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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Hugh Jackman, here is a new short story collection by the New York Times best-selling author of I Am Legend.
Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots. Richard Matheson’s classic short story, “Steel", is the inspiration for Real Steel, a new movie starring Hugh Jackman.
“Steel” is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, including a satirical fantasy, “The Splendid Source", and two new stories never before collected in any previous Matheson collection.
©2011 RXR, Inc. (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“Stands as a testament to Matheson’s literary longevity.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-19-16

WAS SHAKESPEARE, QUEEN ELIZABETH?

NO BEAUTY PARLORS
The title story STEEL, was a Twilight Zone episode. This is longer. The abridged version was better. I did not get to see the movie with Will Smith. Of the 15 stories only one was bad. The problem with this collection, is that most of the stories are just so-so. Not bad, but not great. The collection is also listed as a horror, when it is more a collection of Science Fiction. There are robots, time travel, a western, nuclear bombs, a doll that talks and grows older and much more.

Brick is to narration as William Shatner is to Star Trek

If you love Matheson, you will want the collection, if you are new to Matheson, get I AM LEGEND or one of the many Twilight Zone episodes he wrote.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas C. Hopkins on 08-28-16

Twilight Zone in Book Form

Yes, Richard Matheson is the author of the novella that eventually became I am legend. Yes, he is the man who wrote several Twilight Zone episodes. To many, he stands out as one of the greats. I likef his stories very much, but I did not love than. To his stories I want to say, "It's not you; it's me." I love twisty. I absolutely adore Twilight Zone. Truthfully, I have seen so many of those episodes and read his short stories, that they did not feel fresh. I wanted to be thrilled and shocked and surprised, but we have been together too long. I'm sorry, baby, but the mystery and magic is gone. I would never be the sort of cad that would put you down. If you haven't been here, you may find out wonderful. If you read a lot of this sort of stuff, you will not likely be fooled by the twisty ending to these stories.

I didn't like Scott Brick do much. His reading in many places felt over acted. There is something about his manner of acting out the emotions of "pleading" that I found annoying. His "anger" is very much the aging Shakespeare actor preening and proud. I think a light touch to this material would have improved the irony.

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