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The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World [Kindle Edition]

Harlan Ellison
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"It crouches near the center of creation. There is no night where it waits. Only the riddle of which terrible dream will set it loose. It beheaded mercy to take possession of that place. It feasts on darkness from the minds of men. No one has ever seen its eyeless face. When it sleeps we know a few moments of peace. But when it breathes again we go down in fire and mate with jackals. It knows our fear. It has our number. It waited for our coming and it will abide long after we have become congealed smoke. It has never heard music, and shows its fangs when we panic. It is the beast of our savage past, hungering today, and waiting patiently for the mortal meal of all our golden tomorrows. It lies waiting." - Harlan Ellison

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 847 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079SNN9G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent collection of Harlan Ellison's short stories, ranging in publication date from 1957 to 1969.

The book itself also contains an introduction from Neil Gaiman (from 1993) and Ellison's own introduction from March 1969. Both these are interesting in their own right (though Neil Gaiman is quite correct to point out the slightly cringe-inducing reference to grooving to Hendrix in Ellison's own introduction). Ellison, and rightly I think, decries the practice of pigeon-holing genre authors ("Golden Age" SF or "New Wave" - which Ellison found himself described as).

A lot of the stories in this book are in some ways, admittedly, very much of their time. Some of the concerns are very obviously that mankind may destroy itself in a nuclear war and so forth. Having said that though, even when some of the stories set these stories up to deliver a pay-off in the last line (in, I feel, the way that a lot of SF short stories did - I don't think that makes them less sophisticated, but I've been reading a lot of more recent anthologies lately and that doesn't seem to be something that happens *quite* so much. It's just an observation of mine - I could be wrong!) they are still enjoyable in their own right. Ellison is always an interesting and skilful writer.

The stories are:

"Introduction: The Waves in Rio"
"The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World"
"Along the Scenic Route"
"Phoenix"
"Asleep: With Still Hands"
"Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R."
"Try a Dull Knife"
"The Pitll Pawob Division"
"The Place With No Name"
"White on White"
"Run for the Stars"
"Are You Listening?"
"S.R.O.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sci-fi classic. 11 Sept. 2013
By Jitters
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I bought this book researching the literary influences behind the game 'Fallout 3'. The tale in question is the phenomenal 'A Boy And His Dog' which is placed right at the back of the book and reads as a heart wrenching post-apocalyptic chiller.

I've never quite read anything like Harlan Ellison before. His stories range from action orientated, humor filled, shoot-em-ups to highly experimental, philosophical visions that explore the depths of the future and of the human psyche. Ellison could be an influence to so many authors - chief among them Stephen King and Douglas Adams but with so much more. He can say so much and create so much with only a few pages.

To think that just one author could fill such a small book with so many original and though provoking stories makes me eager to read the rest of his work. I was thoroughly impressed with this book and will be returning to Ellison's world shortly.
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Many of these were of his earlier work,and it shows.It's worth having though,for the story that forms the title of the book,and the other classic that won the Hugo and Nebula award,"A Boy and His Dog".It should please those keen on his stylish stuff though.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag 22 Jun. 2011
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I bought this novel to read A boy and his dog.

A boy and his dog is an interesting story. However, the story is short and the rest of the stories are not as engaging. I feel I could have written some of them when I was in puberty and regret the purchase.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven stories and a lousy introduction. 28 Mar. 2001
By John Peter O'connor - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of people skip introductions to books which is just as well in the case of this one but the contents really do not need an introduction.
The eleven stories here, first published between 1957 and 1969, can stand up and speak for themselves very well indeed. From the opening shot of the title story to the close with "A boy and his dog" the author delivers a fine selection of his work.
There are no weak stories in this book, every one is a good read. The title story, "Try a Dull Knife", "Santa Claus VS. S.P.I.D.E.R." and "A boy and his dog" are my favourites and they show the range of Ellison's talents from horror to science fiction and also display his characteristic cynical humour.
"A boy and his dog" is the best known story here largely because it has been made into a very controversial film. It also happens to be one of Ellison's finest stories and that is praise indeed. It tells the story of fifteen year old Vic and his telepathic dog Blood in a post apocalypse America. Even though it is a brutish story, Ellison's wit and lucid writing style make it a compelling read.
The stories here will appeal to almost any SF fan though, if you are new to Ellison, the book "The Essential Ellison" is a better first buy. If you like this author and wonder what else you might like to read, I'd suggest short story collections by Bruce Sterling and Eric brown.
Although this book is out of print, it is available together with the anthology "Love ain't nothing but sex misspelled" as volume four of the Edgeworks series. I note though that the contents of the Edgeworks version are not the same as the contents of my copy of this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely dark and clever speculative fiction 21 May 2012
By FinH - Published on Amazon.com
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Almost worth the price of purchase for the short story 'A Boy And His Dog' alone, although the rest of the content is of the same concentrated brand of visceral, spectacularly imaginative fiction. The inimitable Harlan Ellison does not disappoint, with a collection of vivid and thoughtful tales which linger in the reader's mind. The dark and outlandish work is also liberally sprinkled with doses of Ellison's customary wry humour.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Boy and His Dog 31 Aug. 2013
By Don - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this strictly for the last story in the book. What I found was a series of short stories all with a different take on the human condition. I highly recommend it.

For those unaware, the last story, "A Boy and His Dog" was made into a movie, with a very young Don Johnson as the Boy. It was/is a very quirky story with a ending that will throw a curve at you. It is currently available only on DVD, but I understand it will be on Blu-Ray later this year.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong overall collection 6 Mar. 2013
By Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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THE BEAST THAT SHOUTED LOVE AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD was an excellent collection. The title story won a Hugo. "A Dog and His Boy" won a Nebula (the screenplay based on this story also won a Hugo a few years later). "Shattered Like a Glass Goblin" was nominated for a Nebula (although, oddly, it was one of my least favorite stories).
Other strong entries include "Worlds to Kill", "Run for the Stars", and "Asleep: With Still Hands". The collection as a whole is an good showcase of Ellison's range and depth within the genre of speculative fiction.

The only missteps, in my opinion, were "The Place With No Name" which was just too experimental and confusing, and "Try a Dull Knife" which I thought was trying to be a high-brow vampire story that just didn't work for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and dark, but there's HOPE in there...somewhere. 25 Mar. 2015
By rad - Published on Amazon.com
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[I am adding to my review this: I bought another copy to send to my college-aged nephew.] Ellison is my favorite living (I think) author, but I can't take much of him at a time BECAUSE he IS so graphic and dark. He is often post-apocalypse and is writing for his times - the mid-late '60's, in this volume, but he is also writing for everyone, in all times, unless you're in a Utopia. He doesn't mince thoughts and hits hard at the mind. He keeps writing, I think, because he does have a spirit of hope that change for the better is somehow still feasible. Rad.
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