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Steel and Other Stories

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    This is a terrific collection

    This is a terrific collection that wastes no time getting started with the classic Steel, which became a Twilight Zone episode and will soon be a movie. Another oldie but goody is "The Splendid Source" used as the basis of one of The Family Guy shows. Of the fourteen other short stories, most were written in the 1950s but like Steel and The Splendid Source hold up nicely six decades later. Especially good are "The Traveler" who goes back in time to observe the crucifixion and eerie timely "Descent" as sunsets on Sunset Boulevard will be replaced by artificial sunsets. The two more current entries show Mr. Matheson remains a master as "Dr. Morton's Folly" is about a vampire needing fang work and "The Window of Time" in which a widower octogenarian leaves his daughter's Brooklyn home for a retirement home that takes him back to the spring of his life. Mr. Matheson will leave his audience appreciative of his strong wry anthology with works like "A Visit to Santa" by a whining lad and his parents, and "When Day Is Dun" wishing earth a fond but sad goodnight.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    After watching the movie Real Steel, I loved the premise, but ha

    After watching the movie Real Steel, I loved the premise, but hated the campy execution. So I sought out the original source and wasn’t at all disappointed. Unlike the movie, the title story, Steel, is a dark tale about a down-and-out robot boxer who takes the ultimate risk to succeed. I’ll leave it at that, but it is a must read. As for the other stories in the mix, most are great and are worth the read. My favorites are The Doll That Does Everything (one of the best twist endings I have ever read), The Edge, and A Visit to Santa Claus (perfect for the holidays!) The majority of the stories are 1950s sci-fi, so if that’s your thing, I can’t imagine a better collection. The only two modern ones are Dr. Morton’s Folly (predictable, but fun) and The Window of Time (a terrific tale of nostalgia). All in all, Matheson is a master of genre short stories and it’s no accident that after all these years his tales continue to resonate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Elder Den

    Incase we have elders. This would b their den.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    Despite being a big science-fiction fan, I had completely forgot

    Despite being a big science-fiction fan, I had completely forgotten about -- or never realized the existence of -- Richard Matheson. This collection contains works that I loved as a young reader, but which I encountered in other compilations, so that I never associated them with a single author. This is a fun (if somewhat dated) set of stories that are bound to entertain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Steel - ripoff

    I bought this book specifically for "Steel" thinking that "And Other Stories" would only be a couple of others and that what I bought the book for would be the largest portion ... Steel is a SHORT (18 pg) story. There are 14 other stories which didn't give me much satisfaction either.

    For what I paid, I feel ripped-off ... buyer beware

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Interesting Read

    I really enjoyed reading this compilation of short stories by Matheson. I was supprised how they changed Steel to what became Real Steel, but still overall the stories were interesting, both on face value and an exposition on life in their time period (for example, how life might be like if a high level of men were killed off in a war, as in Steel.) I would recommend reading this if you like post-Goden Age Sci Fi, or Matheson's writing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 1, 2012

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