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This is a brief discussion of John Gardner and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Gardner.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Gardner: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Gardner tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Gardner worthy; in sum, to help you rank John Gardner (and the works by Gardner listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
A Few Words About John Gardner
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed
farther down this page.
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Other John Gardner Resources
(A reminder: this is John C. Gardner, the American author, we're dealing with here, not the British John E. Gardner who writes thrillers.)
Fortunately, Gardner has a strong following--richly deserved--and those with an appetite for Gardner-related material will assuredly not go hungry.
John Gardner Resources on the Web
The leading resources are The Arch and the Abyss and the John C. Gardner Appreciation Page (from the John Gardner Society); also important is The Grendex,"An Index to John Gardner's Grendel". (Thomas Fasano's Gardner site, Spectres & Salvation, was down when last I looked, but may still exist.) And The
Arch an the Abyss has a further list, lengthy, of Online Essays & Commentary about
Gardner's Life & Work--that site is quite a Gardner one-stop shopping center; but the John C. Gardner Appreciation Page is also something special, and also has a
substantial column of further Gardner links on its front page.
Further, there are not one but two Gardner Yahoo-based discussion groups: John Gardner - The
Author of Grendel, Mickelsson's Ghosts, etc. and the John Gardner Discussion
John Gardner Resources in Print
No use re-inventing the wheel: the heavy lifting has already been done, resulting in the list Books about John Gardner: Criticism, Scholarship & Biography at The Arch an the Abyss; it looks quite thorough. And that site also has a Checklist of Secondary Sources.
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by John Gardner ***
(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
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