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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,702 ratings  ·  553 reviews
"The joy of fiction is the joy of the imagination. . . ."

The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fictio...more
Published July 6th 2010 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2010)
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Like most short story collections, this one is a mixed bag. There were some great ones, some pretty good ones, some that were instantly forgettable, and a few that flat out stunk.

Favorites: "The Devil on the Staircase" by Joe Hill; "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" by Neil Gaiman; "A Life in Fictions" by Kat Howard; "The Therapist" by Jeffery Deavers; "Catch and Release" by Lawrence Block; and "Loser" by Chuck Palahniuk.

Absolute Favorite: "Wildfire in Manhatten" by Joanne Harris.

I ex...more
I don’t read many anthologies. I’m not sure why anthologies exist, outside of literature classes (and who reads those anthologies, you know, for fun?) and…I can’t think of another reason. Those annual Best Short Stories of 2009 collections date quickly (exception: Best Travel Writing of whatever year. I read those, seriously) and lack continuity. So why did Gaiman and Sarrantonio bother with Stories? They don’t need the money, I assume, and I doubt the big name contributors are hurting for cash...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
How to review this collection.....Hmm..

One one level, for a reader who loves short stories (as I do), for the pure essence of the medium of storytelling, this is an excellent collection. There is no question that all the writers here know their craft, and very well. I had the pleasure of being introduced to many new authors I had never read, and none of the stories were boring. I know I will definitely seek out some of these new authors to read more of their stories. Others, I'm not so sure abou...more
Edward Lorn
I'll be reading a story a day from this collection, and giving each tale a short review as I go along.

7/6/2014 "Blood", by Roddy Doyle - Three stars. Very short vamp-or-something-like-a-vamp kinda story. The writing is super quick and easy to read. I dig this author's voice and style. Will be looking up more from him.

7/7/2014 "Fossil-Figures", by Joyce Carol Oates - One star. Quite possibly the worst short story I've ever read. Boring, meandering, pointless, poorly-written, unedited... the list...more
A wonderfully eclectic collection of short stories. Neil Gaiman's introduction was thoughtful and witty, as always.

Favorite stories-
Wildfire in Manhattan, by Joanne Harris: a light-hearted tale of the old Norse Gods hanging out in New York

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman: a tale of seeking, finding, and revenge

Goblin Lake, by Michael Swanwick: would you trade a pleasant existence in fiction for the depth and hardship of real life?

Samantha's Diary, by Diana Wynne Jones:...more
Blood by Roddy Doyle
This is an interesting take on a vampire tale. But, I have to say, maybe because I've read so many, this wasn't great. Interesting, but not great. (3 stars)

Fossil Figures by Joyce Carol Oates
I've heard so much about this author, that I was excited to read something by her for the first time. Maybe I expected too much. She tried writing a story about twins, where one is the evil twin. I didn't get it. Sure, I didn't like that character, but I didn't get to know or like either...more
I was looking forward to this as I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan and a lot of the included authors come well recommended.

However I was disappointed in the end result. The theme behind the collection is supposed to be "...and what happened next?". For most of the stories my reaction was "...and who cares?". Mostly the stories were boring and never really engaged me enough that I just had to keep reading and wanting to know more.

This isn't to say there weren't some gems in amongst the manure. The stand...more
Jun 18, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of short fiction; Anyone looking for new authors to read
I got a signed copy of this book at a speaking engagement Neil Gaiman did at Columbia Teachers College with the following authors from the book: Kurt Andersen, Lawrence Block, Jeffrey Ford, Joe Hill, Kat Howard and Walter Mosley.

I read a number of the stories, which I will comment on briefly below (more to help me keep track of which I've read and liked, than for the review).

'The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains', by Neil Gaiman:

Oh, Neil Gaiman, how I love everything you write. I only wish...more
I'm always looking to branch out and read authors I've not read before, and honestly that's easier to do in the realm of the short story than it is with novels most of the time. Often I'll discover an author I've never heard of, or come across an author I've heard of but never read, in a short story anthology and that will inspire me to seek out that author's longer works. This anthology provided that opportunity in big shovel-fulls. Most of the authors that editors Gaiman and Sarrantonio asked...more
Chris Dietzel
I'm not much for short story collections but by selecting stories that had a flare for the unusual this book kept my interest throughout. Neil Gaiman's and Joe Hill's stories stuck out in my head as my favorites. Overall, I would say I enjoyed this collection more than the "Best American Short Stories" anthology that comes out each year.
Airiz C
“AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?—four words that children ask, when you pause, telling them a story. The four words you hear at the end of a chapter. The four words, spoken or unspoken, that show you, a storyteller, that people care. The joy of fiction, for some of us, is the joy of imagination, set free from the world and able to imagine.”

