Reviews of Angry Candy (1988)
Review by MAD-ness (2003-03-08)
A haunting, challenging, brilliant and powerful collection of short stories by one of the most talented writers of our time.
While not all of the included stories are brilliant, they are all crafted quite skillfully and leave a mark upon the reader.
'Paladin of the Lost Hour' is perhaps the best of the bunch. This is a powerful, thought-provoking, gut-wrenching, mind-altering, earth-shattering type of short story. A true gem, this is one of those rare short stories that manages to be as profound as any full novel yet so much sweeter for its compact form and intensity of prose, pacing and emotion.
Review by Bonzai (2003-03-07)
Harlan Ellison is America's greatest living writer. He writes from his heart and his gut and never holds back. That's the first thing.
Before he began writing the stories that appear in this volume his friends began to die. Not just a few of them, but dozens. He prints a list of all the funerals he attended in chronological order. An ordinary man would probably have given into despair, the list is that long. Harlan, who is many things but never ordinary, grew angry. That's the second thing.
Read this book.