Deathbird Stories

Deathbird Stories This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN X Masterpieces of myth and terror about modern gods from technology to drugs to materialism fantasy at its most bizarre and unsettling The New York

  • Title: Deathbird Stories
  • Author: Harlan Ellison
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  • This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 149760477X.Masterpieces of myth and terror about modern gods from technology to drugs to materialism fantasy at its most bizarre and unsettling The New York Times.As Earth approaches Armageddon, a man embarks on a quest to confront God in the Hugo Award winning novelette, The Deathbird In New York City, a brutal act of violThis is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 149760477X.Masterpieces of myth and terror about modern gods from technology to drugs to materialism fantasy at its most bizarre and unsettling The New York Times.As Earth approaches Armageddon, a man embarks on a quest to confront God in the Hugo Award winning novelette, The Deathbird In New York City, a brutal act of violence summons a malevolent spirit and a growing congregation of desensitized worshippers in The Whimper of Whipped Dogs, an Edgar Award winner influenced by the real life murder of Queens resident Kitty Genovese in 1964.In Paingod, the deity tasked with inflicting pain and suffering on every living being in the universe questions the purpose of its cruel existence.Deathbird Stories collects these and sixteen provocative tales exploring the futility of faith in a faithless world A legendary author of speculative fiction whose best known works include A Boy and His Dog and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream and whose major awards and nominations number in the dozens, Harlan Ellison strips away convention and hypocrisy and lays bare the human condition in modern society as ancient gods fade and new deities rise to appease the masses gods of technology, drugs, gambling, materialism that are as insubstantial as the beliefs of those who venerate them.In addition to his Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Edgar, and other awards, Ellison was called one of the great living American short story writers by the Washington Post and this collection makes it clear why he has earned such an extraordinary assortment of accolades.Stories include Introduction Oblations at Alien Altars The Whimper of Whipped Dogs Along the Scenic Route On the Downhill Side O Ye of Little Faith Neon Basilisk Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes Corpse Shattered Like a Glass Goblin Delusion for a Dragon Slayer The Face of Helene Bournouw Bleeding Stones At the Mouse Circus The Place with No Name Paingod Ernest and the Machine God Rock God Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans Latitude 38 54 N, Longitude 77 00 13 W The Deathbird

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    1. Harlan Jay Ellison is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, teleplays, essays, and criticism.His literary and television work has received many awards He wrote for the original series of both The Outer Limits and Star Trek as well as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour edited the multiple award winning short story anthology series Dangerous Visions and served as creative consultant writer to the science fiction TV series The New Twilight Zone and Babylon 5.Several of his short fiction pieces have been made into movies, such as the classic The Boy and His Dog.webmaster harlanellison

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    1. This collection, originally published in 1975, has recently been re released by Open Road Media Many thanks to them for the opportunity to read As always, my opinion is solely my own Introduction Oblations at Alien Altars The Whimper of Whipped Dogs Inspired by the Kitty Genovese murder This story is the crappiest, most offensive indictment of city life specifically New York City life that I ve ever encountered.Apparently, Ellison like others at the time took the murder of Kitty Genovese as a sy [...]


    2. I somehow discovered this book when I was a kid As dark and violent as it was, I found it weirdly hopeful Finally, I thought, an adult who won t fucking lie to you, someone who will just say yes, everything sucks and people are screwed up and the only thing you can do in the face of all this misery is fight, even though you ll probably fail Fight, and remember that everyone else is in pain, and never lose your outrage or your compassion Not to pile melodrama onto this paragraph, but it probably [...]


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    4. I ve outsourced reviews of short stories to my blog If you re curious, read it there or just follow the review links belowSummary Ellison linked 19 stories, which were previously published between 1960 and 1974, with a common topic new gods of our modern society, like for city neighborhoods or cars, need to be worshipped or drop out of existence The stories worked as a standalone narrations but must be interpreted differently in this new context It is not a thematic link like Bradbury s The Mart [...]


    5. i remember when this came in the mail from the science fiction book club when i was twelve it was like having someone tear out my stomach.


    6. 6.0 stars Another superb collection of short stories by the greatest short story writer of all time While all of the stories in this collection are excellent, I would mention The Whimper of Whipped Dogs as one that particularly affected me when I read it HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Winner British Science Fiction Award for Best Collection 1979 Nominee World Fantasy Award for Best Collection 1976 Nominee Locus Award for Best Collection 1976 Voted to the Locus List of All Time Best Collections [...]