These are literary rock star Neil Gaiman’s words that graced the first pages of Stories: All-New Tales, a compendium of twenty-seven bite-sized fiction by an eclectic...more
Sometimes I like to get to know a book backwards. Just turn to its last pages and see what I can find. And at the end of this one, I found the following:

"I meant to put my hands on her shoulders to hold her still but when I reached for her they found her smooth neck instead."

First impression may not be the most accurate but it is the most powerful. I had one of those feelings of -I need to get this now- that happens every now and then but not too often. And I'm glad to say my first impression w...more
Thea Guanzon
I bought this book for only two reasons, the first being that I adore the cover with all my heart and the second being that I am a mindless Neil Gaiman fangirl who would purchase anything that has his name on it. My expectations were quite low because an anthology by different authors is like a collection of hits and misses, with rather more misses than hits. I already knew before I read the book that I would like the stories by Gaiman, Palahniuk, Jones, Wolfe and Moorcock, but I was apprehensiv...more
Предисловие Нила Геймана просто зачаровало. Он великолепно объяснил зачем люди читают книги и какие именно истории должны быть прочитаны. Все верно про те самые магические лакмусовые 4 слова. Прочитала предисловие и, затая дыхание, начала чтение собственно историй, которые по идее должны были быть просто "ах!" А получилось, имхо, "ох" и "ну и?..." в большинстве случаев. Порадовали всего 4-5 рассказов, остальные домучивала из уважения к составителю.
a mixed bag of stories that had me going " what?" more than "...and then what happened?", despite neil gaiman's assurances otherwise. there are a lot of big names here, covering a wide-ish range of genres, but despite that the collection felt monotonously bland and forgettable (with a few exceptions, noted below). it's rather telling that so many of the authors, when presented with this particular storytelling challenge, decided to go for the easy kill (sometimes literally): so many stories...more
Paul Weimer
Stories is an anthology composed by the profilic anthology Al Sarrantonio, along with fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. Bringing together talents ranging from Mr Gaiman himself to Tim Powers, Joyce Carol Oates, and chuck Palahnuik, its an impressive stable of authors for an all new anthology.

The mission of the anthology is to dissolve the artificial barrier between genre fiction and mainstream fiction. providing a suite of stories that straddle the borderland between the often walled kingdoms of fanta...more
Though I usually purchase books, the fountain pen warrior cover art on this one caught my eye while on prominent display at the local library. As with many anthologies, not every story jumped out and grabbed me. Some had endings that left me irked at the author. Others I have already begun to forget. Only two stories stand out for me. "Catch and Release" repelled and disgusted me, yet I kept turning pages until it was over. Art should (in my opinion) evoke emotion that one continues to feel long...more
I love short stories. I loved the ones in this book, as they were horror but not horror. They were mind bending. There was horror that was all internal but then there were the ones with supernatural external elements. I especially loved Jodi Picoult's contribution to this book (I was a little surprised that out of all the authors, I'd pick the one furthest away from horror/suspense), it was...I thought melancholy, but that's not right. I think it captured the right feeling of grief. I hope to ne...more
An absolutely amazing collection. It was a sumptuous read that I delighted in sipping rather than gulping the stories I read.

Supposedly there is no over-arching theme other than stories that exist beyond the boundaries of genre and yet the compilation hangs together so smoothly and enticingly, something bewitching and deeper about each story in turn. This collection is like unto a box of gems, each different, a ruby here or a sapphire there, but cut into intricate shapes that fascinate the eye a...more
Adam Burton
A decent collection of stories, a bit uneven perhaps, but that can be said of most short story collections, particularly those with multiple authors. A wide cross-section of authors, to be sure. Alongside the familiar genre-favorites such as Gene Wolfe and Joe Landsdale, you have such mainstream writers as Jodi Picoult, Chuck Palahniuk and Jeffrey Deaver.
I may have missed the point of the collection, which may account for my confusion regarding some of the tales. I got the impression from the i...more
Ticklish Owl
I listened to the audiobook instead of re-reading. I stand by my original comment for the hard copy. With a few exceptions, this book was lackluster, and unoriginal. The narration, however, was top notch.

