Start reading The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories
 
 

The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Gene Wolfe
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £2.25
Kindle Price: £2.01 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £0.24 (11%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £2.01  
Hardcover £2.12  
Paperback £11.70  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Purchase any Kindle Book sold by Amazon.co.uk and receive £1 credit to try out our Digital Music Store. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)


Product Description

Review

"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"

Product Description

A superb collection of science fiction and fantasy stories, The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories is a book that transcends all genre definitions. The stories within are mined with depth charges, explosions of meaning and illumination that will keep you thinking and feeling long after you have finished reading.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (15 July 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VK1HD0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant masterpiece of storytelling 19 Mar 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category