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Ellison Wonderland Paperback – July 1, 1984
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A rereading of this collection has convinced me that my original impressions were essentially sound, though not all of the tales are as entertaining to me today as they were back in those golden years. Some stories that still hold up fairly well for me are "In Lonely Lands," a low-key, bittersweet portrait of an alien friendship; "Commuter's Problem," a _Twilight Zone_ type of story with a wry twist at the end; "Gnomebody," a piece of amiable silliness; "Mealtime," a story that reminded me of A. Bertram Chandler's "The Key"; and "All the Sounds of Fear," a bizarre portrait of a method actor who takes things to extremes.
In later years, Ellison learned a thing or three about writing (especially of short stories and movie scripts). But this collection of early tales from the fifties is still worth a look. Their structure is a bit conventional and cliched, but there was nevertheless an original voice that was breaking through.
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