My favorite novel by my favorite writer, "Our Lady of Darkness" by Fritz Leiber has held up for me with repeated readings, and I was delighted to finally hear this book performed on audio. Charles Busch did an outstanding job, reading the story with intelligence and verve, skillfully bringing the various characters to life with a solid array of voices. Bravo!
Keith Laumer was at his best in the 1960s, writing some of his best science fiction adventure novels, usually with an interesting spice of his lone man against overwhelming odds philosophy. Worlds of the Imperium is a good one, and I thoroughly enjoyed this reading. Hope that Audible will follow up with Catastrophe Planet, A Plague of Demons, and Galactic Odyssey, Laumer's absolute best. And maybe Time Trap and the Retief stories, too. But Worlds of the Imperium is an excellent first step!
Doc Smith's "Skylark DuQuesne" is a wonderful fun melange of 1920s space opera and 1960s science fiction, brought to life by Reed McColm. As usual in the Skylark stories, the villain Marc "Blackie" DuQuesne dominates the story, which truly begins to roll when he returns from extra-dimensional incorporeality and gets his body (and his mile-long spaceship) back. No deep meanings, no subtext, no subtlety -- but lots of massive spaceships, bizarre aliens, equally bizarre humans, and galaxy-spanning battles. Possibly not for the modern, sensitive reader in search of subtle characterizations, but definitely for the reader who'd like a few hours of fun reading.
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