Mar 07, 2021
Points of Departure
Posted by Pat Murphy

Points of Departure is a collection of short stories about alternating between hope and despair Pat Murphy s stories range from Rachel in Love, which portrays a chimpanzee whose brain is implanted with the personality of a young girl who has died, to His Vegetable Wife, the story of a farmer who grows a spouse from a packet of seed only to find that she is quietPoints of Departure is a collection of short stories about alternating between hope and despair Pat Murphy s stories range from Rachel in Love, which portrays a chimpanzee whose brain is implanted with the personality of a young girl who has died, to His Vegetable Wife, the story of a farmer who grows a spouse from a packet of seed only to find that she is quiet than docile All but one of the 19 stories in this collection have been published previously in magazines and anthologies.Contents Dead Men on TV 1988 Women in the Trees 1990 Don t Look Back 1980 Orange Blossom Time 1981 In the Islands 1983 Touch of the Bear 1980 On a Hot Summer Night in a Place Far Away 1985 Sweetly the Waves Call to Me 1981 His Vegetable Wife 1986 Good bye, Cynthia 1988 Prescience 1989 Clay Devils 1987 A Falling Star Is a Rock from Outer Space 1986 With Four Lean Hounds 1984 On the Dark Side of the Station Where the Train Never Stops 1984 In the Abode of the Snows 1986 Rachel in Love 1987 Recycling Strategies for the Inner City 1990 Bones 1990

  • Title: Points of Departure
  • Author: Pat Murphy
  • ISBN: 9780553286151
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • Points of Departure Points of Departure is a collection of short stories about alternating between hope and despair Pat Murphy s stories range from Rachel in Love which portrays a chimpanzee whose brain is implanted wit

    Tim

    I first came across one of Pat Murphy s pieces in an annual best of SF collection, and followed up with this purchase I m glad I did, and I was also glad to see that a number of her books were recently brought back into print, because this is a wonderful collection of stories by a writer who deserves to be better known I found myself wondering why she isn t, given the accessible, original nature of her work, and the subtle humor that enlivens much of it Perhaps it is due to her work not fitting [...]


    Pamela

    This is a very uneven collection of short stories Some are trite and boring Some are wordy and over blown Some are beyond clich But some very few 5 out of 19 are absolutely amazing These 5 deserve 5 stars, but because they are buried in such drecht, I had to subtract 2 stars If you decide to read this, my suggestion is to skip all but Orange Blossom TimeOn a Hot Summer Night in a Place Far AwayHis Vegetable WifeA Falling Star is a Rock from Outer SpaceRachel in LoveDo this and you will love this [...]


    Stephen

    Have kept this on my Kindle for those occasions when reading a real book isn t practical so finishing it has been a lengthy process, so much so that I don t really recall all of the stories contained herein I do recall, though, that the range of impact started at good and went all the way up to mind blowing Not typically science fiction throughout though marketed as such, Pat Murphy puts in mind of John Kessel in her mastery of the short story form rather than being confined to particular genre [...]


    Kim Zinkowski

    B I don t remember this book.


    morbidflight

    Very yes Definitely very yes.The stories are a bit uneven and working through a collection of short stories is always an exercise in endurance, but this felt like a box of rich chocolate rather than a really chewy granola bar I d read a story or two, and let them sit for a bit before moving on.This is another one of those books where I deeply appreciate that the women characters were fully realized people.


    C

    Collection of eclectic short stories by Pat Murphy A few of them weren t my cuppa tea, but some, like the Selkies and His Vegetable Wife were fantastic Interesting perspectives I love sci fi short stories to begin with, but these perhaps because it s a female writer I enjoy than usual.While her books are listed in sci fi, there is a fantasy flavor to some of them, as well.


    Steve Kinsman

    I m not a fan of short stories at all, so no surprises this collection hit some false notes with me BUT there were plenty of stories I really enjoyed, which is rare Very nicely written and some great stories.


    Kris

    Good reminder to read Pat Murphy The City Not Long After is probably my favorite book set in San Francisco and there are a lot to choose from, ha I felt like the stories in the first half were stronger, but overall some really good ones.


    Roy

    Solid, pleasant, not Earth shaking I do appreciate the sense of optimism and wonder that pervades the stories.


    Michael Pritchett

    A reasonable collection of shorty stories, but nothing that really stood out.


    Richard

    Good mix of varied stories



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