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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing Mixture
The latest in this annual series is very much the mixture as before, with well-established authors rubbing shoulders with newer names, with stories garnered from a variety of sources, from the august (Granta, The Edinburgh Review) to the obscure (Willesden Herald New Short Stories 6) and with some having previously been published online only. The selection, by editor...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable
The most dismal collection of stories I have ever read. There is nothing here to make you think well of the human race.
Published 10 days ago by G. A. Rymkiewicz


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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing Mixture, 8 Aug 2013
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Rob Spence "Rob" (Manchester England) - See all my reviews
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The latest in this annual series is very much the mixture as before, with well-established authors rubbing shoulders with newer names, with stories garnered from a variety of sources, from the august (Granta, The Edinburgh Review) to the obscure (Willesden Herald New Short Stories 6) and with some having previously been published online only. The selection, by editor Nicholas Royle, delights by its variety and its juxtaposition of the nightmarish and the mundane. Royle's entertaining introduction starts with a lively rant at the concept of flash fiction, and then goes on to examine the state of the short story in Britain today, which, it seems, is in rude health.

The collection offers stories by leading authors such as Jackie Kay, Adam Lively, Robert Shearman and Lesley Glaister. More intriguingly, the volume features some writers new to me, whose profile will benefit from the exposure gained by being alongside those familiar names. Regi Claire's 'The Tasting' is an unsettling, somewhat surreal tale in which a woman is led into a dangerous game that threatens her being and her sanity; in Nikesh Shukla's 'Canute' a man escapes briefly from his life as a software engineer to lose control as he hunts for sea-bass; Charles Lambert's 'Curtains' explores the devastatingly destructive psychological effects of abortion on a couple; Laura Del-Rivo's 'J Krissmann in the Park' is a strange vignette in which an oddly obsessive old man filters the everyday world through his fractured consciousness. There is no overall theme, other than excellence, to the collection, but time and again, one senses a kind of Verfremdungseffekt - that sense by which the familiar is made strange.

This volume, like the previous ones in the series, is highly recommended, and Salt are to be congratulated for promoting the continuing development of the short story in this country. And thanks too to Nicholas Royle, whose voracious reading allowed him to identify these gems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for the lover of short fiction, 1 July 2013
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These stories range from the slightly experimental to more character-based pieces but what they have across the board is good well thought out writing. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 14 Feb 2014
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This book is an amazing read, it's full of wonderful short stories (as it says in the title!) It was nice to see different stories in one book. Worth the money. AMAZING!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY!, 1 July 2013
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What a great collection, a fabulous ensemble of writers & stories. I especially enjoyed Dancing to Nat King Cole by James Wall, he is surely a writer we are going to hear a great deal more from, as well as the stories by David Rose, Alison Moore, Ellis Sharp, & Charles Lambert.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable, 20 July 2014
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G. A. Rymkiewicz (Olney, England) - See all my reviews
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The most dismal collection of stories I have ever read. There is nothing here to make you think well of the human race.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of short stories, 1 Oct 2013
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This book is an anthology put together of the best short stories published in Britain and is a good avenue for people wishing to get back into reading short stories.

Positive - stories represent a cross section of themes relevant to everyday life with different narrative voices.

Negatives - I thought it could represented a cross section of genres as well. I would have liked some horror, some mystery, some romance etc.
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