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Island Of Dr Death & Others Hardcover – 16 Nov 1981

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  • 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)

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Gene Wolfe is the author of two dozen novels and hundreds of shorter stories. He is best known for the three multi-part series The Book of the New Sun, The Book of the Long Sun, and The Book of the Short Sun, as well as for the acclaimed duology, The Wizard Knight. Over his forty-year career, he has won the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Locus Reader's Poll, the Rhysling (for poetry), and many others. In 1996, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Fantasy Convention, and in 2007 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois, with his wife Rosemary.

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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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I'm usually hesitant about rating books as 9s or 10s on Amazon's scale. There are only perhaps a few dozen books of all time that I'd rate as 10s, and they tend to be written by the likes of Tolstoy and Cervantes. Even within a narrow category, where 10 means "best of this category," I'm hesitant about giving 10s. But, whether the caterory is "modern science fiction" or "20th century short story collections," Gene Wolfe's The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories gets at least a 9 or 9.5 (and we can round that off to 10 since 9.5 isn't one of the choices).

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.
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The true art of the storyteller is often built on what is not said as much as what is said. Gene Wolfe is a master of this, and in his collection of short stories "The Island of Doctor Death and Other Storis and Other Stories" he truly excells at telling the reader no more than they need to create a clear image in the imagination.
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.
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This collection is a perfect example of why people read stories. Whether to be entertained or to do soemthing as crazy as discover something knew about our world, our culture, Wolfe puts it all together (as usual) in this book. You'll remember these stories like you would a garden of roses blooming in the Sahara. Bizarre yet beautiful, out of place yet right there in front of you. If "a must read" wasn't now a cliche, it would fit this book. But nothing about this book is cliche, yet it is a must read.
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Wolfe is rightly considered a master (if not THE master) of the science-fiction/fantasy novel, and yet I believe his greatest strength lies in writing short stories. This collection is his best. I've read collections by Borges, Tolstoy, Babel, Hemingway, Joyce, and on. This one tops them all, regardless of genre.
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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