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Eight-year-old Horty Bluett is mocked by his classmates & abused by his adoptive parents until the day his father severs three of his fingers. He runs away, taking only a gem-eyed doll he calls Junky, & joins a carnival. Finding acceptance at last, Horty never dreams that Junky is more than a toy, nor does he realize that a threat far greater than his cruel fatherEight-year-old Horty Bluett is mocked by his classmates & abused by his adoptive parents until the day his father severs three of his fingers. He runs away, taking only a gem-eyed doll he calls Junky, & joins a carnival. Finding acceptance at last, Horty never dreams that Junky is more than a toy, nor does he realize that a threat far greater than his cruel father inhabits the carnival & has been searching for Horty longer than he has been alive. Though less well-known than Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke or Robert A. Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon (1918-85) is even more important to the development of literary & humanistic science fiction. He received the Hugo, Nebula, & International Fantasy Awards, & the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award. The Dreaming Jewels (1950) was his first novel.--Cynthia Ward This book was also published as "The Synthetic Man"....

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The Dreaming Jewels Reviews

  • Char
    2019-02-21 09:57

    Having read Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood a few years back, I've been on the lookout for more affordable Sturgeon books. Earlier this year, this one was on sale, and adding the narration was only a couple of bucks more, so I jumped on it. Luckily, I was very pleased with my decision.This story was nothing at all like Some of Your Blood. But with an opening line of: "They caught the kid doing something disgusting out under the bleachers at the high school stadium.", how could anyone not continue with the tale? This book is difficult to categorize. An horrific, dark science fiction tale, with humor, humanity and social commentary-these words work well to describe this story. It also seemed timeless, never once did I feel that I was listening to something that was written in the 50s. I liked this book, I liked it a lot. If anyone out there has any other Sturgeon recommendations, please let me know, because I'm impressed with what I've read so far!

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-04 06:43

    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 more ambitious but also less enjoyable. I sympathized with the characters in this book far more. 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 more. 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.

  • Nate D
    2019-03-07 12:34

    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 more 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 more foreseeable at least in generalities. Still, entertaining and sympathetic, which is already more 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.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-12 08:01

    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!!

  • Simon
    2019-02-27 04:41

    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 more recognition than it appears to have.I can't wait to read some more of this man's work, although I'm not sure where to go next...

  • Oscar
    2019-03-08 12:41

    Siempre me han atraído las historias de personas maginadas, parias, freaks y "monstruos", tanto literarias como cinematográficas. 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'), película en B/N de principios del siglo pasado, ya nos los mostró con toda su crudeza, y no eran actores, se dedicó a recoger a cuanto fenómeno de feria encontraba.'Los cristales soñadores' cuenta la historia de un grupo de fenómenos de feria, patéticos y entrañablas, producto de una inteligencia extraña: cristales que sueñan y duplican hombres, animales y plantas.La historia es floja, no nos vamos a engañar, tengo la impresión de que podría dar para algo más. Theodore Sturgeon es un escritor de cuentos de ciencia-ficción excepcional y creo que esta historia la alargó en lugar de dejarla como un relato corto. Aun así, para estar escrita en 1950, no está mal del todo.

  • Liz
    2019-03-17 13:02

    Last Christmas, I mentioned to my parents that I'd like to read more 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.

  • Kristina Andreeva
    2019-03-08 09:56

    Много закъсняло ревю, но все пак:„Бленуващите кристали” на Теодор Стърджън, е една доста динамична книга. Това е роман, който се чете на един дъх не само заради по-краткия брой страници (да се има предвид, че форматът и шрифтът са по-различни от стандартния). В книгата се съчетават както фентъзи елементи, така и много общочовешки теми - за взаимоотношенията мeжду хората, за желанията и мечтите и за това как да оцелеем в един свят, в който е трудно да се доверим на отсрещния.

  • Michael Jandrok
    2019-03-19 08:47

    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-80’s, 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 it’s 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………..

  • Knigoqdec
    2019-03-20 08:32

    ~Giveaway книга ^^~Когато "чудаците" са повече хора от хората...Свързвам разказа (по моите критерии това е разказ) на Стърджън с един пасаж от стихотворение, което ми беше направило голямо впечатление, когато бях ученичка, и което странно се връзва с тази история. Съответният пасаж звучи ето така:"Но в затвора попаднал на хораи станалчовек..."Красивата и нежна любов на Зийна към момчето, първоначално обречено да живее в един отвратителен свят на омраза, ще променят света му. То не е обикновен човек. Тя не е обикновен човек.И двамата искат да пораснат. По различни начини, но със стремежа към нещо истински чисто и съкровено.Една борба срещу дивата омраза към човека и човешкото. В търсене на онова, което ни прави хора. Не, в търсене на онези неща. Мъничките, скътаните дълбоко някъде там. Красиви неща, на които почти не обръщаме внимание. Не се замисляме за тях.Кристалите също не се интересуват от тях. Но това не значи, че малките неща не са там. Или че не умеят да играят роля, огромна роля.Книга, писана преди повече от век? И какво от това? Нима човекът се е променил съществено? Едва ли...

