Thursday, 10 August 2017
Poul Anderson's most intriguing continuing villains are the time travelling Merau Varagan and the telepathic Aycharaych. Tachwyr the Dark is merely Dominic Flandry's opposite number, not very villainous.
SM Stirling's Count Ignatieff and others surpass Anderson's villains for sheer evil.
Ian Fleming surpasses Anderson and Stirling by presenting almost one new larger than life villain for each new novel. Even when Blofeld returns, he has a new alias and a new exotic headquarters - in Paris, on an Alp, in a Japanese Castle of Death - each time.
read or reread all three authors;
read the Time Patrol series, the Technic History and the James Bond series in chronological order;
start Stirling with The Peshawar Lancers or Conquistador.
It is after 9:00 PM and I now resolve not to post again until tomorrow AM. I will go out and maybe visit the Gregson Centre.