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Stories [Kindle Edition]

Al Sarrantonio , Neil Gaiman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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'[An] anthology of the fantastic' (SFX)

'An unmissable collection' (Guardian)

'A sometimes creepy, dark and dreamlike two thumbs up' (Time Out)


'[An] anthology of the fantastic' -- SFX 'An unmissable collection' -- Guardian 'A sometimes creepy, dark and dreamlike two thumbs up' -- Time Out

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1585 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Review (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPI0C
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridging the Genre Gulf 7 Jun. 2010
It begins with blood. Roddy Doyle's "Blood," to be sure: a slick and sickening twist of a tale about a man who develops an inexplicable, irresistible hunger for the red stuff. "He grew up in Dracula's city. He'd walked past Bram Stoker's house every day on his way to school. But it had meant nothing to him," until one night his wife is cooking up a steak and he realises he wants it not medium-rare, not blue, but raw. He plays the eejit when she laughs his urge off; privately, his compulsion threatens to spirals out of control. He self-diagnoses anemia, imagines himself a neck fetish, but the forbidden truth of this fabulous farce is disarmingly simple: he just wants to drink blood. To next door's henhouse, then.

Stories begins with such a barnstormer of a short that you'll have bought into this once-in-a-lifetime anthology's only real conceit before you can think twice about it - and why would you? Do you hate fun? In a publicity video released a short while before this book, co-editor Neil Gaiman asserted that there's no definitive right way to read a collection of short stories; be it front to back, back to front, selectively according to length or author, any which way will do. One thing is for certain, though: Roddy Doyle's contribution is the perfect one with which to begin Stories: All-New Tales. Clever, funny and mysterious, it brings genre and general fiction together, addressing, if not quite answering the underlying question which Gaiman states in his brief introduction was the only real requirement for inclusion in this anthology: "And then what happened?"

It's a question you'll find yourself asking of this star-studded collection of short stories page after page. Roddy Doyle gives way to Joyce Carol Oates, whose chilling repetition of "but not one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted 14 May 2011
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I am not a lover of short stories and cannot say I particularly loved this book, but I found it quirky and fun in places and spooky in others. Joanne Harris has a story in this colleciton 'Wildfire in Manhatten' which tells the tale of acient gods living in New York, bit creepy; 'Unwell' by Caroly Parkkurst is about sibling rivalry and I found the ending unsettling and odd; 'Fossil Figures' by Joyce Carol Oates tells the tale of a demon brother feeding off his lesser sibling from the womb onwards - definitely horrid and one by Neil Gaiman himself 'The Truth is a cave in the Black Mountains' which really freaked me out.

This is a mixture of styles and tales which will appeal to your dark side, if you have one, and brilliant though they were in narrative, writing and content, they left me feeling a bit uneasy and with a tendency to check under my bed before switching the light out.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars What happens next? 19 Jun. 2011
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Roddy Doyle
Jeffrey Deaver
Joanne Harris
Chuck Palahniuk
Jodi Picoult
Peter Straub

These are but a few of the authors who have contributed to Stories - a collection of short stories collected and edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. In the introduction, Neil explains that they were looking for tales which cause the reader to say '..and then what happened?'; tales which come under the term 'fantasy' but in it's widest form. What they found were a variety of stories, by some great storytellers - not one feels like a failure.

Stories gives us over 400 pages, and includes contributions from no less than 27 authors. They can read in order, dipped into, or you can start by finding your favourites authors first. There's a range to choose from, and some of my highlights were Wildfire in Manhatten, about gods and goddesses living in America; Blood, in which an everyday man discovers a taste for the red stuff; Unbelief, about a very unusual assassination; and Weights and Measures, a quiet story of loss.

Stories was published in hardback in June 2010, and it somehow passed me by. Going by the limited number of reviews on amazon, and the lack of mention at my book forum, I think it's passed others by too. The paperback was published n April 2011, so there's no excuse to let it do so any more. This will appeal to lovers of short stories, as well as those who just enjoy a good story. It's great for holidays, for reading in the bath, and most certainly for re-reading. The only I want to know, is when will we see the next collection... What happens next?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very rich collection 22 May 2011
Never judge a book by its cover. Well, whether you do that or not, I have to say that Stories: All-New Tales has the best cover I've ever seen. On it is an illustration of a three-eyed, many-tentacled sea-monster rising out of the ocean and bearing down on a little stick man wielding nothing but a fountain pen. In the UK, the cover is different but my awesome girlfriend got the US edition imported for my birthday. And what a gift it was. Apart from the cover, the book has unevenly cut pages, like crinkle cut crisps. So the presentation of the book is pretty much perfect. But what about the content? Well fear not because the content is so good that you soon forget the trimmings.

I wanted the book because it was edited by Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite authors, but I really didn't expect to be as blown away as I was by the stories inside. All of them are great but some of them are blisteringly good. The remit for the collection was narrative drive and these stories have that in spades. But they are so much more. Some of the stories had my jaw dropping in admiration for their sheer brilliance.

Fossil-Figures by Joyce Carol Oates was my favourite. It appears second and is about two twins. The language and tragedy of the story reminded me of what stories can do to you when they are so perfectly told. You will be blown away by this piece. It's worth the cover price alone - that good.

I'll only take about the stories that really impacted on me and so the next one is Neil Gaiman's The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains. This is as perfectly formed a story as you're ever likely to see. It's about a man who embarks on an odyssey following an incident by which he will be forever haunted.
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