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The Door to Saturn [Kindle Edition]

Clark Ashton Smith
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Published in chronological order, with extensive story and bibliographic notes, this series not only provides access to stories that have been out of print for years, but gives them a historical and social context. Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's entire body of work. This second volume of the series brings together 20 of his fantasy stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (10 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBDCA7K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classics back again. 7 Mar 2013
By Dodwell
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I remember reading all the C.A.S I could get hold of, many years ago when Panther Books began to reissue all of his works in paperback.

After reading all of Lovecrafts ouvre, I discovered that he knew and admired Clark Ashton Smith greatly and spoke in glowing terms of his friends writings. That lead me onto discovering them myself; the same goes for Robert E Howard, too. Alas, over the years, I've lost or lent out my copies of his works, never to see them again, so it's great to have them available again and on Kindle.

His stories are always entertaining and are a mixture of horror, fantasy and science fiction and their use of language is extremely poetic; a cut above some of the contributors to "Weird Tales", for who Smith wrote many of his works. Amongst my favourites are "The Abominations of Yondo" and the classic "The Colossus of Ylorgne", which, in my humble opinion, is one of the classiest fantasy "novelettes" ever written; a real tour de force of the imagination.

So, do yourself a favour, purchase, settle down and become immersed in the terrifying but strangely beautiful world of Clark Ashton Smiths fertile imagination. 10 stars, at least.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prose poetry from ages of wonder 20 Oct 2011
By John Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I read this book right after reading Vance's Tales of the Dying Earth, and that may have helped a little: Vance is a beautiful user of language, and so is CAS, perhaps to an even greater degree. He was a poet who turned to pulp writing to support aged parents, and never stopped writing poetry in creating his pulp fiction.

A Door to Saturn is volume 2 of the 5 volume Night Shade complete collected works, so I guess its not for everyone in that there are cheaper collections of CAS's best work out there. But oh! the moments of beauty in every tale in the book, even in those "weaker" tales.

The best stories in the book are the titular "The Door to Saturn", with a superb opening sentence that not only packs a punch, but also contains so much information, despite a potential over-use of commas: "When Morghi, the high priest of the goddess Yhoundeh, together with twelve of his most ferocious and efficient underlings, came at morning twilight to seek the infamous heretic, Eibon, in his house of black gneiss on a headland above the northern main, they were surprised as well as disappointed to find him absent." And it only gets better from there, full of dark humour and dire consequences for all involved.

"A Rendezvous in Averoigne" is a chilling little vampire tale from when vampires were evil, and scary, and would dominate your will and drink your blood. "The Ghoul" is unforgettable, as is "The Good Embalmer": both are short tales with a big impact.

CAS tells a wonderfully descriptive parable in "The City of the Singing Flame". The possible meanings vary from reader to reader - is it about religion, money, drugs, obsession, or something else altogether.

"The Return of the Sorcerer" is a horror story full of boding dread and impending doom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars volume 2 contains two of the greatest weird tales ever written 10 Aug 2007
By grew up in the 1960s - Published on Amazon.com
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although not all of clark ashton smith's weird tales are classics, almost all of them are worth reading. his best stories are terrific. this volume contains two of his very best; "THE CITY OF THE SINGING FLAME" and "THE TESTAMENT OF ATHAMMAUS". both stories rank with (smith's good friend) h.p. lovecraft's finest. "THE CITY OF THE SINGING FLAME" in particular is one of the most devastating short stories i've ever read. it will knock you out. many such stories (in volumes like this) promise weirdness, this one really delivers. it may also say something (by implication) about the source of weird tales in general. "THE TESTAMENT OF ATHAMMAUS" on the other hand, is a hilarious account of an executed criminal who won't stay dead. many of the other tales in this volume are quite good as well. CLARK ASHTON SMITH at his best is one of the greatest writers of weird tales that ever lived. this volume contains some of his very best. don't miss it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Print??? Not For Long! Be Patient & Save Your Money! 13 Dec 2011
By Collectorman606 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well...It seems the 2nd Volume of Clark Ashton Smith's collected stories entitled, "The Door to Saturn" is now "out-of print". But be patient,,, It will return. In fact, let me share some comments that I included in the AMAZON.COM critique of the now unavailable 1st volume, "The End of the Story". To begin, I contacted Nightshade Books today and was assured that a 2nd print would be forthcoming in about a year more or less (depending on the economy). Let me repeat: THIS BOOK WILL BE REPRINTED IN THE NEAR AND FORESEEABLE FUTURE!!!!! So be patient! Stay vigilant! And please..... DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT PAYING THE RIDICULOUS AND OUTRAGEOUS PRICES being demanded by the bloodsucking parasites and vultures advertising copies for hundreds of dollars on AMAZON.COM and E-BAY and GOD-ONLY-KNOWS-WHERE-ELSE (Buy.com, Alibris.com, Half.com, etc.). I know this is a free economy and free marketplace but a question does come to mind.....Is this price gouging? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!!! It sickens me to see this book and other examples of out-of-print/discontinued items being snapped-up by these secondary market opportunists and reappearing on AMAZON.COM and other websites at hyper-inflated "pay-day loan" prices. Only a desperate collector who needs a "fix" to ensure his collection is complete would succumb to this sleaziness. That, or these sellers feel that Donald Trump and his peer group surf AMAZON.COM. As for me, on those rare occassions of where I might want such an item, I simply learn to live without it if for no other reason than just plain general principle. I usually find a "reasonable" seller on the internet out there somewhere. Make no mistake, I have the money but....I just won't do it.... No %$#&* way......I will not subsidize blatant greed and profiteering. I certainly do not begrudge anyone a profit but the prices being asked by these leeches are mostly absurd and unrealistic. To you resellers out there who engage in this practice: Shame on all of you!!! I and others have long memories....When I am in the market for a "normal" priced item, I can assure you that sellers like you are automatically disqualified from my consideration. I am not sure how alienating your market base increases sales but maybe you know some theory of marketing and sales that I am unfamilar with....

