Top critical review
A poor compilation
on 2 August 2013
I bought this because the price was cheap and the reviews positive. Clearly everyone has their own views, but I struggle to see how anyone could give this more than 2 stars! To my mind far too many of the stories are substandard, barely worth one star, while only a few stand out as being worth a second read.
Looking at the start of the book, it is very clear that there is a very odd mix of original publication dates: 6 from the 1940's, 7 from the 1950's, 1 from the 1960's (1961 actually) and then nothing until the year 2000! There are 10 stories from this century.
Of the stories I most enjoyed, 4 were from the 40's and 50's and 3 from post 2000, so I am not saying that the old stuff is rubbish and only recent ones any good.
The stories I enjoyed were Food for Friendship, Storm Warning, Wild Seed, the Eyes of Thar, Regeneis, Living Under The Conditions and Youth.
I hate to pick on one story as being the worst, but I have to say that Tiny and the Monster was truly dreadful - a dog (Tiny) that communicates with it's owner and an alien! Yuk!!
On the basis of this book I won't be buying anymore from this series.