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5.0 out of 5 stars Harlan Ellison's Finest Hour?, 16 Oct. 2000
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I very much enjoyed Edgeworks Vol. 1, Slippage and The City on the Edge of Forever (three more of Harlan's books!) and decided to order this... I haven't been disappointed! It's up to the standard of his other writing and hasn't really dated at all! This is a man who knows how to write. Short stories. Teleplays. Novels. Regular columns. He's done them all. If you like a good book, or a writer with a good range (and believe me, this man has written scripts for Star Trek and The Outer Limits, as well as periods of journalism, vitriol and real-life), then I would recommend this book! Okay, so it's part two of a planned twenty volume retrospective of his best works. But that's a lot of good quality writing to get through! Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Author bio on the end flap alone is worth the price., 18 Nov. 1997
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This review is from: Edgeworks: v. 4: Collected Ellison (Edgeworks Series) (Hardcover)
I give this book a 9 because a 10 would be for perfection and Mr. Ellison is not perfect. The endflap presents a benevolent side of the nearly perfect author that has been carefully concealed from his readers in the past. This book is yet another collection of short stories. They are nearly all wonderfully crafted morality tales driven by white-hot anger. I have many paperbacks by this author, including one where the author is identified as "Hal" Ellison. They are crumbling with age and I fear to open them. Thank you, White Wolf Publishing, for bringing them out in these great new editions. Included is an author's introduction which puts a personal context around these stories. This intro is an important part of the stories. The reader would be as impoverished without this as one who views a play by George Bernard Shaw without reading the author's commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of Books a Must Have, 13 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Edgeworks: v. 4: Collected Ellison (Edgeworks Series) (Hardcover)
I have waxed lyrical on the review of over the edge his first volume so all that plus READ the damn book its great. This guy is the writers writer, and has influenced so many new authors and old ones who else besides the likes of Asimov can say that... its a collection of essays letters short stories, in short its Ellison at his best doing what Ellison does best shocking his readers sensibilities and wits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Ellison at his best... but still Ellison, 4 April 1998
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Spider Kiss is a novel about a rocker 2 parts Morrison, 1 part Elvis, 3 parts Jerry Lee Lewis. While to a modern reader it might seem a bit trite- we should remember that the archetype of Rock & Roll Musician was only just being formed when the novel was written.
Stalking the Nightmare, on the other hand, is a fantastic collection of Ellison short stories- with a brilliant introduction by Stephen King- and is one I've recommended many times to friends. Having this back in print- in a hardcover that will actually survive a bit of abuse- is certainly a treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ellison's Closet, Part... uh, how many is this now?, 24 Mar. 1998
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Before Ellison's current state of perennial literary free-fall -- when was the last time he actually wrote anything more memorable than someone else's flap copy? -- and semi-permanent internship with TV's "Babylon 5" (which I once summed up as "'Star Trek' for people who only *think* they've outgrown 'Star Trek'"), he was a pretty good writer and essayist. SPIDER KISS, one of his more notorious and oft-referred to novels, is Elvis and Satan in about equal parts, and gets extra points for being prescient of both modern rock-idiot hype.
NIGHTMARE, a previously-published collection of essays, has some of the best moments of his career. Only Ellison could have gotten himself fired after working HALF A DAY for Disney/Buena Vista... and for coming up with the stunningly witty notion of a porno Disney flick. (And having compounded that piece of insanity with a side-splitting impromptu imitation of same, to the stone-faced unamusement of his co-workers.) But Ellison just isn't writing 'em like this anymore -- and when you look at it a little harder, he did write 'em like this only fairly infrequently. His more recent stuff is even more farcical: his atrocious script for I, ROBOT comes to mind. Also, NIGHTMARE shows up Ellison's willingess to entertain opinions that people usually regret after they get through whatever remaining adolescent complexes remain in their system. So pick this one up for a good dose of Ellison and a fun chunk of reading regardless of your tastes, but as far as everything goes with him currently, stop kidding yourself, okay?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, two thumbs up., 29 Mar. 1998
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The character interaction was incredible. The plot was multi-facited always suprising with each turn and twist.
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