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September Books 12) First Lensman

12) First Lensman, by E.E. "Doc" Smith

The Lensman books are sitting on the shelf, looking at me; and every time I feel I need to cut down the "unread" pile by another notch, they look like an easy quick option. I will probably trudge through them all in the end, but this is another whinge: awful style, awful plotting (especially the way in which important concepts and characters are just plonked into the story without introduction), and the political message being that democratic institutions should be taken from the corrupt ordinary humans and handed over to the control of supermen. *rubs his eyes wearily*


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Sep. 29th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
Save yourself the agony. I loved these as a teenager. Returning to them as an adult destroyed my memories as I drowned in cliches.
Sep. 29th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
I tried reading some of E.E. Smith books as a teenager. They were awful then, I bet they are really awful now. They don't even deliver on the wham bam space opera excitement, they just go on for ages and ages. urrggh.
Sep. 29th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this series in my late teens but I fear what a re-read would do to them and me!
Sep. 29th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Why is it you must read these? I'm sure it's one of your completionist things, which I have great sympathy for, but but I had a revelation somewhere around age 15 when, having been given several Jack Chalker books and having worked my way through them and loathed them all unconditionally, I came across the next book in the series and thought, "Crap, I'm going to have to buy it and read it..."

...and then I realized I didn't have to! It was a great relief. :)
Sep. 29th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, some stuff that people loved in the past really is just appalling crap by today's judgement, even if you're primed to be forgiving. I had my latest realisation of this last night when I tried to watch an ep of the Adam West Batman TV series.
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