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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,111 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Was haben der komplexbeladene Emporkömmling Ashley, der marihuanarauchende Dummbeutel Rufus und der liebes- und eifersuchtskranke Gordon gemeinsam? Den Haß auf Ned Maddstone. Ned scheint ihnen all das zu verkörpern, wovon sie nur träumen können: Er ist ein guter Schüler und begnadeter Sportler, Sohn eines einflußreichen Vaters und der feste Freund eines schönen und klugen ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published 2003 by Aufbau-Verlag (first published 2000)
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Ooo this had so much promise at the beginning. I got so excited when I saw it at the library and got it home. I've enjoyed Fry's other novels so much, and this one started so interesting between the diary and the love letter and then fell into this straight narrative style that not only was conventional, but it seemed that Fry stopped trying. The first two thirds were not bad, but that last act was just awful. I didn't like the protagonist. Never saw any real fire or passion for his revenge, and ...more
My students seem at times to be wholly obsessed with “getting back” at people who have done them wrong. I try to calm them down, to refocus them on positive things, but the truth is: when you want to get revenge you are completely and absolutely immersed in that feeling. You can’t help but fixate on those who have wronged you and those who must now pay the price. It is an obsession, a complete fixation that overwhelms mind, body and soul. That heightened emotional state breeds a greater emotiona ...more
Es ist ein echter Fry, witzig geschrieben, very British, ohne überflüssige Schnörkel oder Wiederholungen, und schon nach ein paar Seiten ist man drin in der Geschichte, und kommt so schnell nicht mehr raus. Ähnlich wie „The Liar“ und „Making History“ ist die Geschichte ein bisschen (über)konstruiert, zerfällt in zwei symmetrische Teile und hat so ein bisschen was von einer Schullektüre wie „Der Jasager und der Neinsager“.

Jetzt aber erst mal ein bisschen spoilen: Ned ist der Streber in einem brit
Jenny Sparrow
Уже после того, как я купила книгу и продиралась на улицу с переполненной людьми книжной ярмарки, я увидела в аннотации слова: "Этот роман - "Граф Монте-Кристо" поколения брокеров и программистов". И действительно, повествование почти сразу повернуло в знакомое русло: успешный, влюбленный, красивый молодой человек, который даже не подозревает о том, что кругом него полно завистников, уже готовящих заговор...
Сюжет пересказывать бесполезно - многие знают его еще с пеленок. Скажу лишь, что поначалу
Neal Sanders
When Alexandre Dumas wrote The Count of Monte Cristo in 1844, he almost certainly did not have thirteen-year-old American boys in mind as his prime audience. But when I first read the classic in the summer of 1963, I knew for certain that I, too, was living the horror of Edmond Dantes life. Dantes, a good and innocent man, was cruelly implicated in treason by three friends who envied Dantes’ pending ship captaincy and marriage to the beautiful Mercedes. Dantes is sent to the notorious Chateau d’ ...more
since the beginning of this project I have projected Stephen Fry as my choice of english author.

ah, this book reminded me why I don't read blurbs. I did not realize until 200 pages into the book that I was reading a retelling of the count of monte cristo, yes I realize I should have realized sooner, but I saw the movie once in a theater almost 8 years ago, and the book is very different from the movie (a lot of which I know of and was excited to see which Fry chose to follow). Now that I have r
Revenge is a modern re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo. It is very well done, because Fry manages to take the elements of Dumas’ novel that take the most suspension of disbelief and make them believable in a modern setting. It’s a clever twist on an old story – with updated methods of revenge, and a clever twist on the old characters (With puns! The character of the Count’s finance is changed from Mercedes to Portia – hee!). It’s suspenseful as well, a major feat considering that I not only ...more
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It took me quite a while to get into the story, but having gotten past the first part which reads like an excerpt from Moab, I could not put it down. I had - on purpose - not read any reviews for this book, and am now glad about that as most reviews only make the comparison to The Count of Monte Christo.

What about the resonances of other works, though? I couldn't help but also be reminded of Zweig's Chess Story, Duerrenmatt's Physicists, The Bourne Identity, and Pulp Fiction. All in all I was re
I didn't really like The Count of Monte Cristo. It's the plot, the characters, the whole situation - I just don't like it. I liked it a little better when Stephen Fry was writing it, but if Alexandre Dumas couldn't make it work for me, I'm afraid it was a bit of a losing battle. The turn of phrase was excellent, because it always is when Stephen Fry writes, but sorry, Stephen, I didn't really enjoy it all that much.
If we needed a new Count of Monte Cristo, I'm glad it was Stephen Fry who provided it. It's hard to imagine a better re-imagining.
Brilliant! Totally unpredictable storyline which twists and turns and keeps you hooked!
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Ned Maddstone hat das Glück mit goldenen Löffeln gegessen. Er hat gute Noten, ein hübsches Gesicht, einen in der Politik erfolgreichen Vater und eine geistreiche Freundin. Es findet sich ein Trio vermeintlicher Freunde zusammen, die seine hoffnungsvolle Zukunft aus purem Neid zerstören. Ned verschwindet für Jahre spurlos. Doch irgendwann müssen alle Beteiligten die Konsequenzen ihres missgünstigen Verhaltens spüren. Denn Ned hat sich einen perfiden Racheplan ausgedacht, den er ohne Rücksicht dur ...more
Stephen Fry's book Stars Tennis Balls (a.k.a "Revenge") was possibly one of the best books i have ever read.
The story's incorporation of a similar plot to The Count of Monte Cristo, with its wicked, sophisticated and disturbing themes, made the novel work on an entirely different level.
Stephen Fry's ability is unbelievable and after reading this i was taken a peg down. He has this uncanny nack to- through his writing- make you take a look at the characters and their devilish deeds, and say: "Yea
Jun 29, 2011 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jacobean tragedy
I need to catch up on my Stephen Fry, I mean aside from my marathon sessions of watching "QI" episodes on youtube (a shout out here to "Nickfromfulham" for posting them all). I read The Liar and The Hippopotamus many years ago, and found them both to be brilliant; I read his memoir, Moab is My Washpot, and was less favorably impressed. This reworked Count of Monte Cristo story falls somewhere in between. Of course the writing is excellent, the erudition is breathtaking, and the humor is insidiou ...more
Fair, competent, clever, moderately enjoyable, at some points something of a page-turner, but with a good many distracting implausibilities. Yes, it's a radical revision of the Monte Cristo storyline, so we must grant the novel some latitude in the way of believability, but that does not ameliorate its clunking, forced, improbable plot machinations. As one other reviewer carped, How did he get those removed nails to sink back into their holes -- while he was hidden inside the coffin? And how abo ...more
With its storyline liberally lifted from “The Count of Monte Cristo”, Mr. Fry was astonished that no one picked up on his blatant plagiarism. But he doesn’t merely steal the plotline by Alexandre Dumas pére. He expands on it and gives it a contemporary feel that never detracts from the relentless engine of the plot. With a protagonist who becomes tempered and hardened by his stint in prison, as well as multilingual, rich and mysterious, the stage is set for some twisted payback.