  • Erik Graff
    2019-03-09 04:32

    Theodore Sturgeon is unusual among mainstream male science fiction writers of the fifties and sixties in that he writes with sensitivity, focusing more on his characters than on technologies or extraordinary plots. He is favorably comparable to Ray Bradbury, though less given to the utterly fantastic. This, his first, novel is a sympathetic portrayal of an abused boy, a theme unusual to the period, and of how his alliance with other social rejects saves humanity.

  • Manny
    2019-03-08 06:48

    I hadn't thought about this book for ages, until the other day when I read Jessica Treat's fine short story Ants. They both start in pretty much the same way. Coincidence?

  • Neil McCrea
    2019-03-04 12:49

    "They caught the kid doing something disgusting out under the bleachers at the high school stadium, and he was sent home from the grammar school across the street. He was eight years old then. He'd been doing it for years."That opening paragraph is quite the hooker, to use Stephen King's parlance, it draws you into the book and sets the pace for what's to come.The works of Theodore Sturgeon have been a major gap in my classic Science fiction library. I haven't managed to avoid him entirely, of course, but what I have read previous is no more than a smattering of short stories that I have to be reminded are Sturgeon's. I've taken my first step towards filling that gap with The Dreaming Jewels, his first novel, and I pretty much love it.Many have warned me that Sturgeon's novels are novels of ideas and that character and style are secondary for him. Based solely on the Dreaming Jewels, that sounds like nonsense to me. The characters are more archetypal than strictly realistic, but that serves the dreamy, fable like atmosphere of the novel. As to style, Sturgeon has plenty to spare."Zena, naked, came sliding out of the dim whiteness of her sheets like the dream of a seal in surf."Sturgeon writes Soft Sci-Fi so there are no careful explanations of the weird science, but the ideas explored are interesting. I was continuously surprised that a novel written in 1950 dealt with child abuse and gender politics in a way that occasionally felt contemporary, not to mention the fact that Sturgeon was able to incorporate these elements without sidetracking the grand adventure of it all.I certainly plan to read more Sturgeon in the future.(view spoiler)[I'd like to add that the resolution of the romantic storyline pleased me to no end. The fact that Horty ends up with the dwarf Zena rather than his childhood sweetheart may have some creepy Oedipal overtones, but it was such a refreshing change from the way these narratives generally develop that it had me grinning. (hide spoiler)]

  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    2019-03-11 08:59

    I don't know enough about Sturgeon's writing to know if he realized just how weird this story is. As its central plot device, an eight-year-boy passes himself off as a female midget for ten years. Although an explanation is later offered, fantastic but in keeping with the story, nothing is made of this by those who are in on the deception.The setting is a traveling carnival. The jewels are beings that fall from space with great regularity but disappear into earth's landscape. They are living beings who pass their lives unnoticed by humans, and yet are capable of affecting our lives in amazing ways. This is a good conceit, but Sturgeon literally talks it to death. Whenever an aspect of the story needs to be explained, you can expect several pages of dialog doing just that. And it's not very good dialog. It's awkward and stagey. The staginess works best with his villains, who are either ghoulish or sleazebags. A film like Eyes Without a Face takes absurd, melodramatic elements and encloses them in its own, hermetically sealed world. If the writing had been better, and the story better told -- I guess, in other words, if it had been a better book -- The Dreaming Jewels could have achieved a similar effect.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-21 05:00

    Theodore Sturgeon to me is a bit of mystery - I have a number of his works and I am slowly working my way through his collected works (an impressive series I must admit) and his short story " Saucer of loneliness" is one of my all time favourite stories - even before the new twilight zone turned it in to an amazing episode - but still his work surprises me. He is universally accepted as one of the all time great science fiction writers being cited by many authors as being their favourite or an inspiration to them and yet many of his works are hardly what you would call science fiction - this being a case in point. Do not get me wrong the story is fascinating if a little bizarre but still it was not what I was expecting and I think that is the secret to his success. And as a side note the publisher Victor Gollancz has brought us many amazing books and I know that there is a rich history of titles they can draw on but the fact that in the early 2000s they reprinted a number in their distinctive yellow jacket makes this book all the more appealing to me (shallow I know)

