and I like "Bed and
Breakfast," but they aren't great.

-- Rostrum


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