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Strange Toys [Mass Market Paperback]

Patricia Geary
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Mm); Reissue edition (Jan 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553268724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553268720
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,526,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This novel was the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award in 1987. It takes the reader on parallel tours into the world of the supernatural and into the life of a young woman struggling to make peace with the known and unknown. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Toys - Strange Read 16 Jun 2008
By Anon
Family of four travel in search of estranged sister Dawn, who suddenly goes missing from the family home.

The entire family set up is strange and this makes a wonderfully intriguing read.

Into the depths of New Orleans, the family travel and the story turns dark and deep whilst the search for Dawn continues.

Throught the eyes of the main character and narrator - Dawn's younger sister - the story travels through years of mystery and growth. Is the story truly dark? That is for the reader to decide.

If you are looking for a straight-forward story with the usual plot from start to finish, this is definitely not the book for you. If however, you are looking for something that holds its own in genre and style, you should grab whatever copy of strange toys you can.

The book is now out of print and unfortunately, Patricia Geary has returned to teaching, so even if the only copy you can find is missing a cover, I would suggest you buy it. There is little hope of a reprint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A confusing tale. 22 Mar 2010
By Book Critic VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This started brilliantly. I was instantly swept into Pet's world, her grotesquely vile older sisters, the oddness of the sudden flight from the family home and subsequent strange, fated journey, but what on earth happened in the third part of the book? I've read it twice now and I still don't know.

There's rather a lot I didn't really get and I'm left wondering if it was just me, am I a bit thick, missing Big Flashing Pointy-Hands of metaphor and reference. Was there a point to the poodles, the dead kitten, to the talismanic poodle-toys - or was it just a pile of red herrings all along?

I thought I was reading an enjoyable fantasy but the third part threw me for a loop, so wildly different in style and carrying nothing that even resembled a continuation of the previous plot, I can't help but feel I'm missing something terribly profound.

Or maybe I am just a bit thick.

I enjoyed the writing hugely, loved part one, liked part two, you should read it for that at least - in fact, please do read it, then maybe you can tell me what it was really all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars words cannot describe this book 2 Jun 2000
By "mcasparian" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My copy of "strange toys" is in tatters and held together with tape and staples - I will loan it out to noone as I can't imagine not owning this book - that's how prized it is... This book is surreal and truly magical. Geary triumphantly answers the challege of being an adult and writing in a child's voice - the childhood "Pet" isn't cloying, precocious or cute. Neither is she a powerless victim with nothing interesting to say. She is a real flesh and blood girl. Geary brings her characters to life in ways that must be read to be understood - she makes every scene in her books so real they are almost palpable. Her view of the way the world works - the complicated layers of "reality" that play upon and with each other - make more sense than any other "explanation" I have read anywhere... her stuff leaves "house of leaves" and all others of that ilk in the dust.... Geary is the real stuff without all the added flash and silly bells and whistles... she doesn't need them. Patricia Geary is my favorite author and this is my favorite book in the world. I've worked in plenty of bookstores and recommended her work but sadly it's been unavailable... I've done every search you can in the industry and never been able to find out a thing about her or if she's still writing so when I saw her comment on this page I was overjoyed. I can't wait to read anything she writes and, Ms. Geary, if you come back to Amazon anytime soon, please know that you do, indeed, have a great following of us out here - you are a great talent and we are so excited that we'll get to read more of your work!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book deserves a reprint and a wider audience 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favourite book of all time. Narrated through a child's eyes initially, it takes you back to the time when magic was real (and if that sounds icky and Disney, it's not.) Later it becomes a little more conventional, charting the development of Pet into a young woman, but it is always haunting. It's sad that there have been no books since from Patricia Geary.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Geary magic continues 22 July 1998
By Shamanb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
STRANGE TOYS is Patricia Geary's second offering of the poignant, haunting, transcendent "magic realism" that has made her a hit with award judges (this one won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award), reviewers at the NEW YORK TIMES and a steady following of fans who manage to find her novels even though both are out of print. Don't miss her first novel, LIVING IN ETHER. Geary's characters are so real you can feel their presence long after you've closed the pages.
5.0 out of 5 stars guideline for life 23 Nov 2013
By Dr. T. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a fabulous book. It draws you in from the first moment and you try to play catchup throughout the entire exposition. What is real???What is not? or is it all real. The empathy that you feel for Pet continues to draw you in and keep you reading. It is an unusual coming of age story that involves the real, the unreal, and what are you going to believe to keep you and your family safe. What are you willing to do.Who would want to have to make these tough decisions. But...some of us have to make those decision in our lives, a family member, brain dead, and need to say unplug the machines, an elderly family member with Alzheimer's who no longer recognizes close family members and is having trouble eating, when and where do you draw the line at care. In every other circumstance you try to keep things going, keep the plan moving on, do everything possible, keep life moving as best as possible. But, when do you say ENOUGH! Who could have the strength of sole to carry on....For those who continue to try to do the best to make the right choices, keep our family safe, while making humane choices this is the story for you....I find more ideals each time I read this book.
Please make it available on kindle!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird book that stayed with me 23 May 2013
By Tonio Loewald - Published on Amazon.com
I don't really know how to describe this book. It's two stories told in parallel, one of a long car trip from the perspective of two sisters trapped in the back seat of a car and the other of one of the girls, grown up, on a journey. I don't remember the story, but there are images, moods, and eeriness that still bounce around in my head twenty years later. Amazing book.
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