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Come And Go Mad and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Fredric Brown
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Book Description

An undercover reporter. An elaborate ruse to get committed in an asylum to discover the story of lifetime. It should be a simple enough assignment; pretend to be crazy, get inside, observe, have someone to certify you are cured, and then get out. The story will be published and awards may be given to the intrepid reporter who braved the high walls of a nuthouse in search of the truth.
However, for reporter George Vine, the assignment is far from being exciting. It is scary and anxiety-provoking, for deep inside him, George thinks that he is not really George, but Napoleon Bonaparte in George’s body. Is he mad for thinking he is Napoleon? Is he a crazy man pretending to be sane pretending to be mad just to enter the sanitarium? Your concept of reality and fiction will certainly be challenged in the devious twists and turns of this story by award-winning mystery and science fiction writer Fredric Brown.
More than this novella, however, this collection also gathers some of Brown’s great short stories. There’s a story of the last Martian village, a Russian space traveling mouse called Mitkey, the world as perceived by the winning pieces in a chess game, and a picture sent by aliens to a painter for a writer to write a story about. In all these, Brown displayed his wit and humor, his innovative way of writing, and his penchant for playing with words. “A stand-up comic,” a reviewer once called Brown, and it is never truer than in this collection of his work.
This collections contains the stories: Come and Go Mad, Star Mouse, Recessional, Earthman Bearing Gifts, The Frownzly Florgels, and The End

Product Details

  • File Size: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wonder Publishing Group (September 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043RSD0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horror and Humor November 2, 2010
By Elliot
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Fredric Brown wrote both dark, noirish, mystery and suspense novels and science fiction stories which were usually short and often funny. This Kindle e-book includes none of the mysteries, one dark fantasy novelette, and five short science fiction stories (three of them very short-- only a page or two long), all published between 1942 and 1961. (Brown's most famous science fiction story, "Arena," is not in this collection but used to be available elsewhere on the Kindle; it's worth looking for.)

The longest and best work in this anthology is the title novelette, "Come and Go Mad," which first appeared in the July 1949 issue of Weird Tales. (This Kindle collection includes the date and place of publication for each of the stories, a good feature.) A newspaper reporter feigns insanity to get admitted to a mental hospital, where he hopes to break a big story. What he actually discovers is a cosmic horror of truly Lovecraftian dimensions. "Come and Go Mad," indeed.

The science fiction stories in this book are all entertaining, but none is as good as the title story. "Space Mouse" is a funny, if forgetable, adventure of the first mouse sent into space in a rocket. "The Frownsy Florgels" was apparently written as a result of a bet Brown made with famous science-fiction illustrator Hannes Bok, that Brown could write a story to fit any picture Bok drew, no matter how absurd. The picture isn't included, so it's hard to fully appreciate the joke.

"Recessional," "Earthmen Bearing Gifts" and "The End" are all very short ("The End" is barely a page long). Each is, essentially, a single joke, although the humor in "Recessional" conceals a dark view of the human condition.

I give this anthology four stars, because "Come and Go Mad" is well worth $1.99 all on its own. The other stories are entertaining but slight.
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