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San Diego Lightfoot Sue and Other Stories [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Reamy

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5.0 out of 5 stars John Lee Peacock come home. 4 Oct 2001
By Stacy Denham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If the title story was the only story collection repeated so that there were 304 pages, it would still be one of the best story collections in the history of science fiction. I stumbled across Reamy, this story actually, at the age of 12. And now at 31, it is still as influential as it was then. In the introduction, Ellison tries not to lament the fact that Reamy died young, producing very little work. This insightful piece by one who knew him, (I'd still like to see a piece on Reamy by Pat Cadigan who is mentioned in the intro) sets the stage for these 11 stories. Ellison's comments do very much to let you know that not all of these stories are masterpieces. Some are in all actuality formulaic, but this isn't to say that there isn't something to be said for all of them.
Althought Ellison lambasts "Insects in Amber" it too is a stand alone story and I do miss the movie that could have been made from it. If you do read "San Diego Lightfoot Sue" be sure to read "Twilla" and "The Detweiler Boy". These stories interact with the novel "Blind Voices" and create a Reamy universe much the same way other contemporary authors string their pieces together.
These stories are written by a nice man Ellison writes, and I personally mourn the fact that there aren't more of them to read. Or jeez more readers who have had a chance to feel this way. Buy this book!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read the introduction last! 25 Aug 2010
By SandySTC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I suggest the introductin be read after rather than before reading the book. I never thought I'd say that, but the introduction reveals just a little too much. Don't get me wrong, it's a good intro, but read it last.

This is a wonderfully fanciful book. I like Reamy's writing. It's descriptive, yet to the point. The stories move fast as does life.

If you like this sort of fiction, do yourself a favor and pick up this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting take on an old ballad 4 Aug 2011
By Angelique - Published on Amazon.com
An entertaining group of stories, but disappointing when Ellison, in the foreward, gave no credit to the song, "Mable Joy" (in the lyrics, she is "San Francisco's Mabel Joy"), which "San Diego Lightfoot Sue" was based on. I really enjoyed the sci-fi twist to the incredibly sad ballad- even played my Joan Baez recording while rereading the story. Definitely a book worth reading and keeping.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this is your first read, skip the Ellison intro until after you've read the stories 29 Mar 2014
By Fenrix - Published on Amazon.com
This is a collection of some of the weirdest fiction I've read. The weird lives naturally and believably in the next duplex over and it's ok. Or not.

The entire collection is worth reading. Although if this is your first read, per usual, skip the Ellison intro until after you've read the stories. I'm just going to hit a few highlights and encourage you to head in yourself.

"San Diego Lightfoot Sue"
This story seems like a deliberate subversion of the disney princes theme. Except here the princess is a young man from rural Kansas headed into the wilds of San Francisco. He acquires a couple fairy godmothers who are allowed to be people first and gay second, which is an accomplishment now, let alone in the 70's when this was written. Our prince is an ex-hooker turned artist, and she also gets to subvert how Disney deals with happy endings.

"Beyond the Cleft"
This is almost a zombie apocalypse story, yet (a delight to modern readers, I'm sure) free of zombies. It manages to find its own direction and shine a light into the crevices of our societal shadows to have a nice visceral impact.

What a weird, fully-invested, post-apocalyptic future.

"The Detweiler Boy"
This is not a vampire story. It is so much weirder.
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best short stories I have ever read 12 July 2014
By possum20 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Some of the best short stories I have ever read. I can't believe the poor guy died so young. This was his debut, think what was to come, sadly, we will never know.
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