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Strange Doings

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  8 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
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Michael Adams
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid story-writing craftsmanship and boundless SF/F inventiveness combine to make this collection a genre classic.
Jefferson Tesla
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-to-read
Great intro to an offbeat and inimitable New Wave author, strangely still little-known given that Neil Gaiman champions his legacy. Covering Ray Bradbury-ish subject matter with a humor that's more Roald Dahl than Kurt Vonnegut, Lafferty has a penchant for drawing terrible ideas to wonderful conclusions, and vice versa.

Themes running through my favorite stories here include geologic fabulism ("Continued on Next Rock" and "Entire and Perfect Chrysolite"), hucksters and inventors ("Rainbird" and
Printable Tire
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories. Reads like a bunch of Twilight Zone episodes. They're surreal, but grounded in a fairly normal world. Some are science fiction-y and others are more like magic realism. An enjoyable trippy read.
Maccewill Yip
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First foray into Lafferty. Not surprised now that Neil Gaiman said that for a short era, Lafferty was one of the greatest short story writer, and I can see the influence he had on Gaiman's own writings. Will definetely dive into Lafferty's other works.
Erik Graff
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Scott Golden
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lafferty had an eccentric narrative voice, which only served to make his stories more fun and more memorable.
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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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