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The Hidden Side of the Moon

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1987)
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March 2013

A nice variety of stories spanning nearly three decades of Joanna Russ's career, although "The Little Dirty Girl," the first of the bunch, was the best by far and most of the ones that followed didn't really compare. The first third of the collection was the best, the middle was middling, and I skimmed most of the last bunch of stories. Some great ideas, but like Wealhtheow said, there were few stories in this collection that I actually felt I understood. But they were wonderful.

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My favorite story in this collection is "The Little Dirty Girl." The rest range from exciting ("The Experimenter") to chilling ("Nor Custom Stale," about discovering immortality, and "Come Closer") to cheering ("Mr. Wilde's Second Chance," about Oscar Wilde's time in the afterlife). All are very odd, not least "The Throaways," in which permanence is disgusting. Some are almost classic scifi--"Elf Hill" for instance, a domestic story about reality and overpopulation. Others take a scifi trope an ...more
no idea what's going on in half of these stories.
Bob Rust
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Little Dirty Girl • (1982)
Sword Blades and Poppy Seed • (1983)
Main Street: 1953 • (1987)
How Dorothy Kept Away the Spring • (1977)
This Afternoon • (1987)
This Night, at My Fire • (1966)
"I Had Vacantly Crumpled It into My Pocket ... But By God, Eliot, It Was a Photograph from Life!" • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1964)
Come Closer • (1965)
It's Important to Believe • (1987)
Mr. Wilde's Second Chance • (1966)
Window Dressing • (1970)
Existence • (1975)
Foul Fowl • (1987)
A Short and Happy Life • (1969)
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Maybe I will come back to this, but so far none of these have measured up to other stories of hers that I've read, leaving my enthusiasm to wane. Other reviewers mention the first story ("The Little Dirty Girl") as a favorite, and I would agree at this point.
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This book is a collection of very disparate short stories. Joanna Russ amazes me with her range of prose and topics and characters. Honestly, this book was a little uneven, the way you'd expect a collection of short stories that spans a good deal of genre and time to be.
Last chance Joanna. 3 strikes and you're out! I'll try the stories Farah Mendlesohn likes at the end of her interview.
Many of these stories just weren't to my taste, but it's definitely worth checking out for "The Cliches from Outer Space," which is truly funny if you read a lot of science fiction, particularly science fiction about women and/or gender.
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Joanna Russ (February 22, 1937 – April 29, 2011) was an American writer, academic and feminist. She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God, and one children's book, Kittatinny. She is best known for The Female Man, a novel combining utopian fiction ...more
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