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Clark Ashton Smith (1893–1961)

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Obras por Clark Ashton Smith

The End of the Story (2007) 392 exemplares
The Emperor of Dreams (1926) 266 exemplares
Zothique (1970) 265 exemplares
Hyperborea (1971) 203 exemplares
Poseidonis (1973) 146 exemplares
Genius Loci and Other Tales (1948) 141 exemplares
Xiccarph (1972) 118 exemplares
The Abominations of Yondo (1960) 116 exemplares
Out of Space and Time, Volume 2 (1942) 107 exemplares
Lost Worlds (1944) 105 exemplares
Out of Space and Time (1942) 98 exemplares
The Tsathoggua Cycle (2005) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Tales of Science and Sorcery (1964) 96 exemplares
Lost Worlds: Volume 2 (1974) 95 exemplares
Out of Space and Time, Volume 1 (1974) 81 exemplares
The Last Incantation [collection] (1982) 77 exemplares
The Monster of the Prophecy (1983) 62 exemplares
Tales of Zothique (1995) 61 exemplares
The Book of Hyperborea (1996) 53 exemplares
Other Dimensions (1970) 52 exemplares
The Klarkash-Ton Cycle (2008) 50 exemplares
The Black Diamonds (2002) 43 exemplares
Selected Poems (1971) 37 exemplares
Viimeinen hieroglyfi (1994) 32 exemplares
The Hashish-Eater (1989) 30 exemplares
Other Dimensions (1970) 30 exemplares
Mother of Toads [short story] (1938) 28 exemplares
The star-treader: And other poems (1912) 26 exemplares
The Averoigne Chronicles (2016) 26 exemplares
Other Dimensions Volume 2 (1970) 20 exemplares
Renegade Swords (2020) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Savage Heroes: Tales of Sorcery and Black Magic (1977) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Poems in prose (1965) 19 exemplares
De kolos van Ylourgne (1971) 16 exemplares
The Empire of the Necromancers (1932) 15 exemplares
The Charnel God (1934) 13 exemplares
Spells and Philtres (1958) 13 exemplares
The Black Abbot of Puthuum (1936) 12 exemplares
Xeethra (1934) 12 exemplares
The White Sybil and Other Stories (2005) 12 exemplares
De gewelven van Yoh-Vombis (1975) 11 exemplares
The Flower-Women (1935) 10 exemplares
The Tale of Satampra Zeiros (1931) 9 exemplares
The Beast of Averoigne (1933) 9 exemplares
Necropolis (2001) 9 exemplares
The Chain Of Aforgomon (2014) 9 exemplares
As It Is Written (1982) 9 exemplares
The Third Episode of Vathek (1937) 9 exemplares
The Invisible City (2012) 9 exemplares
Der Planet der Toten (1971) 9 exemplares
The Plutonian Drug (2011) 8 exemplares
Ubbo-sathla (1933) 8 exemplares
The Demon of the Flower (2011) 8 exemplares
The Weird Of Avoosl Wuthoqquan (1932) 8 exemplares
An Adventure in Futurity (2013) 8 exemplares
Atlantide e i mondi perduti (2006) 8 exemplares
Prince Alcouz And The Magician (1977) 7 exemplares
The Weaver In The Vault (1934) 7 exemplares
The Hunters From Beyond (1932) 7 exemplares
Morthylla (1953) 7 exemplares
The Dark Eidolon [short story] (1934) 7 exemplares
Das Haupt der Medusa (1996) 6 exemplares
Die Grabgewölbe von Yoh-Vombis (2012) 6 exemplares
Phoenix (2011) 6 exemplares
Necromancy In Naat (1936) 6 exemplares
The Seven Geases (1934) 6 exemplares
The Tomb-Spawn (1934) 6 exemplares
The Death Of Malygris (1934) 6 exemplares
The Isle Of The Torturers (1933) 6 exemplares
The Willow Landscape (1933) 5 exemplares
An Offering To The Moon (1953) 5 exemplares
Thirteen Phantasms 5 exemplares
