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Sturgeon Is Alive and Well . . . Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1978


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (January 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067181415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671814151
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,033,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rence Reeves on March 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really do think the stories in this book have made me a better father, husband, co-worker, brother, and son. In short, it's made me a better person.

Like Bradbury, Mr. Sturgeon had that great quality of being able to give the reader life lessons without preaching. I first read this book simply expecting to be entertained, but as I finished each story I found myself making mental notes as to what it was I'd learned about life.

JORRY'S GAP and SUICIDE both hit me like a ton of bricks. UNCLE FREMMIS, IT'S YOU and THE CRATE are all stories I'll never forget and SLOW SCULPTURE is an award winning classic.

Sturgeon's writing style is kinda beatnik at times, beautifully poetic at others, and always comes across as sounding true. His characters are the best. Some may not be very likeable, but nobody's perfect and it's in these little quircks of personality that each character becomes alive and believable. In being able to relate to these characters we can learn from them, because we care about them. They seem real and their problems seem real.

I won't tell you what I learned from each story because I think that would prevent you from learning anything and I wouldn't want to take that away from you.

Just read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rence Reeves on March 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really do think the stories in this book have made me a better father, husband, co-worker, brother, and son. In short, it's made me a better person.

Like Bradbury, Mr. Sturgeon had that great quality of being able to give the reader life lessons without preaching. I first read this book simply expecting to be entertained, but as I finished each story I found myself making mental notes as to what it was I'd learned about life.

JORRY'S GAP and SUICIDE both hit me like a ton of bricks. UNCLE FREMMIS, IT'S YOU and THE CRATE are all stories I'll never forget and SLOW SCULPTURE is an award winning classic.

Sturgeon's writing style is kinda beatnik at times, beautifully poetic at others, and always comes across as sounding true. His characters are the best. Some may not be very likeable, but nobody's perfect and it's in these little quircks of personality that each character becomes alive and believable. In being able to relate to these characters we can learn from them, because we care about them. They seem real and their problems seem real.

I won't tell you what I learned from each story because I think that would prevent you from learning anything and I wouldn't want to take that away from you.

Just read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William R. Warren Jr. on May 7, 2011
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After a very long dry spell, Ted erupts with a spectacular body of work in "Sturgeon Is Alive And Well". For those of us who were fortunate enough to know the man, it was a triumph of Man vs. Typewriter with Ted being the clear winner. Sturgeon was one of God's great gifts to the world, and he shows in this collection his awesome mastery of the written word: he will dismiss in a sentence or opening paragraph storytelling that lesser authors would take entire chapters to reveal. In person, Ted was even more amazing than his work suggests, which is tough to believe but very true. This is an excellent showcase of some of his later writing, and one of my favorite of all he ever produced. Here's to "Teddy The Fish", whose work and words will live forever!
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