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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant book for anyone who likes short stories, 2 Oct 1999
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This is a brilliant book for anyone who likes short stories and wants to think about the potential of the form. Ali Smith's charcters are literally haunted by stories which stand, as they did in her novel Like, for lost people - ghosts of lovers, of people caught in the grim passage of twentieth century history, of childhood adventures, of imagined future lovers. This is a collection which is entirely wide thinking and wide ranging whilst being so precise in its use of language and image. Something rare in contemporary British fiction, it also feels very European in tradition - is for anyone who wants to travel in the mind and the heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ali Smith does it again!, 30 Oct 2000
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Ali Smith, estranged Scot,brilliant author! You will love her or hate her but there's no denying the awesome talent. Just when you think you are getting to know this lady, she rolls you over like a crocodile with its prey drowning you in the world of metaphor and imagery. This book is sensational in the stealth it possesses. It is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ali Smith stories, 15 Jan 2013
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A different style from anything I had previously read. I subsequently bought more of her work including her novel ' the accidental.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good in parts, 26 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Other Stories and Other Stories (Paperback)
I loved virtually all the stories in Ali Smith's first volume, 'Free Love'. This one I wasn't quite so sure about. There certainly were stories that I enjoyed hugely. These included 'God's Gift', where a woman cleaning up dead birds muses on her recent holiday and her past; 'Blank Card' in which a woman is sent flowers by an unknown admirer; the heartbreaking 'Virtual' where a woman visiting her aunt in hospital befriends an anorexic girl; 'Kasia's Mother's Mother's Story', about women in wartime; and 'OK So Far' and 'The Theme is Power', both about journeys. But some of the others struck me as rather self-consciously unpleasant ('The Hanging Girl', about a woman slowly going mad, and 'Small Deaths' about a plague of insects attacking a suburban home), while a couple of the others left very little impression. At her best, Smith is absolutely terrific - a total original with a beautiful writing style and a witty view of life. For me, this collection didn't in total show her at her best -but I would still heartily recommend it, as some of the stories are top quality. A great quirky cover illustration too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A meditative state, 9 Jun 2008
This review is from: Other Stories and Other Stories (Paperback)
This book makes me smile and feel warm and light and full of life at the same time. It doesn't matter what Ali Smith writes, it all feels like being in some kind of meditative state. The attention to detail that we often overlook.

However the first two stories didn't get me going and it's only by being a fan of Ali Smith's other work that I had the will to read on and luckily I was rewarded. The third story "Blank card" about being sent flowers by someone unknown is beautiful.

I love her anarchistic way of telling a story, just picking out a piece of life - and you have to make up the conclusion yourself. My favourite is "The theme is power" where someone is telling a story to someone who's not at home yet. In fact it's two stories. One about two girls being approached by a strange lady and another one about a man showing his private parts. All through the story the narrative asks herself through her imaginative listener "but how do these stories go together". There's never an answer. Only the title gives you a clue ...

I also love the way how she very subtly reveals that most of her characters are gay. But as she often uses "you" instead of "she" it can be either way ...

The very last story "A story of love" is perfect. It is about story-telling itself and makes you wonder what a story really is.
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