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In these wickedly anarchic stories, Dahl explores the dark, sinister side of the psyche: the cunning, sly, selfish part of human nature that makes for unexpected outcomes and horrifying conclusions.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published 2010 by Draakon & Kuu (first published 1959)
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Though this books of Dahl's short stories is missing some of my favorites (like the one about the eavesdropping card-playing couples and the one with the frozen leg of lamb), it has many of Dahl's best. From a father who feeds his baby enormous quantities of royal jelly, to a nervous hyper-punctual housewife who exacts a seemingly innocent revenge on her passive aggressive husband, these stories are twisted, surprising and never overdone. The stories have just the sort of Professor Plum, crackli ...more
Roald Dahl is, needless to say, best known as the author of books for children. This collection of short stories is easy on the whizzpopping, frumpets, and strawbunkies, but his subtly sinister grown-up world is equally enthralling.

The beauty of Dahl's short stories is his innate talent for saying the most when he says nothing at all. Massive chunks of story line are told through every ellipsis, of which there are many. Rather than telling you exactly what is happening, Dahl creates the setting,
So far, so good. Definitely not your conventional love stories-I'm on the third or fourth short story and at least four people have died so far. I feel like he has a lot to say about gender and power dynamics in marriage, but I think a lot of these marriages presented are more reflective of the times, when a wife was more of a housekeeper than a lover to the husband, and so it is only natural that she relishes in manipulating men when given the chance. I'll write more when I'm feeling more eloqu ...more
There's a quiet zaniness that runs through the lot of these stories. Most of them are crisp, surprising and smoothly written at every turn. Dahl-licious one might say.

The Landlady >> "There is nothing more tantalizing than a thing which lingers just outside the borders of one's memory." A teenage boy finds himself assigned to Bath and decided to check into a Bed & Breakfast where he was welcomed by a nice (even if slightly dotty) old woman. He starts to wonder why no one else has
I had higer hopes for this book As i really enjoyed Dahls Switch Bitch which is another one of his books written for an older audience. Im sad to Say it really didnt work for mé. I think out of the shortstories in this book i only really liked "the landlady" and " pig". There was Nothing in particular Wrong with the stories they just werent anything special.
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Roald Dahl (ich bin der Meinung, dem Mann fehlt eindeutig ein "n") hat schon einen fiesen Humor. Es ist anstrengend, die Geschichten anzufangen, weil die erste Seite immer etwas träge daher kommt; doch bereits nach der ersten Story weiß man, wieso man es gelesen hat. Als Leser kann man sich da manchmal nur geschockt die Hand vor den Mund halten oder insgeheim schadenfroh in sich hineinlachen.
Für Erstleser ist das Buch mittelgut aufgebaut: Die Geschichten fangen stark an und werden zum
Sash Uusjärv
Kas te teadsite, et Alfred Hitchcocki poolt kuulsaks filmitud ja hiljem Quentin Tarantino poolt filmis “Neli tuba” lausa kultuslikuks põlistatud lugu mehest, kes välgumihkli süttimise ja sõrmede maharaiumise peale kihla veab, on kirjutanud tuntud lastekirjanik Roald Dahl?
Jah. Kuigi Eesti lugejale on Roald Dahl senini olnud kindlasti rohkem tuntud kui suurepärane lastekirjanik, on tõeliselt tänuväärne, et nüüd on lugejani jõudnud ka esimene valimik Dahli täiskasvanutele kirjutatud jubejutte – nee
First Roald Dahl I read and its full of tragi-comedies. Zomg haha I don't think I knew what I was in for- I never, never ever go into the horror genre and these slightly darker/supernatural pieces already scare me HAHA.

Very curious collection that shocks yet delights at the same time. Intriguing- I don't usually like short stories but these were very succinct and packed a punch. I also think I should go try the famous classics like Mathilda & James & The Giant Peach.

