Some stories were too preachy ("The Universe of Robert Blake"), some were too melodramatic ("Neither Your Jenny Nor Mine"), and some started strong but just petered out ("What I Did On My Vacation...")
There were a few bright spots, though.The Introduction was both laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking."The Resurgence of Miss Ankle Strap Wedgie" was smart, subtle, and complex, although pretty badly dated now."Passport" had a nice solid feel to it, and "Blind Bird, Blind Bird, Go Away From Me" was surprisingly engaging and uplifting.
Note: Many of the stories praised by other reviewers were included in earlier editions of LOVE AIN'T NOTHING, but then left out of this and subsequent editions.These include "Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes", "Daniel White for the Greater Good", "When I Was a Hired Gun" and "Delusions for a Dragon Slayer".
THE BEAST THAT SHOUTED LOVE AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD was an excellent collection.The title story won a Hugo."A Dog and His Boy" won a Nebula (the screenplay based on this story also won a Hugo a few years later)."Shattered Like a Glass Goblin" was nominated for a Nebula (although, oddly, it was one of my least favorite stories).Other strong entries include "Worlds to Kill", "Run for the Stars", and "Asleep: With Still Hands".The collection as a whole is an good showcase of Ellison's range and depth within the genre of speculative fiction.
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