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    Thanks to the board for being so high on McCammon and Simmons. I'd never even heard of them before coming to this place.

    As of now I have only read

    Speaks the Nightbird
    Summer of Night
    The Abominable

    so I look forward to a wealth of reading and lots of good books from these two in the future!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lookwhoitis View Post
    Thanks to the board for being so high on McCammon and Simmons. I'd never even heard of them before coming to this place.

    As of now I have only read

    Speaks the Nightbird
    Summer of Night
    The Abominable

    so I look forward to a wealth of reading and lots of good books from these two in the future!
    I envy you the opportunity to read McCammon's BOY'S LIFE, SWAN SONG, and WOLF'S HOUR for the first time...those are three very special books.

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    I love Dan Simmons works but not all are masterpieces in my humble opinion. So here's my ranking:

    Summer of night
    Drood
    Phases of Gravity
    Song of Kali
    The terror
    Hyperion saga
    Kurtz trilogy
    A winter haunting
    Carrion comfort
    Fires of Eden

    I didn't like at all Darwin's Blade and I didn't read the rest of his works yet.

    As for McCammon I read Boy's life (goes head to head with Summer of Night in the ranking), The Night Boat (I really liked it and I'd place it 5th in my rank), I travel by night (also loved it) and Mine (not his best but not bad at all). I'm currently reading The Wolf's Hour.
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    I've read almost all the McCammon novels now. The real dark horse ones here are Usher's Passing and The Five which are both excellent. Here is my ranking them (excluding the Corbett series since that it is a different animal):

    1) Swan Song
    2) Boy's Life
    3) They Thirst
    4) Stinger (underrated!)
    5) Mine
    6) Usher's Passing
    7) The Five (underrated)
    The Border
    9) Mystery Walk
    10) Gone South
    11) The Night Boat
    12) The Wolf's Hour
    13) Baal

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    ^^^ No real arguments there, save for WOLF'S HOUR at near the bottom...I've always felt it was one of his best (#3 on my Top McCammons). I'm surprised to see it so low on your list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC65 View Post
    ^^^ No real arguments there, save for WOLF'S HOUR at near the bottom...I've always felt it was one of his best (#3 on my Top McCammons). I'm surprised to see it so low on your list.
    Yeah, I have it much higher. Has anyone read the short stories from the recent collection, Hunter from the Woods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RC65 View Post
    ^^^ No real arguments there, save for WOLF'S HOUR at near the bottom...I've always felt it was one of his best (#3 on my Top McCammons). I'm surprised to see it so low on your list.
    Yes, I felt bad about ranking that one so low but that is mostly a reflection of how good his other books are. I actually liked Wolf's Hour. My only beef with it was that it felt like an effort to write a more mainstream best seller than simply a good book. McCammon is at his best when doing the latter. There are plenty of hack horror writers that can knock out a WWII werewolf story. I did still enjoy it though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorZaius View Post

    Has anyone read the short stories from the recent collection, Hunter from the Woods?
    Yes, and not surprisingly, it's quite good. It's great to revisit the characters and whatnot...for me, it didn't quite capture the magic of WOLF'S HOUR, but that could be more a result of the short form (over long) than the story/writing itself. Certainly worth the investment of money and time to read it, especially for fans of the orginal work.

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    Robert McCammon - Bethany's Sin S/L #457 - $45 shipped
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    Quote Originally Posted by RC65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorZaius View Post

    Has anyone read the short stories from the recent collection, Hunter from the Woods?
    Yes, and not surprisingly, it's quite good. It's great to revisit the characters and whatnot...for me, it didn't quite capture the magic of WOLF'S HOUR, but that could be more a result of the short form (over long) than the story/writing itself. Certainly worth the investment of money and time to read it, especially for fans of the orginal work.
    I thought they were very good. There's one, Sea Chase where he doesn't wolf out at all and I found it to be just ok but it's the longest one, I would skip that one. Unless you really like WW2 stuff then have at it.
    The rest are worth checking out though for sure. The audiobook is excellent as well.

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    Speaks the Nightbird S/LSOLD

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    The ebook editions of six Robert McCammon novels are on sale today for $1.99: Mystery Walk, Stinger, MINE, The Wolf's Hour, Usher's Passing, and Gone South (which is $2.99). Handy ordering links can be found at this link.

    http://www.robertmccammon.com/2017/0...on-sale-today/

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    Over the weekend I picked up a Fine/Fine 1st HC of SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD at the half-price sale my local bookstore was having, so it brought it down from an-already friendly $9.99 to $5. I already have a signed 1st HC of it in my collection, but it always seemed a bit too delicate to read, given its size, so I figured this would be a great way to finally -- finally! -- get going on this series. I have all the books in signed 1st HC, but have yet to actually start reading the series. The delicate nature of SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, the first of the series, and its intimidating page count have put me off starting the series for years and years...to find a like-new 1st for five bucks seemed like just the omen and impetus I needed to finally pull the trigger on getting started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC65 View Post
    ...to find a like-new 1st for five bucks seemed like just the omen and impetus I needed to finally pull the trigger on getting started.
    Yay! Enjoy it!

