From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. E-Reads is proud to re-publish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections, all with striking new covers. Rediscover - or discover for the first time - a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was "a precursor to Douglas Adams." Crompton Divided was also published in the UK under the title The Alchemical Marriage Of Alistair Crompton. Alastair Crompton skilled nosologist at Psychosmell, Inc. sniffs out something he's been missing his whole life - his other selves. His disturbed psyche was divided into three parts and the other parts were implanted in other bodies on other planets. His obsession to re-unite himself leads to disturbing discovers about the underpinnings of the society he lives in, personal conflicts, a vastly destructive war and a shocking ultimate revelation. The master of SF madness operates at the top of his form."
In case anyone has managed to miss this singular author's seminal influence on the world of imaginative literature, my best advice is to throw oneself in the way of Crompton Divided and give oneself up to wonderful madness." (Harlan Ellison)
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One of Sheckley's Weirest Tales
Reading the summary of this novel leaves the reader with a lot of questions. Never fear. All are answered in due time by Sheckley. Do the answers make sense? Well...
Let's just say this book is truly an experience of going down the rabbit hole. If you were to read only the very first chapter of Crompton Divided and then immediately read the final chapter, to say you might be confused is an understatement.
But if you're a fan of Robert Sheckley's work, you will rank this among his best. I would suggest checking out "The Status Civilization" or "The Journey of Joenes" first if you are a virgin to Sheckley's style - only because, as amazing as he is, he takes a bit of getting used to.
Nonetheless, this was a fantastic listen with a very talented narrator, giving each and every character his or her own unique voice and affectations.
A MUST READ for any science fiction buff.
9.37 / 10.0
- Niels J. Rasmussen
Amusing, philosophical and deep tale
- J. Chilton