    7. I ve read a few of these stories before, but never like this No, every story in this book is meant to be read this way, not just a story here and there over the years Read em all back to back, start to finish He warns you not to do that in the intro, but he s just goading you to do it It s a different, powerful experience I think that SF has two phases Before Harlan Ellison and After Harlan Ellison He s a visceral guy He doesn t do gentle, folks He screams his straight from the guts stories in y [...]


    8. for me this books represents one of those rare moments in life where you can point to a single instant and say, that moment changed me.i was around thirteen years old, and, as a lot of young teenagers, really struggling with Christianity, social expectations, parental smothering, etc and so on lets just say the box was feeling particularly small and i was feeling the squeeze enter a fateful trip to the local flea market second hand emporiumagine a flea market booth so full of worthless items tha [...]


    9. 3.5 starsDEATHBIRD STORIES, by Harlan Ellison is a collection of some of his varied short stories I do love Ellison s literary style and writing in general however, as in most story collections, some of the themes of the individual stories worked for me much so than others In general, I found that I prefered his horror and supernatural style stories over those that reached into the fantasy and to a lesser extent the science fiction areas.The writing is brilliant all throughout, in my opinion Ea [...]


    10. I didn t know quite what to expect from this volume, especially after reading the author s caveat at the beginning It is suggested that the reader not attempt to read this book at one sitting The emotional content of these stories, taken without break, may be extremely upsetting This note is intended most sincerely, and not as hyperbole.Not that this is an issue for me, I never read books in one sitting But after finishing these stories I can see what the author means and agree that it is not at [...]


    11. Harlan Ellison is a passionate writer with a unique style I ve have read many of his story stories, including these in this book.Like most of Ellison s work, these stories are aiming for an emotional effect Ellison has a great deal of anger in some stories, also he has very little optimism.I often think of this child s poem when I read Ellison There once was a girl And she had a curl Right in the middle of her forehead And when she was good, she was very, very good And when she was bad she was h [...]


    12. Harlan Ellison is one of my favorite short story writers but his output can be inconsistent Deathbird Stories is easily his finest collection These works are unflinchingly cynical and brutally honest about the human condition yet it is apparent that the writer hopes that mankind will rise and find something about it that is noble If there is one repeating theme it is that man must create gods for itself even though those gods always fail us Ellison s warning that these stories should not be read [...]


    13. I think I m might be in a minority on this book It has had many good reviews on many venues and was a bookclub pick by one of our adventurous members.While this may not be my cup of tea there are a couple of things specifically that bothered me about the book.1 Many of the stories are firmly set in their era the book was published in 1975 and you can tell by all of his branded references Maybe this would be cool if you were reading it in 1975 and you could relate to the brands and trends, but r [...]


    14. A masterpiece of bleak, modern not quite horror.The Deathbird is a series of short stories that I damn near required all my friends and lovers to read They are bleak, bitter, angry and fascinating Like a car wreck you can t help but rubberneck at as you drive past it, Deathbird left me a little weak in the knees and sometimes, a little sick to my stomach from the emotional wreckage of the characters and the window they opened into my own psyche.Read it alone, in a well lit room.Wait and watch as [...]


    15. Ignoring Ellison s caveat lector at the beginning on the book about don t read this in a single sitting I read the book in a single sitting As such, I am not an emotionally ok person today, I m slightly dead inside because this collection put me through one too many emotions, utterly confused me at times, and had me captivated by the wonderful prose to the point where my brain could not take it any.If I had to rate the stories individually, several would get 5 stars, some would get 2 or 3 or 4 B [...]


    16. I had to give up on this collection around page 183, in the middle of a story that meant nothing to me.Now, I ll be the first to admit that I m bad at reading anthologies with the exception of The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, of course The problem is that anytime I hit a story I m not a big fan of, it makes it harder and harder to pick the book back up I do all right with short story collections on the Kindle, but part of that is because it s harder to tell how many pages are left during [...]


    17. I read this for 12 Grandmasters in 2012 challenge I had heard of Ellison, of course I know who he is, I ve heard the rumors, the gossip, the cool talk about him He s rough He s crude He s a blazing asshole He s brilliant This is, however, the first time I ve actually read anything by him of course I ve seen things that he s written screenplays for He s definitely unique, and I don t think I ve read anything that touches him.This is a compilation of short stories, whose theme seems to be god or g [...]


    18. Deathbird Stories famously starts with a caveat don t read it all in one sitting, Unca Harlan warns, because it s intense, it s upsetting, and it ll fuck you up Now as a rule, I respect Unca Harlan s opinion he s the angriest motherfucker to ever love words, and it positions him firmly Up My Alley But PAH upon reading the warning I ve got steel for emotional skin when it comes to supposedly creepy stories Whatever, Ellison Yeah no I don t Don t read them in a single sitting.It s actually not tha [...]


