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Publisher's Summary

The Dreaming Jewels is Theodore Sturgeon's first novel, written in 1950.

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 finally 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 provided him with a place to call home.

©1978 The Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An intensely written and very moving novel of love and retribution." (Washington Star)
"I look upon Sturgeon with a secret and growing jealousy." (Ray Bradbury)

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Revisiting a childhood favourite

I read this when I was young and was very moved by it. The story has stayed in my mind, but I’d forgotten most of the details, so was pleased to find it here on Audible. I noticed some of the ‘lecturing’ aspects of it more now, and was a bit taken aback at some of the words, which were ‘of their time’ but now grate with insensitivity. But I was still very moved by the humanity of the story, and how it attempts to show what it means to be human. I’m not sure what part of the USA it is set, and so not sure if the accent is of that area, but the narration seemed to fit.

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  • Guy Ivie
  • 31-07-2011

An old favorite wonderfully realized

I read this story more years ago than I care to recall, and was surprised to see this audio version of it. I snapped it up, and started listening on a long road trip. Although it starts out stronger than it finishes, it's still a wonderful story about love, retribution, and the nature of humanity. Mr. Garcia is an excellent reader, and gave each character his or her own personality. Very much enjoyed listening to this recording, and very much recommend it.

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  • Cat Mom
  • 04-05-2018

Science Fiction Gold

I first read this book over 50 years ago. I loved it then and was so excited when I discovered that it was available on Audible! Now I listen to it at least once a year.

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  • per erik loeff
  • 08-04-2021

Rarely

Do I get so surprised /unaware to see the basic ending. I noticed that books that refer to cultural stuff from 70 years ago, I should probably be more open to stuff from around wwii but I keep to knowing 60 s and the big names I got from references anyway. (just anekdote about getting older and realising I have a vaste gap in my parents culture)

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  • Jeff B.
  • 16-10-2020

Pretty good

This was a fun story with some exciting twists, but I wish he'd spent a bit more time developing the main protagonist in the middle. Almost felt like I missed a few chapters, in not just one but two places. Still, worth the listen.

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  • Raayven
  • 26-10-2018

I found this book...

In a goodwill. It was so lonelu, and looked interesting. I just had to give it a home. Upon reading, I couldn't put it down. Honestly, When I saw it was avaliable in Audio, I had to jump on it. It's a fantastic story, with villans, Aliens, Freaks, and wonder. I would highly suggest it to anyone.

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  • Charles
  • 31-07-2021

Classic science fiction well read

This is worth registering to pick up nuances. Sturgeon is one of the greats and this is one of his best.

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  • Colleen
  • 22-06-2021

quite good

This book was based on the cover being interesting but as i was listening i truly enjoyed the storys characters and story line. The narrator was perfect for this, full of emotion where needed and great inflexions.

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  • Scentart
  • 27-03-2021

Beautiful Story with Great Narration

I had forgotten that Sturgeon is the creator of the glyph for "Ask the next question." Great characters. Beautiful writing. Timeless story with no loss through time.

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  • Karen Marie
  • 10-02-2021

A+

Outstanding science fiction. I am surprised I haven't read Sturgeon before. I will certainly be reading more.

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  • jass
  • 06-02-2021

Loved this

Quirky, twists in plot and character development. Not once did I say too myself, “ no way she/he would say or do that.” It’s a really great experience to arrive at the end, wanting more and surprised.

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