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Strange Toys

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This novel takes the reader on parallel tours into the world of the supernatural and into the life of a young woman struggling to make peace with the known and the unknown. "Told with the skill of a master storyteller".
Mass Market Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 1st 1987 by Spectra
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Maya Panika
This started brilliantly. I was instantly swept into Pet’s world, her grotesquely vile older sisters, the oddness of the sudden flight from the family home and subsequent strange, fated journey, but what on earth happened in the third part of the book? I’ve read it twice now and I still don’t know.

There’s rather a lot I didn’t really get and I’m left wondering if it was just me, am I a bit thick, missing Big Flashing Pointy-Hands of metaphor and reference. Was there a point to the dead kitten,
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Oct 06, 2014 R. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Got this at the library for two bits. Looks to be a bit Bone Clocksy.

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So amazing. So amazing.

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An invigorating story about a woman's growth from tragical but magical childhood to independent and strong adulthood - this book is, sadly, hard to find (I found mine in a bargain bin at the library).

The novel has a bad-ass backstory, too:

Patricia Geary never meant to be a science fiction writer. But when her editor at Bantam Books got into a personal dispute with the head of the department, she
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Amanda
The book was well written and had excellent sensory details and realistic characters...it just didn't really have a satisfactory conclusion or much of a conclusion at all....
William Thomas
If it had not been for the superb narrative, it would have received 2 stars. I cannot fathom how this won the Philip K Dick award. It shows no signs of Dick's morality or even his creativity. This book feels incomplete- as I the editor threw out 200 pages wherever they wished. Part 1 is overly long and the other 2 parts are not complete in any sense. It fails to explain itself on many levels. Severely disppointing because the writing was phenomenal.
Arlene Allen
Definitely one of the oddest books I've ever read...but I loved the road trip and her little collection - she reminded me of me...
Mo
Read this when it came out, back in the late 80s, and remember LOVING it. Reading it again, and it's as good as I remember :).
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