  • Gideon
    2019-03-13 04:46

    The original cover is incredibly pulpy. I love it so much. The way this book unfolds is so subtly scifi and I love it. There’s no robots, no space travel (except implied), no aliens trying to take over (intentionally). Just aliens that aren’t intednding to impact humanity at all.Theodore Sturgeon builds a word that has one foot in the mundane and one in the unusual. The introduction of carnies will tend to do that. For some reason I can’t explain, Sturgeon’s world works incredibly effectively even when logical leaps are made that I just can’t make. It all seems totally consistent. When another character says “wait that doesn’t make any sense”, the first says “of course it doesn’t!” and the narrative powers on. This sounds negative, but it isn’t! I think this may be due to Sturgeon’s sparse, efficient style and not at all the author trying to skim over something he hasn’t fully thought out. You get the feeling that Sturgeon has sat on this one for quite a while, and thought about this from every angle. Just because it’s sparse doesn’t mean it isn’t memorable. Horty, the midgets of the carnival, and the Snidely Whiplash-esque Maneater (née Monetre) all seem fully-realized, which is kind of remarkable of a feat in a story as short as this. As the book progresses, Horty learns what it is to be human on the inside and the outside, and sometimes being biologically human doesn’t mean your mind is. Interestingly, my next Sturgeon book to read is More Than Human. With where this book goes, and knowing what I know about Sturgeon’s Vulcan work on Star Trek, I’m starting to think that might be a theme of his career. If I was underlining in this book (I can’t, it’s Lauren’s), I would have underlined…- I used to think everybody had something like that. Something they'd be sick if they lost it, like. I never thought to ask anyone about it, even. - There was something in this man, with his frightening changes of voice and his treacherous humor, his kindness and his cruel aura, which the boy found deeply appealing. - But a man with [an attitude of disgust and hatred] is like a child with a whip–or a nation with battleships. For a while it is sufficient to stand in the sun, with one's power in sight for all to see. Soon, however, the whip must whistle and crack, and rifles must thunder, the man must take more than a stand; he must take action. - You don't know what you think until you tell someone else about it.- Human affairs refuse to be simple... human goals refuse to be clear.- There are two ways of hurting people–outside, where it shows, and inside, in the mind, where it scars and festers. - There are things a man can do, and things he can't. When he does something, what's the point of wondering whether or not he's actually done it? Don't you think he knows?

  • Idleprimate
    2019-03-03 06:39

    This is an astonishingly great book. It is, all at once, a painful and uplifting story where the fantastical elements provide an allegorical relief for adversity, and alienation, the cruelties of the world, the meaning in all we express and the power of connection and purpose. It has an arch, lurid, operatic sort of story; it incorporates a gloriously luscious noir sensibility, and a homeliness that reminds me of John Steinbeck or Morley Callaghan. It has prose that balances being muscular and direct with being lyrical and poetic. It has acute and far ahead of it's time psychological observations about attachment and abuse, surrogacy and violation. It manages to muse philosophically on the nature of being without once coming near pretension or artifice. It is a towering parable of the imperative of empathy.Incidentally, that this book dates from 1950, that it is a science-fiction book from 1950 and that it is the first novel of a young author only make it more astonishing.I read this book as a young child, somewhere near the initial age of the protagonist. While I had forgotten most of the contents of the book until I just reread it, it struck me to the core as a child and was one of a handful of books most meaningful and informative to me in that period. Stepping back into it now, it is completely unsurprising that this was the case and I see that despite having little conscious recall of the book, there are endless elements and details that marked me, contributed to my perception of the world and fertilized me.While I believe this book could be a wondrous read for anyone, it makes a tremendous gift for a troubled youth.

  • Raj
    2019-03-12 07:43

    Horty is a little boy who runs away from his abusive adoptive parents and joins the carnival. There he finds friendship and company but never realises that his companion Zena is protecting him from the carnival's leader, the Maneater. It's not until many years later that he discovers the truth about himself and the jack-in-the-box with the jewelled eyes that he couldn't bear to have apart from him.The central notion of the crystal jewels in this book is fascinating. A strange, mostly unexplained, form of life that can create duplicates of objects, plants and even people. The Maneater is fascinated by these crystals and dedicates his life to finding them and making them do his bidding. He's a good villain, obviously deranged but never pantomime and a real presence throughout the book.Although the book doesn't deal with Sturgeon's favourite theme of transhumanism, there are still recurring ideas from other books present, including that of the weird and the strange becoming something other than human. This was definitely a book that I very much enjoyed.

