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Collector's Item   By: (1915-1986)

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Collector's Item by Robert F. Young is an enthralling and thought-provoking science fiction novel that takes readers on a captivating journey through time and space. With its unique blend of psychological depth, intricate plot twists, and vivid descriptions, this book instantly immerses you in a world where reality and imagination intertwine.

The story revolves around John Cooper, a mild-mannered collector of rare and valuable artifacts who stumbles upon a mysterious object with extraordinary powers. As the tale unfolds, Young skillfully crafts an intricate web of suspense, leading readers on a thrilling adventure that keeps them guessing until the very end.

One of the notable strengths of this novel is Young's deeply introspective writing style. Through his masterful use of imagery and metaphors, he delves into the complexities of human nature, exploring themes of identity, obsession, and the blurred boundaries between reality and illusion. This introspection not only adds depth to the characters but also prompts readers to reflect on their own perceptions of the world around them.

Moreover, Collector's Item stands out for its unpredictable plot twists. Just when you think you've unraveled the mystery, Young throws in another curveball, leaving you eagerly flipping the pages in an attempt to decipher the truth. This element of surprise keeps the narrative engaging and ensures that the reader remains fully captivated throughout.

Additionally, the author's attention to detail is commendable. Whether he's describing an alien landscape or a bustling cityscape, Young's vibrant and evocative prose paints a vivid picture in the reader's mind, allowing them to visualize every scene with remarkable clarity. This level of descriptive detail not only enhances the reading experience but also contributes to the overall sense of immersion within the novel.

However, a minor drawback of Collector's Item is the occasional pacing issues. While the majority of the book moves at a satisfyingly brisk pace, there are a few instances where the narrative lags, which may temporarily dampen the reader's enthusiasm. Nevertheless, these instances are relatively few and far between, ultimately not detracting significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

In conclusion, Collector's Item by Robert F. Young is a must-read for science fiction enthusiasts craving an engaging and intellectually stimulating adventure. With its thought-provoking themes, ingenious plot twists, and captivating writing style, this novel stands as a testament to Young's skill as a storyteller. Its ability to transport readers to alternate dimensions and challenge their perceptions makes it a true collector's item in the realm of science fiction literature.

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We've often wondered what would happen if Robert Young should cease to be a lyrically intense writer for a story or two, forsaking the bright, poetic worlds of MISS KATY THREE and THE FIRST SWEET SLEEP OF NIGHT to become dispassionately analytical on a cosmic scale. Now we know! He'd chill us to the bone by setting two squixes to brooding over a never to be born Earth, exactly as he has done here. And thrill us, too with the liveliest kind of entertainment.

collector's item

by ... Robert F. Young

Very trivial things can go into the weaving of a nest. The human race, for instance

The condensation of the histories of ten thousand races into a text concise enough to fit into a single volume had been a task of unprecedented proportions. There had been times when the Galactic Historian had doubted whether even his renowned abilities were up to the assignment that the Galactic Board of Education had so lightly tossed his way, times when he had thrown up his hands all five of them in despair. But at last the completed manuscript lay before him on his desk with nothing but the final reading remaining between it and publication.

The Galactic Historian repeatedly wiped his brows as he turned the pages. It was a warm night, even for Mixxx Seven... Continue reading book >>




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