    19. The stories are, for the most part, interesting and well written, but after a while, the non stop cynicism and darkness left my brain feeling a bit numb I was glad, finally, to be be done with them Ellison warns the reader not to attempt to read these in one sitting, stating that doing so might be extremely upsetting, and I did anyway This didn t really upset me, but it did leave me with the impression that, taken as a whole, there is something a bit off about the whole collection There s a tone [...]


    20. Deathbird Stories is a short story cycle surrounding the idea of gods new and old interacting with everyday America Yeah, it wasn t Neil Gaiman s idea Throughout all of the stories Ellison maintains a consistent dark energy in his narrative voice that grips the reader and drives the story forward This beautiful and agressive style manages to keep even the less successful stories enjoyable.Like any story collection, the quality varies, but Ellison or his publishing company is smart enough to book [...]


    21. Far too often lately I find myself abandoning books I never used to do that I used to be able to name all five or so books I couldn t get through back when I was 18.But now that I m older my decisions about how I spend my time seem to carry undesired weight It s now obvious that my life is no longer filled with endless summers and lazy nights, the perfect time to read through my roommate s entire collection of DD novelizations or whatever.So when a book like this doesn t thrill me or accuratel [...]


    22. This was one of the most interesting group of stories I have ever read Many of them were graphic, but it was necessary in stories of this style Ellison really shows in each story how great a writer he is with the intensity of the implications leftover after finishing one of the Deathbird Stories Some of the stories in this books left me with so much to think about, it was hard to read another one right after the other This made me take a lot longer to read the whole book, but I also think I was [...]


    23. It is suggested that the reader not attempt to read this book at one sitting The emotional content of these stories, taken without break, may be extremely upsetting This note is intended most sincerely, and not as hyperbole GO AT YOUR OWN RISK Harlan EllisonI m only around halfway through, but these are some of the most deeply disturbing and enthralling short stories I ve ever read I particularly enjoyed the first, The Whimper of Whipped Dogs and Basilisk Also, despite its similarities to Neon w [...]


    24. The years have not been kind to the stories in this collection Published in 1975, the book opens with a caveat lector warning us not to read the stories one after the other without a break as the emotional content may be extremely upsetting No doubt some of the concepts dealt with were confronting at the time, now the writing style in the stories comes across as overwrought, preachy and full of telling, telling telling Not to mention the overt misogeny, and the lack in variation of tone each sto [...]


    25. Given this collection s reputation, I went into it with high expectations I was deeply disappointed With the exception of The Whimper of Whipped Dogs , with which I was already familiar from its countless reprintings, I found the stories emotionally and intellectually uninvolving Far too often I felt that a bombastic, overwrought style of writing was being used to disguise weakness of content.


    26. Profane and unsettling, Deathbird Stories will stay with you long after it has collected dust on your bookshelf Never apologetic, Harlan Ellison s words resonate with passion and precision, taking the reader to a chaotic and godless view of who we are and where we will be Deathbird Stories is the inkwell of our psyche the altar of despair.


    27. This guy s intellect is frightening His stories are frightening Inspirational because they are so real, impossible, and grotesque.


    28. Short english reviewThis exceptional collection is a massive punch deliver, an uncanny set of tales that hypnotizes the reader, delivering mixed feelings of awesome and awful This unsettling feeling is set in the first story, The Whimper of Whipped Dogs, in which a brutal murder is described and several witnesses watch, mesmerized So does the reader Humanly gods and humans turned gods, the stories in this collection portrait all kinds of monsters in real and parallel realities simultaneously hor [...]


    29. A couple years after Ellison got on my radar, I bought this first edition, hardcover This is the book that changed the direction and force of his future writing, although on first blush it was not quite so clear.First, this is like a concept book, with all stories including rather old ones collected around the idea of modern gods So we see Paingod, Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes, and Rock God which close readers were already familiar with These dovetail surprisingly nicely with newer tales of the same [...]


    30. This was such a varied work The message behind each story, the style of prose, and even the format changes wildly The common thread is that they deal with gods though often this is in a very imaginative, unique interpretation of the word.The first story, The Whimper of Whipped Dogs , absolutely astounded me it was so very unexpectedly brutal and blunt I don t mean this in the sense that the clamorous gore of American Psycho was brutal and blunt, but in that it depicts so viscerally the base grot [...]


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