FUN FACT: Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) darf man getrost als den Meister der makaberen Kurzgeschichten bezeichnen. Sein sehr feiner schwarzer Humor, der die Ironie des Schicksals immer wunderbar hervorzaubert ist faszinierend. Sprachlich sind Dahls Geschichten ein Leckerbissen der besonderen Art, keine komplexe und dennoch eine sehr schöne Sprache. Auch stilistisch sind die Geschichten unterschiedlich gebaut und aus unterschiedlichen Erzählperspektiven wiedergegeben. Eine klare Empfehlung.

"Küsschen, Küsschen" be
Roald Dahl is, undisputably, a great writer. It's nearly impossible to feel bored when reading his work, be it his memoir, children book, or adult short story. And Kiss Kiss just showed me another side of his writings.
I didn't look for the synopsis when I downloaded it, so knowing that it contains a story titled "William and Mary" I just thought that it would be a romantic anthology. Boy, was I wrong! The first story, "The Landlady", felt like an Edgar Allan Poe. Reading the next stories, "Willi
Jun 03, 2008 Izlinda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roald Dahl fans
This is collection of some of Roald Dahl's short stories I bought several years ago while visiting a friend in Switzerland but never managed to complete.

The back states:

What could go wrong when a wife pawns the mink coat that her lover gave her as a parting gift? What happens when a priceless piece of furniture is the subject of a deceitful bargain? Can a wronged woman take revenge on her dead husband?

In these dark, dangerous
Laala Alghata
Kiss Kiss is a collection of short stories. Roald Dahl actually wrote quite a lot of them, although they tend to be overshadowed by his children’s novels. I am one of the biggest Dahl fans there is, the man was one of the best children’s writers the world has ever seen. The only thing I’ve read by him (apart from his entire catalogue of children’s books) is his autobiography, Boy and Going Solo, both of which I absolutely loved.

I bought this a couple of years ago, and I’m not sure why, but it re
Roystan Ang
The only reason I'm giving this a 4-star rating instead of 5 is because there were 1 or 2 stories which instead of genuinely giving me shivers down my spine, made me go "What the hell did I just read?", meaning that these stories didn't really impress me in terms of their imaginative and vividly sinister quality, and in my opinion, Dahl's utilisation of the shock factor in these cases was too crude.

Stories which I didn't really enjoy:

- Royal Jelly
- Georgy Porgy

Absolutely fantastic stories (the
Christina Tang-Bernas
While browsing Gecko Books in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I stumbled upon Kiss Kiss by one of my very favorite authors. I had never seen a short story collection catering to adults by Roald Dahl before and so knew I had to have it for my personal collection, regardless if I didn't end up enjoying it. When writing short stories, it's imperative to read short stories, especially by writers I admire. Immediately upon starting it, I could already see Mr. Dahl's personal style come through in the way he de ...more
Susan Wilson
Oh no, Roald Dahl is ruined for me. I can’t believe I had no idea until two volumes of his adult short stories were loaned to me what an odious man he was and this is absolutely apparent in his stories (I don’t think I’ll even be able to read his children’s fiction in the same way again either). I read online Dahl was “an unhappy and bullied little boy, in adulthood he longed for the kind of dominance he never achieved as a child. Even from his earliest days, he was a hateful little fuck” – and ...more
I had absolutely NO IDEA what to expect from this adult Roald Dahl book when I selected it to read for a challenge, other than he does an amazing amazing amazing job with characters. That part continued to hold true for this selection of short stories. Roald Dahl is capable of pulling in any sort of wicked characteristic that a person has and finds a way to emphasize that throughout his writing - it's genius.

The book is made up of 11 short stories, several of which were pretty twisted. I think I
Dani (The Pluviophile Reader)
Full review at The Pluviophile Reader:

3/5 stars.
ebook, 240 pages.
Read from December 09 to 16, 2013.

Even as an adult this man's writing continues to captivate me. However, with this adult collaboration Dahl has emphasised the disturbing in a less than friendly fashion by having the central theme of these stories be completely about how awful adults are to each other. So take the quirkiness of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the despicable characters in The Twits and t
For once, I thought the Goodreads summary hit the nail on the head:

"In these wickedly anarchic stories, Dahl explores the dark, sinister side of the psyche: the cunning, sly, selfish part of human nature that makes for unexpected outcomes and horrifying conclusions."