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    I love Speaks the Nightbird. Came at the end of a long gap in publishing from Rick so it was amazing to be holding a new McCammon book after what felt like ever...mnd the story was memerizing. One of his greatest books. Think The Alienist by Caleb Carr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phalucha View Post
    I love Speaks the Nightbird. Came at the end of a long gap in publishing from Rick so it was amazing to be holding a new McCammon book after what felt like ever...mnd the story was memerizing. One of his greatest books. Think The Alienist by Caleb Carr.
    I have not read Nightbird - I loved The Alienist. Hmmmm
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    Speaks the Nightbird definitely is one of McCammon's best. It's the best of the Matthew Corbett series (so far) and I'd rate it up there with Boy's Life and Swan Song.

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    Hunter, have you read The Listener that's going to be published by CD next year?
    They seem excited about it.

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    Yes, I've read The Listener. CD is excited about it for a good reason, IMO! Rick talks about it a little bit in this interview:

    http://www.robertmccammon.com/2016/0...ask-interview/

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    Is the publication date for "The Listener" Feb. '18 per the CD release or will it be available before then? That is a long time to wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goathunter View Post
    Yes, I've read The Listener. CD is excited about it for a good reason, IMO! Rick talks about it a little bit in this interview:

    http://www.robertmccammon.com/2016/0...ask-interview/

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    Ah I remember thanks for the reply. Yes 2/2018 is a long ways away!

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    The publication date for The Listener really is February 2018. It is a long time to wait, but with Subterranean's Swan Song limited and the other two McCammon projects CD is doing coming out later in 2017, The Listener release was scheduled to give McCammon fans a bit of a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik View Post
    Speaks the Nightbird definitely is one of McCammon's best. It's the best of the Matthew Corbett series (so far) and I'd rate it up there with Boy's Life and Swan Song.

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    I'm a big Robert McCammon fan, and haven't even gotten to the Corbett series yet. I'm hoping to get to it this summer. Glad to see it's a great read. I look forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC65 View Post
    Over the weekend I picked up a Fine/Fine 1st HC of SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD at the half-price sale my local bookstore was having, so it brought it down from an-already friendly $9.99 to $5. I already have a signed 1st HC of it in my collection, but it always seemed a bit too delicate to read, given its size, so I figured this would be a great way to finally -- finally! -- get going on this series. I have all the books in signed 1st HC, but have yet to actually start reading the series. The delicate nature of SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, the first of the series, and its intimidating page count have put me off starting the series for years and years...to find a like-new 1st for five bucks seemed like just the omen and impetus I needed to finally pull the trigger on getting started.
    Finished SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, which was, as mentioned above, my first (and overdue) foray into McCammon's series, and while it did feel overly long and unnecessarily padded, I did enjoy it and am looking forward to reading all the other volumes. Fortunately, I have all the other volumes in signed 1st HCs (as I do SPEAKS), so they're just waiting for me to read them. I do plan to give it a break for a short while, though, so as to avoid burnout. Frik indicated that for him that SPEAKS was as good as Boy's Life and Swan Song...for me, SPEAKS fell a good deal short of both, and if it were any other author I'm not sure I'd continue on with the series with a great deal of enthusiasm. I hear the next installment, THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM, is supposed to be one of the best -- for some, THE best -- of the series, so am really looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RC65 View Post
    Over the weekend I picked up a Fine/Fine 1st HC of SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD at the half-price sale my local bookstore was having, so it brought it down from an-already friendly $9.99 to $5. I already have a signed 1st HC of it in my collection, but it always seemed a bit too delicate to read, given its size, so I figured this would be a great way to finally -- finally! -- get going on this series. I have all the books in signed 1st HC, but have yet to actually start reading the series. The delicate nature of SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, the first of the series, and its intimidating page count have put me off starting the series for years and years...to find a like-new 1st for five bucks seemed like just the omen and impetus I needed to finally pull the trigger on getting started.
    Finished SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, which was, as mentioned above, my first (and overdue) foray into McCammon's series, and while it did feel overly long and unnecessarily padded, I did enjoy it and am looking forward to reading all the other volumes. Fortunately, I have all the other volumes in signed 1st HCs (as I do SPEAKS), so they're just waiting for me to read them. I do plan to give it a break for a short while, though, so as to avoid burnout. Frik indicated that for him that SPEAKS was as good as Boy's Life and Swan Song...for me, SPEAKS fell a good deal short of both, and if it were any other author I'm not sure I'd continue on with the series with a great deal of enthusiasm. I hear the next installment, THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM, is supposed to be one of the best -- for some, THE best -- of the series, so am really looking forward to it.
    I found "Speaks" to be quite different from the rest of the books in the Corbett series. It is much longer and slower paced. The remaining books move along and are more action oriented. They are both great in their own way though.

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