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

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  298 ratings  ·  24 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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Philip José Farmer es un autor del que siempre, sea cual sea el nivel y calado de su obra, VALE LA PENA LEER. Escritor IMAGINATIVO, ALGO ‘INDIE’ EN UNA ÉPOCA REPLETA DE AUTORES NOTABLES PERO CLÁSICOS EN CONCEPTOS DE EJECUCIÓN (que no i
Conjunto de relatos que por si algo destacan es por su originalidad.

Puntuando por separado los relatos...

Madre: 4*
Hija: 4*
Padre: 1*
Hijo: 2*
Hermano de mi hermana: 5*

Total: 16/25 --> 3/5

En mi opinión, el conjunto es un tanto irregular aunque se incluyen relatos muy interesantes como el de Madre e Hija.

Me ha gustado especialmente el último, un personaje muy humano que tiene contacto con vida extraterrestre. Dicho contacto pasa por varias fases como la curiosidad, el afecto, repulsión, etc. Muy
Si tuviera que resumir este libro, con el título bastaría: este libro va sobre relaciones extrañas.
Con el eje en común de la familia, Farmer explora las distintas figuras del entorno familiar en 5 relatos: Madre, Hija, Padre, Hijo y Hermano/Hermana.
El gran acierto de Farmer es lograr que un tema tan humano como las relaciones familiares pueda llevarse a otras razas alienígenas y a otros planetas y sigan siendo válidos esos valores.
Los dos primeros relatos me parecen una obra maestra, me han rec
This is one weird fucking book. It’s nominally a collection of five lengthy short stories about human/alien interactions, with sexual undertones. However, what it really breaks down to is:

1) The first story, which is the best and most creepy. A dude with enough mommy issues to make Freud’s head explode ends up in a co-dependent, quasi-sexual relationship with what’s basically a giant alien snail. Mom comes to an unpleasant end. This story is incredibly compelling, and really, really disturbing.
Juan Hidalgo
En este libro el título está realmente bien puesto y tras su lectura queda claro el por qué del mismo :)
El conjunto de relatos desborda creatividad e imaginación para describir las posibles interacciones y relaciones entre criaturas de otros mundos, y entre estas y los humanos, aunque en mi opinión la calidad de los capítulos difiere bastante.

Las dos primeras historias, "Madre" e "Hija", son distintas perspectivas yuxtapuestas de unos hechos concretos y me han parecido lo mejor del libro. De esa
Vale que han pasado muchos años, medio siglo, y que muchos de los clichés sobre otros planetas se han quedado anticuados. Vale que la ciencia ficción ha ideado muchas formas de reproducción alienígena con sus modelos sociales derivados. Vale que he leído cosas extrañas y que he perdido la capacidad de asombrarme. ¿Debería darle mejor puntuación? No lo creo. Un texto debe emocionar la margen del tiempo que ha pasado desde su publicación, y este libro solo lo ha conseguido en un par de momentos, s ...more
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
Sheila López
Bueno chicos, hoy por fin lo he terminado de leer. Tengo que decir que es un libro que en muchas ocasiones se me ha atragantado y no he conseguido entrar en las historias (tal vez, porqué he estado bastante ocupada y leía cuando podía). También decir que no soy muy fan de los libros que cuentan varios relatos cortos.
El propio nombre del título ya lo deja bien claro, relaciones extrañas... y tanto...
De todas las historias la que más me ha gustado es la segunda la de hija, me ha parecido genial. U
Lauren Munoz
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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.
This one is a short story anthology, so I'm reading stories in-between other reading. 1) The first story, 'The Lovers' was a pretty good one. It had an interesting far-future world and world-view, with some engaging characters.

Finally finished this one. I liked some stories better than others, but gave it 3 stars over-all. If you're not too squeamish about sexually explicit stories, it might be something you'd like, too.
Zantaeus Glom
I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative collection of short stories by Farmer. This cosmic breadth of his imagination is boundless. Much of the highly transgressive, polymorphously-inclined sex tropes here predate Cronenberg by decades! (there is a Ballardian richness to his bravura style) As has been mentioned previously, the first story 'Mother' is arguably one of the finest sf short stories ever conceived.
I had forgotten how much I liked this book the first time I read it. All the stories center around 'relations' between a human and another species, or even genus! And though a bit dated, at the same time they are a reflection of the attitudes of that time towards aliens and space travel in general. Phillip José's stories can be found to be a bit hokey at times, but I think these keep you interested.
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.
I just finished reading this book, the last story was about several human astronauts crash-landed on Mars, and the main character is welcomed by a very hospitable alien, whose notions of polite, appropriate behavior are quite different than those of Humankind. It's really interesting as it is told in first-person and he oscillates between trusting and not trusting her.
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...
A few stories of varying quality. When Farmer hits his stride, which he does in a couple of stories, it's hard to put down. But when the stories get too strange, it's hard to keep with it. But if you want to read some weird alien sexuality stories, this is an interesting and unique find.
Mar 25, 2008 Peter rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
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.
Not a bad book, just not my cup of tea. Vintage sci-fi with interesting ideas, but sadly I didn't like the writing style.
Calvn Wheatley
I am half way through. There are three short stories and I really enjoyed the first story. so far liking story 2...
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.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th
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