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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Strange Doings (16 stories): Rainbird / Camels and Dromedaries, Clem / Continued on Next Rock / Once on Aranea / Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas / The Man with the Speckled Eyes / All But the Words / The Transcendent Tigers / World Abounding / Dream / Ride a Tin Can / Aloys / Entire and Perfect Chrysolite / Incased in Ancient Rind / The Ugly Sea / Cliffs That Laughed. 276 pages, ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published March 1972 by Charles Scribner's Sons
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Stephen Case
According to certain interweb sources, R. A. Lafferty is making a comeback. There are several new (and very well done) websites dedicated to him and his work, a new journal just in time to celebrate his 100th birthday, and (finally) a series of his collected works that might make it incrementally easier to read some of his stuff that’s been out of print for years. Though not much easier. That first volume of his collected works, for instance, is published by a specialty press and is already out ...more
Printable Tire
Every story in here is good, except for the ones that are great, but most of them are excellent. Even the three or so stories with cliche science fiction plots were handled brilliantly with the usual Lafferty charm. I also noticed overlapping characters and places from the earlier novels I've read.

Of the ones in this collection, my favorites were Rainbird, Camels and Dromedaries, Clem, Continued on Next Rock, Sodom and Gommorah, Texas, Ride a Tin Can (which would make a good if screwed up childr
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Scott Golden
Lafferty had an eccentric narrative voice, which only served to make his stories more fun and more memorable.
Erik Graff
Jul 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lafferty fans
Recommended to Erik by: Rick Strong
Shelves: sf
Lafferty is an acquired taste, best approached through collections of his stories like this one.
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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, published under the name R.A. Lafferty, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He also wrote a set of four autobiographical novels, a history book, and a number of novels that could be loosely called historical fiction.
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