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Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon
Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon
This is a psychiatric mystery story and it is written in the style of some of the noir mysteries of the fifties. The disturbing novels of Jim Thompson are a close match, as are some of the works of Lawrence Block.

I read this when it came out, packaged as a horror story, in 1961 and it overwhelmed my teenage self. Only when I reread it later did I realize that there was no supernatural aspect to the story. This makes no difference to the feeling of the work.

I will not deal with the plot, some of the other reviews perhaps reveal too much. This is because, although the book is the length of a short novel, structurally and thematically it is a long short story; There is… Read more
Collected Essays by Brian Aldiss
Collected Essays by Brian Aldiss
I have loved Aldiss' SF for over fifty-five years and enjoyed many of his non-SF works. In addition to his core career as a novelist he has spent much of his life travelling, reviewing and, for many years, going to conferences, SF or not. These essays are generally the outcome of these latter activities; occasional pieces. There is nothing here of the quality of his Billion Year Spree or his autobiographical works.

Despite the blurb above there seem to be only three books of essays, there are certainly only three title pages and tables of contents. There is a considerable overlap between the three and a good deal of bad proofreading. Aldiss has always been very keen on reediting… Read more
Four Science Fiction Masters: Lost Interviews with&hellip by D. R. Martin
The interviewer claims to have been an obsessive SF fan from early childhood. As such, he should have been able to ask pertinent questions from his own knowledge. This did not really happen as he was aiming to sell the interviews to a non-SF market. The consequence is that it this little book does not go very deep. For example, he fails to ask Fred Pohl about his collaborations, or any of his fifties work, or why he spent so much time as an editor when it wasn't as profitable as his own writing. Despite that, this is worth having, particularly at the price. The Frank Herbert interview is the only one to include the published article, which is as useless as all the newspaper articles I read… Read more