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17.05.19 18 19. For the 1950 first novel of Vonnegut s model for Kilgore Trout, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one A very human coming of age balanced by some dips into bizarre scientific study of abstract life a little optimistic about mediating between these worlds than Stanislaw Lem, however And for a while wholly unpredictable, culminating in a completely startling revenge sequence Ultimately, the trajectory has to reconform a relatively normal set of guidepoints, though the second half becoming much foreseeable at least in generalities Still, entertaining and sympathetic, which is already than I can say about a lot of 50s era sci fi Sturgeon seems to have an empathy for the marginalized I find lacking in some of his contemporaries, and it goes a long way. [Download Pdf] ☪ The Dreaming Jewels ♶ Winner Of The Hugo, Nebula And World Fantasy Life Achievement Awards One Of The Masters Of Modern Science Fiction The Washington Post Book World Eight Year Old Horty Bluett Has Never Known Love His Adoptive Parents Are Violent His Classmates Are Cruel So He Runs Away From Home And Joins A Carnival Performing Alongside The Fireaters, Snakemen And Little People, Horty Is Accepted But He Is Not Safe For When He Loses Three Fingers In An Accident And They Grow Back, It Becomes Clear That Horty Is Not Like Other Boys And It Is A Difference Some People Might Want To UseBut His Difference Risks Not Only His Own Life But The Lives Of The Outcasts Who Provided For Him, For So Many Years, With A Place To Call Home In The Dreaming Jewels, Theodore Sturgeon Renders The Multiple Wounds Of Loneliness, Fear, And Persecution With Uncanny Precision Vividly Drawn, Expertly Plotted, The Dreaming Jewels Is A Sturgeon Masterpiece An Intensely Written Novel And Very Moving Novel Of Love And Retribution Washington Star The book blurb states this was Sturgeon s first novel and it is an impressive beginning The only other book of the author s I have read is More Than Human, which was slightly ambitious but also less enjoyable I sympathized with the characters in this book far The story was simple and sincere but captivating and beautiful as well The setting reminded me of HBO s Carnivale, that perfect and doomed show I wish to this day had never been cancelled I am having a difficult time deciding whether I liked the setting or the main character Horty was perfect and I loved him from the very beginning when he was caught doing that very bad thing at school And by the end of what I think was the first chapter, before Horty sets off, I was shocked and disturbed and fascinated with Sturgeon for forcing me to care so strongly for a character as fast as I did for Horty I liked the ending but the last chapter or 2 before the final page felt slightly rocky, which is the only reason why I am not rating 5 stars I love how Sturgeon blends science fiction, fantasy, and social commentary His books are accessible and inventive and so far, highly recommended. Theodore Sturgeon only wrote SF because no other genre could possibly have contained the immensity of his ideas But he wrote unconsciously of the genre and his work tends to be devoid of the usual trappings found in many other SF writers work That this was originally published in 1951 only serves to intensify my admiration for this man s work, reminding me just how ahead of his time he was.Sturgeon is an ideas man so one might compare him to the likes of A.E van Vogt and Philip K Dick but he combines his powerful imagination with masterful literary skills, something the other two often struggled to do He also conveys an authorative understanding and depth of knowledge of the subject matter in question And this book is no exception.This is a gripping and traumatic story packed full of interesting characters Once again a contemplation of what it is to be human is the central theme of this book While not quite attaining the dizzying heights of More Than Human, this is a great story and deserves recognition than it appears to have.I can t wait to read some of this man s work, although I m not sure where to go next Wacky science fiction at its best, but maybe not Sturgeon s best I m probably being unfair comparing his other works to the great More Than Human Jewels stands out on its own It s nothing phenomenal and it might seem a little less fresh than it appeared at the time it was written in 1950.The plot should be enough to ensnare you an 8 year old boy with a jewel eyed jack in the box named Junky gets his fingers cut off by an evil foster father, so he runs off to a carnival where the midgets turn him into a transgender midget performer to hide him from Maneater, the evil ruler of the carnival Turns out those jewels are actually fucking aliens Good stuff, but not great Good enough, I guess 3.5 stars This is another one that is right in the middle of 3 and 4 stars This is another well written, emotionally charged story about an 8 year old boy who runs away from his abusive foster parents and joins up with a travelling carnival full of special people From there it is a coming of age story as only Sturgeon can tell it full of unique aliens, misfits, mad doctors and dreams of worldwide destruction Recommended Siempre me han atra do las historias de personas maginadas, parias, freaks y monstruos , tanto literarias como cinematogr ficas Directores como David Lynch en su genial retrato sobre J Merrick en El hombre elefante el universo de Tim Burton, sobre todo en Big Fish o David Cronenberg y sus pesadillas, han dado importancia a estos seres Todd Browning, en La parada de los monstruos Freaks , pel cula en B N de principios del siglo pasado, ya nos los mostr con toda su crudeza, y no eran actores, se dedic a recoger a cuanto fen meno de feria encontraba Los cristales so adores cuenta la historia de un grupo de fen menos de feria, pat ticos y entra ablas, producto de una inteligencia extra a cristales que sue an y duplican hombres, animales y plantas.La historia es floja, no nos vamos a enga ar, tengo la impresi n de que podr a dar para algo m s Theodore Sturgeon es un escritor de cuentos de ciencia ficci n excepcional y creo que esta historia la alarg en lugar de dejarla como un relato corto Aun as , para estar escrita en 1950, no est mal del todo. I ll admit right off that one of my reading weaknesses is classic science fiction Oh, I like the modern stuff, too, don t get me wrong But it just seems like there was a certain extra gear of craftsmanship in the older novels and short stories Bradbury, Aldiss, Carter, Asimov, Moorcock, Blish..too many giants of the genre to mention wrote tales that staggered my young imagination My room growing up was full of cheap paperbacks and sci fi and