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Strange Relations (omnibus w/Strange Relations, Flesh, The Lovers)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  185 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The Lovers: One of the most controversial and groundbreaking novels in science fiction. Sent by the religious tyranny of a future Earth to the planet Ozagen, Hal Yarrow met Jeanette, an apparently human fugitive, hiding in ancient ruins built by a long-vanished race. Unconsecrated contact with any female was forbidden to Yarrow-and love for an alien female was an unspeakab ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Baen Books (first published 1960)
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An excellent omnibus collection of three early Philip Jose Farmer novels. I read the second one, Flesh, first, because I owned it when I was younger and never got round to reading it, then I lost it. A fast paced pulp adventure, it is firmly tongue in cheek but has barely a fraction of the shock value it undoubtedly had when it was first published in the 1960s. And yet Farmer's writing is always good.

After Flesh I read the short stories that make up the Strange Relations collection. Some of thes
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First off, let's tackle the issue of that cover. It makes this book look like second-rate porn. It's not. In fact, it's not remotely erotic or sexy. It is sexual in the sense that it focuses on sexual issues — much like The Left Hand of Darkness does (i.e. from a dispassionate observational standpoint).

This books comprises two novellas and a bunch of short stories. The first novella, The Lovers, starts out well. It looked like it was going to out-do The Handmaid's Tale in terms of a study in rep
Very psychological in focus, these stories clearly pushed the genre in the mid-50s and helped make SF what it is today. The molluscoids of Baudelaire probably remain one of the most "alien" aliens in SF.
Gevera Bert
Part of the problem with this collection is that the stories are really old and highly reflect the time they were written in. The first two stories were ok/not great, although too long; the last one was just a series of unrelated vignettes, most of which weren't very interesting. It really should be rated a 2 but I'm giving it an extra star because it's old and has to be judged accordingly.
Three novels in one. The only one worth bothering with is the last one, 'Strange Relations' itself. I picked it up because this is the book Dan O'Bannon read as he was writing the screenplay for Alien. Skip the three pages from the end to see where the Alien's mouth-within-a-mouth idea comes from...
Mar 25, 2008 Peter rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Interesting because of the prescience of the author and of the now outdated style. A collection of novellas and long short stories of varying quality.
Greg Wolfson
weird and good!
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

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