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Inherent Vice
Thomas Pynchon, Ron McLarty
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five
Ellen Datlow, Laird Barron, Conrad Williams, Ramsey Campbell
Locus Solus (Alma Classics)
Raymond Roussel
Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
Mira Grant, Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
Derai / The Winds of Gath (Ace Double, 89301) - E.C. Tubb I read most of this series when I was a teenager. It's very cheesy, 80s sci-fi, fun to read, but not great literature and certainly not very original; indeed, it's more like a pulp adventure that resembled a TV series more than anything else. Dumarest is your typical super-competent action hero who has somehow been stranded far from Earth. He spends the entire series trying to get home, while being pursued by the Cyclan, a religious sect that acts as the recurring bad guys. The Cyclan are trying to breed emotion out of the human race, and Dumarest holds some secret they want.

I don't remember if it was ever explained exactly what it was they wanted from Dumarest, nor do I know if he ever made it back to Terra, but after you've read the first few books, they all become very much the same: Dumarest arrives on a new planet, runs into trouble with the locals, finds out there's some Evil Secret Cyclan Plan behind it, kills a bunch of people, and moves on to the next planet, still trying to find a way back to Terra. I've just described the plot of every Dumarest novel I read.