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Kiss Kiss [Paperback]

Roald Dahl
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

4 Nov 1987
The stories are: The landlady, William and Mary, The Way up to Heaven, Parson's Pleasures, Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat, Royal Jelly, Gregory Progy, Genesis and Catastrophe, Edwards the Conqueror, Pig, The Champion of the World.

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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin, Harmondsworth U.K.; Reprint edition (4 Nov 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140018328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140018325
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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Unnerving bedtime stories, subtle, proficient, hair-raising and done to a turn (San Francisco Chronicle)

Roald Dahl is one of the few writers I know whose work can accurately be described as addictive (Irish Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

From the publication of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the 1960s to his death in 1990, Roald Dahl became the most successful children’s author in the world. Nearly twenty years later, a fresh generation of children seek out his work with instinctive fanaticism. His creations endure - through Hollywood movies, theatre adaptations and musical works, but still most potently of all through the pure magic of his writing upon the page.

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Billy Weaver had travelled down from London on the slow afternoon train, with a change at Swindon on the way, and by the time he got to Bath it was about nine o'clock in the evening and the moon was coming up out of a clear starry sky over the houses opposite the station entrance. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 26 April 2002
By A Customer
This is the most enjoyable book I have read in a long while. Roald Dahl has a talent for writing original short stories, incorporating hints of subtle horror, humour and unexpected twists in each. Tales such as 'The Way up to Heaven' and 'William and Mary' are quite eerie but this is all part of the fun. Although you come to expect a twist towards the end of each story, they are not always obvious (the ending to the story 'Pig' was extremely suprising!) If you haven't read this, you're missing out on a group of thoroughly interesting and addictive stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Kiss 12 Nov 2010
I first read Kiss Kiss over forty years ago but when I read it again recently it was as enjoyable as the first time. After all the kids' stuff that he wrote later, it is easy to forget what a good writer of adult books Dahl was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss, Kiss 1 Mar 2009
A great book of short stories, each one captures your imagination and keeps you guessing right to the end and beyond. Fantastic reading!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macabre and brilliant 14 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Perverse, inventive and often downright morbid, kiss kiss will be a shock to those only ingratiated with the (rather brilliant) children's stories. Yes, it is true that after reading a few of these tales, the end twist becomes somewhat of an enevitability, but the sheer dynamism and imagination of Dahl's storytelling remains intoxicating.The truly scary William and Mary in particular is a story that will remain with me forever All in all, a sick, frieghtening and thoughourly brilliant collection of tales, from an author who must now be recognised as the greatest short-story writer of a generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of the Human Beings! 25 Oct 2003
This is the first book I read for Roald Dahl ,some of my friends have recommended his works for me and gave me this book along with Switch Bitch ,I have begun with Kiss Kiss , and I was totally amazed .
Once you got passed the shallow introduction story (The Landlady) you will be faced with some of the most funniest and dare I say hilarious short stories ever written ,this collection includes some masterpieces which is (William and Mary) ,( Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's hat ) and the mind blowing (Parson's pleasure) , there are some very good ones like (The way Up to Heaven) ,(Edward the Conqueror) and (Pig) ,the remaining stories are also very entertaining but they can not be comparable to the rest mentioned above .
Dahl's writings are not only about the sarcasm sense and funny situations ,actually the greatness of his writings comes from his extraordinary ability to explore the human nature ,and give us a glimpse about the weird nature which is existing deep inside every human being ,this collection deals with many aspects of the human behavior ranging from the FAKE socially civilized appearance to the bottom of the most disgusting characters you are likely to meet ,but the craft of Dahl is to make you sure that the both sides are actually equal ,and once you have picked this collection you will be hooked and you will ask for more ,luckily I have (Switch Bitch) collection and I am going to read it instantly .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Unexpected here! 16 Jun 2014
By G. Lowe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I felt that this book was disappointing. I remember being scared to death and disturbed by The Tales of the Unexpected on the television. Not this book it seemed really familiar and each story a little predictable. Didn't like the people in it and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not my cup of tea at all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roald Dahl stories fascinating at any age. 3 May 2014
By tara
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Loved this book bought it for my daughter revisited it myself as I have always been a fan of Roald Dahl stories. My daughter also enjoyed it giving us hours of pleasure dicussing the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wry smiles all round! 24 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A charming book full of charming yet slightly dark stories
Anything by the great man is a wonderful find in my eyes and I've really enjoyed this book
Thank you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A lovely read... The stories are a little dated but still engaging.
Published 15 days ago by Dom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing
I was Fully absorbed in each story within few paragraphs. The way it was written and how it caused the story to unfold to me, so quickly, was just as entertaining as the content. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mavis
3.0 out of 5 stars well written
A well written book which will appear to anyone with a interest in the theme. Unfortunately I made a bad choice as this is not my cup of tea and that was the only reason for my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by bill jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but lethal
I love Roald Dahl books, stories. He writes a stories which always blow my mind. I love his endings too, very worth buy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bibliophil
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Some amazing and gruesome horror stories I especially enjoyed pig 5 star. The land lady was very clever you had to think in the end.
Published 19 months ago by Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Baiser Baiser
It would have been useful to know that this copy was in French! Not very handy as a present for an English lass. It is probably worth 5 stars if you read French.
Published on 23 Dec 2009 by Richard Dixon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
This collection of short stories is certainly an interesting read. Roald Dahl very effectivly creates vile characters with weird and funny viewpoints on life and finishes his... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2003 by "brrambles87"
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