fantasy magazines like Analog and Galaxy My tastes have branched out over the years, but I always enjoy coming back to a good science fiction or fantasy paperback, literary comfort food for my soul.I remember picking up a copy of this book sometime in the mid 80s, in a little section of paperbacks at one of the pawn shops near where I grew up in Texarkana, Texas That particular printing was under an alternate title, The Synthetic Man, and I have fond memories of reading that slim volume in a younger, simpler time for me I went off to college and left that book behind Somewhere along the way it got lost or sold or discarded but I have always kept an eye out for another copy so I could enjoy the story once again As it turns out, there is a little independent used bookstore in Rockport, Texas where we like to vacation, and this 1977 Dell reprint just happened to jump off of the shelf for me Theodore Sturgeon was not a hard science fiction writer His forte was in creating complex and believable characters and working in a lot of humanistic elements into his stories The book starts out as eight year old Horty Bluett is caught doing something..unusual Nowadays it would get him quite a few votes on a YouTube channel, but back in the day that sort of thing was not looked upon with such wonder and amusement Horty lives in a house with his adoptive parents, a scummy couple prone to abuse When his father slams Horty s hand with a closet door, causing massive damage, Horty runs away to literally join the circus, his only possessions being a few clothes and his mysterious jack in the box toy, Junky Horty is accepted into the sideshow life on the condition that he masquerade as a female dwarf, a deception that he is able to pull off seamlessly What is the connection between Junky and Horty What darkness does the carnival hide What mischief will his adoptive father get up to as time passes It s a great start to the book, and the pages turn fast as the action ramps up The Dreaming Jewels is one of Theodore Sturgeon s best short novels If it were released today it would probably be positioned off in the Young Adult section of the store, but it was originally released in 1950 Part of what makes this book so strong, though, is its timeless quality It doesn t seem dated despite the fact that it was released 67 years ago There are themes of gender roles and feminism and a soft sexuality at the core of the story that are just as relevant today as they must have been shocking in 1950 I was also impressed with Sturgeon s depiction of the dreaming jewels themselves I enjoy science fiction where the aliens are TRULY alien, and that is certainly the case here Rather than rely on standard tropes, the author gives the other species an original and satisfying backstory and makes them believable as a collective, while still leaving something to the reader s imagination Theodore Sturgeon is one of my favorite writers in any genre His use of language is beautiful and spare, a true wordsmith He s not as poetic and flowery as Bradbury, nor is he as dry and succinct as Asimov I d like to finish out the review with a few lines from the book He began to sing, and because the truck rumbled so, he had to sing out to be heard and because he had to sing out, he leaned on the song, giving something of himself to it as a high steel worker gives part of his weight to the wind And now, at dawn, the carnival itself The wide, dim street, paved with wood shavings, seemed faintly luminous between the rows of stands and bally platforms Here a dark neon tube made ghosts of random light rays from the growing dawn there one of the rides stretched hungry arms upward in bony silhouette There were sounds, sleepy, restless, alien sounds and the place smelled of damp earth, popcorn, perspiration, and sweet, exotic manures Implicit in this was humanity With it, the base of Survival emerged, a magnificent ethic the highest command is in terms of the species, the next is survival of group The lowest of three is survival of self All good and all evil, all morals, all progress, depend on this order of basic commands To survive for the self at the price of the group is to jeopardize species For a group to survive at the price of the species is manifest suicide Here is the essence of good and of greed, and the wellspring of justice for all of mankind That is good stuff, kids I can t recommend the classics enough, and you are not going to go wrong with Ted Sturgeon The man was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame for a reason Check out those paperback racks, don t be afraid to get a bit of Scotch tape to keep the covers together Read, and lose yourself for a bit in a good story Upon editing this review, I felt compelled to mention that great bookstore in Rockport, Texas no longer exists, it being a victim of hurricane Harvey There is naught left but a scraped over empty lot lot where to store once stood It s a sad reminder that nothing in this world is permanent, that change and nature will always win out in the end. Last Christmas, I mentioned to my parents that I d like to read science fiction Being the hella nerds they are, mom and dad pooled their resources and, predictably, went overboard Christmas morning, I unwrapped a giant cardboard box filled with sci fi paperbacks I was overwhelmed, but pleased with my new stockpile I would reach in and grab a book every now and again by someone I had at least heard of Heinlein, Bradbury, Clarke, and other typical fair of the genre But then I started looking at the ones I didn t recognize The old out of print pulp paperbacks with ripped spines and slowly browning, musky pages The Synthetic Man was easily the oldest looking by a long shot It was short, and the back only had a two sentence description about eating ants My interest was piqued, so I gave it a go Nine times out of ten, picking up a book at random without any knowledge of it will, at best, leave you pleasantly entertained, and at worst, make you want to purge your brain of the 200 or so pages worth of foulness you ve just fed it Of course, this wasn t completely at random These were hand selected by my brilliant, geeky parents But nevertheless, the feeling applies Then, every now and again, you find a gem A book that has everything, a book where everything falls into place perfectly A book you start recommending to everyone, no matter how irritated they get with you The Synthetic Man was that book for me It was simply an absolute delight Without giving too much away, I ll say this there s a boy who eats ants, but he s not really a boy There s a circus spreading plagues wherever it goes And its freakshow The freaks aren t your run of the mill sideshow attractions Think Frankenstein meets The X Men Sort of.