The Dreaming Jewels
"One of the masters of modern science fiction."—The Washington Post Book World
Eight-year-old Horty Bluett has never known love. His adoptive parents are violent; his classmates are cruel. So he runs away from home and joins a carnival. Performing alongside the fireaters, snakemen and "little people," Hort...more
This story was nothing at all like Some of Your Blood. But with an opening line of: "They caught the kid doing something disgusting out under the bleachers at the high school stadium.", how could anyone not continue ...more
Sturgeon is an ideas man so one might compare him to the likes of A.E. van Vogt and Philip K. Dick but he ...more
But then I started lo ...more
He is universally accepted as one of the all time great science fiction writers being cited by many authors as being their favourite or an i ...more
The setting is a traveling carnival. The jewels are beings that fall from space with great regularity but disappear into earth's landscape. They are living bei ...more
That opening paragraph is quite the hooker, to use Stephen King's parlance, it draws you into the book and sets the pace for what's to come.
The works of Theodore Sturgeon have been a major gap in my classic Science fiction library. I haven't managed to avoid him entirely, of c ...more
The central notion of the crystal jewels in this book is fascinating. A strange, mostly unexplained ...more
I think I'm the opposite of Michael below me: I'm not much into SF, especially not the technical kind with lots of spaceships, but I'd love to get into SF like this more. Is there a name of this kind of SF? If anyone happens to read this and has any tips, let me know!
The way this book unfolds is so subtly scifi and I love it. There’s no robots, no space travel (except implied), no aliens trying to take over (intentionally). Just aliens that aren’t intednding to impact humanity at all.
Theodore Sturgeon builds a word that has one foot in the mundane and one in the unusual. The introduction of carnies will tend to do that. For some reason I can’t explain, Sturgeon’s world works incredibly effectively ev ...more
L'unico oggetto che Horty porta via ...more
Horty is injured by his foster father and runs away, joining a carnival. With the help of a friend, he gradually discovers some unusual powers.
I continue to kick myself for not discovering Theodore Sturgeon earlier. This book is not on a topic I'd normally have considered picking up, but I found it well written and engaging throughout. The SF element is technically crucial to the concept, but in fact it's not essential to the story, which is about people and rela ...more
Sturgeon weaves a wonderfully realized tale of humans who are enthralled and endowed with super-human talents by the hidden ...more
На Запад събратята му по перо го наричат „въплътената любов“. Рей Бредбъри, Роджър Зелазни, Харлан Елисън, Джийн Улф, Самюъл Дилейни – те не само черпят вдъхновение от свежестта и силата на прозата му; вдъхновяват ги, като хора, примерите за човечност и проявленията на човечността, които изригват и от най-мрачните истории на ...more
Horty Bluett was given a jumping jack - Junkie - as a very young boy in the orphanage. Junkie has two crystals as eyes. They are, however, more than crystals. Horty is sort of adopted by a politician to make himself a more appealing candidate. He doesn't like Horty, and when Horty does a bad act at school, punishes him. Horty r ...more
As I type that, it sounds really terrible, but it totally made sense, I swear. The ...more