FORGOTTEN BOOKS #1: THE DREAMING JEWELS (aka THE SYNTHETIC MAN) By Theodore Sturgeon


“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” wrote Charles Caleb Colton. I’ve admired Bill Crider’s Friday feature of reviewing a “Forgotten Book” for Patti Abbott’s Friday’s Forgotten Books each week. My first candidate is Theodore Sturgeon’s The Dreaming Jewels. The edition I recommend is the Bluejay Books edition with the creepy cover by Rowena Morrill and more Rowena interior artwork. Like all of Sturgeon’s work, there’s a blending of reality. In this case, a young boy, a circus, and bizarre extraterrestrials produce a mind-bending plot. As Bill Crider pointed out in his review of John D. MacDonald’s The Brass Cupcake it seems incredible that a great writer like JDM could be out-of-print and nearly forgotten. I feel the same way about Theodore Sturgeon. If you haven’t read Sturgeon, or haven’t read him in awhile, The Dreaming Jewels is the perfect place to start. GRADE: A

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