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Once in a Blue Moon Paperback – 29 Jul 2003


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: acorn book company (29 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095449590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954495909
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 17 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,416 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 By Farah Yousif on 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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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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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 By A. Furse on 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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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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