Fourteen fantasy/sf/Kafka-esque stories by the author of Starhiker (1977)--tales of time-travel, marital discord, sexual...

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Fourteen fantasy/sf/Kafka-esque stories by the author of Starhiker (1977)--tales of time-travel, marital discord, sexual obsession, nightmare psychosis, and urban alienation that again present Dann as an effective stylist and scene-maker whose ambitious idea-shuffling can often lead to pretentious overkill. Many of the stories simply pile on too many uncoordinated images and themes. In ""The Drum Lollipop,"" there's an ""asterisk"" with threatening tentacles, a mystical drum, a surrealistic lawn party, and some heavy-breathing talk of Love; ""The Dybbuk Dolls"" mixes paranoia, sexual futuristics, 21st-century shtetl life, kabbalah, and a stream-of-consciousness style; ""Junction"" offers monsters, angels, dreams, plus New York City as Hell and/or Heaven. And some of the less complicated stories are reworkings of over-familiar Twilight-Zone-ish notions (dreaming the past; a moment--of attempting suicide--frozen in perpetual repetition). At his best, however--as in ""A Quiet Revolution from Death""--Dann can fashion a resonant image (a cemetery as future amusement park) and frame it perfectly. And even the weakest stories contain one or two engaging conceits along with the hyped-up or repulsive ones. For adventurous fantasy readers, then--a mixed bag worth digging into.

Pub Date: Feb. 15, 1980

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1980