The People: No Different Flesh

The People No Different Flesh Contents No Different Flesh Deluge Angels Unawares Troubling of the Water Return Shadow on the Moon

  • Title: The People: No Different Flesh
  • Author: Zenna Henderson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Contents No Different Flesh 1965 Deluge 1963 Angels Unawares 1966 Troubling of the Water 1966 Return 1961 Shadow on the Moon 1962

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    1. So here's your obscure literary comparison question for today: Ayn Rand is to Ursula Le Guin as Stephenie Meyer is to Give up? Well, I think you can make a decent case for "Zenna Henderson". The parallels with Meyer are striking. Henderson was raised as a Mormon, and made her name writing about "The People", a group of human-like extraterrestrials who live among normal folks in rural America. The People have unusual powers, which they normally hide but can occasionally reveal to trusted humans. [...]

    2. An Earth couple save a baby fluttering lost among the trees. After baby Lala is reunited with her father of the People, Johannan and his friends share some of their stories with the couple. Here we learn why the People love so much the memory of their lost planet Home, why they are so careful of the exposure of their Talents; yet all the things the People and Earthmen of good will can do for each other.The People books are deserving classics for their deeply felt and beautifully written explorat [...]

    3. I remember when Zenna Henderson died. As with many people whom you'd really LIKE to know about, it wasn't reported in major media--I learned about it from Locus. According to biographical sources, she'd only have been about 66 when she died, though she looked much older.It's doubtful whether she'd have written any more if she'd lived longer, however. She was a careful craftswoman, and her works were few but intricate.This book was most likely put together in response to wide popular demand. It t [...]

    4. I found one of the stories in here way back in the mid 1960s. It convinced me that this genre was what I wanted to read! At that time I didn't realise that there were a couple of books-worth of linked short stories in this world. Imagine my joy when I found out! (And my disappointment that, so far as I know, there are only two books-worth!)From then on, I read everything by Zenna Henderson that I could find. Over the years, I have come to be a little unhappy about the Christianity implicit here [...]

    5. series of linked short stories, 1962 to 1966, that probably has influenced, defined, expressed, our modern myth of aliens come to earth, of how different that is, how we and they might share this particularly American life of the era. this is more history of family, community, education, beliefs, all reconciled, all paralleled, with simple beliefs in something like christianity religious thought/experience very important this collection as well as dangerous for difference these aliens are not to [...]

    6. The People #1 - PilgrimageThe People #2 - No Different FleshAuthor: Zenna HendersonI love this series - re-read it regularly! Most of the stories [but not the thread connecting them] have appeared independently in various science fiction and fantasy magazines and some short story collections. The two books have also been collected in the omnibus edition Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson.Although she was not as well known [or as prolific] as Heinlein and Asimov and Norto [...]

    7. Another series of short stories set in the same world with a connecting story outside them all. Most of the stories are pretty good, with the first being excellent and "Return" feeling very preachy. The previous book was all on Earth; here we get a glimpse of the abandoned Home and a little information about New Home. Some of the recollections (of the People) delve into what humans knew a little too far, making the story as a whole less believable. The unresolved tale from the first volume is no [...]

    8. I found a hardback copy of Pilgrimage amongst the family books, and eventually got round to reading it. So when I saw this one on Bookmooch I asked for it. I do enjoy Zenna Henderson's writing, and wish she had been around for longer to write more and more fully. She has a light touch and writes concisely, as a series of short, linked stories. She can make her characters real and believable with few words and one cares about what happens to them. The society she writes about is an idealized one, [...]

    9. I will remember until I die the hot flat, horrible campground my grandparents dragged the family to and there I discovered The People when my mother finished No Different Flesh and handed it to me to read. The campground in all it horribleness faded away and I became entwined in the lives of other people.Zenna Henderson unwittingly sparked my first religious crisis when she introduced me to Exodus 22:18 - "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live". And at the tender age of 14 or 15, I started to th [...]

    10. Zenna Henderson wrote five books based on an alien race called "The People" who are stranded on earth and are very similar to humans with the exception that they have special gifts/powers. An incredible storyteller able to weave a story that draws you into a world that you wish really did exist and to which you could belong. I am lucky enough to have located and purchased all of Ms Henderson's books and they are counted among the books that I treasure and will be with me for years to come.

    11. I've read this over and over again over the years by Zenna Henderson. It still brings much joy, clear discussion about extra sensory perception, how it works, what it is, in a 'sane' way. Well written, and good discussion of it's time. If you can find it, read it! There is so much good here. Original date listed here, is approximate, but it is about the time I FIRST read Zenna Henderson and it's affect on me, is the work I do now. Thanks to Zenna.