  • Chris
    2019-03-11 04:50

    So, I'm updating this review on my cell phone while traveling - quick review! The Dreaming Jewels has a very familiar storyline - unhappy young man, terrible family, boy runs away to join the circus. However, it's not exactly that simple. The novel cleverly deals with gender, gender fluidity, growing up, being different, and finding acceptance. It's also not particularly conventional in its conclusion - there's not really a happy romantic ending per se, though being more or less a novel acceptable for young adults... It does have a fairly happy ending. I really love Theodore Sturgeon and wish that he received the recognition of a Bradbury or Asimov. His stories are largely accessible, his characters relatable, and his writing quite comfortable. His character names tend to be a bit dated, but... Just go with it. Recommended!

  • Kalin
    2019-02-27 11:55

    Теодор Стърджън е от ония пишещи, посветили писането и (без преувеличение) живота си на човешкото: онова, което ни прави човеци. Без значение къде; кога; какви сме се родили.На Запад събратята му по перо го наричат „въплътената любов“. Рей Бредбъри, Роджър Зелазни, Харлан Елисън, Джийн Улф, Самюъл Дилейни – те не само черпят вдъхновение от свежестта и силата на прозата му; вдъхновяват ги, като хора, примерите за човечност и проявленията на човечността, които изригват и от най-мрачните истории на Стърджън. (А Стърджън познава мрака в нас не по-зле от спътницата му светлина.)„Бленуващите кристали“ е първият роман на Стърджън, писан преди повече от шест десетилетия. Дали е недодялан? Дали е остарял?Своите отговори знам. По-интересни са ми вашите.

  • Hannah
    2019-03-06 08:55

    I liked this book, it was a quick, absorbing read. The story and the characters could have been more fleshed out; the plot was ultimately rather thin but it did have me on the edge of my seat for a while there.I think I'm the opposite of Michael below me: I'm not much into SF, especially not the technical kind with lots of spaceships, but I'd love to get into SF like this more. Is there a name of this kind of SF? If anyone happens to read this and has any tips, let me know!

  • L S
    2019-03-16 10:35

    I've reread The Dreaming Jewels a few times since 1992. I still quite like it. In particular, I enjoy the Americana of the WWII era setting and the use of the carnie world as as a relief against which the perversion of the mainstream world is cast. Great early sci-fi.

  • Helloran
    2019-03-19 08:36

    Un roman étonnant, agréable à lire, et dont le contenu se laisse découvrir petit à petit. Il est parfaitement calibré à mon goût, un vrai petit bijou ! (sans mauvais jeu de mots)

  • Ана Хелс
    2019-03-10 07:54

    Бленуващите кристали е елегия за нечовешкото, родено у човека в преследване на възможния край на човешкото. Ненавист към себе си, обърната самота и копнеж по срещане на себе си в другия, създаване на светове сънища през смъртта и любовта с еднакъв знаменател, и толкова много неразбираема човещина. Отново светът е в ръцете на деца, макар и не точно деца, всъщност и не точно хора, но по-човешки от единствените, за които бях почти сигурна в хомо сапиенският им произход и на които им се пада ролята на унищожителите, нарочени за унищожение от съзидателите на битието. Пътуващ цирк — е, всъщност шоу на изродите, — където най-голямата грозота е прилежно скрита зад маска от любопитство и интерес към света; едно странно дете, можещо да управлява живота си в най-божествения смисъл благодарение на камъни без душа, но с толкова много мечти; няколко джуджета, албиноси, алигатори, амфибии, недовършени божии създания, сътворени не винаги от този Бог, за който се сещаме първосигнално. И един път — криволичене между неслучили се дни, привидно проста история, с блясък на мегаломания, застиваща на последната страница тъкмо когато някой намекна за по-обобщено спасение на света. Оставаме в края на всичко с един объркан читател, разлистващ отначало-докрай в опит да открие може би подминатия ключ към най-голямата загадка на съществуването, а именно — налагането на не-самотността пред самотата, но сякаш туй решение е някъде изпаднало между генома и партийната принадлежност и толкова много други така незначими неща.

