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Death Sentences: Stories of Deathly Books, Murderous Booksellers and Lethal Literature Hardcover – 9 Oct 2014
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'A single handsome hardback edition – one of the finest multi-author collections in a long time' The Sunday Herald.
'What treats you have in store! All these stories show their authors to be masters of their craft' Ian Rankin.
'A treasure chest of bloodthirsty bibliophilia ... a delightful, ingenious, specially commissioned anthology, both hair-raising and playful, packed with baffling plots, unlikely characters, literary references and bookish conundrums' The Good Book Guide.
'We tend to imagine book loves, librarians and bibliophiles of all stripes as quiet, gentle folk. In Death Sentences, however, book lovers are bludgeoned to death by their precious tomes, crushed by falling bookshelves, shoved down library stairs, or blown to death by a bomb smuggled into their private library. Some of the authors play the concept for wry comedy. Others take a more serious approach' Irish Examiner.
About the Author
Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and an Edgar-award winning anthologist. Ian Rankin is the bestselling author of the Rebus series.
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As with any anthology, there are some stories which I preferred to others. "The Book of Ghosts" was perhaps my favourite; a short story which was just perfect, there was nothing that I would change about it. It truly demonstrated that, if done well, a short story can pack just as much punch as a full length novel.
The only reason I have not awarded the full 5 stars is that there are quite a few typos throughout the book. And in one story, Jane Austen's surname is spelt incorrectly - I would expect it to be right, given that the anthology is meant to be celebrating books and authors. But, this gripe is really towards the editing process, rather than the book as a whole.
Overall, as a gift for someone who enjoys crime fiction, you would perhaps not go far wrong with this. They may even discover a new author to try.
Here, Otto, once again brings together a whole host of cracking tales, by top notch authors allowing readers to have something that will give them that crime hit on a break or a journey without having to take any stops. In addition to this for me, this is also a great opportunity to read authors who you may of heard of but worried about the financial outlay in order to get the maximum pleasure for your money. All round a great offering and one that really will be cracking for Crime Fans in the UK as well as becoming a top notch gift for Christmas this year.