Symposium of the Gorgon (1958) 5 exemplares
Odes and Sonnets (2010) 5 exemplares
The Testament Of Athammaus (1932) 5 exemplares
The Ghost of Mohammed Din (2014) 5 exemplares
El libro de Hiperb�rea (2015) 4 exemplares
Monsters In The Night 4 exemplares
The Gorgon (1932) 4 exemplares
Marooned In Andromeda (2011) 4 exemplares
The Root of Ampoi [short story] (1949) 4 exemplares
The Eternal World [short story] (2012) 4 exemplares
Averoigne (2003) 4 exemplares
Vulthoom [short story] (1935) 4 exemplares
Sadastor [poem] 4 exemplares
Sandalwood (1925) 4 exemplares
The Boiling Point (1986) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
The Venus of Azombeii 4 exemplares
Seedling of Mars [short story] (1931) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Genius Loci [short story] (1933) 4 exemplares
Le dieu carnivore : nouvelles (1987) 4 exemplares
The Uncharted Isle 4 exemplares
A Good Embalmer (1989) 3 exemplares
Told in the Desert (1964) 3 exemplares
The Double Shadow [short story] (1939) 3 exemplares
A Star-Change 3 exemplares
Poseidonis Cycle I 3 exemplares
Clark Ashton Smith's Works (2014) 3 exemplares
Beyond Time and Space 3 exemplares
Gonosz mesék (2013) 3 exemplares
The Ghoul (1934) 3 exemplares
The Malay Krise 3 exemplares
Zothique : Douze contes (1978) 3 exemplares
The Satyr (2014) 3 exemplares
The Necromantic Tale 3 exemplares
The Second interment 3 exemplares
Sarki regék (2017) 3 exemplares
The Kiss of Zoraida (1933) 3 exemplares
Schizoid Creator 3 exemplares
The Flirt 2 exemplares
The Expert Lover 2 exemplares
The Dart of Rasasfa 2 exemplares
The Dark Age [short story] (1938) 2 exemplares
Magazine of Horror Vol.6 No.6, April 1971, Whole Number 36 (1971) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Afterwards 2 exemplares
The Scroll Of Morloc (1975) 2 exemplares
Cuentos De Averoigne (2021) 2 exemplares
Checkmate 2 exemplares
Iperborea e oltre (2023) 2 exemplares
Double Cosmos 2 exemplares
L'empire des nécromants (1986) 2 exemplares
Die Treppe in der Gruft [Kurzgeschichte] (1976) — Autor — 2 exemplares
A Copy of Burns 2 exemplares
A sír szava (2004) 2 exemplares
Die Totenbeschwörer von Naat (2016) 2 exemplares
The Parrot 2 exemplares
The Memnons of the Night {poem} (1917) 2 exemplares
The Ice-Demon [short story] (1933) 2 exemplares
Something New 2 exemplares
The Mortuary [poem] (1971) 2 exemplares
Tales from Atlantis (2006) 2 exemplares
The Face By The River 2 exemplares
The Mahout 2 exemplares
The Mandrakes 2 exemplares
The Perfect Woman 2 exemplares
Seer of the cycles 2 exemplares
Nero and Other Poems 2 exemplares
To the Daemon [poem] 2 exemplares
December 1 exemplar
Neizmjerni užas (2016) 1 exemplar
A song from hell 1 exemplar
Inferno 1 exemplar
La mort d'Ilalotha 1 exemplar
Nero (1964) 1 exemplar
魔術師の帝国 (1974年) (1974) 1 exemplar
Metà A metà B — Autor — 1 exemplar
Third Rail #1 1 exemplar
The Bronze Image 1 exemplar
Kroniki Averoigne 1 exemplar
Tales of Averoigne (2012) 1 exemplar
Fakhreddin 1 exemplar
The Haunted Gong 1 exemplar
Bibliography 1 exemplar
Dawn Of Discord 1 exemplar
The Infernal Star 1 exemplar
The Red Turban 1 exemplar
The Animated Sword 1 exemplar
Chinoiserie (1931) 1 exemplar
La Gorgone (1989) 1 exemplar
Ombre dal Cosmo 1 exemplar
Mimo prostor a čas (2018) 1 exemplar
The Eternal Word 1 exemplar
The Emir's Captive 1 exemplar

