Harlan has had quite the wonderful career of being an author as he has been keeping busy by writing many novels, short stories, short story collections, essays, and even teleplays. In fact, he has done wonderful work for some of the most famous TV shows of his time like Star Trek, The Outer Limits, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
A short story of his, called The Boy and His Dog was even made into a popular movie. This book review of Deathbird Stories will tell you what kind of stories the book holds and what to expect from them.
A keyword that best describes the stories that are in the book is God as most of the 19 stories inside talk about different kinds of Gods and their mighty power. Three of the short stories inside are major award- winners such as The Whimper of Whipped Dogs that won an Edgar Award, Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13 receiving the Hugo Award, and The Deathbird which won another Hugo Award for Harlan.
The stories inside are widely considered as some of his best work as they are fun to read, exciting and really make you want to keep going, although Harlan, the author himself, advises his readers to not go through the entire collection in one sitting as it requires careful, slow, and focused reading in order to understand everything that it has to offer. We love the books so much, that we included it in our selection of the best Harlan Ellison books. Check it out!
In our review of Deathbird Stories book, we show you a quick look at some of the interesting Gods that you get to meet as you start reading short story after short story. For example, there are Gods in one story that tend to worship their own creations, as odd as that seems, you will find it very surprising how Harlan has managed to make a whole story out of that idea.
Then, in an award-winning one of the collections, The Whimper of Whipped Dogs, you get to see the god of not my problem. Yes, his story is definitely an intriguing one. In Paingod, there is a heartless god whose title is the god of pain and suffering. You get to read his story as it makes you feel a bit angry and makes you want to get back at him.
There are plenty of other interesting gods that you will get to read about in the collection itself that we cannot cover all of which in our book review of Deathbird Stories, but know that everyone has their own story that will just make you wait impatiently to find out about the next god in a next short story. Make sure to read this book carefully, slowly, and pay close attention to the various short tales inside.