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4.0 out of 5 stars Really varied mixture of intriguing stories
This is a fantastic collection of stories which range from funny comments on modern life to those where ordinary assumptions have been completely reversed resulting in thought provoking results. Well worth reading.
Published on 26 Nov. 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Semi-seduced
Martin Amis. His stories either seduce you or leave you cold. Here, in 'Heavy Water and Other Stories', even Amis's most eager fans will probably find something they don't like or don't understand. To balance this, however, they will also find here plenty to cherish and discuss for hours. And MY opinion?
Well, I felt pretty seduced by 'Career Move' (a story of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Semi-seduced, 15 Feb. 2003
Martin Amis. His stories either seduce you or leave you cold. Here, in 'Heavy Water and Other Stories', even Amis's most eager fans will probably find something they don't like or don't understand. To balance this, however, they will also find here plenty to cherish and discuss for hours. And MY opinion?
Well, I felt pretty seduced by 'Career Move' (a story of bestselling poems and worstselling sci-fi pulp), 'Let Me Count the Times' (a story of a man having an affair with his hand) and 'Straight Fiction' (where straight people are perceived as a minority but finally start fighting for their rights) and such stories as 'What Happened To Me On My Holiday' (a child discovers what death is and tells us all about it using almost unreadable spelling) or 'Heavy Water' (to be honest, I didn't get this one - not even after the second reading) left me cold. Martin Amis is a writer whom I always liked but I'm still waiting for his book to OVERWHELM me - this collection of short stories is too uneven to be just that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really varied mixture of intriguing stories, 26 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Heavy Water And Other Stories (Paperback)
This is a fantastic collection of stories which range from funny comments on modern life to those where ordinary assumptions have been completely reversed resulting in thought provoking results. Well worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag, 4 Jun. 2007
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Some of these stories were great. Particularly Straight Fiction and the start of Let Me Count The Times which unfortunately descended into nonsense. Others were just ok. As for the final story which was written as if the narrator had some sort of sinus problem, I gave up after the first page because the spelling was just too bad to make it worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amis goes for gold and wins, obviously., 24 Jan. 1999
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Amis does it again! The greatest prose stylist of the nineties comes out again with a subtle and imaginative book of short stories. Will Self eat your heart out and bow down to the master of transgressive short fiction.
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