Alan Dean Foster
Del Rey, 2002 (2002)
Reviewed by Theresa Ichino
he prolific Foster, who has several novels and novelizations to his credit, showcases his creativity in this collection of fantastic short stories. Anyone who has read his delightful
Pip and Flinx
adventures, or his Commonwealth stories featuring the thranx, will be familiar with Foster's lively imagination and quirkish humour. This collection does not disappoint.
he stories run the gamut of an only too possible horror (
Lay your Head on my Pilose
), to the very satisfying
The Kindness of Strangers
, to the rather wistful
. Be warned, however, that Foster seems to enjoy puns and hoary jokes!
he advantage of a collection by a single author is that one can be assured of the quality. A volume of stories by several different writers will vary in appeal. Foster is an entertaining writer with a diverse range of interests, and his introductory comments that preface each story give additional insights into his personality.
is a nice grab-bag of entertainment for a busy day. If you haven't yet made the acquaintance of Mr. Foster, this collection is a good introduction to a writer who provides consistently good writing.
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