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4.0 out of 5 stars Would have given 4.5
Great collection of short stories which were the inspiration for sci-fi and horror movies. Included is the source material for Mimic, Total Recall, Screamers, Enemy Mine, Reanimator, Johnny Mnemonic, and others. The quality of the stories varies. Most are well-written, but there are 2 stinkers in my opinion: "Candyman" and "Amanda and the Alien"...
Published on 17 Mar 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent stories, but....a mixed bag
"The Reel Stuff" is a collection of science fiction and horror tales that were the basis of films in both the 80s and 90s. Despite the cover copy's assertion that these are stories by the "masters of science fiction" at least two of the stories (those by H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker) are clearly horror tales, and Donald A. Wollheim's...
Published on 21 Aug 1998


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3.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent stories, but....a mixed bag, 21 Aug 1998
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"The Reel Stuff" is a collection of science fiction and horror tales that were the basis of films in both the 80s and 90s. Despite the cover copy's assertion that these are stories by the "masters of science fiction" at least two of the stories (those by H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker) are clearly horror tales, and Donald A. Wollheim's "Mimic" at least skirts that genre. Also, there are a couple of stories included that are relatively minor entries in an authors ouvre, such as Robert Silverberg's "Amanda and the Alien," included because it was made into a cheesy cable film several years ago. Still this is a good collection of tales, particularly if you've been disappointed with the film versions of such classic stories as Barry Longyear's "Enemy Mine" and Philip K. Dick's "Second Variety" (filmed as "Screamers"). Worth a look, but a mixed bag.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would have given 4.5, 17 Mar 1999
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Great collection of short stories which were the inspiration for sci-fi and horror movies. Included is the source material for Mimic, Total Recall, Screamers, Enemy Mine, Reanimator, Johnny Mnemonic, and others. The quality of the stories varies. Most are well-written, but there are 2 stinkers in my opinion: "Candyman" and "Amanda and the Alien". I'd like to see a follow-up published.
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