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1.0 out of 5 stars Second Rate, 10 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Short!: A Book of Very Short Stories (Paperback)
There has always been something rather second rate about Kevin Crossley-Holland; if he has mastered anything it's picking at the off-cuts of other people's work and making them his own and I think that this collection demonstrates this clearly.
The traditional stories that are in this collection have all been done better elsewhere and the ones taht seem to be Crossley-Holland's own all seem imbued with something rather mean-spirited; tales full of children coming to harm or being threatened.
He even has a go at being "street" and getting down with the kids - "Hey, respect, lion!" But it doesn't work: it just sounds like some elderly white bloke trying to be current.
The writer's biography calls him a "master story-teller": that, for me, is just not true. His Arthur trilogy seems like a thin idea stretched even thinner - where's the plot, KCH?! - and this collection is the same thing, but in reverse: "I'll fob them off with some abbreviated bilge, it'll get me a few more school bookings where I can pontificate about being Welsh, talk down to them and then leave, quids in." (I speak from experience - I've heard him. There was something rather Daily Mail about him, as if all us should have been gratified that he deigned to slum it at a comprehensive for once).
So, no, don't buy this one. Dig a bit further and find a collection touched by more warmth, more humour
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2009 10:15:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Feb 2009 13:57:31 GMT
Book Beaver says:
What a negative review - you appear to be having a 'go' at the author more than the actual product which is a book! There are 5 different Short books and only one is by KCH so even if potential purchasers have been put off by your review, they can buy one of the others which are by Maggie Pearson, Louise Cooper and Michael Harrison. All of them are tremendous fun to share with older junior classes.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2009 19:27:17 BDT
This is a much more useful comment - thank you, Book Beaver! If Emil 22 wants us to read something else, there should be a few suggestions, no?!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 22:35:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Sep 2013 21:57:32 BDT
Emil 22 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2013 23:50:29 BDT
NARV says:
I have reread Book Beaver's comment - it's constructive and not in the least personal. To reply suggesting they have a vested interest is just plain silly.

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