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The Best of C.L. Moore

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  155 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Forty Years of C.L. Moore '75 essay by Lester del Rey
Shambleau/Northwest Smith '33 novelette by C.L. Moore
Black Thirst/Northwest Smith '34 novelette by C.L. Moore
The Bright Illusion '34 story by C.L. Moore
Black God's Kiss/Jirel of Joiry '34 novelette by C.L. Moore
Tryst in Time '36 novelette by C.L. Moore
Greater Than Gods '39 novelette by C.L. Moore
Fruit of Knowledge
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Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 1st 1977 by Taplinger Publ. Company (first published November 1975)
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Lit Bug
This is a review of only one of the stories in the book.

I take this liberty because No Woman Born is such a masterpiece, it must not be overlooked, and I cannot wait until I have finished reading every story to praise this amazing piece of fiction.

This is a truly memorable classic short story spanning a range of issues from ethics of resurrecting the dead with the help of technology, the ensuing dilemma of what is meat and what is machine, the delicate ramifications of transhumanism, not just fr
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Yael
C. L. Moore never fails to surprise. This collection of her work, The Best of C. L. Moore, contains ten of her signature stories: "Shambleau" and "Black Thirst" (both part of her Northwest Smith cycle), "The Bright Illusion," "Black God's Kiss" (part of her Jirel of Joiry cycle), "Tryst in Time," "Greater Than Gods," "Fruit of Knowledge," "No Woman Born," "Daemon," and "Vintage Season," that last story one of the most powerful science-fiction stories ever written. While C. L. Moore is remembered ...more
Matthew Gatheringwater
C.L. Moore is on my feminist history of science fiction reading list, but the role of women in her stories is not exactly liberated. In fact, it is pretty disturbing, even when considered within its own cultural context. Despite this, she turns out to the author of stories I've never forgotten after reading them once during childhood. Vintage Season is timeless, despite having been written in 1946. Still, her particular kind of horror--dark, wet, clinging, and feminine--is not mine.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Once upon a time when I was a little girl, before Buffy and Xena before the likes of Tamora Pierce in the YA section, I yearned for heroines, and found little beyond Wonder Woman comics. Then as a teen, I found Jirel of Joiry, a kickass sword and sorcery heroine in an anthology and was entranced. C.L. Moore was a pioneer among women in modern science fiction and fantasy who isn't as well-known as she should be today, so I'm glad I found this anthology of her pulp era short works in a used book s ...more
Terry
Aug 26, 2011 Terry marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A collection of some of the best work from pulp-era SF writer C. L. Moore.

"Shambleau" - a very good introduction to her work that is also a variation on the old medusa myth. The main character, Northwest Smith, is very much in the mould of Han solo (or more accurately Han Solo was very much in the mould of Northwest Smith) - he's a rougish starfarer who lives in the criminal underbelly and has various adventures that showcase just how badass he is. This is an interesting tale about erotic desire
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Hazel
Apr 05, 2011 Hazel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi Lovers
Shelves: science-fiction
Moore's Northwest Smith reminds me of Spaceman Spliff in Calvin and Hobbes. :-) This collection is pleasant, but I'm not sure nostalgic enjoyment will last long enough for me to finish it. Some science fiction doesn't age well. I may dip into it in future just to make sure I haven't missed something really good, but can't recommend it except for its historical value.


Several weeks later, I'd reexperienced the joys of No Woman Born and read Moore's afterword. I take it all back. Some of this is ti
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Jason Katz
C. L. Moore is one of the greats. She is also, as far as I know, the only female science fiction writer of note in the first decades of the 20th century. I will review the stories individually:

Shambleau: A moody and memorable beginning. It relies on setting and tone - a frontier town on Mars, a mob, a mysterious woman - and on one particular, extremely striking scene of Northwest's friend stumbling into Northwest's room and discovering him in a dark corner, helpless. This story is textured and
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Linda Robinson
Not my type of preferred science fiction. The plots may be SF in the armature underneath - woman damaged rebuilt in metal, voyeuristic time travelers, alien Medusa - but the execution is fantasy. Maybe romance. The attention to garments and accessories reads like a red carpet review, including the metallic drape of Deirdre's costume, swishing its clinking way through the paragraphs. Enough seduction, trilling laughter, significant glances and attention to beauty to fill a bookstore's Women's Int ...more
Steve Goble
I am saving some of these stories for later, but the stories of Northwest Smith and those of Jirel of Joiry are terrific, moody adventures.
Lord Humungus
I'd never heard of this author until she was recommended in an io9.com column. I managed to find a 1975 used hardcover and was thoroughly impressed.