  • Giacomo Boccardo
    2019-02-25 05:59

    Il protagonista di questo romanzo è Horty Bluett, un ragazzino orfano di entrambi i genitori, che, in seguito ad un brutale scontro avvenuto con il patrigno della famiglia adottiva, scappa di casa per finire in un luna park itinerante. Il motivo che induce il patrigno a trattarlo in malo modo è il disgusto provato sapendo che il figlio ha mangiato delle formiche. La ragione di questa azione trova spiegazione più avanti nella storia ed è tutt'altro che scontata.L'unico oggetto che Horty porta via con sé è un pupazzo di nome Junky, al quale è indissolubilmente legato. La nuova realtà in cui si trova a vivere non è costituita dai classici freak, ma da persone dotate di poteri reali. Il "Mangiafuoco" di questo circo è soprannominato "Cannibale" ed ha alle spalle una storia complessa che si dipana nel corso del romanzo e spiega perché sia alla ricerca di cristalli che hanno un'influenza tanto incredibile quanto incomprensibile sulle entità con cui vengono in contatto.Come molti romanzi di fantascienza, offre più livelli di lettura: da una storia di fantascienza con "superuomini", un protagonista umile ed indifeso e un antagonista spietato, a una struggente riflessione sul rapporto tra la società e il "diverso".Bisogna assolutamente leggerlo perché è davvero scorrevole, ogni dettaglio è funzionale alla trama ed è sicuramente qualcosa di mai visto prima.La recensione è anche presso .

  • Giulia Bilanzuoli
    2019-03-16 08:39

    Strano a dirsi, ma questo piccolo libriccino mi ha sconvolto. Se pensiamo a una storia di fantascienza siamo abituati a pensare a società futuristiche, mondi distopici, pianeti lontani. Mentre qui ci troviamo davanti a una storia che non cambia la normalità, che è nel qui ed ora, eppure non per questo è meno straordinaria. È solo l'aggiunta di un "se". Ma se fossimo realmente fatti della stessa "sostanza dei sogni"? Ma se l'origine della nostra esistenza fosse qualcosa di così inquietante da essere inimmaginabile? "Sognano, ma i loro sogni non sono come i nostri, sono sogni fatti di carne e di linfa, di legno, di ossa e di sangue".E da un'ipotesi assurda che ribalta ogni certezza e tranquillità, si arriva a una riflessione sull'umano. È possibile che sia questo un essere umano? Ma allora cos'è un umano? E soprattutto, se non sappiamo risponderci, come possiamo dire con certezza chi è umano e chi no? Veramente possiamo definire qualcuno come "mostro"?"L'umanità è un concetto caro agli anormali, che la vagheggiano melanconicamente, che affermano il loro diritto di farne parte con un anelito abborrante, che non desistono dall'invocarla tendendo le loro braccia rachitiche".

  • Maria Beltrami
    2019-03-03 05:47

    C'è una forma di vita aliena che ha invaso la terra, ma nessuno se n'è accorto, a parte un medico pazzo e mefistofelico.Nessuno se n'è accorto perché questa forma di vita non agisce, non interferisce, se non producendo dei "sogni", sogni che sono creature, duplicati imperfetti delle creature del mondo.Qualcuno di loro viene collezionato, come fenomeno da baraccone, nell'orribile circo del medico, e in questo circo un giorno arriva un bambino che fugge da un patrigno crudele, e che viene accolto da Zena, bellissima nana.Zena cresce il bambino, che dimostra di possedere memoria eidetica, secondo i dettami della migliore umanità, finché non dovrà fuggire, perché il medico si è accorto che ha delle qualità insolite.Ma chi è veramente l'umano, e chi il mostro nella battaglia finale tra il bambino ormai cresciuto, Zena e il medico?Bisogna guardare al di là delle apparenze.

  • Misha
    2019-03-13 10:59

    I loved More Than Human. And while this shares themes with that one, it is a distinctive book.For one, this first line and paragraph: "They caught the kid doing something disgusting out under the bleachers at the high-school stadium, and he was sent home from the grammar school across the street. He was eight years old then. He'd been doing it for years."I have fallen for Sturgeon's writing style, his oddball characters and unpredictable storytelling. He writes, as his character remarks on the books he enjoys, "strange, quizzical, deeply human books, each the only one of its kind." What a satisfying, beautiful book.

  • Beth
    2019-02-19 08:49

    The sub-title is "The Dreaming Jewels" A re-read from my youth -- first published in book form in the early '50s. The basic premise is that there are aliens among us, aliens who occasionally copy a human being who then goes on, unconscious of his non-human status, to operate as best he/she might in human culture. Circus freaks (this was written in the early 50s) may be incomplete humans or failed copies. At any rate, it’s a good place for a copy to hide. Underlying discussion—what makes an individual human.

  • Gina
    2019-02-18 12:40

    Theodore Sturgeon was an amazing writer who never failed to satisfy. I really enjoyed The Dreaming Jewels and have kept my old paperback. The premise of the book could have easily been hokey, but it isn't because the characters are real. I don't want to say much about this because I think half of the fun is discovering what happens as you read, but this book grabs you from its opening line and does not disappoint.