Shatterday and Other Stories
- Author: Harlan Ellison (1934)
- Title: Shatterday and Other Stories ( audiobook)
- Genre: speculative fiction short stories
- Trivia: 5 different narrators
- Personal: On about October 10, 2014, Ellison suffered a stroke.
- Although his speech and cognition are unimpaired
- ….he suffered paralysis on his right side.
- #DealMeIn2017 Challenge
Table of contents:
Delusion for a Dragon Slayer (Hugo nominee)
Shatterday (Nebula nominee)
In the Oligocenskie Gardens
Basilisk (Hugo & Locus winner; Nebula nominee)
Shattered Like a Glass Goblin (Nebula nominee)
Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W” (Hugo winner)
On the Downhill Side (Nebula nominee)
All the Lies That Are My Life (Hugo nominee)
Goodbye to All That (Nebula nominee)
Story # 1: Delusion for a Dragonslayer – strange….
- This was a strange story to start my listening during a morning walk
- …but I did keep me listening.
- The narrator is the voice of Ellison sweeping up the verbal energy….
- His voice is rather irritating.
- Memorable lines: “I’m not me!”
- “This is heaven…heaven is what you mix all the days of your life,
- but you call it dreams.
- You create your own heaven.”
- Style: onomatopoeia
- words which imitates the natural sounds of a thing.
- It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described.
- shrieking, twisting, surging, shattered, crushed,
- tearing gouged gashes, chuckled with merriment.
- Boiling treacherous sea
- …the sound rigging shrieking like wounded beasts,
Story # 2: Shatterday – best story in the book
- I liked this story.
- Just imagine….you dial your own phone number by accident
- ….and somebody picks up the receiver.
- Who is this? The answer is …it is yourself on the other end of the line!
- Fear pluses through you… you react: “Is this a gag?”
- Ellison cleverly shows the reader a character speaking to its better half…or is it his worst half?
- It was intriguing to listen to this conversation!
- Memorable line: “Which of us is me? And how does me get rid of him?”
- Style: explore the characters through dialogue this colors the personalities of the characters,
- creates a conflict between ME vs HIM.
Story # 3: Floop Sweat – creepy…but good!
- Ellison introduces this story explaining it was written as a challenge.
- He was given the topic at 1 pm and had to read his
- short story the same evening at 8 pm on a LA talk radio show.
- The story was very amusing….but you have to be ready for a frenzied last 2 minutes.
- Memorable line: “Well, we’re back with
- Brother Michael Darkness, the head of the Euchite Sect…”
- What is floop sweat? …you’ll have to read the story!
- Ellison has a typewriter which he pecks on with two fingers.
- He has never used a computer or word-processing program.
- He is irascible and fearless when it comes to revealing what he believes to be true.
- He is quite character.
- If you have any interest in fantasy or fiction or science fiction
- ….Ellison’s genius and sharp wit are unsurpassed.
- Personally Ellison’s stories do not resonate with me.
- Harlan Ellison’s writing is an acquired taste….like olives.
- You like them….or you do not.
- This type of ‘speculative fiction’ was hard to swallow!
- Narration: Harlan Ellison is NOT a born narrator.
- …he gets too excited, goes off the rails and ruins the mood of the story.
- I wish the entire book was narrated by
- Stefan Rudnicki.
- His voice is mesmerizing!
- Reading Harlan Ellison stories is like Russian Roulette…a reckless activity.
- There will always be selections I will pass by….
- …but I’m sure there are a few ‘gems’ yet to discover.
- Delusion for a Dragon Slayer (story #1)
- Shatterday (story #2)
- Flop Sweat (story #3)
- In the Oligocenskie Gardens
- Bombastic waterfall of words…no sense.
- Not for me…
- Basilisk – surreal description of pain and torture of soldier in Viet Nam…
- Dragon breath, lilliputian arrows, his face came away in handfuls,
- wind death in his lungs….sigh.
- Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
- Kris and Rudy in a drug hazed hippie commune….bah.
- Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans:
- Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W”
- …this is not a short story…but a novelette!…too long, I lost interest.
- I can only take small doses of Harlan Ellison.
- On the Downhill Side
- Two ghosts stroll through the Vieux Carré of New Orleans,
- using familiar landmarks…good.
- This story was more gothic’
- ..but I still prefer Edgar Allan Poe.
- These sentmental impressions must be based on his
- 5th wife Susan Toth.
- In 1986, Harlan Ellison married Susan Toth.
- He seems to have found at least some stability
- ….with her as their marriage is still lasting.
- All the Lies That Are My Life
- Larry, the narrator, attends the funeral of Jimmy… a writing friend.
- This was good…..and I wish the entire book was narrated by
- Stefan Rudnicki.
- Goodbye to All That
- A man climbs to a mystical peak in search of enlightenment.
- …. meh. Shallow, pointless.