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Author: Theodore Sturgeon Narrator: Richard Powers Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781481552677
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Eight-year-old Horty Bluett has never known love. His adoptive parents are violent; his classmates are cruel. So he runs away from home and joins a carnival. Performing alongside the fireaters, snakemen and “little people,” Horty is accepted.

But he is not safe. For when he loses three fingers in an accident and they grow back, it becomes clear that Horty is not like other boys. And this “difference” is something that some people might want to use.

Now Horty knows that his difference is a risk not only to his own life, but to the lives of the outcasts who have, for so many years, provided for him a place to call home.

Theodore Sturgeon renders the multiple wounds of loneliness, fear, and persecution with uncanny precision in this vividly drawn, expertly plotted masterpiece.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I look upon Sturgeon with a secret and growing jealousy.”

    Ray Bradbury

  • “A master storyteller certain to fascinate.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

  • “One of the masters of modern science fiction.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Though less well-known than Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, or Robert A. Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon is even more important to the development of literary and humanistic science fiction.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “An intensely written and very moving novel of love and retribution.”

    Washington Star

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberto | 11/16/2010

    " Un finale veramente triste, e una storia non entusiasmante. Mi aspettavo molto quando ho incontrato la figura del musicista che aiuta la ragazza, e sono rimasto deluso. Niente di speciale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cody | 4/30/2010

    " i wish i could morph / become a woman "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 2/19/2010

    " Very good read, highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kernos | 7/16/2009

    " Disappointing. More fantasy than SciFi. Not the best of Sturgeon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manny | 1/23/2009

    " I hadn't thought about this book for ages, until the other day when I read Jessica Treat's fine short story Ants. They both start in pretty much the same way. Coincidence?
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luis | 8/12/2007

    " I've reread The Dreaming Jewels a few times since 1992. I still quite like it. In particular, I enjoy the Americana of the WWII era setting and the use of the carnie world as as a relief against which the perversion of the mainstream world is cast. Great early sci-fi. "

About the Author

Ray Bradbury (1920–2012), one of the most popular science fiction writers in the world, wrote more than five hundred short stories, novels, plays, and poems. He won many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, he was the recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an accomplished producer and voice-over artist, and his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials.