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The best of Philip Jose Farmer
Philip Jose Farmer
Adult Fiction FARMER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Joe R. Lansdale, in his introduction to this sterling "best of" collection, calls Farmer "the most underrated science fiction writer of all time." Farmer's talent was evident early on in such tales as "The Lovers," one of the first works of SF to treat sex in an adult manner, which helped win him a Hugo Award as Best New Talent for 1952. The 19 other selections demonstrate his immense range, from the hilarious parody "The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod," a Tarzan story as if written by William Burroughs (instead of Edgar Rice Burroughs), through the manic and marvelously loony "The Henry Miller Dawn Patrol," about a raunchy oldster in a nursing home who sees everything in terms of the planes he flew in WWI, to the more sober and touching "After King Kong Fell," which reimagines the death of the giant movie ape as a real event recalled many years later. Some fans may quibble that one classic Farmer story or another has been left out, but none will dispute that this volume is a timely tribute to a genius of the genre. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

From a chilling tale of love between a man and a woman he thought was human ("The Lovers") to a brief story about love, survival, and insects ("One Down, One to Go"), the 20 stories and one essay in this compilation demonstrate the versatility and longevity of one of the genre's most original writers. Farmer has consistently broken taboos and challenged limitations throughout his career. This collection displays the best of the best and belongs, despite its steep price, in most sf or short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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