Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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Ingathering by Zenna Henderson

Title: Ingathering: The Complete People Stories
Author: Zenna Henderson
Genre: Speculative fiction, short stories.
Setting: Mostly the US, a few of the stories are set on alien planets.
Reason for Reading: gentlescholar read me one of the stories, "Ararat," and I loved it.
Finished In: Months.
Pages: 577
Copyright Date: 1995
Cover: A desert with a lizard in the foreground and a crashed spaceship in the background.
First line: "The window of the bus was a dark square against the featureless night."
Best part: Many of these stories are very sweet and warming.
Worst part: The aliens are Christian? Come now.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Get Together" by the Youngbloods
Grade: C+
Recommended for: Anyone that needs a bit of a lift.
Related Reads: Illusions by Richard Bach.

This book has a lot of good moments, though I think I would have enjoyed it even more if there was a shorter selection of the best stories instead of a complete omnibus with frames between chapters. I found the way the author wrote about depression to be a little frustrating, and then there was the whole Christian alien thing. But I definitely enjoyed the stories, especially "Ararat," "Pottage," and "Captivity."

When "Ararat" was first read to me, it reminded me a lot of a movie I had seen many years ago. It turns out that this movie, "The People," was actually based on Henderson's work. Old black and white thing, kind of fun and silly as I recall but it's been quite a long time.
Tags: books 2010, fiction
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