Any Gary Jennings fans here?
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i'm curious if anyone has read & enjoyed aztec. i'm almost finished, but i'm hesitant to buy the next book in the series, because i can see that at least a few of the books in the series were published well after jennings' death. is the next book (aztec autumn) any good? is there any point in the series at which it quickly devolves, and i should quit while i'm ahead?
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I've enjoyed most of Gary Jennings books. Perhaps the reason that the publication dates are post-mortem is because the publisher split up existing books. Aztec was originally one book. I prefer to find older hardback editions of his books which are not split into trilogies. Journeyer was the first Jennings book I read and is still my favorite. Spangle is my next favorite. Spangle is split into three books now.
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Here in Lakewood,Ohio where I live the public library has 3 used book sales a year and I found SPANGLE because I enjoy reading about travelling circuses.The LIONS Club (a regional+fraternal organization)of Lorain County would bring in the CARSON & BARNES CIRCUS each Summer In Lorain where I grew up.
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I have read all of the Aztec books, I loved them,
The other books published after his death are worth it.
i'm confused about the comment that they were all one book. the version of aztec i read was well over 1000 pages, and aztec autumn, the next one, is nearly as long, with at least another two or three books coming after that. are you saying these were all in one volume?
that's what i really wanted to know, now i will have to get my hands on them... thanks so much!
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i hadn't even looked into other books of his, but i will definitely check these others out.
"Born September 20, 1928 in Buena Vista, Virginia, to Glen Edward and Vaughnye May Jennings, Gary Jennings attended little formal school after graduating from Eastside High School (of Lean on Me fame) in Paterson, New Jersey, and was mostly self-educated thereafter."
pretty sure his real name was gary jennings.
Thanks Philosojerk I'd heard he was well known under his real name, but I might have him confused with someone else.
I loved Aztec, so I went on to read The Journeyer, a fictional biography of Marco Polo that was also excellent. Aztec Autumn was pretty good.
I also read Raptor which I recall being very weird (I imagine few readers could relate to the protagonist).
Spangle was OK until I got to one graphic description of a death which was so disturbing I couldn't bring myself to continue the story.
My point is, I would heartily recommend Aztec, I would recommend The Journeyer, but I wouldn't recommend the others.
Aztec was one book. Aztec Autumn is the second and was written by Jennings. Aztec Blood was written by Jennings, but he died during the editing process I think. The book was finished by his wife and his agent. Not sure how much is Jennings and how much is not. Aztec Rage was written by someone who is not Jennings.
I loved Raptor and The Journeyer. Never cared for the Civil War so I skipped his other books.
I enjoyed the books of his that I read; probably Raptor the most and Aztec second. Been quite a while, though.
I'm reading Spangle: The Center Ring; at present. Jennings was a great author but some people may not be able to handle some aspects of his writing. The one comment about a "graphic descrption of death" can be applied to all his adult novels. Sometimes the sex is integral to the story but he does go overboard on occation. I think he is a better researcher and storyteller than Michener. The books published after his death are not as graphic. All cultures have barbaric roots and Jennings portrays brutal truth. Aztec, Raptor, and The Journeyor are his best in my opinion and cover entirely different cultures Meso-American, European, and Asian.
I really love Gary Jennings. I read all of his books and loved Spangle and Aztec. the 2,3,4, books on the Aztec series are ok but you could tell that Gary did not write them. I liked them less than Aztecs but they were all enjoyable reads. The journeyer was also good. probably my least favorite was Raptor. As previously stated, teh protaganist was a littel strange. If I had to pick a favorite, spangle and then Aztec.
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