Deathbird Stories has ratings and reviews. Althea said: This collection, originally published in , has recently been re-released by Open Ro. Deathbird Stories. Harlan EllisonĀ®, Subterranean () , $45 (p) ISBN Deathbird Stories is his most daring collection of dangerous visions, each tale a gem that peels back layers of human emotions to reveal a dark dream inspired.

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Read ’em all back to back, start to finish. I understand the theme was about gods and death but for the most part, I could not suspend my disbelief for long enough to buy into the premise for most of the stories – that is, for those I read, because I must confess, that after getting a bit more than halfway through the book, I stopped reading it. Return to Book Page. Unlike some of Ellison’s collections, the introductory notes to each story can be as short as a phrase and rarely run more than a sentence or two.

Gorgeous Delusion for a Dragon Slayer – I liked this one a lot for a myriad of reasons. Deathbird Stories is a collection of 19 of Harlan Ellison’s best stories, including Edgar and Hugo winners, originally published between and I found the “inner” meaning much more potent and powerful as a social commentary of sorts.

If not for dathbird branding that occurs in the story, we could have read it to be a New York of the future – something that it still can be, rather than something it was so long ago – the story was tired. Notify me of followup deathbirc via e-mail.

Lists with This Book. His stories will rivet you to the floor and change your heartbeat Deathbird Stories famously starts with a caveat: And yes, I realize that this review probably could have been words shorter and still gotten the point across.


While all of the stories in this collection are atories, I would mention “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” as one that particularly affected me when I read it.

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Trivia About Deathbird Stories. I’m almost certain Warren Ellis has read that feathbird, and Paingod got stuck to his brain stem. Most of these stories are pretty bleak, full of deeply unlikable characters showing humanity’s worst side.

There are so many other books I want to read! Views Read Edit View history. It’s not what you’d think would happen. The Deathbird – The book started off with one of the best stories and it ends with the best story. They are bleak, bitter, angry And here is meh to WTF to yuck – Along the scenic route – a logical progression of road rage to an awful end. I seldom feel “so so” about his stories; I like them or I hate them.

Clearly a response to the Vietnam War, this story is pretty much an all-around indictment of war, the treatment of prisoners of war, the treatment of returning veterans, the behavior of those veterans Like most of Ellison’s work, these stories are aiming for an emotional effect.

There are misses in this collection wtf were you thinking with “Corpse”, buddy?

Ignoring Ellison’s caveat lector at the beginning on the book about “don’t read this in a single sitting”. Much of our site’s special functionality was coded by Zane Hooper. This one won the Hugo, and it totally deserves it. Apparently, Ellison like others at the time took the murder of Kitty G This collection, originally published inhas recently been re-released by Open Road Media.

Apparently, Ellison like others at the time took the murder of Kitty Genovese as a symbol of all that was wrong with urban living. In contrast to the first story in the book, I very much liked the storues York setting here. Oct 21, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unfortunately, I got Mr.


She becomes one of the witnesses deatybird a brutal murder in her courtyard. Hendee, Barb and Storirs. I’ve read a few of these stories before, but never like this. May 26, Mary JL rated it liked it Recommends it for: Far too often lately I find myself abandoning books.

When she’s forced to go to a car mechanic in storise one-horse town in the middle of nowhere, she unexpectedly meets a man who may be just as powerful as she is. I read this for 12 Grandmasters in challenge. The city has clearly cast off it’s slimy mantle of danger and become the place to be. Several of his short fiction pieces stoires been made into movies, such as the classic “The Boy and His Dog”.

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Here’s the link to my Top Ten of She takes it pretty much for granted. I was glad, finally, to be be done with them. A masterpiece of bleak, modern not-quite-horror. Is the protagonist being called ‘Niven’ a reference to Xeathbird Niven? Aug 21, Galo rated it really liked it Shelves: In a human sculptor in particular?

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. A young man is discharged from the army, and upon his return, finds that his fiancee has taken up residence in a communal household of drugged-out hippies, and seems strangely unwilling to leave.

But here are a few of my favorites that I hadn’t read before: