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Never Trust a Rabbit (Duckbacks) Paperback – 19 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Duck Editions; New edition edition (19 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715630970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715630976
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,643,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of short stories that aren't as gruesome as his television work might lead us to expect, but tick all the right boxes for macabre, surreal fiction. From the supernatural to the just plain odd, these vignettes are imaginative, diverting and never less than entertaining. A deserved reissue for twelve unsettling tales (HERALD)

There's the flatmate born to save all mankind, a mysterious tale of tidal behaviour and an old man disclosing the dark secret of the Underground. As surreal as you'd expect (DAILY EXPRESS)

Admirable . . . it reflects a boldness that's rarely seen among Dyson's confreres - a willingness to dream (GUARDIAN)

A striking debut. His stories nestle in the little vacant chink between Roald Dahl and Borges (OBSERVER) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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* LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN writer Jeremy Dyson's darkly comic and suspenseful short story collection - reissued by Abacus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Brown on 13 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Short stories are a difficult medium, so often just one good idea but without any of the flesh to deliver a satisfying read.
I thought this was going to be another disappointing short story collection when I found the first two stories to be profoundly unsatisfying, but my concern was unfounded. There is some excellent and entertaining work contained within these pages...so no spoilers, just try it for yourself.
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These are the most amazing set of short stories since Roald Dahl, which definitely pales by comparison. This has notched up to the next level. Compelling, dark and disturbing but best of all very, very readable. It's the equivalent of a midnight snack or a forbidden treat - you ought not to want it or like it - but you do!!! Some of the stories are just so droll and clever but Engine Of Desire is something else - horribly, horribly fascinating and wierd - really - something else!!
I first bought this book at Manchester airport - buy 2 get one free, years ago when it was first published. (I was going to Kos) this was several years ago. I bought the Kindle edition for my holiday to Tenerife at Xmas and although I had over 200 books on the kindle at the time. I read the whole thing and was favourably impressed yet again at its briliance.
I know it's Dell boy speak but please "buy this you won't be disappointed" you will be unable to get these of the stories out of your mind they will haunt you and colour your perception, albeit briefly. Literature at its best and the most enjoyable read ever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun. 2001
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Dyson's style is both amusing and easy to read. His stories are the product of over-active imagination mixed with comic genius and a few morals thrown in for good measure. This book is a real reader's book, the stories are just the right length and the pages just keep on turning. Buy it...................buy it now!!!!!!!!
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I wasn't sure what to make of this. I've been a huge fan of the League of Gentlemen for years and yet, rather embarassingly, these stories passed me by. I took this book on a recent family holiday and I'm slightly ashamed to admit I got so hooked into the writing that I ignored quite a large number of what was said to me. Apologies any and all inlaws who talked to me while I had my nose in a book. Not everything here works and the pace of some of the stories is a little too slow for my liking but there is a fiendish and subtly clever mind at work here. Can't wait to check out the rest!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2001
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A collection af incredibly imaginative and diverse short stories. With 'City Deep', Dyson gives us a classic tale of the supernatural, whilst 'All in the Telling' is unexpectedly haunting in a different way. I suppose you just have to read it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2003
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I'm not usually one for short stories, but the write-up on Amazon prompted me to buy this book. I definitely don't regret it! I got into each story easily and was soon caught up in the strange, rather twisted, events within each one. Most of them left me feeling slightly unnerved, but satisfied at the turn of events and the conclusion. For anyone who likes something a little bit different, a little on the weird side, I'd certainly recommend "Never Trust a Rabbit".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 2001
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I really enjoyed this book. Dyson, who co-writes The League of Gentlemen, shows the same kind of dark and twisted humour that help make the BBC2 comedy one of the best things on the box. I'd recomend this book to anyone who possesses the ability to read, and to anyone else, get someone to read it too you.
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Very good collection of dark, twisted short stories. While mentioning Borges on the cover is a bit shameless, since this book never gets even close to the quality of Borges writing, still the stories are very readable, well written and have an interesting weird, otherworldly feel to them.
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