Summary

The Dreaming Jewels is Theodore Sturgeon's first novel, written in 1950. Eight-year-old Horty Bluett has never known love. His adoptive parents are violent; his classmates are cruel. So he runs away from home and joins a carnival. Performing alongside the fireaters, snakemen, and "little people," Horty is finally accepted. But he is not safe. For when he loses three fingers in an accident and they grow back, it becomes clear that Horty is not like other boys - and this "difference" is something that some people might want to use.
Now Horty knows that his difference is a risk not only to his own life, but to the lives of the outcasts who have provided him with a place to call home.
©1978 The Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"An intensely written and very moving novel of love and retribution." ( Washington Star)
"I look upon Sturgeon with a secret and growing jealousy." (Ray Bradbury)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Guy Ivie on 31-07-11

An old favorite wonderfully realized

I read this story more years ago than I care to recall, and was surprised to see this audio version of it. I snapped it up, and started listening on a long road trip. Although it starts out stronger than it finishes, it's still a wonderful story about love, retribution, and the nature of humanity. Mr. Garcia is an excellent reader, and gave each character his or her own personality. Very much enjoyed listening to this recording, and very much recommend it.

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By Sheri on 04-05-18

Science Fiction Gold

I first read this book over 50 years ago. I loved it then and was so excited when I discovered that it was available on Audible! Now I listen to it at least once a year.

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