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A great into to Wolfe, not for everybody.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
A friend had sent me an interview with Mr. Wolfe which claimed that he is one of the greatest writers of Science Fiction still among us. As a lover of science fiction I decided to pick up this collection of his works and sample the goods so to speak. Like any collection of short stories not every single story appealed to me in exactly the same way. While I did enjoy some of them (and I must confess to some of the stories being excellent in the sense that once read they lodge themselves into the imagination and never leave it) some are harder to finish then the others (I haven't finished The Eyeflash Miracles). The stories that made me glad I bought the book were: Le Befana. The Hero as Werwolf, Seven American Nights, and the Island of Doctor Death.
However, these stories are from the 1970's and while they are good they do seem a little old fashioned by now. These stories did not make me want to go out there and buy all other books by Wolfe BUT I don't feel as if I wasted my time or money either. So, if you love Sci-Fi and don't mind trying on something which you might really love, go ahead. For younger readers or readers who are looking for a page turner, beware, this book is written in a very different way then what you might associate with sci-fi.