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The Avram Davidson Treasury

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Avram Davidson, author of such classics as "Or All the Seas with Oysters", "Help! I am Dr. Morris Goldpepper", "Golem", and "My Boyfriend's Name Is Jello", was widely regarded as one of the most outstanding authors of short fantasy fiction in our time. Now his estate and his friends have brought together a definitive collection of his finest work, each story introduced by ...more
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Tor Books
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Suppose you are the insomniac son of the world's funniest, smartest rabbi, who tells you bed time stories to get you to go to sleep, except they are so good, you never do. (And if that's not your idea of the best possible collection of American science fiction and fantasy short stories, I don't know how to help you.)
Aaron Arnold
An excellent collection of short stories, of which even the ones which aren't very compelling are always well-written. Davidson has a great range, and can go from Wodehousian parodies to respectable sci-fi seemingly effortlessly. Each story is preceded by a brief note from a staggering range of influential authors (Silverberg, Gibson, LeGuin, Bradbury, Ellison...); he was admired by what seems like half the world. While a bunch of the encomia don't offer much insight, a fair number help provide ...more
Brian Steed
Davidson wrote some of the richest and most satisfying stories I’ve ever read. It’s shameful that he’s not given the renown he deserves, probably because of the science fiction elements that season his stories. It’s a short-sighted bias, as his stories are far more mature & witty & intelligent than most of the output by mainstream authors.
Contains many of my favorites, including “The Golem,” “Dagon” (which I did not appreciate when I first read it in my early teens), “The Affair at Lahore Cantonment,” (a Kiplingesque story similar to, but easier to read than, “Wireless”; and a reworking of “Danny Deever”), “The Goobers,” and “Sacheverell”.
Feb 08, 2015 Emlymom is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Story One: My Boyfriend's Name is Jello
I later read that this is not a good starting story. Difficult to understand, I turned to the commentary of others online to see what it was really about. Apparently it is a stream-of-consciousness story about someone (man? boy?) who has a health condition but finds power in the jump rope songs of three girls outside playing. I will read it again with this in mind to see if I see things more clearly.
Jim Gore
One of my all-time favourite collections. The stories fall into several different genres and are always surprising. Each story is preceded by an introduction written by an important writer in the field. As others have stated in their reviews, he was obviously held in high regard by many authors: truly, a writer's writer.

The first time I read this book, I deliberately read each story before reading its introduction. I wanted to read each with a completely open mind, not with any preconceptions d
Andrea Janes
I think life from now on will be basically be divided into two epochs: "Before Avram Davidson" and "After Avram Davidson."
Riju Ganguly
Science Fiction (and fantasy, and horror, and ....) can encompass several kinds of work, and that becomes evident if one takes a long look at the oeuvre of an author spanning decades. This book takes such a long look, and shows a great writer who started with lots of brightness, but eventually succumbed to darkness & pain. Not all of these stories were to my liking, but that must not stop you from reading these lost & forgotten works.
May 20, 2012 Williwaw marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I don't understand the few stories in this book that I chose to read, at random. It's disappointing. I bought this book because Davidson wrote one of my favorite stories ever: "Or All the Seas With Oysters."

For example I don't understand these stories: "Sacheverell," or "The Tail-Tied Kings."

Someone, please explain them to me!
Robert Sagirs
More clever and witty than profound or speculative. Prefer my science fiction and fantasy a bit more serious. Very stylish writer, which I suppose is why so many fellow writers shower him with praise.
Londonmabel Mabel
One of the best short story writers, in or out of the genre. Totally weird, original, sometimes creepy, and always surprising stories.
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Avram Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of ...more
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