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Steel and Other Stories | [Richard Matheson]

Steel and Other Stories

Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots. Richard Matheson’s classic short story, “Steel", is the inspiration for Real Steel, a new movie starring Hugh Jackman.
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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Hugh Jackman, here is a new short story collection by the New York Times best-selling author of I Am Legend.

Imagine a future in which human boxing has been replaced by heavyweight bouts between massive robots. Richard Matheson’s classic short story, “Steel", is the inspiration for Real Steel, a new movie starring Hugh Jackman.

“Steel” is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, including a satirical fantasy, “The Splendid Source", and two new stories never before collected in any previous Matheson collection.

©2011 RXR, Inc. (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Stands as a testament to Matheson’s literary longevity.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sara Moodie 05-24-14
    Sara Moodie 05-24-14

    30-something, night-worker, comic book artist, book lover, and someone who still loves being read to despite being supposedly a grown-up.

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    "Matheson always hits it out of the park"
    What made the experience of listening to Steel and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

    I've always loved Richard Matheson, ever since I first picked up Hell House more than 15 years ago. Ever since then, I've read everything of his I can find, even rare and out of print titles. Matheson is a better writer than 99.9999% of all the authors writing in the horror/thriller genre today. As far as creating believable characters you can come to care about, adding details that truly make the story come alive, and having a keen sense of human nature, the only author who I feel comes close today is Stephen King, though their writing styles are widely different.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steel, the former prizefighter in the first short story. He's a dreamer who still believes that if they win the next fight, book the next match, try the next town, he'll make it big. He believes in the run down fighter he's managing to such an extent that he refuses to see reason. When his fighter ends up unable to compete right before the match that will provide money they're absolutely relying on, he decides to take his fighter's place, despite having not fought in years and knowing there is no way he'll ever win the match and may not even survive against his opponent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Steel, facing the fact that his fighter is too run-down to compete, decides to step into the ring himself. He shows a great nobility there, knowing his partner is depending on the money from the fight. It's an amazing scene, handled with an expert observer's razor-sharp sense of human nature, emotional without being soppy. It's at this moment where I found myself caring about Steel the most.


    If you could rename Steel and Other Stories, what would you call it?

    I'd leave it as it is.


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    Bridget Peabody, MA, United States 11-22-11
    Bridget Peabody, MA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not my cup of tea, but brilliantly read."

    While Matheson's work, specifically his shorter works, are not my personal favorite, they are stunningly written and very moving tales, and Scott Brick's reading is, as ever, flawless. I know this will be a must for Matheson devotees.

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    Kenya 05-21-13
    Kenya 05-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    Im righting this review about 6 months latter and I can't remember a single story in it. Guess that says a lot about it.

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