Ellison hits the mainstream, with a major publisher and a promotion budget -- and an awesome collection of stories, none previously published in an Ellison volume.
Of the many winners here, at least two will be recorded among Ellison's all-time best: "Paladin of the Lost Hour," which the author wrote concurrently with the teleplay for the revival of "The Twilight Zone" TV series; and "Soft Monkey," which proves that Ellison is as savvy about the mean streets of contemporary America as he was after running with the Barons gang for Memos From Purgatory some three decades ago. Yet none of the other 15 tales rates as anything less than superb. Angry Candy exceeds even Shatterday and Strange Wine for consistent excellence. A must read.