A LIbrary Thing reader: "Filled with black humor and irony, these stories tackle subjects from con-artists to cheating spouses to pheasant poachers. Most of the stories have surprise endings, usually involving the bad guy getting
Chris Charlton
Elegant.Concise.Brilliant. I can only describe it as a magic trick as to how Dahl creates a certain grotesque, and lightly sinister atmosphere. I would read sections over again to try and figure out what it is about his sentencing, word order and prose construction that implies something dark and unspoken. I never did get behind the wizard's curtain. A masterclass.
アイナ イーセンショルド
"A collection of short stories full of black humour, irony, special personalities and macabre ideas. These stories will be enjoyed immensely by people in the UK, Scandinavia and northern Europe; where black humour is very popular. I recommend buying the book in order to read one short story every evening before going to bed or to read when commuting by train."
Tim Edwards
I found my copy of Roald Dahl's Kiss Kiss in a second hand bookshop in Kathmandu. I was looking for something to kill time while I rode atop a colourful and noisy bus towards the Southern part of the country. The book, although it's a skinny example, brought me hours of pleasure, watching how all kinds of extraordinary people got themselves in and out of all kinds of extraordinary trouble. Yes, watching - not reading. Dahl's magic is in that everything comes to life, because of the perfect balan ...more
This was one of the first English language books I read in my teens, and I found it amazing! When going back to it later in my life, it was maybe not that amazing that I felt it was at 15 -thus the 4 stars only :-) But the concept is tempting, it leaves you wondering what really happened and I lived with that book for many many years, it was SO strongly affecting my mind. It even came to my real life: I found myself thinking in various situations what kind of continuation possibilities it would ...more
This is a fun book of short stories for adults by Roald Dahl. Many of them originally appeared in the New Yorker. As with many compilations of stories, the author's themes became redundant by the end. Dahl's stories deal with cheating, greed, disobedience and the consequences of these actions. These themes are in many of Dahl's children's literature as well (the greedy kids in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the mean adults in Matilda do not meet happy ends). Some of Dahl's tales verge on ...more
Voilà un recueil des plus étranges ! Cette lecture a été une belle expérience un peu particulière, j'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à découvrir chaque nouvelle mais le moins que l'on puisse dire, c'est qu'on en ressort assez perplexe. Roald Dahl joue vraiment avec les limites du réel et du "fantastique", on ne sait pas bien ce qui se passe et on ne comprend pas toujours tout... mais là est tout le charme de ce titre ! Il est difficile de deviner où tout ça va nous mener, ce qui rend la surprise à c ...more
As a lifelong lover of anything Dahl, I plunged happily in to the re-published version of this book, only to find a mixed bag of stories. Some of these are really brilliant (The Landlady), but others just feel a bit uninspired and staid. I can't help feeling that maybe the publisher should have selected a wider variety of stories as after a while it felt a bit like reading a variation on the same theme... I wish I could rate the stories individually because there really are some gems in here, b ...more
Hilary G
Roald Dahl was recommended to me as one of the best writers of short stories by the tutor at the creative writing classes I recently attended, so I picked up this volume at the library. Without exception, every story in the volume is based on original, if unusual and macabre, ideas, which justify the well-known TV adaptation description of 'Tales of the Unexpected'. The reason I haven't rated the book higher, however, is that sometimes, I felt that the outcome of the story was obvious too soon, ...more
Samantha Voetel
I already use some of Dahl's stories (The Landlady, Dip in the Pool, Lamb to the Slaughter and Poison) in class, but I will definitely be using some out of Kiss Kiss as well.
Dibyendu Pal
This book is like a bouquet of flower with every story adding fragrance to the book.........although the stories are on darker side..........but written with absolute panache
Melissa Vickers
I read these stories looking for short stories to use in class with 11th and 12th graders. Roald Dahl is an excellent writer with a creative mind! Always fun to read.
Kelsey McKim
I grew up on Roald Dahl's children's stories, and while I liked this collection of stories, I didn't think they had that extra spark that has made Dahl's children's books stand out to me over the years.
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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