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The good, the bad, and the ugly
on 20 July 2017
As in all short story compilations, you like some, you hate some, and you are indifferent to some.
I don't really think I "loved" any of the stories in this book, but I did enjoy a few. The Hitchhiker story was super entertaining with lots of humor and Mildenhall Treasure was fascinating in that it was a true story that Roald Dahl wrote after speaking to the person who found the treasure having read the story in the newspapers. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar was also a very interesting story and felt like it could have been expanded into a book in its own right.
The rest of the stories in the book ranged from "meh" to "ugh".
The "meh" stories were: The Boy Who Talked With Animals, Lucky Break and a Piece of Cake.
The "ugh" story - really meaning disgusting and very graphically disturbing story was The Swan. This story should come with an advance warning, because it involves violent children who disfigure animals and torture a kid in graphic detail.
The 3 stars are for the 3 stories that I enjoyed reading. Otherwise, I couldn't really recommend this book.