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100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) — Contribuidor — 339 exemplares
H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror (1993) — Contribuidor — 309 exemplares
100 Wicked Little Witch Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 275 exemplares
Weird Tales (1988) — Contribuidor — 266 exemplares
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, Vol. 1 (1971) — Autor — 253 exemplares
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 247 exemplares
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The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares
100 Wild Little Weird Tales (1994) — Contribuidor — 187 exemplares
100 Creepy Little Creature Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 184 exemplares
The Phantom of the Opera and Other Gothic Tales (2018) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers' Tales (2004) — Contribuidor — 161 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001) — Contribuidor — 147 exemplares
Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors (1988) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1969) — Autor — 139 exemplares
The Young Magicians (1969) — Contribuidor — 139 exemplares
Lovecraft Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft (2004) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
The Spawn Of Cthulhu (1971) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
The Book of Eibon (2001) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Beyond Belief (1966) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (1886) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
New Worlds for Old (1971) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 3 (1977) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 2 (1976) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Spell of Seven (1965) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
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Catastrophes! (1981) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
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Between Time and Terror (1995) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 9: Atlantis (1988) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
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100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Swords & Sorcery (1963) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Worlds of Weird (1965) — Autor — 62 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 11 (1985) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Warlocks and Warriors (1970) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
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Weird Tales, No. 3 (1981) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon (2009) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Hauntings and Horrors: Ten Grisly Tales (1969) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Epic Fantasy Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
American Gothic Short Stories (2019) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Over the Edge (1964) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
H.P. LOVECRAFT: Four Decades of Criticism (1980) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Weird Legacies (1977) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Eight Strange Tales (1972) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Velhojen valtakunta (1989) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Sea-Cursed: Thirty Terrifying Tales of the Deep (1994) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
The Undead (1971) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Magic of Atlantis (1970) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Red Brain: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (2017) — Autor, algumas edições30 exemplares
Shangri-La (1982) — Contribuidor, algumas edições29 exemplares
Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader (1987) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Strange Ecstasies (1973) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Outoja tarinoita 4 (1992) 27 exemplares
Swords Against Darkness (2016) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (1947) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Weird Tales, No. 4 (1983) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Weird Tales, No. 2 (1980) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
A Dying Planet Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2020) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The Weird Fiction Megapack: 25 Stories from Weird Tales (2014) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
More Weird Tales (1976) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Mustan jumalan suudelma (1993) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Outoja tarinoita 1 (1924) 21 exemplares
And the Darkness Falls (1946) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Kingdoms of Sorcery: An Anthology of Adult Fantasy (1976) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (2013) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Le livre d'or de la Science-Fiction : Le manoir des roses (1978) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
ROOTS OF EVIL: BEYOND THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS (1976) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Back from the Dead (1991) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Lost Worlds, Unknown Horizons (1978) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Fire and Sleet and Candlelight: New Poems of the Macabre (1961) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
The Wildside Book of Fantasy: 20 Great Tales of Fantasy (2012) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
De Cthulhu-mythologie : lovecraftiaanse verhalen (1974) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Adventure Tales #1 (2004) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
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The Unquiet Grave (1964) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
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Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 6, June 1938 — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
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Weird Tales Volume 30 Number 1, July 1937 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
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Horror gems. Volume 13 : Clark Ashton Smith and others (2017) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
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Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 4, April 1938 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
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Weird Tales Volume 21 Number 3, March 1933 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Fantasy Fiction - November 1953 - Vol. 1, No. 4 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
A Day in the Hills a Poetical Competition... — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
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Weird Tales Volume 30 Number 3, September 1937 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Smith, Clark Ashton
Nome legal
Smith, Clark Ashton
Outros nomes
Herrigo, Clerigo
Gaylord, Timeus
Gallardo, Clerigo
des Laurieres, Christophe
Smith, C. Ashton
Data de nascimento
1893-01-13
Data de falecimento
1961-08-14
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Long Valley, California, USA
Local de falecimento
Pacific Grove, California, USA
Causa da morte
stroke
Locais de residência
Auburn, California, USA
Pacific Grove, California, USA
Educação
Long Valley School, California, USA
self taught
Ocupações
sculptor
painter
poet
short story writer
fantasy writer
Relações
Carol Dorman Jones (wife)
Agente
CASiana Enterprises

