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With a Finger in My I

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
All of Them Were Empty (1972)
Oracle for a White Rabbit (1969)
Love Story in Three Acts (1970)
Yarst! (1972)
Battle Hum and the Boje (1972)
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published June 1st 1972 by Ballantine Books (first published 1972)
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May 31, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it
A collection of late 60s & early 70s science fiction stories by the author probably best known for "The Trouble with Tribbles."

I had read the title story before where it first appeared, in Harlan Ellison's second Dangerous Visions anthology. Filled with clever wordplay, it takes place in a world where not only does everyone interpret things literally, but reality itself seems to work on that level as well. It is simultaneously funny and sinister.

"How We Saved the Human Race" is an even more
Daniel Brusilovsky
A story that tries too hard to be surrealist and comes off as incoherent.
Mar 31, 2016 Leif rated it liked it
Some decent stories here. Not as good as some of Mr. Gerrold's other stuff, but worth the read.

"All of Them Were Empty"-drug trip gone wrong
"Oracle for a White Rabbit" - HARLIE's drug trip goes right
"Love Story in Three Acts" - If O. Henry wrote about futuristic sex
"Yarst!" - Slow joke about inter-specie romance
"Battle Hum and the Boje"- Jazz musicians, martyrs...maybe zombies?
"With a Finger In My I" - Wordplay silliness
"How We Saved the Human Race"- A series of documents, testimonials, and news
Jul 20, 2015 Moejoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A superb collection of stories steeped in its time more than most stuff from the period (early 1970's). There is some fluff here but the book as a whole reads like many an author's Best Of offering. Some diversity in topics also outside SF. The last title is really a long poem that captures well the fear of innocents on a military patrol without bowing (like the rest of the stories also) to the military-infusion especially prevalent in the 1950s/60s. (Not for dummies.)
Sep 28, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I read this again recently and was blown away by the quality of the stories. Almost every one felt very original even now, which is saying something because it was written in the 70's. This is one of those books I will probably go back to one day. Of course, the author is one of my favorites, so I may be a tiny bit biased. :)
Nov 24, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing
This was my second David Gerrold book (the first being "When Harley Was One"). I fell in love with his wit and writing style almost immediately. This is a book of short stories that both entertain and cause you to think a little about the message. A great read that I first read after getting out of the Navy in 1974.
A few life-related things kept me from finishing this until today, but this first collection of short stores from the creator of "The Trouble From Tribbles" was a more than enjoyable read.
Oct 08, 2013 Jessika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, this collection never felt fully developed to me. His ideas, while interesting at times, came across as juvenile. Way too many similes for my taste.
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Early collection of short stories. Quality varies a bit.
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