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The Purple Pterodactyls: The Adventures of W. Wilson Newbury

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by Ace (first published 1979)
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Samuel
Jan 15, 2012 Samuel rated it really liked it
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Happy horror. Therein runs a thread of the benign, but really these tales are light-hearted jaunts into strange coincidences, peculiar happenings, and vengeful deities. Settings are wonderfully set, images are imagined and smiles are the result.
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Oct 16, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
Foreword (The Purple Pterodactyls) • (1979)
Balsamo's Mirror • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1976)
The Lamp • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1975)
Algy • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1976)
The Menhir • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1977)
Darius • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1977)
United Imp • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1977)
Tiki • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1977)
Far Babylon • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1976)
The Yellow Man • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1978)
A Sending of Serpents • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (1979)
The Huns • [W. Wilson Newbury] • (
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Dec 08, 2011 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it really liked it
"The Purple Pterodactyls: The Adventures of W. Wilson Newbury, Ensorcelled Financier"

I am as ordinary, commonplace a guy as you can find: middle-sized, middle-class, middle-aged; engineer by training, banker by circumstance; with a nice wife, nice kids, nice house, and nice car. But the damndest things happen to me.

A book of light-hearted short stories, in which Willy Newbury encounters jinns, zombies, easily angered gods and goddesses, ghosts, lucky charms and reincarnation. The title story is
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Ann aka Iftcan
Jan 27, 2013 Ann aka Iftcan rated it it was amazing
A collection of short stories all centered around one man--who is always described as being unmagical himself, but a magnet for magical happenings. The Purple Pterodactyls story is, I believe number 3 or 4 in the collection. I met Sprague several times in "real life" and he was always a gentleman. His death was the loss of one of the giants of "Golden Age" scifi.
Raj
Feb 27, 2010 Raj rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
This is a collection of short stories about W. Wilson Newbury, a banker to whom weird things keep happening. It's mildly entertaining, but certainly not worth reading again.
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