I read Kingdoms of the Wall and enjoyed it. It wasn't a stunningly awesome book, but it was a fairly good one. Not particularly imaginitive - it would have worked just as well with humans, he simply needed another world - but a wonderful study on how groups work and how people behave when confronted with new and constantly varying challenges. The revelation at the end was a final challenge, quite awesome, and I would say its main purpose was showing that one has to go through a lot to be able to accept a lot in the end.
I read Dying Inside and I loved it. It was a stunningly awesome book, even though I couldn't really understand it on the level a well-read person, or - even better - a person with literary (is this a word?) education would, because of the constant references to classic novels and poetry. I suspect that if one started analysing the book, one would find even more things that make it awesome, links between the quotes that always pop up and the events which transpire in the chapters that the quotes appear in. I suspect one would see how great the style, with the varying narrators, is; that one would find out even more about Selig just from the difference between the third- and first-person narrators, or from the papers he writes. I will probably read the book several more times; it deserves it, and I imagine its literary value will grow with the amount that I have read, as well as my level of education.
I would like to ask you what you think of Silverberg, what you've read that he's written, and so on...
and also a rather more specific question, which might start the thread off: how do you interpret the very last paragraph of Dying Inside? I take it to mean that