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This is an excellent novella by Ellison that takes a very different look at the use of a common sf trope, psi powers The books politically correct stance seems a little creaky now in being a bit self conscious and postured, and I didn t think he quite captured the main characters voice perfectlyprobably because the authorial voice is so strong that it over powers everything else Still, it s a wonderfully written piece and a fine and thought provoking story.
[[ E-pub ]] ↠ Mefisto in Onyx ☔ Rudy Pairis, An Educated African American, Is Telepathic His Friend And One Time Lover, Deputy District Attorney Allison Roche, Wants Him To Slip Into The Mind Of Serial Killer Henry Lake Spanky Spanning Because After Successfully Damning Spanning To The Electric Chair For Murders, She Has Fallen In Love With Him And Wants To Be Sure Of His Innocence I don t think I ve ever read a book before and wished it was a graphic novel, but with this one I did Maybe it was a combo of the cover and the intro by Frank Miller that put the thought in my head, but whilst I was reading it I kept thinking this is really shitty narration all telling, no showing, repetitive and would be a MUCH cooler albeit graphic graphic novel So in that way it was a let down Plus, apparently he s won a lot of awards and people tend to like his prose style but I wasn t much of a fan It was too thriller esque And the plot was pretty interesting and original, I guess, except it was simultaneously predictable I predicated the ending but not the VERY ending which has a little twist So eh If this whole book is an allegory vieled social commentary about black people and the prison system which it totally COULD be but I doubt it then it s cool If it s just a literal story about mind reading maniacs eh. The cover and introduction by Frank Miller, where he writes about dead eyes and dead voices is very cool I read this book when it first came out Still have it in my library It s a story about telepathy and a serial killer Rudy Pairis is a well educated black man with telepathic abilities and one true friend in the world, a deputy district attorney named Allison Roche Allison, who once had a brief sexual liaison with Rudy, presumes on that relationship to ask him to do the unthinkable She wants him to slip into the mind of the most heinous serial killer she has ever tried to send to the chair, and he s not in the least bit excited about this It s a good fun tale and I really enjoyed it. One of Ellison s few long form novella length stories, brilliant Harlan told a story once about Roland Emmerich Director of crap movies like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, etc coming to pitch for rights to the film rights He described Emmerich as speaking like a valley girl with a German accent Bang on Also, my reviews will not spoil anything, in fact, they may not even say much about the story But this is a good one, one of Harlan s best. With a cover from renowned artist Frank Miller, one should know that this little book makes a powerful read Told through a man who can jump into the mids of others, this tale of a wrongfully convicted inmate provides two shocking twists before entering its satisfying conclusion A highly recommended read Yet another amazing story by Harlan Ellison I must admit that I was initially drawn to the book due to the involvement of Frank Miller, but once Ellison starts to do what he does best, it s all about his extraordinary storytelling ability. Blah blah Harlan Ellison blah blah If you know what he does and you like it, you ll like this That s about it. Great story, compelling, mysterious, a brush with evil Must read Harlan Ellison. Stephen King recommended author King calls Harlan Ellison a ferociously talented writer.