- Hardcover: 410 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (16 Nov. 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009926580X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099265801
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Island Of Dr Death & Others Hardcover – 16 Nov 1981
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Humane, outrageous, forever unexpected....Some of the best American short stories of the decade are in this book. "Ursula K. LeGuin" This collection makes his work readily available and makes clear that his is one of the names most to be reckoned with...in the literate science fiction of today. "Foundation" Wolfe is simply a superb writer. "The Washington Post Book World" Gene Wolfe is among the best writers working in this century. "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" One of the literary giants of science fiction. "The Denver Post"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by "The Washington Post." A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Wolfe's collection is superb. It features all three of his Island -- Doctor -- Death stories ("The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories," "The Death of Dr. Island," and the "Doctor of Death Island"), all three of which are superb. The collection also features such wonderful short works as "Seven American Nights," "Alien Stones," The Hero as Werewolf," and "The Eyeflash Miracles."
As you can probably guess from the title, the three Island -- Doctor -- Death stories form the heart of the collection. They are amazing not only in that all are great stories but that, despite the title similarities, each is different from the other. "The Island of Dr. Death," deals with a young boy who flees life by entering the fantasy world of the book he is reading -- a book that sounds as if it were The Island of Dr. Moreau as written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. "The Death of Dr. Island," possibly the best story in the book and one of the best SF stories ever written, deals with a three young sociopaths receiving therapy in a space station. Dr.Read more ›
One brilliant facet that makes this collection so interesting is his bredth of topics...from Lycanthropy to future psychology, from toy making to the future of warfare, this collection takes the reader on a breathtaking journey into the imagination.
The ability to wholely transport a reader to another place in the span of a few sentences is a real gift, and this collection is a showcase of that talent. Highly recommended for the sci-fi, fantasy and story-loving buff.
Wolfe's writing is a miracle to behold. His characterizations are always disarming, and his language is unparalleled. Other reviews have given some clue as to the stories in this collection, which are all speculative and challenging. Although the concept is now overused, this would be the one book I would take with me to the desert island to read for pure pleasure.
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If you are interested to see where Wolfe developed from in his early career then by all means get this book of earlier and somewhat clumsily written sci-fi/fantasy shorts. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2011 by A Customer
And then I taped it back together and read it again and again. One of the stories was just a bit to painful...
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