Usually I'm not a big fan of short story collections but this set of tales from Stephen King really did impress me. There are over 600 pages in this book, split over roughly twenty stories. Whilst one or two don't merit much discussion (Here There be Tigers and the few included poems, for example) the majority of the stories will keep you hooked enough to read each tale through to its conclusion in one sitting. There are a mixture of horror and sci-fi tales included in here and the science fiction stories, although not based on actual fact, are interesting enough anyway. The Jaunt, a tale about teleporting human beings, really was an enjoyable read despite the science being rather wonky (as King admits himself in the notes).
For me the stand out efforts of the book are Mrs Todd's Shortcut which follows a woman obsessed with saving time who finds an impossible shortcut between two cities that, whilst dangerous, has its benefits; The Monkey which follows a father who desperately tries to dispose of a cursed object that has haunted him since his childhood; The Jaunt, the aforementioned sci-fi effort about the discovery of human teleportation and a family moments away from their first trip using it; and Survivor Type, the disturbing tale of a surgeon stranded on a tiny desert isle who must resort to drastic measures to ensure his survival. King also returns to the mystifying building frequented by storytellers at 249B East 35th in The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands; the group of narrators and their freaky host are visited in another of King's short story collections, Different Seasons, and it was nice to return for another weird tale from that otherworldly building.
Some of the tales are showing their age now (some are older than I am!) but they are worth a read nonetheless. These bitesized tales are highly recommended for reading on the plane, in the bath or on the go. King fans who haven't read this tome yet will lap these offerings up.