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Out of Their Minds [Paperback]

Clifford D. Simak
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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; New edition edition (1 Nov 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283981253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283981258
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,681,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you read 15 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
All those characters you grew up with - fairy stories, myths, legends. Are you sure they aren't true? They finally decide to show themselves to the real world with interesting consequences.
Clifford Simak has a way of describing worlds that aren't quite in sync with ours in a wonderful way. Well worth getting aquainted with
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil to Pay 14 Jan 2006
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Imagine that there are parallel worlds. One world is the world that everybody knows. The other is a place of pure imagination-- populated by the myths, legends and creatures of lore that humans have thought about since the beginning of time. In the beginning, this parallel world is a dark and wild place and the creatures in it are gods and demons-- awesome and mighty. Imagine the consternation that mass media brings: Suddenly, the Devil is face-to-face with Mickey Mouse. When that happens, there is Hell to pay...

Out of Their Minds is a charming conceit, but truthfully not one of the best of the Simak collection. I have kind of the feeling that he had a terrific idea, but never worked it out very far past the point of being a terrific idea. The introduction is great, but the follow-through is a pale shadow of some of his greater novels like Way Station or Destiny Doll.

Simak fans should find this a nice digression (I love the moment with Snuffy Smith!) but people new to his work should begin elsewhere.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is it really all in the mind? 10 Feb 1999
By John Breakwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The concept behind this book is that everything the human race has imagined, from the Devil to Disneyland, exists in another world governed by all the bizarre rules we've thought of too. Not a bad idea and the characterisation works quite well. The storyline moved along nicely towards the punchline but when it arrives, the delivery isn't great. A good read but a disappointing ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 27 Feb 2001
By R. Cusolito - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like many of Simak's books, the ending may leave you wishing for a different resolution, but it is still an engrossing read. The premise is interesting, and as usual the writing style is superb.
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