    12. A severely under-rated, under-remembered leader in the field, whose influence is quoted by authors as diverse as Connie Willis and Orson Scott Card. Just a seminal concept, written with elegance and wonder.

    13. I'd come across stories by Zenna Henderson's People for some time before obtaining a whole book about them. I read this edition up in Michigan soon after its publication, mostly as a bedtime book.The concept behind the stories is of an alien people stranded on earth who are pretty much entirely human except for a variety of parapsychological gifts like esp. At the time of reading they reminded me most of the Amish or of old school Mennonites. They keep to themselves and are generally gentle and [...]

    14. The second in Henderson's tales of the People, aliens who crashlanded on earth and have to fit in despite their psychic abilities. No school teachers this time (the first book heavily featured teachers, probably because Henderson herself was one), but the framing is evident again, with a couple of humans who feature in the first story being shown what has happened to the people at various times, going back to why/when they left their world. Although some of the description is vivid, I find it a [...]

    15. It's a collection of short stories about extraterrestial aliens called the People who come to earth and live among us, interacting with us when fate throws us together. It's unique in that it's one of the few openly religious SF books in that time frame, and also in its style and tone. It's gentle, spiritual, and about as opposite from traditional sixties SF as could be.The stories are a mixed bag, but they get better further on, and the People are a winsome race. You feel real sadness when they [...]

    16. This one along with the other 'People' stories have a warm place in my heart. I first read them in my early teens and many decades later scenes and stories from these books still come to my mind.Set in the turn of the previous century (1900's ?), a scattered group of refugees from another world tries to hide and survive in remote settings here on earth. Although they look entirely human, they are more advanced than us in several ways involving their 'gifts' and their morality.

    17. The sequel to "Pilgrimage: Book of The People." It has the same kind of framework (lots of inter-connected short stories told by the characters) and characters as the first book, but rather than tell how the People adjusted to life on Earth and found each other, this book gives more back story about how they actually got to Earth in the first place. It was just as riveting to read, although, like the first book, it ends quite abruptly and leaves you wanting more.

    18. I haven't read Zenna Henderson in a really long time so it was really nice to find this book I had started at least a year or two ago, hiding under my bed. I liked most of the stories but found the overarching story a little clumsy in holding them all together. But as a collections of stories it worked well in telling the history of the People from different perspectives and characters. All together, a pretty decent work of sci-fi that made me feel very nostalgic.

    19. un chouia trop moralisateur (on retrouve très dilué le conflit mutant/humain) mais finalement pour un livre écrit dans les années 60 il a plutôt bien vieilli (il s'agit d'un habile montage de différents récits pour écrire l'histoire du Peuple depuis la destruction de leur planète jusqu'à leur arrivée sur Terre et leur insertion plus ou moins réussie dans une Amérique rurale)

    20. The second book of 'The People' series being a group of original shrt stories that were printed in various magazines, but here are sequences into a continuous story. The People are forced to move several times to protect themselves from the wrath of those who discover the truth about them.Excellent books

    21. i cannot remember the quality of the writing - but i remember reading her two People books over and over - and being outraged at the tv version. the world was simpler, i was simpler, and speculative fiction could be simpler too - or at least that's what i imagine now. these were people i cared about - that i wanted to know - that i wanted to belong to.

    22. I read the Zenna Henderson books decades ago (sigh) when I was in junior high or so. I don't recall much of the detail anymore, but still remember how much I loved them. I do plan on reading them again at some point.

    23. Neither sado-masochism nor the Galgamex vagina is my thing. Imagine Smallville only Tom Welling is writing the script. This sucks big time. I managed to finish the first story and that's where it will end.

    24. Once again adding to my list of influential science fiction stories of my childhood, gleaned from the many pulp SyFy mags I devoured. I seem to remember this being made into a schlocky movie for TV, maybe??

    25. I read this book when I was a teenager, and I LOVED it! It was made into an ok made-for-TV movie back in the '70s. Zenna Henderson writes like no one else I know. It's too bad she didn't write more!

    26. Loved it. Loved it especially as I am sure I had a copy of this book as a teenager and yet it was all fresh and new to me -- either I am going a little soft, or Anyway, it felt like I had found familiar characters in new situations - lovely!

    27. I love this book and its premise. I first read it decades ago and it is still a book I pull down from the shelf.

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