As a serious fan of short stories, I approached the Farenheit Twins with gusto. Churning my way through the book in a couple of days I was left feeling elated, frustrated, disappointed and confused. However, since collections of short stories have a tendency to reveal writers' better and also lesser efforts, this book is fairly sterotypical for a short story collection.
Many of the stories are great examples of how to thread a taught storyline through a wealth of prose. Some of the stories are examples of good prose with a meandering story but an ungratifying end. A couple of the stories are prosaic but pointless, as though the author is stretching his ability to write but not his ability to tell a story.
Nonetheless, throughout the book the prose is neither overwhleming nor sparse, which gives the collection a well written charm. The stories themselves are dark, mischievous and fun, and while some show Faber at his worse, the collection is an excellent example of how to woo readers with the short form.
If you're into contemporary short stories or something different then this is close to being a must read; if you're into Michel Faber, then you should approach this collection knowing that while he's an excellent writer, he's not always an excellent story teller.