Deathbird Stories has ratings and reviews. Althea said: This collection, originally published in , has recently been re-released by Open Ro. Deathbird Stories. Harlan Ellison®, 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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That’s some Death Race stuff right there. May 02, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it Shelves: While all of the stories in this collection are excellent, I would mention “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” as one that particularly affected me when I read it.

View all 8 deathbrd. I didn’t like that twist. Hendee, Barb and J.

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Aug 21, Galo rated it really liked it Shelves: The collection, with its satiricalskeptical tone, is widely considered one of Ellison’s best. A strong ending to the book. Read ’em all back to back, start to finish. However, I feel that it’s a lot more successful than some of the other selections here.

Deathbird Stories: This 35 year-old collection has aged well

Several of his short fiction pieces have been storids into movies, such as the classic “The Boy and His Dog”. Published inthe book opens with a ‘caveat lector’ warning us not to read the stories one after the other without a break as the emotional content ‘may be extremely upsetting’.

Clearly a response to the Deathnird 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 any story collection, the quality varies, but Ellison or his publishing company is smart enough sttories bookend it with the fantastic “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs” and “The Deathbird”.


Twenty years later, I still found it strange, lovely, and compelling. This collection of short stories started out with a bang, and ended with a whimper. With the exception of “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs”, with which I was already familiar from its countless reprintings, I found the stories emotionally and intellectually uninvolving.

Not to mention the overt misogeny, and the lack in variation of tone: His stories are frightening. It’s not what eeathbird think would happen. It got a little weird, but not necessarily in a good way. If there’s a word to describe these stories, it’s excessive. There’ The stories are, for the most part, interesting and well-written, but after a storie, the non-stop cynicism and darkness left my brain feeling a bit numb.

Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes – boring premise, but gorgeously written characters, especially Maggie.

The problem is, that Ellison not only swallowed a misleading newspaper headline wholesale, he also strongly contributed to the erroneous myth that cities are festering cesspits of crime full of maliciously apathetic neighbors.

Want to Read saving…. The Deathbird – The book started off with one of the best stories and it ends with the best story.

I think I’m might be in a minority on stoeies book. Each of these stories is so widely ranged that there really is something for everyone in this collection.

Your email address will deathibrd be published. Then give a loved one a warm embrace. I can’t help but wonder The Moment of Eclipse by Brian W.

It’s profoundly unsettling to watch Ellison weave these dark, revolting tales that broadcast the absolute worst in human character and what’s really hard to swallow is the fact that it’s all just a little too accurate.


When Ellison tempers the excess with humor, as he does in “Along the Scenic Route”, a This collection is apparently Ellison at the height of his powers, an extended New Wave Scifi riff on the themes of gods and sacrifice.

However, there were some real gems. There was exactly one witness who knew something really bad dexthbird happening and did nothing. Deathbird Stories is the inkwell of our psyche; the altar of despair. But is he actually capable of heroism? What happens when the God of Pain takes storiea interest in humanity? Then, if Unca Harlan gits ya good enough storries you can take that anger and do something with it.

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Religion and change are questions that all people face and wrestle with. Each story is drastically different, and yet, the same in an awkward fashion.

It’s actually not that they’re creepy though some are: Pages to import images to Wikidata. The story is told with a repetitive cadence that’s a bit unusual, but works very well.

Only two were aware she was being murdered and did nothing, desthbird is bad enough, but the extent of the urban callousness was mostly trumped up by the media including Harlan Ellison