Yann Martel's collection of four short stories has the easy, pleasing prose of his Booker winner (Life Of Pi) translating well to the shorter form. The title story is especially inventive as two university friends devise a story-telling game when one is dying of Aids in hospital. The other stories are not as strong, based as they are on a single idea rather than idea plus condition-of-life. I do enjoy the play of ideas that Martel accomplishes however - the Vietnam Vets classical music orchestra; or the machine for making mirrors from memories. This is a good if very short collection but nothing in it has the extraordinary tension and vitality of Life Of Pi.