Originally Posted by J-Sun
Finished Budrys' Michaelmas. I can't really say anything about this book without being spoilery. Basically, the first 220 pages of my 247 page paperback (allowing for a slight drag towards the end when things almost pick up as they should but don't, quite - and allowing for something that desperately needs to be explained but never is, but you still believe at that point will be eventually) are 220 pages of one of the best novels ever. The last 27 pages aren't. But the first 220 are definitely worth re-reading and, perhaps with foreknowledge, the whole will seem better (or worse).
I loved the whole book (mind you, it's a good 20 years since I read it). This and Rogue Moon
are probably my two favourite Budrys novels -- an author I rate very highly -- and I think Laurent Michaelmas is a great character. Michaelmas also features in a couple of short stories: "A Scraping at the Bones" and "The Nuptial Flight of Warbirds", both worth checking out.