I've been stumbling across references to Thomas Pynchon's work for a long time now, in a variety of contexts - and with it, containing a variety of opinions, from the 'must read' to the 'meandering, dense, obtuse'. The latter has always put me off more because I'm lazy than because I thought I wouldn't get something worthwhile out of it.
However, today I ran across two different worthwhile references, one by Jack Womack (whose Ambient/Dryco novels I absolutely adore) and another in reference to intelligent steampunk. For those who are familiar with his work, where would you recommend I start if I wanted to try Pynchon on for size, so to speak? And what should I avoid starting with?
Thanks for any input, or just for bothering to read this.