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by DVG
Tue Oct 25, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #15 - The Hour That Stretches
Replies: 8
Views: 14653

I think this may be the funniest story Mr. Ellison ever wrote. It is certainly the funniest fictional depiction of a real writer I have yet come come across.
by DVG
Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1976 - Jeffty is Five
Replies: 112
Views: 112479

I never much cared for this story, although the title is a minor classic in its own right. I expect everyone is nostalgic for different things--and Jeffty's world, and by extention, inasmuch as a five-year old posseses such a thing, worldview, simply don't interest me. Th narrator always struck me a...
by DVG
Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:51 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1981 - Grail
Replies: 23
Views: 27299

An absolutely beautiful story. I always pictured the looking into the grail as consisting of a series of the women's faces which then merged, degree by degree, into one "face" that consisted of some part of each--in other words, "true love" is a composite of our own experiences and perceptions of lo...
by DVG
Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1975 - DEATHBIRD STORIES
Replies: 18
Views: 23630

BLEEDING STONES (1973) Possibly the only thing by Mr. Ellison that I feel I don't "get" on any level. Its primary message appears to be "pollution is bad." I couldn't blame anyone for thinking the secondary message was something not entirely unlike "I hate Catholics." ...
by DVG
Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1967 - The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Replies: 84
Views: 38371

This story is, quite simply, thematically and aesthetically, a masterpiece. The fact that it is actually a sequel to Robert Bloch's "A Toy for Juliette" (basically a clever joke by a writer one might indeed think mysoginistic) only doubles its brilliance. It is in no way sexist. I put it up there wi...
by DVG
Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:30 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1975 - DEATHBIRD STORIES
Replies: 18
Views: 23630

Actually, I always thought this one of the weaker stories in an otherwise facinating collection. The relevation that Helene is a robot seems a bit cartoonish. I am reminded in some ways of Shirley Jackson's rather more disturbing story, "One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts." I won't give away t...

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