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They Twinkled Like Jewels

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Jack Crane lay all morning in the vacant lot. Now and then he moved a little to quiet the protest of cramped muscles and stagnant blood, but most of the time he was as motionless as the heap of rags he resembled. Not once did he hear or see a Bohas agent, or, for that matter, anyone. The predawn darkness had hidden his panting flight from the transie jungle, his dodging ac ...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published October 21st 2009 by Farmer Press (first published 1954)
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Dec 31, 2011 Velma rated it it was amazing
It has been decades since I read any Farmer, but it's like coming home. Back to a weird and wonderful home. Finally, a sci-fi short story that isn't so damn predictable!
Michael Lionhart
Jun 02, 2017 Michael Lionhart rated it liked it
A pretty straightforward alien invasion narrative with a fairly obvious allusion/spoiler given towards the beginning. Reads like a golden age scifi pulp story.
Emily Rosewater
Apr 29, 2016 Emily Rosewater rated it it was ok
"Транси" очевидно, что "джанки" (или любой эскапист - для любителей обобщений), но здесь тематика преподносится в свете лучезарного инфантилизма "человека, не испытывающего необходимого (должного) уважения по отношению к веществу", способному менять его восприятие самого себя, а следовательно и окружающей действительности. Переводчику, очевидно, не составило особо труда перенесение этой книги с одного языка на другой, в отличие от берроузовского произведения - не смотря даже на то, что последнее ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, horror, fiction
The story begins with Jack Crane lying in vacant lot. He seems a bit worse for wear, hiding from Bureau of Health and Sanity (Bohas) agents. And he’s not alone. Many young people, particularly young men, seem to be homeless or hobos, and hiding from the Bohas agents. It’s while he’s watching a wasp sting and paralyze a caterpillar so that it can implant an egg in it that he sees a pair of black boots.

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Aug 02, 2011 Robin rated it liked it
Far from a work at the top of his craft, this story from Farmer leaves so many questions still being asked at the end.

However - it's strange, it manages to be engrossing for the entirety of the short story, and it displays a talent for deception and a twist.
Jan 24, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok
Slightly dated and quite a short story
Jan 31, 2011 Gr1972 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5
Jessica Meyers
I absolutely loved this short story! It was well written and had me guessing the whole time. I loved the darkness of it and that it had real substance. Just excellent!
Fixit Man
May 31, 2011 Fixit Man rated it liked it
As with all Farmer's books, this one is just a bit strange.
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Aug 05, 2014 Viji (Bookish endeavors) rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Strange in the superlative degree.
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May 29, 2012 April Schultz rated it really liked it
This is the first I've ever heard of Philip Jose Farmer. It was good enough to make me want to read something full length of his.
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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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