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The Cranes That Build The Cranes by [Dyson, Jeremy]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Dyson's timing is perfect as a Swiss watch. When he wants you to laugh, it's wonderful. When he wants you to be afraid, my God, you'll think twice about turning out the light.
--Steven Hall, author of 'The Raw Shark Texts'

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A brilliantly macabre and suspenseful short story collection from the co-creator of THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1908 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034912096X
  • Publisher: Abacus (21 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGY9O2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #406,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Hand on heart, I'm already a fan but a critical one and I'm so pleased to say this collection of stories is superb. Not a single dud. All written with the same musical style and sense of surprise and twist. You will enjoy each one and each one will leave you thinking deeply about yourself and about the world.
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By D. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2010
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I hadn't come across Jeremy Dyson's stories before, but this volume has made me eager for more. These stories are all gems, perfect in pacing, chilling in tone, each conveying perfect horror or weirdness.

Many are stories of outsiders, people on the edge - a lonely boy who self harms, a bullied schoolboy who explores the cellars of his school and finds more there than he expected. in "Isle of the Wolf" David Spotpal builds a property empire but can never overcome his childhood fear of violence. Eventually he devotes his fortune to buying an island where he can construct a fortress and live alone. In "The Challenge Club" accountant Justin Crabbe, who has felt himself on the outside of things since a disastrous incident when he was 7, yearns for the glamorous life to be found in the eponymous Club. Eager to please, to fit in, he demeans himself for the shallow celebrities who are members. Crabbe, like several of the protagonists, is tiring of his partner - similarly, Charlie Thoroughgood in "The Coué" (another outsider, running a seedy mail order business from a decaying council estate) resists his girlfriend's plans to have a baby, obsessing instead over a different child.

The best, for me, is "Bound South" where the setting in which the story is told to the narrator (in best MR James tradition, it is over a meal, with the fire repeatedly stirred against the winter cold - but not in an ancient college room) and the story itself mesh perfectly.

I only have two quibbles - the blurb for the book (cited above in the Amazon description) describes Yani in "Yani's Walk" as "near-autistic". As described in Dyson's story, Yani's another socially awkward outsider, like Crabbe, but there's nothing autistic or near autistic about him.
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If your tastes encompass the bizarre, the sinister and the downright strange then this is the collection for you. The range of stories on offer here, whilst cleverly imagining a diverse selection of odd characters and events, cohere well into a unified and satisfying whole, and thus achieve one of the main assignments of any collection of short stories.
The author also manages to incorporate a sufficient degree of tension and suspense into most of them, and this makes for an enjoyably unsettling reading experience. Only in one or two of the tales does the author stray into formulaic territory, and rarer still does he lapse into revealing too much detail in the writing.On the contrary, this writer patently revels in the knowledge that the more space he has left for the reader, the greater the likelihood he has of producing some genuinely creepy material and generating a high degree of psychological unease.It would be against the true spirit of a review to lead you to the weaker tales by name,and in any event, readers will probably demur from my opinion in this regard.
Mr Dyson is to be applauded. If his intention was to provoke frissons of fear in the reader, he has succeeded in his enterprise, and his work is recommended to those who enjoy the twisted pleasure which is likely to come their way from reading this book alone...and at night....
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