"Blood" by Roddy Doyle ★★
"Fossil-Figures" by Joyce Carol Oates ★★
"Wildfire in Manhattan" by Joanne Harris ★★
"The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" by Neil Gaiman ★★★★★
"Unbelief" by Michael Marshall Smith ★★
"The Stars are Falling" by Joe R. Landside ★★★★
"Juvenal Nyx" by Walter Mosley ★★
I haven't read an anthology in several years, so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms on consistency of theme and quality.

Overall, for an anthology that is looking to branch out beyond genre categories, the stories mesh relatively nicely with each other; although many fail to achieve the intended theme of "and then what happened?" The editing was well done, with the collection laid out in a way the flows, with stories with similar themes placed near each other, but not such that they blur with...more
Theresa Flores
A great collection of short stories; some were mysterious, some were built on metaphor, and some were metafictional.

I thought the best stories in the book were mostly in the middle. In the beginning, I thought a lot of stories gave the same plot and ending - they were all mostly vague and mysterious. But as I went on, the stories eventually ventured to different genres and styles.


The Stars Are Falling by Joe R. Lansdale: An interesting story about a soldier who returns from...more
Ryan I
I liked Neil Gaiman's introduction, "Just Four Words," more than I liked most of the stories in this anthology. He makes the argument that each of the authors were selected because of their ability to get the reader feverishly flipping pages, with four words on their mind, "...and then what happened."

All of the stories use fantastic or supernatural elements with wildly varying results.

Highlights include:

-Gaiman's "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains": a dark, revenge fairy tale.

-Joe R. L...more
I'm not really sure how to review an anthology of short stories, but I want to try. I knew I wanted to read Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, and featuring many well-known names in the literary world, when I first heard about it. I enjoy short fiction, and wanted to try this collection out.

I've decided to give a brief review/preview or my personal thoughts on each piece in the book. I read every story but one, and I gave up on one story, putting my total at 25 out of the 27 stor...more
zaCk S
the shortest possible opinions of each story:
*Blood - the red juice from your raw red meat is not blood. unless it's the myoglobin he's craving, "HIS" cravings and relief are likely psychosomatic
*Fossil Figures - very well written, but with such generalities that it was hard for me to connect
*Wild Fire in Manhattan - no real criticism. this was cute
*The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains - aces
*Unbelief - it's not that i didn't like this story - the cumulative problem with stories like this,...more
Stories, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, takes as starting point their love for good stories and good writing, and 4 words: ...and then what happened? I had my eyes on this book ever since it came out – short stories, some great authors (even if the combination of some seemed strange at first), and a cute cover.

Stories starts with Blood by Roddy Doyle, that is quite upbeat and funny, even if slightly disturbing – I enjoyed it but the ending didn't quite work for me. But t...more
Nov 18, 2013 Carmen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF-F Fans
A very unusual collection of stories, with no overarching theme.

1.) Blood by Roddy Doyle. A story about a normal man who develops a gradual craving for blood.

2.) Fossil-Figures by Joyce Carol Oates. A story about two brothers, the older and stronger one hating and making life miserable for the other.

3.) Wildfire in Manhattan by Joanne Harris. A story about gods who live in NYC.

4.) The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. A story about a dwarf in medieval times seeking reven...more
Stephanie "Jedigal"
Finished the collection. Now, if I rated this by averaging my individual story ratings, I'd come just over 3*. But I also have to take into account the feel of the whole collection for me. And that makes me have to go with 2*. Maybe I expected too much, but I was looking for more here. Yep, I gave seven 4* ratings, and two 5* ratings, but I'm just not gushing here. Even after reading one of those, I just never had a feeling of 'can't wait to see what's next'. I don't think that was a lot of syne...more
While I generally enjoy the medium of the short story, and while I really like Gaiman, I have to admit that I wasn't blown away by this collection. It didn't come as much of a surprise that the things I most enjoyed reading were submissions from the two authors and the forward written by Gaiman about the purpose of a story. The rest of the works presented a disjointed mish mash of the vaguely fantastical and often exhibited the shortcomings of the genre and format. Stories felt incomplete, and s...more
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  • Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
  • Phoenix Noir
  • Tails of Wonder and Imagination
  • American Supernatural Tales
  • The Secret History of Fantasy
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Alien Contact
  • Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman
  • Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (Clockwork Phoenix, #1)
  • Masked
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
  • Meet Me in the Moon Room
  • Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance
  • Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing
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