Paingod: And Other Delusions

Paingod And Other Delusions Featuring the Nebula and Hugo Award winning story Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman Robert Heinlein says This book is raw corn liquor you should serve a whiskbroom with each shot so the customer

  • Title: Paingod: And Other Delusions
  • Author: Harlan Ellison
  • ISBN: 9781497643192
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Featuring the Nebula and Hugo Award winning story Repent, Harlequin Said the Ticktockman Robert Heinlein says, This book is raw corn liquor you should serve a whiskbroom with each shot so the customer can brush the sawdust off after he gets up from the floor Perhaps a mooring cable might also be added as necessary equipment for reading these eight wonderful storFeaturing the Nebula and Hugo Award winning story Repent, Harlequin Said the Ticktockman Robert Heinlein says, This book is raw corn liquor you should serve a whiskbroom with each shot so the customer can brush the sawdust off after he gets up from the floor Perhaps a mooring cable might also be added as necessary equipment for reading these eight wonderful stories They not only knock you down they raise you to the stars Passion is the keynote as you encounter the Harlequin and his nemesis, the dreaded Tictockman, in one of the most reprinted and widely taught stories in the English language a pyretic who creates fire merely by willing it the last surgeon in a world of robot physicians a spaceship filled with hideous mutants rejected by the world that gave them birth Touching, gentle, and shocking stories from an incomparable master of impossible dreams and troubling truths.

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    1. 4.5 stars. Very good collection of stories. The title story is excellent but my personal favorites from this collection were (1) The Discarded (worthy of 5 stars), (2) Bright Eyes (also worthy of five stars) and, of course, "Repent Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman.

    2. The BasicsIf you know Ellison, then you know he’s almost exclusively a writer of short fiction. This is a collection of just a small fraction of that fiction. A very small fraction, as there are only eight stories to be found here. Yet there is something interesting about this one. There’s a theme: pain.My ThoughtsI really love Harlan Ellison. And before I nitpick one story in this collection in particular, which will probably happen at the end of this review, can I just say that even his we [...]

    3. Paingod and Other Delusions is a 1965 short story collection by Harlan Ellison. According to the introduction, all the stories selected for inclusion include a variation on the theme of intense pain. This is obvious in some stories, like “Paingod” and “The Discarded”, but it seemed a stretch for some of the others (“Crackpots”, “Repent”). Like most of Ellison’s collections in the 1960’s, this one contains a couple of very good stories but is a mixed bag overall.My favorite st [...]

    4. I watched an excellent documentary on Ellison at a film festival in Toronto a month ago so I was excited to read his stuff as so many people had described it as transcending genre and most literature and having a profound effect on people.In truth, though, nothing blew me away in this collection. I'd read "Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktock Man" in the past but I didn't enjoy it as much this time around despite knowing now that it's one of the most lauded short stories ever.It was a decent rea [...]

    5. Crossposted from instagram @okrajak----ARE YOU AWARE OF HOW MUCH PAIN THERE IS IN THE WORLD?••Some weeks ago I finished reading the 1965 Harlan Ellison paperback anthology 'PAINGOD' and then, the other day whilst waiting in a doctor's office, I finished reading it for a second time with a maniacal grin on my face that likely alarmed those around me•Mr Ellison, in his curmudgeonly wisecracking snarl, exemplifies the strain of sci fi/speculative fiction I love best--short tightly written sto [...]

    6. First, understand that I downgraded this book due to the eBook quality--which is poor, at best. There is no reason to charge (or pay) $9.99 for sloppy formatting--there are $.99 eBooks of better publishing quality out there. At least try to make the italicized fonts consistent.But reading this let me know that I had a bit of distant idolatry of Ellison. I had seen interviews with him and had only read "Repent, Harlequin," which is included here, but this is the first sustained collection of his [...]

    7. I remember furtively reading this paperback in class, the book on my lap, concealed by my desk, then taking it along on a fieldtrip to, of all places, the Field Museum in Chicago, reading it on the bus while the other students sang about "bottles of beer on the wall." Presumably, this was for Introductory Biology during the first year of high school. I was particularly impressed by "Repent Harlequin!" because it was so wierd. The "New Wave" was just striking the banks of my consciousness.

    8. This book is about pain in various facets. It features an impressive and personal preface in which the author opens open and shows his worries and fears. The book contains a couple of short stories, always in a sci-fi setting. I'll summarize them now. Spoilers ahead!PaingodTrente has been appointed by "The Ethos", a collective of quasi immortal beings, as the bringer pain to all living things. The job was done by others before him, but he does not know why they stopped. He distributes pain to be [...]

    9. Jag tror nog att Ellison är en av de ojämnaste författarna jag läst. Det kan nog bäst visas med skillnaderna mellan två av novellerna som finns med i denna samling (utgiven 1969, vill jag minnas) - "Bright Eyes" och "Wanted In Surgery". Förstnämnda hade en ganska intressant historia, då Ellison mer eller mindre målade in sig själv i ett hörn efter att ha lovat att skriva en novell om en specifik tavla om den köptes. En redaktör som tjatat på honom länge om just en sån köpte den [...]

    10. Eight short stories from Ellison. I got this collection because it included “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman.” And it was great. I think Paingod and Deeper Than The Darkness are the other stand-outs for me, but all of the 8 stories here were really wonderful.Highly recommended to Fantasy/Science Fiction lovers.

