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The Synthetic Man - Theodore Sturgeon

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Theodore Sturgeon / Edition: r1126 / Paperback / 174 Pages / Book is published 1965 by Pyramid

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      22.09.2010 14:04
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      A young boy with a bizarre toy shares a hidden secret!

      Also known as The Dreaming Jewels, this classic sci-fi novel tells the story of Horty, a young boy beaten by his step-father when he is caught at school eating ants in front of a crowd of peers. When his hand is trapped in a wardrobe door, losing him two of his fingers, Horty flees taking with him his only possession; a bizarre looking battered clown toy with two jewels for eyes that Horty has had with him all his life and which he cannot be apart from without feeling pain!

      Horty settles in with some Carny folk and becomes part of a travelling show disguised as a girl and the cousin of one of the artists. But the leader of the Carnival has his own secrets and one of them concerns the twin jewels that lay inside Horty's childhood toy! It takes several years but sooner or later Horty finds he has to flee once more and that he has an important part to play in a struggle to save the jewels, and himself, from destruction. Can Horty discover the true nature of his origins before it is too late?

      This is perhaps Theodore Sturgeon's most seminal and best-known work and starts off really well but by the novel's climax, the story becomes something of an addled mess and over-complicated for its own good. It is a shame because the book starts with such promise but ends rather badly for my liking. I first read it many years ago when I was myself a teenager and quite liked it then but for some reason ended up getting rid of it. Having recently picked this up again on Bookmooch, I now remember why I got shot of this. The ending is a big disappointment and kind of ruins what was an otherwise very accomplished and ambitious short novel!


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