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Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was an American writer and artist. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Joaquin Miller, Sterling, and Nora May French and remembered as "The Last of the Great Romantics" and "The Bard of Auburn". Smith's work was praised by his contemporaries. H. P. Lovecraft stated that "in sheer daemonic strangeness and fertility of conception, Clark Ashton Smith is perhaps unexcelled", and Ray Bradbury said that Smith "filled my mind with incredible worlds, impossibly beautiful cities, and still more fantastic creatures".

Smith was one of "the big three of Weird Tales, with Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft", but some readers objected to his morbidness and violation of pulp traditions. The fantasy critic L. Sprague de Camp said of him that "nobody since Poe has so loved a well-rotted corpse." Smith was a member of the Lovecraft circle and his literary friendship with Lovecraft lasted from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937. His work is marked by an extraordinarily rich and ornate vocabulary, a cosmic perspective and a vein of sardonic and sometimes ribald humor.

Of his writing style, Smith stated: "My own conscious ideal has been to delude the reader into accepting an impossibility, or series of impossibilities, by means of a sort of verbal black magic, in the achievement of which I make use of prose-rhythm, metaphor, simile, tone-color, counter-point, and other stylistic resources, like a sort of incantation."

Membros

Discussions

THE DEEP ONES: "The Charnel God" by Clark Ashton Smith em The Weird Tradition (Outubro 2022)
THE DEEP ONES: "The Planet of the Dead" by Clark Ashton Smith em The Weird Tradition (Fevereiro 2022)
THE DEEP ONES: "Monsters in the Night" by Clark Ashton Smith em The Weird Tradition (Dezembro 2021)
Did Clark Ashton Smith read Tolkien? em Council of Elrond (Março 2020)
Favorite Clark Ashton Smith Story em Weird Fiction (Junho 2016)
CAS In Penguin Classics! em The Weird Tradition (Maio 2014)
THE DEEP ONES: "Genius Loci" by Clark Ashton Smith em The Weird Tradition (Novembro 2013)
THE DEEP ONES: "Necromancy in Naat" by Clark Ashton Smith em The Weird Tradition (Fevereiro 2012)
Clark Ashton Smith em The Weird Tradition (Dezembro 2011)

Críticas

 
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beskamiltar | 1 outra crítica | Apr 10, 2024 |
This collection published in the USA as part of the fantasy series edited by Lin Carter brought together the stories by Smith set in Atlantis and its remnants, and other lost lands such as Lemuria. This meant that I had already read quite a few of them in the Panther 1970s series books. These included "The Last Incantation", "The Death of Malygris", "The Double Shadow" and "A Voyage to Sfanomoë" of the Atlantian stories and "An Offering to the Moon" and "The Uncharted Isle" of the Lemuria and similar tales. Carter made up the material into book length by adding various assorted stories and poems which did not fit into any of the categories used in other Smith collections in his series so again "The Willow Landscape" was a previous read - however, I like this story except for the rather bathetic final paragraph- and "The Invisible City".

Overall I would rate this as a 3-star read as the stories I don't find interesting are balanced out by others I enjoyed.
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kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
This collection of short stories is part two of a reprint of the first collection of Smith's work, published by Arkham House in 1941. These stories are less linked by their setting than in volume 1 and instead an attempt has been made to group them by theme, such as 'Judgments and Dooms'. Only the middle section stories share a setting of Smith's: in this case the mythical land of Hyperborea.

In some respects, I found the stories less satisfying than those in volume 1, as some are a bit 'so what' such as 'The Last Hieroglyph' - the sequence of events play themselves out to a long foreseen conclusion, and I wondered why the god had seen fit to summon those characters to their ends prematurely. 'Sadastor' is unusual in being a story told by a demon to cheer up a young lamia! 'The Death of Ilalotha' is a tale of the attractions of a woman, exerted sorcerously beyond the grave. 'Return of the Sorceror' provided some genuinely creepy moments until the reason why the narrator has been employed by a nervous recluse in an old house is revealed and I think over-egged: I would have found it more unsettling if the "noises off" which the narrator kept hearing were really caused by oversized rats.

The three stories in the Hyperborean section were the least successful for me as two of them had the 'so what' conclusions I had noted earlier. Only 'Ubbo-Sathla' provided more interest with its twist ending that the method used by a sorcerer to travel back in time to read certain stone carvings has the ironical result that the viewpoint shared by himself and his 1933 incarnation causes him to lack the intellectual capacity to even realise the original goal has been reached.

I enjoyed the stories in the last part of the book most. Under the heading 'Interplanetaries' is firstly 'The Monster of the Prophecy', a longer tale about a man who is taken to Antares by a being who has been living on Earth in the guise of a human. The alien society and eventual fate of the man, who is not told the real reason for his being saved from a suicide brought on by depression, has an interesting twist and - rarely for Smith - a happy ending.

