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John Wyndham
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (25 Oct 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140022317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140022315
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. As John Wyndham he wrote The Day of the Triffids and The Kraken Wakes (both widely translated), The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), The Seeds of Time, Trouble with Lichen, The Outward Urge (with Lucas Parkes) and Chocky. He died in March 1969.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clever and thought-provoking stories 1 May 2011
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I whipped through this book in no time ! The title story ( and longest one ) is an extremely clever plot with a good sting in the tail. It deals with a nightmare future scenario in which men have become extinct and a pale pink, bland world is organised efficiently by women, most of whom have no knowledge of a previous second sex. The heroine, who has time-travelled to this distant time, is treated as a deviant who has been brainwashed by the male dominence of her own era. The story raises all sorts of interesting questions about stereotypes, prejudice, sexism and how history can be manipulated by later generations. A rattling good yarn !

The other stories are shorter but equally clever, especially the one about "alternative universes", a prescient tale that seems to be based on the "many worlds theory" of quantum mechanics ! A very profound and intriguing idea

The only story I didn't much like was the very short "Oh where, oh where is Peggy McRafferty ? " which wasn't science fiction and didn't seem to belong in this collection. But don't let that put you off - it's a tiny niggle, and all the other stories are brilliant

If you like Wyndham's novels, you will certainly enjoy this clever and thought-provoking collection
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual slants on time travel. 7 Feb 2004
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
The theme to most of the stories is distortions in time, and he has some intriguing and thought-provoking slants on this. The novella of the title, "Consider Her Ways", is about a woman who wakes up several years in the future to find herself as an obese brood-mare in a female-only world. This is genuinely disturbing in parts, but is let down by a bizarre sort of anti-feminist rant in the middle section of the story. Wyndham seemed to be concerned that if taken too far Women's Lib (as it would have been known in his time) would lead to such a state of affairs. It's an interesting idea as to what a men-less world would be like, but he needn't have worried, as the whole thought is too preposterous to most women to be taken seriously, even as a bit of science fiction! The story also loses a lot of oomph when the central character gets back to her own time, and decides to take it into her hands to stop the onward progression of history. But, having said all that, the story does work on the disturbing level of what it would be like to suddenly wake up in a different body and in a different time. I quite felt for "Mother Orchis" being told that from now on she had to spend her life as a blob wrapped in pink satin, unable to think, move freely or read, and there solely to produce litters of daughters. I personally found that the rest of the stories in this volume didn't quite pack the same emotional punch, although "Stitch In Time" about an old lady who, through some strange experiment in physics, meets her long-lost love from 50 years before, is certainly thought-provoking to say the least, tho' I felt more could have been done with it. Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I had never heard of this book until about 6 months ago, I came across by chance. I am so happy I bought it. ODD is one of the most orginal time travel stories I have read. If you are into John Wyndham stories, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Stories! 26 Nov 2003
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
If you pick this up expecting the doom- laden tone of The Day of the Triffids or The Kraken Wakes,you will get a big surprise,because some of these stories are actually very funny!
For instance,Oh, Where, Now, is Peggy Macrafferty? about a fresh young girl from the Irish bogs who is schooled to become a film star.This is not science fiction at all,more wicked social comment,but I love it!
The title story, Consider Her Ways,is a thought-provoking tale set in a future where all men have been wiped out by a plague,and women have learned to do without them,even adapting their reproductive processes by basing them on those of insects.
The other stories have to do with various types of time travel,and are very good,then the last is another funny one. Here is John Wyndham as you may never have seen him before,but I urge you to try,and,if you like this book,read The Seeds of Time and Jizzle as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Characters to care about 5 July 2004
By I Dean
The first short story: Consider Her Ways; half the book, didn't interest me as the tale about a future female only society. I found the second half more interesting with short stories of people swapping places in time: Odd, Stitch in Time; and surprisingly a story about travelling to an alternate Earth (written well before Sliders): Random Quest. The book finishes with its best short story: A Long Spoon; where hi-tech man is able to out do the quill and parchment devil. The latter stories concentrate on the effects on the individuals involved focusing on their predicament thereby adding to the drama. As a reader you worry about them. John Wyndham is to be congratulated for exhibiting this skill in his short stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly fresh 12 Jan 2014
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Fifty years since I discovered Wyndham (Triffids, Kraken, Chrysalids etc) this book of shorts reminds me why I enjoyed his stuff so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Consider her ways 20 Nov 2013
By Sarah
Excellent book. John Wyndham is, without doubt, my favourite science fiction author of all time. Although The Chrysalids and The Seeds of Time are the best of his writing I was happy to finally find Consider her ways.
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