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Blue World Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1990

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"We will travel, you and I, across a tortured land where hope struggles to grow like seed in a drought. In this land, a place with no boundaries, we'll run the freeways and back roads and we'll listen to the song of the wheels and peer into windows at lives that might be our own, if we lived in that land." So Robert McCammon introduces this superb collection of 13 stories, nominated for a 1990 Bram Stoker Award for Best Story Collection. The standouts are "Blue World" (a richly imagined novella about a priest facing temptation); "Nightcrawlers" (a World Fantasy Award-winner about a Vietnam vet in a roadside diner); "Night Calls the Green Falcon" (has-been fictional hero dons his old costume to fight real evil); "Yellowjacket Summer" (fateful stop for gas in backwoods Georgia); and "Pin" (dare you to read that one). All of the stories are excellent.

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Rapid-fire action alternating with intense introspection, plus imagery that conjures visions of movie special effects, make McCammon's ( The Wolf's Hour ) multifaceted collection of new and reprinted tales worthwhile despite some uninspired story lines. In the title novella, Father John Lancaster battles temptations of the flesh and becomes a better priest as he saves the life of a cocaine-snorting porn queen. At the end of the world, described in "Something Passed By," the laws of nature go awry: water becomes combustible, concrete turns to quicksand, people move swiftly toward old age or infancy. A Vietnam veteran's nightmares materialize in "Nightcrawlers," yielding terror and death for his associates. "He'll Come Knocking at Your Door" trivializes the Faustian pact by having the devil arrive for trick-or-treat on Halloween to collect his due. An old-fashioned cliff-hanger concludes each segment of "Night Calls the Green Falcon," in which a retired cinema superhero takes up his cape again to stalk a real-life prostitute's murderer.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; First Thus edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671695185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671695187
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robert McCammon has (for the most part) stopped publishing his work. With the notable exception of the excellent "Speaks the Nightbird," he hasn't published new work in 10 years. I can only say that this is a pity. Re-reading "Blue World" recently, I was reminded of why.
"Blue World" is a collection of 12 short stories spanning McCammon's career, and one novella. The stories are all worth reading, offering up a good variety of material, from the frightening ("Yellowjacket Summer") to the disturbing ("Pin") to the sublime (the novella, "Blue World").
What this collection brings to mind most, however, is McCammon's skill at setting a mood. He tells a great story, but very few writers can set the stage better than McCammon. While reading "Yellowjacket Summer" the reader can't help but feel the oppressive heat prevalent throughout the story, and how the characters must have felt experiencing that same heat. In "Blue World," he captures equally well the quiet of that soft twilight, just before full dark. In "Night Calls the Green Falcon" one can really feel and understand the frustration and the impotence of a young man's ambition trapped in an old man's body.
By so skillfully establishing the mood in each and every one of the stories in "Blue World," McCammon makes the reader experience them as if they were there, inside the story itself. This is the magic of what great writing can do, bring the story home to the reader, and make it an experience.
Like my other McCammon favorites, "Boy's Life" and "Speaks the Nightbird," "Blue World" is one of the books that I treasure, from an author who now writes far too infrequently.
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McCammon is the best modern horror writer out there, his involving style and well drawn, believable characters blow the likes of King, Koontz, or Barker out of the water. He is one of very few authors alive who, so far as I know, has never written a bad book.
"Blue World", a collection of several short stories and one novella actually entitled "Blue World" is easily the finest horror collection since the days of Poe, and I don't think thats an exaggeration. McCammon's stories differ so greatly, dealing with so many plot, issues and characters, each one brings you into a separate and chilling world from the surreal, apocalyptic world of "Something Passed By" to the gritty, realistic, and quietly visceral 'real world' of "Blue World". The stories induce equal amounts of terror and wonder, and the highlights are (aside from the entire book) "Pin" - an absolutely bone-chilling narrative from the point of view of a psychopath who seems very real, "Doom City", "Night Crawlers", "He'll Come Knocking At Your Door", and the absolute best, "Blue World" itself. The final story is a frighteningly involving, realistic story of temptation and violence, dealing with outer demons in the form of serial killing maniacs, and the inner demons of a gentle priest slowly losing his grip on his faith. It's a brilliant psychological portrait as well as a stunning, violent serial killer story.
Read this collection. It's already won several awards. Its a shame that McCammon doesn't seem to be writing anymore, because all of his books are just as incredible as these stories.
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This is Robert R. MCammon in top form, without doubt. After a long time I managed to finally get a hold of this book, and I am both happy and sorry that I did so. Because, as soon as I started reading it, I was hooked and couldn't let the book down. Mr. McCammon made me damn uneasy with the reading of "Mine" (it was the second ever book to actually made me consider stopping it for fear it was going to scare the heck out of me- the first was Stephen King's "Pet Sematary")and he repeats his success at scaring me with "Blue World". The novella is the only one I have not read as of yet, but I can say that of the stories which I read, "I Scream Man!", "Makeup" and "Doom City" especially got me turning the pages faster than I could read them. There is a "Twilight Zone" aspect to some of them, and in "Makeup" for instance I could already picture it as a "Tales of the Crypt" episode. Needless to say, I LOVE both Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, and now have become an even greater fan of Mr. McCammon than I was before, thanks to this collection, scheduled to be (if not already) a classic in its genre. A note for Mr. McCammon: They can do any kind of comparison they want with your work, sir...but you are unique in your field. There is only one Robert R. McCammon out there, and he needs to come back on scene quickly.Read more ›
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