In spite of its i
I recently read a couple of hard-boiled thrillers which were complex and sustained interest pretty much to the end. Revenge (published in the UK as "The Stars' Tennis Balls") was a more leisurely read, at least for the first two sections. A fortunate, likeable and blameless 17 year old has his life turned on its head. We feel helpless anger at what is happening to him.

Fry writes sometimes with an angry contempt of some of the characters and the thriller turns into a morality play. But a thrilli
I often find Fry’s writing to be hit and miss, as is evidenced by my previous reviews of his work – The Stars’ Tennis Balls, however, is definitely a hit, and it’s game, set and match for the closest thing to a literary magnum opus that Fry will ever own.

The novel tells the story of young Ned Maddstone, the kind of guy who doesn’t have a care in the world – he’s in love with a beautiful girl called Portia and she’s in love with him, and he’s doing well at his private school. His family isn’t sho
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Nethra Ram
This book left me in a mixture of emotions. It starts off in a plain, dictative manner, the usual bunch of kids caught up in jealousy and such. Then, it takes a detour and parades as a thriller for a while, managing to be quite convincing in the spontaneity of it all. Once the suspense gets going, it falls flat, all the background stories out in the open all of a sudden and about a hundred pages where the hero literally learns everything under the sun and transforms into an avenger. These parts. ...more
A strange book. The first two acts set the stage well, but the third act is limp and ineffective. It's as if Fry set out to write a revenge thriller, only to realize at the end that he didn't much like writing violent scenes. So what we get is a story in which the all-important moments of catharsis are all but glossed over.

Disappointing, not recommended.
Hmm. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. I enjoyed the set up enormously, and I settled in, expecting the usual enjoyable romp of a Fry novel. But that's not what I got.

The vengeance enacted upon each character was totally disproportionate to the original action (in the case of the three boys at least - let's leave Delft to suffer a deserved fate).

The conclusions for each character also felt rushed with not enough for me to feel the impact or emotion.

I suppose the lesson is to be ni
Carsten Rossi
Most "serious" Stephen Fry I'v read until now. Partly brilliant but Ned's (the protagonist's) character development has some gaps. SF should've added 100 more pages. Book ended in a hurry somehow.
A re-telling of the Count of Monte Christo by my favorite author. Very witty and engaging, I loved it!
Jenna M
A thoroughly good read. A revenge novel (rather underused genre these days) based on The Count of Monte Christo, known as The Stars' Tennis Balls here in Aus and the UK. Not great literature; starts slow, and can be a bit sensationalist at times with the violence. However, Fry explores some of his favourite tropes and ideas alongside some memorable characters and that makes it a worthwhile read. Here again are young public school boys, sometimes jerking off onto their boaters. And some great iro ...more
William C. Montgomery
"Revenge: A Novel" (2002) by Stephen Fry was originally published in England in 2000 under the name, "The Stars’ Tennis Balls." Fry freely admits that Revenge is a modern retelling of "The Count of Monte Cristo," which somehow I have never read. The plot is essentially the same, though set in the 1980s and 1990s. All of the primary characters’ names are either anagrams of the names that Dumas used, or are based on wordplay. For instance, Dumas’ Edmond Dantes is Ned Maddstone (anagram) and Dumas’ ...more
Rowan MacBean
Amazon description: "This brilliant recasting of the classic story The Count of Monte Cristo centers on Ned Maddstone, a happy, charismatic, Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually preordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned leads a charmed life. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Ned's destiny is forever altered. A promise made to a dying teacher c ...more
I originally got this because because it was by Stephen Fry and I'd read and enjoyed The Hippopotamus, even if it was an incredibly weird, almost Sherlock Holmes-ian novel. I started reading it and the lighthearted comedy wasn't there and I kept thinking 'Gosh, this sounds an awful lot like The Count of Monte Cristo.' And then I read the jacket description and realized that it was an update of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Once I realized the framework of the story was not a coincidence, I got hooke
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Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile. As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. He is also famous for his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI. In addition to writing fo ...more
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