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Howard Who?: Stories (Peapod Classics) Paperback – August 1, 2006
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It consists of the following stories.
The Ugly Chickens
This story won the Nebula and the World Fantasy awards as well as being nominated for a Hugo.
It puts forth the question What if the Dodo hadn't been wiped out.
Der Untergang des Abendlandesmenschen
I have no idea what this story was about, but I was never the less tremendously entertained by it.
Ike at the Mike
Did you ever wonder how the world would be different if Eisenhower and Patton had been in a band with Louis Armstrong rather than leading the allies in Europe? Well Me neither, but Howard did, and its a wonderful story.
Dr. Hudson's Secret Gorilla
Classic old school horror movie plot. Or old school bugs bunny cartoon either way .
. . . the World, as we Know't
I don't see the word Phlogiston used enough anymore. This story is a cautionary tale of a science experiment gone bad. Really, Really, horribly bad.
This is the first of two Native American centered stories. I much preferred the next one.
Mary Margaret Road Grader
Or Mad Max meets the county fair. This is a post apocalyptic story where Native American again rule the plains of the US, and they engage in tractor pulls.
"Save A Place in the Lifeboat for Me
Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, and others are sent to prevent "The day the music died." This was also one of my favorites perhaps because I've been to the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake IA many times.
Horror, We Got
You've got to love a time travel tale crossed with a Zionist conspiracy don't you?Read more ›
Waldrop's stories have to be read to be believed. He is able to turn the mundane into the spectacular. Take 'Man Mountain Gentian' about sumo wrestlers with telekinetic powers. Or 'Heirs of the Perisphere' about intelligent Disney robots that are mistakenly activated years after humanity mysteriously disappeared. 'Mary Margaret Road-Grader' is a fascinating story about Native American Tractor pulls. World-Fantasy-Award winning story 'The Ugly Chickens' is about a possible rediscovery of the supposedly extinct Dodo. 'God's Hooks': a story about a fishing expedition for Leviathan and the consequences thereof.
There is not a bad story in this collection. Waldrop is a towering talent in the speculative fiction scene. Unfortunately most of his works are out-of-print. He's written a lot of stories but it takes an effort to track them down. Trust me, it's worth it. Highly recommended.
His scope is staggering. These stories, written between 1974 and 1983, invite us into the quest of 18th-century natural philosophers to isolate the atomic substance "phlogiston"; into a proud Native American society based on auto theft and tractor pulls; into a band of time-traveling Jewish terrorists; into a tournament for telekinetic sumo wrestlers; into a reunion concert for two of the world's greatest jazz musicians, Louis Armstrong and Dwight Eisenhower. And I haven't even mentioned that there are cowboys gunning for vampires, Izaak Walton as a 17th-century Captain Quint, robot simulacra of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as the last survivors in a postapocalyptic landscape, and Groucho Marx as God.
If you love dazzlingly imaginative science fiction and fantasy writing, you must read this book.
More memorable than the girl, I still remember passages today - must have been close to twenty years ago.
Mr Waldrop... Genius. Years ahead of his time. Great writer. I highly recommend.
Why should you care that you've never heard of Waldrop? Because Waldrop's stories bend our brains open a little further. He writes with the plain grace of William Carlos Williams, but instead of giving us plums and red wheelbarrows, Waldrop offers "squid in the mouth" stories of time travel, alternate history, telekinesis, and Disney robots. In a field choked with derivative work, Waldrop doesn't write like anyone else, living or dead. He gives us the world not just as it should be, or could be, but as it cannot be. Unfortunately, by writing about the fantastic with a literary sensitivity to linguistic and narrative economy, Waldrop squarely lands in a no-man's-land genre often called "slipstream"; his stories are too literary to find a broad readership in the teeming mass-market aisles, and too damn weird to grace the pages of the New Yorker.
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I had high hopes for this collection after reading the accolades and reviews but it just didn't pan out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. & H. Wilmann
A Terrific Collection of Fantastical Short Stories, from the pen of Howard Waldrop.Published 16 months ago by Peter Humphries
I especially liked the Ugly Chickens story. All in all it was a fast and interesting read. I recommend all of Howard's writing.Published on July 25, 2010 by Joseph McDonough
One of the most eclectic writers in the Sf/F genre one can find. No Waldrop story is like any other story, or like any other Waldrop story for that matter. Read morePublished on June 8, 2008 by Michael Walsh