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The Nail and the Oracle: Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon v. 11 Hardcover – 31 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (31 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556436610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556436611
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.7 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S A Abrahamsson on 7 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover
This edition of the complete stories of Theodore Sturgeon belongs on every literary person's bookshelves, for here was, to speak from the heart, one of the greatest writers of the former century, not just in science fiction and fantasy but generally speaking. Even his minor pieces speak to the heart as Art. I hope the complete edition will serve to inform more than science fiction afficionados about this writer, who wrote about love, morality, loneliness, oddness, togetherness and prejudice and freedom in such deeply felt ways that the science fiction or fantasy aspects became exceptionally apt metaphors for deeper human experience and thought. Lovers of the series True Blood - for example - should check out Sturgeon's fantasy, such as the novel Some of Your Blood, but also his masterpiece More Than Human, in addition to buying the whole set of complete stories. It is very difficult, if impossible, to find anything Sturgeon wrote that is not superior in style, and intellectually and emotionally gripping. If my judgment seems overstated, at least buy one of the collected volumes, like this one, and check for yourself. Also check out the Theodore Struegon Home Page for more information about this rare and highly personal artist. Thank you, Theodore! I hope the times will catch up with you! Also thanks to all who have worked to bring about this edition.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Continuation of SF Heaven 24 July 2007
By Dr. Gerald L. Bliss - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Theodore Sturgeon is the greatest writer of the "SF ghetto", and this collection gathers all his works, regardless of genre or even publication. I think there is 1 more volume to go. You should instantly put it on your Must Have list. Everyone who loves good literature should purchase the entire series -- I know I have, and I'm on limited income.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not the Best of Sturgeon 8 Mar 2008
By Dan'l Danehy-Oakes - Published on
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There are some great stories in here, but there are also, to be frank, some really pedestrian clunkers. This is the problem and glory with a "complete stories of": you get warts and all.

Four stars ain't peanuts and I would not want to be without this, or any volume of the Complete Sturgeon, but some of the earlier volumes would be my choice for a desert island.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
when you care, when you love... 25 Nov 2008
By Addison Phillips - Published on
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This is the 11th volume of Ted Sturgeon's collected works and it contains, among other things, some of his lesser stories. The main entertainment here, at least at first, appears to be Harlan Ellison.

Yeah, that Harlan Ellison. Only now, apparently, Harlan is a Registered Trademark, because we get the little circled (r) every time his name is mentioned. Right. Well... yeah, he's Harlan Ellison and the introduction is worth the price of admission. It is, by turns, the "usual" Ellison bit of reportage, which is to say: by turns funny, poignant, informative, and provoking. He dishes from eight directions and it's good stuff.

However... Sturgeon gets the best of Ellison (a hard trick to turn when you're dead), or at least his editor does, with a single letter so totally hilarious that it, alone, is worth the price of the volume.

Oh, yes, there are also stories. And there are some quite fine ones in this volume. If you've been collecting these, you've no reason to stop before the XIth book. If this is your first foray, well, *do* stop and go back to volume I. This one will be here. It's not his best work nor his most indispensable work. But it's Sturgeon.
11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fine Collection 16 Aug 2007
By Robert J Whitaker - Published on
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A good collection of stories highlighted by a slightly whiney Harlan Ellison introduction that ham handedly serves no introductory purpose except to introduce you to Harlan Ellison, the Harlan Ellison. Harlan Ellison includes a review he wrote of STURGEON IS ALIVE AND WELL, which reviews a handful of the stories in this volume and disses TO HERE AND THE EASEL.

Read the stories, ignore the introduction. Or read the introduction knowing that Harlan Ellison is in love with Harlan Ellison and sweats guilt for having known anyone who is not Harlan Ellison and is a better man than he.
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