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Once in a Blue Moon [Paperback]

Magnus Mills
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

29 July 2003
Once in a Blue Moon is Magnus Mill’s second collection of short stories – Once in a Blue Moon, The Good Cop, They Drive by Night, Screwtop Thompson. Once more Mills manage to deliver four gems in his dead-pan, deceptively simple and unique writing style.


Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: acorn book company (29 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095449590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954495909
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 12.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the handful of British writers to work in a unique fictional universe.’ -- Independent on Sunday

There is a fable-like, faux-naïf quality to Mills’ writing.’ -- The Guardian

‘Mills’ odd but wonderful books send your imagination flying’ -- Daily Express

‘To write one unique book is a rare achievement. To produce several is truly special.’ -- The Independent

About the Author

Magnus Mills' caught the limelight with his unlikely first success -- bus driver turned author whose first book is then short-listed for two prestigious British literary prizes (Booker, Whitbread). Magnus Mills went on to be a gardener, a postman and a White Van Man. Mills wasn't a literary one hit wonder, either. Four novels and two collections of short stories in six years have followed. Mills’ workman-related fiction owes its success to his ability to capture that specific milieu so well.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once in a Blue Moon 14 July 2008
Format:Paperback
Fans of Magnus Mills would enjoy this short collection of stories. Mills writes in simple, understated prose and has become famous for his dead-pan style that contains dry, dark humour.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many unacceptable errors 10 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I believe Magnus Mills to be a fine author, but this book left me unhappy and disatisfied with the way it had been published. It contains basic spelling and grammar errors, which should not get through proof-reading, let alone to publication.

The story themselves are good, short stories. You are able to get straight into the story with them, and as per his writing style, no time is wasted on description of areas, clothes or appearence. That is all left the imagination of the reader, which some will find unfulfilling, and some will not. I personally, do not and very much enjoy his writing style.

If you are really interested in reading his short stories, I would recommend buying his collection 'Screwtop Thompson'. This book contains all of the short stories from Once in a Blue Moon, and Only When the Sun Shines Brightly, but as it is a later edition of the book, the annoying errors have disappeared, making it a far more enjoyable experience.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get these at all 10 Jan 2010
By T. Venn
Format:Paperback
I just couldn't get the point of these four very short (14 pages) stories at all.
I think I have read all of his novels, and loved every one of them, but these short stories did nothing for me I'm afraid
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It pains me to admit this... 4 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback
It pains me to admit this as I LOVE all of Magnus Mills' novels, but this just didn't live up to my expectations. It's not that the writing is bad exactly, but I didn't feel remotely satisfied after reading.

At first I thought his economical, creeping style perhaps didn't work with short stories, but now I think there just aren't enough of them: it's really not worth the full price of a book for what is essentially a leaflet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once in a blue moon 14 July 2008
By Farah Yousif - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fans of Magnus Mills would enjoy this short collection of stories. Mills writes in simple, understated prose and has become famous for his dead-pan style that contains dry, dark humour.
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