    11. When Microsoft Reader offered this collection as part of their Summer Cool eBook Promotion, I snapped it up. However, I didn't actually get around to reading it until this week. Harlan Ellison is the grand curmudgeon of science fiction. This collection, as you might guess, is about pain. The title story "Paingod" is about the being who sends pain to all the creatures of the universe, and his temporary co-habitation of an Earth artist. Ellison also explores the pain of a surgeon who has been repl [...]

    12. Harlan Ellison, born in America 1934, was a prolific sci-fi creator. His work includes a number of short stories, essays, novellas, and writing credits on the television shows The Outer Limits and Star Trek. The short stories found in his collection Paingod and Other Delusions present a good example of the variety of his work; ranging from the fantastic and surreal titular Paingod, which follows the adventure of the deity of pain as it comes to question it's purpose in the universe, to the metic [...]

    13. The stories in this collection were originally published in magazines between 1956 and 1965. Unlike much SF of that era, they have not lost their edge.In part, this is down to Ellison's literary style which was head and shoulders above the majority of SF at that time. Thus today, when editors demand better writing, these stories can still satisfy. The other reason is that Ellison has an uncanny vision of the future which does not easily get outdated by the events of a few decades.The stories con [...]

    14. Mid-60s short story collection ostensibly revolving around the theme of pain – which is to say, emotional pain rather than physical. It starts with the title character, the god of Pain, questioning his role, and ends with a lonesome mutant drifter who can start fires telepathically but can’t control them. It also includes one of Ellison’s more famous stories, “ ‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said The Ticktock Man”. It’s all good – Ellison is a great storyteller with a vivid imagination. [...]

    15. Can you ever read enough Harlan Ellison? I would say no, which is unfortunate, since at some point i'll have read it all, and there will be no more, and lo will i suffer greatly. Coincidentally, the loose theme this volume's built around is suffering! And it is excellent, if dark. I've reviewed Ellison before, and I can't think of anything off the top of my head that i need to add to what i've already said about his prose style, so i'll simply repeat, this is a classic-era master of the short st [...]

    16. Some of the work is written in a fairly melodramatic and overly expository style, but Ellison's conceits are always interesting and involving. "Bright Eyes" is a highlight. "Paingod" is probably the other best-written story. "'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman" didn't grab me as much as its reputation suggested it would, because I couldn't really decide whether to treat it as purely tongue-in-cheek or not. "Wanted in Surgery" is a bit too didactic but periodically quite powerful. As for t [...]

    17. A master of the short story, Harlan Ellison manages to condense more feelings and and raw emotion in a handful of pages than some authors can do in thousands. Unpolished, straight to the point, scary, and yet somehow oddly compelling, this collection amuses, entertains and provides ample food for thought. My personal favourite was 'The Crackpots', narrating one man's descent into calculated madness. 'Repent, Harlequin, said the Tick-Tock-Man' was also a very good one.

    18. A solid collection of storiesThe tagline of this book is that all the short stories contained in this collection deals some way with pain. Now I don't know about that, a couple of these don't seem to be about that at all, but these are all pretty solid stories. I wouldn't say they are this author's best, but they're certainly good in their own right, and will do to pass the time.

    19. This book contains the greatest short story I have ever read, but the rest of the stories in here were too bizarre for me to find interest. Ellison, for me, is hit or miss. He certainly isn't for everyone but one should at least TRY to read 'Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman'As one who fancies himself as a writer, Ellison is one of my biggest inspirations due to his incredibly original style.

    20. As I've said elsewhere, I've been reacquainting myself with Ellison after loving his work in high school, and this is one of the stops along the way. If you haven't read any Ellison this would be a good place to start as it includes some of his classics like "Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman" and some early stories like "Deeper Than the Darkness", one of my personal favorites. I might have to save up enough money to get the fifty-year retrospective of his work.

    21. Harlan Ellison is a master of the sublime and sci-fi. I have always loved his short story collections. This is a bit different from his usual, but I am giving it four stars for the inclusion of the story "The Crackpots," which I really enjoyed. I found this story to be thouroughly entertaining and interesting. I would recommend this book for that reason, especially if you like unique dystopian or utopian writing.

    22. I'm giving this 3/5 stars, simply because some of the stories were quite good, but a few were sub-par. I got the sense that some of those sub-par stories were from some of Ellison's earlier work based on style and some of the content, but I've not verified that. Worth a read if you're an Ellison fan, possibly not if you're lukewarm at best toward him.

    23. Disturbing, poignant, thought-provoking - all terms to describe these intense stories about pain, struggle and courage. All except "Repent, Harlequin!" were new to me and I found some new Ellison favorites in The Discarded, Bright Eyes and Wanted in Surgery.

    24. Bright Eyes, the Discarded and Wanted in Surgery are as good as the title story and nearly as good as the classic 'Repent Harlequin! said the Ticktockman'. The other 3 stories are very strong as well, and this is one of Ellison's classics."

    25. From 1965, this is one of the stronger Ellison story collections. "Repent, Harlequin" is brilliant, with "The Crackpots," a sort of off-kilter "Atlas Shrugged" but in 40 pages, isn't far behind. The rest is fair to good.

    26. Title comes from a bet Ellison had with a friend to see who could get the most metal bands to name themselves after a book.

    27. I'd say there were four strong stories, one weak one, and three middling ones. And when I say strong, there are few who write as strongly as Harlan Ellison, ever.

    28. Yet another author I have decided to reread. This book is worth readin for Repent Harlequin. alone. I think that is Ellison's best story and should be required reading for all young adults.

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