Dreaming Jewels

Dreaming Jewels

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552097497
  • 9780552097499

Review Text

Sturgeon is excellent at conveying the emotions of children - a talent on ample display in this 1950 novel. Crystalline, jewel-like aliens, intelligent but utterly incomprehensible, exist on Earth; as part of their life-processes, they sometimes produce flawed copies of objects, animals, or people. But the rare paired jewels produce perfect copies - like young Horty, an apparently human lad who runs away from home and joins a carnival, where he's befriended by midget Zena and the other carnies. The carnival's owner, however, is a vicious, amoral doctor, the "Maneater," who knows about the jewels: he can cause them great pain and thus force them to do his bidding. (He controls Zena by controlling the crystal that made her.) So Zena, who recognizes that Horty is a jewel-being, helps him to develop a secure human personality. . . in preparation for the ultimate showdown with the megalomaniac Maneater. Overall: flawed but thoughtful, often fascinating - with a potent theme (how to define humanity?), the brilliantly conceived alien jewels, and the usual Sturgeon weaknesses (disjointed plotting, pulp-ish patches) in the narration. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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