The Dreaming Jewels
This is the strange tale of Horty, a little boy who ran away from home and took refuge in the bizarre world of the carnival. With him went his favourite toy - an old jack-in-the-box whose jewelled eyes sparkled and shone, hypnotic in their brilliance.
And among the freaks and oddities of the sideshows he found friends - 'jewel' people like him, who tried to protect him from the terrible secret of his existence .
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Reviews are funny - they seem to be all over the shop regarding Jewels - but then, I suppose that's what makes life interesting.
I thought The Dreaming Jewels was an excellent read, I even had tears in my eyes at the end. What intrigued and stuck in my mind about this was that I had seen Toy Story 3 about a week before this and had come across a thread in IMBd's forum, started by a man, and titled somewhere along the lines of "Who cried at the end of the movie". This had dozens of responses in the affirmative which surprised me, if only 'cos I found the movie almost boring - certainly the only significant emotional reaction it generated! I won't be wanting to re-watch it (or its prequels) anytime soon...
I have only just come across Sturgeon, but from the few novels of his that I have read, I think his reputation is well earned. Even his short-stories are very well written - at least the half-dozen or so that I've read.
In complete contrast to Philip K. Dick's short-stories (imo) - some of those (the 10+ I've read) are God-damned awful. Thankfully, the book-length offerings by him that I have read have been much better.