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The Masque Of Manana Hardcover – Aug 2005


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Nesfa Pr (Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886778604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886778603
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ventura Angelo on 14 Jun. 2007
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Sheckley was the first great satirist of Science fiction-decades before Douglas adams and grant Naylor. His stories vary from the hilarious (AAA Ace series) and the disquieting (Prize of Peril, Seventh victim) and always thought provoking. Recommended for all SF fans!
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By Allan on 8 Aug. 2014
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When I bought this I was hoping to find one or two Sheckley stories that were new to me, and I have, so it was worth the money. One puzzling thing though, from halfway through 'Ghost V' on page 160, it goes straight to page 193 halfway through 'Skulking Permit'. Then in the middle of 'The Lifeboat Mutiny', the page after 224 is page 193 again. The story called 'Squirrel Cage' is printed twice.
It's the first time I've seen this in a hardback and I'm wondering if other copies of this book are similar.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An SF collection that oozes with wit and whimsy 16 Aug. 2008
By David F. Nolan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful collection of short stories by one of science fiction's cleverest storytellers. Most are very short indeed - about 10-12 pages - and they range widely in subject matter and setting. Some (the AAA Ace stories) are very funny, while others are more in the nature of cautionary tales: "Something for Nothing" seems all too topical, given the effects we are now experiencing from too-easy credit. If I had to choose one word to describe most of these stories, that word would be "whimsical" -- although a minority are sober, even somber, in tone.

Adding to the enjoyment of these stories is Sheckley's skill as a writer. Time and again, I found myself savoring a clever turn of phrase. Few other writers that I can think of have Sheckley's talent with the English language. If you enjoy clever, thought-provoking speculative fiction, this collection of short stories will delight you!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sheckley at his best 6 Jun. 2006
By Artak Kalantarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think Robert Sheckley is one of the most underrated writers in US. The rest of the world loves his books, while in US most of his publications are out of print. Check this book out. while the stories are fun, they also make you think about lots of things in very unusual ways.

If I could I would give him ten stars out of five.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ah! If only the recent lot could write in this manner.....! 4 April 2012
By RIJU GANGULY - Published on Amazon.com
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My entire feeling after reading this book (not once, but several times) has been summed up in the title. These stories are funny, poignant, serious, action-packed, tight, and under all circumstances highly readable. NESFA has done us, the lovers of science-fiction (the field has got really swamped by guys who are heavy on character-building & moods, at the expense of taut narratives and clean stories) a huge favour by bringing out these neglected jewels collected between two handsome covers. Highly recommended.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Over forty works of short fiction 12 Mar. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Over forty works of short fiction by Robert Sheckley pack a presentation spiced with the science fiction artwork of Bob Eggleton, making MASQUE OF MANANA a 'must have' for any Sheckley fan and many a newcomer. From 'Squirrel Cage' to 'Seventh Victim', this gathers many writings from the 1950s through later years and represents a notable retrospective any serious science fiction holding must have.

Diane C. Donovan

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Humorous and serious at the same time ~ I read them with a smile on my face. 25 Oct. 2011
By Jack Of Alltrades - Published on Amazon.com
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Sheckley is a master storyteller. Though these stories were written more than half a century ago, they are as current as today because they are about human nature rather than the tools humans use, and human nature never changes.

The Watchbirds is about autonomous flying attack drones. Keep in mind this was written in 1950's. Unintended consequences cause them to escape control. That's one soon coming to a street near you.

I generally prefer more serious SF, but these stories work on two levels, both serious and satirical. I agree that his stories were better than his novels, by the way, but if you love well crafted SF short stories, then you must read this.
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