The Brains of Rats by Michael Blumlein

The Brains of Rats (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Michael Blumlein, Michael McDowell

Michael Blumlein is not only an author, he's a doctor too. His medical background influences a lot of the stories in this collection.


A few of these tales really knocked me back-most especially "Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Study." It was told in Blumlein's crisp, cold, prose and I think that made the story even more horrific than it already was. 


Tissue Ablation was the second story in this collection and it was so good, my expectations were raised,(perhaps unreasonably high?), for the rest of this book. I didn't feel the remaining stories lived up to the promise set by the first few tales.


The remaining stories were well written, (I did enjoy the one with the talking cat, though in the end, it was very sad), but they didn't have the impact on me that Tissue Ablation did.


Overall I enjoyed this collection and I'm glad that I read it, but I'm not sure if I will track down any of Michael Blumlein's novels. If I do, it will be at a later time anyway, as I'm still in the midst of this novel reading slump.


Recommended to fans of weird tales and medical fiction!