I've read quite a few of Shea's tales, and enjoyed them. He does get carried away with irrelevances sometimes, and his later material has tended toward spectacle over depth and style (he does like his GIANT monsters), but it is the nightmarish quality of his better work that gives his take on the Dying Earth an edge over most others to my mind. He can be rough, but something about his writing generates a similar sense of wonder that The Dying Earth itself did for me - antiquity of place and the sheer futility and cheapness of human existence. It brings to mind William Hope Hodgeson's The Night Land, too. Shea is an author conspicuous by his absence in Songs.

As far Gene Wolfe is concerned, I think he took his Urth books -whatever shape its sun might be- in directions JV would never go. Really, the only comparison between the two is similarity of setting, and that only applies in the earlier New Sun sequence.

As for Tad Williams, I've got a bit farther into the story now, and it isn't as bad as I thought... if I overlook the verbosity.

My dog barks... some.

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