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Short story collection first published by Granta in 1999.
Published June 24th 2004 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1999)
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MJ Nicholls
Updated October 27 2011. Since rating this book last year, I have fallen headlong in love with Ali Smith and so all previous opinions on her work are now worthless. You will have to excuse me while I dig this old collection out and revise my opinion. And the comment below from Kate refers to my previous remark that Ali Smith was largely a women’s writer, which is also a crock of not-true. So please be patient. Help yourself to a panini.
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There is a persistent prejudice that experimental literature, or really any literature that is conscious of form and plays with structure is something merely cerebral, read: cold and unemotional. Ali Smith’s collection of stories Other Stories and other stories proves this wrong on every single of its 180 pages, almost with every single sentence even.

Take the first story, “god’s gift” – a short (10 pages) evocation of a woman numbed by the loss of her lover. We never find out whether the lover l
God's Gift
I liked this. A good start to the book. I love her writing! 4/5

The Hanging Girl
This was interesting, I enjoyed it. Found it hard to get into at first but when I was there really loved it <3 4/5

Blank Card
Absolutely loved this! I loved the relationship & I just loved *everything* about it. 5/5

More Than One Story
Didn't enjoy this as much, it twas good, but I aren't a fan of stories like this - where the point of view or just the entire point changes. 3/5

Small Deaths
Cheyenne Blue
I grabbed this after being totally captivated by "There But For The". The stream of consciousness style of that novel, with its swirl of a story and deceptively unfocussed style made me wonder how Smith would handle the nuggets of short story.

It took me a few stories to get into this. A couple of the early ones, I simply didn't get. They were obviously too subtle for me, and while I enjoyed the reading experience, I was left vaguely dissatisfied. Then, about a third of the way through, something
Each story was perfectly lovely, descriptions of love in different manners. I especially enjoyed a story of love and thought it was a nicely placed conclusion to all the short stories in the book.
There is something remarkable about "The Hanging Girl" and "The Theme is Power" - something about the idea of the first and in the feeling of the second (unfortunately, I wouldn't call them a literary achievement of any kind). All the rest are descriptions of pretty basic everyday things and impressions and previsible, yet somehow unfinished plots ("Blank card" being one of the worse examples or "God's gift"). Here and there there are some - not many - interesting observations and - again not ma ...more
I think this is my favorite book I've read by Ali Smith. All of her writing is odd and off-kilter, but I felt that this collection made the most sense to me - it was resonant, as opposed to wild.
The Whole Story and Other Stories is still my fave Ali Smith book. I'd read everything she wrote over and over though.
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Ali Smith is a writer, born in 1962 in Inverness, Scotland, to working-class parents. She was raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at Aberdeen, and then at Cambridge, for a Ph.D. that was never finished. In a 2004 interview with writing magazine Mslexia, she talked briefly about the difficulty of becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a year and ho ...more
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