The Door to Saturn (The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith, Vol. 2)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Second Home Run! 21 Nov 2007
By Stanley C. Sargent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Editors Connors and Hilger have succeeded once again in producing more of the ultimate Clark Ashton Smith collection of fantastic prose. As in volume one, they have corrected the tales using Smith's original manuscripts, published here in chronological order according to when they were written, not by subject or date of publication. At times the changes are minor, but in some instances the publisher forced Smith to butcher his own work or, even worse, altered the text without Smith's permission. Now they are restored to original form, the way the author meant them to be!

The editors have also provided histories of the writing and publishing of all of the stories, a Smith bibliography and an alternate ending to "The Return of the Sorcerer."

I eagerly await the next installment in this 5-part collection, as this is the definitive Smith, in many cases unseen since the author first wrote the tales herein!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prose poetry from ages of wonder 13 Aug 2010
By John Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read this book right after reading Vance's Tales of the Dying Earth, and that may have helped a little: Vance is a beautiful user of language, and so is CAS, perhaps to an even greater degree. He was a poet who turned to pulp writing to support aged parents, and never stopped writing poetry in creating his pulp fiction.

A Door to Saturn is volume 2 of the 5 volume Night Shade complete collected works, so I guess its not for everyone in that there are cheaper collections of CAS's best work out there. But oh! the moments of beauty in every tale in the book, even in those "weaker" tales.

The best stories in the book are the titular "The Door to Saturn", with a superb opening sentence that not only packs a punch, but also contains so much information, despite a potential over-use of commas: "When Morghi, the high priest of the goddess Yhoundeh, together with twelve of his most ferocious and efficient underlings, came at morning twilight to seek the infamous heretic, Eibon, in his house of black gneiss on a headland above the northern main, they were surprised as well as disappointed to find him absent." And it only gets better from there, full of dark humour and dire consequences for all involved.

"A Rendezvous in Averoigne" is a chilling little vampire tale from when vampires were evil, and scary, and would dominate your will and drink your blood. "The Ghoul" is unforgettable, as is "The Good Embalmer": both are short tales with a big impact.

CAS tells a wonderfully descriptive parable in "The City of the Singing Flame". The possible meanings vary from reader to reader - is it about religion, money, drugs, obsession, or something else altogether.

"The Return of the Sorcerer" is a horror story full of boding dread and impending doom.

There are a host of other stories - 20 in all - all with endnotes containing discussion of the stories, usually by way of correspondence between CAS and HP Lovecraft. Sometimes this is perhaps a little too much of a glimpse at the man behind the curtain, but in a definitive collection of work I can certainly understand its place.

This is a superb collection of works, and should be more widely read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO TABLE OF CONTENTS OR INDEX LINKS in Kindle version!! 4 Jan 2013
By S. Fernandes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Kindle version of this book has no table of contents, index or any other way of actually going straight to the story you wish to read. Amazon should not allow Kindle books without a TOC or index! I can't see what stories are included in the book I bought. Shameful, sloppy work from Nightshade books. DO NOT BUY THIS TITLE FOR KINDLE, folks.
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