I especially liked 'The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis' which is set on Smith's version of Mars, encountered in other collections: a Mars with just breathable air and the remnants of ancient civilisations, including a still-existing race. Two members of this race act as guides to a team of human archaeologists who want to explore a remote ruined city left behind mysteriously by an earlier Martian race. Being a modern reader rather than the 1930s readership who would originally have read these tales, one particular aspect acted as a spoiler as soon as the narrator described a mural found in subterranean tunnels beneath the ruin, because of its partial similarity to a famous film trope, but this story benefits from a driving plot, the building of suspense, action scenes, and less of Smith's tendency to overdo the purple prose and the use of a Thesaurus. The book finishes with a couple of two-page vignettes which are descriptions rather than stories.

The more enjoyable read of the final section brought up the rating for me to a solid 3 star read.
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kitsune_reader | 2 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
This collection is a mixture weighted more towards the author's science fictional tales with the addition of some of his supernatural stories set in medieval France, and a few satirical or other stories with a dark humour. The memoir at the beginning was interesting. This was by E Hoffman Price who told of a number of visits he made to Smith over the years and which reveal among other things the stereotypical views of women common at the time: on one visit, Price's wife accompanies him but of course ends up in the kitchen with Smith's mother, even though Smith's mother actually did a lot of the marketing of her son's early books and therefore surely had something to add to the conversation!

The science fiction is mainly of the Edgar Rice Burroughs type, in that people can actually live on Mars, Venus or even Mercury, and such planets are populated not only by plants, but often by sentient lifeforms of various types. The characters are not really characters, but really vehicles for the action, and the real interest is in the strange settings and peculiar forms of life which were Smith's speciality.

Some stories, such as 'The Great God Awto', a skit based on a future civilisation's mistaken ideas of the place of the motor car in 20th century life, are rather heavy handed in both moral and humour, and I preferred the lighter touch of 'The Theft of Thirty-Nine Girdles' where an aged thief looks back on one of his favourite heists which he and his now deceased love carried out. I especially liked this story for being one of the few where the female lead is not relegated figuratively or otherwise to the kitchen. A pity that the author never seems to have tackled other such stories featuring this pairing, but I have now read all the collections I possess of this author's so it seems to have been a one-off. By contrast, 'The Root of Ampoi' centres around a misogynistic character - who, if the women in the community he intrudes into had not been eight feet tall, would have knocked his wife about to bring her into line.

Like many Smith stories, there are a fair share where the protagonist is either passive or else doomed or both, and after so many of those, it becomes quite a monotonous refrain. So given the mixture of good and bad, and the presence of at least one or two stories I liked, I can only rate this at 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 1 outra crítica | Nov 23, 2023 |

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Ramsey Campbell Contributor
Karl Edward Wagner Contributor
Forrest J Ackerman Contributor
Mike Ashley Contributor
Ron Hilger Contributor, Editor
Bruce Pennington Cover artist
Dan Clore Contributor
Will Murray Editor, Introduction
Terry Dale Contributor
Loay Hall Contributor
John S. Glasby Contributor
James Ambuehl Contributor
Rod Heather Contributor
Gary Myers Contributor
Stan Sargent Contributor
E. Hoffmann Price Introduction
Ned Dameron Cover artist
R. J. Krupowicz Cover artist, Illustrator
Brian Stableford Contributor
Don Herron Contributor
Ronald S. Hilger Contributor
Gervasio Gallardo Cover artist
Rowena Morrill Cover artist
George Barr Cover artist
J. K. Potter Cover artist
Tim Powers Introduction
Jason Van Hollander Cover artist
Bill Martin Cover artist
Ray Bradbury Introduction
Harry Fassl Cover artist
Frank Utpatel Cover artist
Bob Haberfield Cover artist
Lee Brown Coye Cover artist
Ian Gordon Narrator, music, production
Les Edwards Illustrator, Cover artist
Jennifer Gill Music, production
Henk J. Bouwman Translator
Ingrid Rothmann Translator
Jim Pitts Illustrator
Heleen ten Holt Translator
Lore Strassl Translator

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Obras
359
Also by
159
Membros
6,638
Popularidade
#3,688
Avaliação
3.8
Críticas
107
ISBN
260
Línguas
10
Marcado como favorito
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