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Match 5: The City in the Autumn Stars vs The Warlord of the Air

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  • Match 5: The City in the Autumn Stars vs The Warlord of the Air

    The City in the Autumn Stars vs The Warlord of the Air
    The City in the Autumn Stars
    The Warlord of the Air

    The poll is expired.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  • #2
    Bastable vs a city of some type. There's only ever one winner in that combo...


    • #3
      Difficult for me because 'City' is a personal fave but 'Warlord' is pronbably the better crafted of the two and is also very influential.


      • #4
        City In the Autumn Stars for me, one of my favourites - and I'm running out of favourites to vote for already with the Between The Wars books going straight out in the first round...


        • #5
          Difficult choice. I do like TCitAS, but I was more impressed with the Bastable book the first time I read it. Just.
          You see, it's... it's no good, Montag. We've all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal.


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          • #6
            I agree with Robin,hard to believe that the mighty Pyat books bit the dust early doors!
            I love both of these but City takes it for the sheer atmosphere it has.
            "I hate to advocate drugs,alcohol,violence or insanity to anyone,but they've always worked for me"

            Hunter S Thompson


            • #7
              Both feature airships but Bastable swings it for this reader.
              _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
              _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
              _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
              _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."


              • #8
                Gotta be Bastable, the original steam punk hero for me.
                "Self-discipline and self-knowledge are the key. An individual becomes a unique universe, able to move at will through all the scales of the multiverse - potentially able to control the immediate reality of every scale, every encountered environment."
                --Contessa Rose von Bek, Blood part 4, chapter 12


                • #9
                  Bastable being out of E Nesbit is quite good already but what clinches it for me is this is what the great god Orwell proposed there should be a lot more of - adventure stories for boys (a genre that goes back to at least the middle ages and my master Hereward) with a subversive bent.
                  The German city state is a bit boring by comparison.
                  A country mile off with Ronnie Reagan though - shame as Enoch Powell is spot on and Mick Jagger believable. He actually is a pretty good pilot in this universe - he went looking for Bianca by air when she was lost in Nicaragua.