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Or All the Seas with Oysters

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A collection of stories.

Fantastic creations, out of time, space and mind. Past and present intermingle in these spellbinding stories; reality and illusion rub shoulders .and the results are terrifyingly logical and utterly incredible.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published December 1st 1976 by Pocket (first published 1962)
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You can never find a safety-pin when you need one. You often open a closet, and discover a bunch of coat-hangers you don't recall putting there. And where do all these abandoned bicycles come from?

Well, I suppose the above facts might be completely unconnected. But, on the other hand...
This book of short stories was WAY better than the previous Avram Davidson book I read. I am glad I was willing to try another book by this author. The stories here all involve regular people dealing with the supernatural or fantastic. How could you not love cannibalistic bicycles, dentists who want to save the world from aliens, and jump rope songs as magical spells?

The stories that really shine involve a lot of character development. My favorites include the following:

Or All the Seas With Oyst
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
This is quite uneven collection of science fiction/fantasy short stories. Some, such as the 1858 Hugo short story award winner, Or All the Seas with Oysters, Dagon, and The Montavarde Camera are great, but far too many of the rest were... OK. Davidson has a reputation for being a great stylist and I can see that. Unfortunately, he wasn't always at the top of his game.
Oct 25, 2014 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
I'll never look at my bikes the same way again, especially that fancy Bianchi racer I've restored...i better handle it with care, or else...gulp!
A few good stories in this anthology, but mostly they didn't click for me.
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Avram Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of ...more
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