The material within is definitely not your typical SF or fantasy fare and far more mature and accomplished than many works published at the time, or even now. At times it is reminiscent of old school space opera, modern Lovecraftian SF, the broadsword-wielding epics of Conan, the far futures of Gene Wolfe and Jack Vance, and some of PKD's more insigh
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Eija
The Best of C. L Moore sisältää kokoelman Catherine Lucille Mooren scifi ja fantasia tarinoita. Tarinat ovat alun perin julkaistu 1930- ja 1940- lukujen scifi/fantasia lehdissä kuten Weird Tales ja Astounding Science fiction. Kokoelma käynnistyy kahdella Northwest Smith tarinalla. Northwest Smith on pikkurikollinen Maasta, ei hyvis eikä pahis. Tarinoita on vaikea luokitella mihinkään kategoriaan, sillä niissä on niin scifin ja fantasian kuin kauhunkin elementtejä. Shambleaussa ollaan Marsissa ja ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Library books always go to the head of the "currently reading" line!


Well, in reading this, I realized that I'd read many of them before back in days of "callow youth". They were better when I was a callow youth...

Some pretty good stories here, some not so good ones, at least one bad one. The stories are part of the "pulp tradition" which they carry on. There are the adventurous heroes like Northwest Smith (I actually think that ought to be "North West Smith" because he gets addressed as "N.W."),
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Lindsay Stares
I grabbed this volume from the library when I was researching early fantasy a few months back, and have to return it soon, so I had to read it now. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I may not have come to this book with a wholly charitable attitude.

Catherine Lucille Moore was one of the leading lights of early sci-fi and fantasy, and her prose is lovely. However, I was never quite blown away by the stories. I think I was expecting too much.

According to the introduction, Moore was one of the
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Bill Swears
A college prep classics teacher offered "Shambleau" as an optional short story because she'd found it so compelling and disturbing. I took the book home and read it cover to cover, which I don't often do with short story collections.

Like Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom work, these stories set baselines that changed the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. I find the writing much better, more emotional, and far more appealing to the modern reader than is Burroughs work. Several of the stories s
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Barb
This is a wonderful introduction to one of the pioneers of Sci-Fi, often copied, since. One piece, featuring a Dancer named Deirdre was a seminal work. Stumbled upon her at a tender age, and am forever Grateful.
Derek
What I'm getting out of Moore's writing is that it is very internal, wrapped in the impressions, thoughts, and emotions of the characters. While this effectively conveys the power of the situations these characters get into, it sometimes tips over into a swamp of language that makes forward progress difficult. I suppose the best approach is not to expect a certain page count after an hour of reading.

I'm dissatisfied with the selections from the Jirel and Northwest Smith collections: "Shambleau"
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Erik Graff
Sep 15, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moore fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Being a woman who broke into science fiction in the early thirties and then proceeded to introduce female protagonists, Catherine Lucille Moore rarely employed her own name, but is most commonly known as C.L. Moore. Additionally, after marrying another science fiction writer in 1940, Henry Kuttner, the two of them often hid the fact of their joint authorship of many stories, using one or the other's name or even a pseudonym.
Kij
Sep 14, 2007 Kij rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of pulp fiction, Weird Tales
great science fiction short stories from the glory days of pulp fiction by a prolific female author during the 30's and 40's. The stories in this collection cover subgenres from space opera, romance to sword rattling fantasy.
Theresa
Terrific read. Loved the first two stories, so transformational.
Mrs. Musrum's Mum Keleher
Just read the last story first, "Vintage Season", on Victoria's recommendation. So far, so good.

Didn't finish, but I'm done, for now.
H E
Some of the best early science fiction and fantasy around.
Read this growing up and have reread it quite a few times over the years.
Charles
This truly is a best of collection. I have a lot of these stories in other collections but they are all superb.
Johnbrac
First story was good, the rest too Sci-Fi confusing.
bluetyson
The Best of C L Moore by C L Moore (1980)
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