Stories: All-New Tales
"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 fict...more
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
There is no ove...more
*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
I wasn't. There were a few duds in the collection, at least as far as I'm concerned - obviously everyone has different tastes so my duds may...more
I must say, I enjoyed this book of adult short stories very much, though I did not expect to at quite the level I did. In fact, there was onl...more
All of the stories use fantastic or supernatural elements with wildly varying results.
-Gaiman's "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains": a dark, revenge fairy tale.
-Joe R. L...more
Most of the stories have some sort of fantasy aspect to them; something fantastical happens, people have special powers, or events defy reality.
For me the highlights of this book were "Wildfire in Manhattan" by Joanne Harris, "Goblin Lake" by Michael Swanwick, "Leif in the Wind" by Gene Wolfe, "A Life in F...more
"Blood" by Roddy Doyle 2*
"Fossil-Figures" by Joyce Carol Oates 2*
"Wildfire in Manhattan" by Joanne Harris 2*
"The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" by Neil Gaiman 4.5*
"Unbelief" by Michael Marshall Smith 2*
"The Stars are Falling" by Joe R. Landside 3.5*
"Juvenal Nyx" by Walter Mosley 2*
Twenty-seven short stories by a wide variety of authors. Some well known such as Jodi Picoult, Chuck Palahniuk, & Lawrence Block. I read all the stories but one: Stories by Michael Moorcock was one I just couldn't get through, and also seemed to be one of the longest. Sorry Michael.
All in all, this is a great collection of fantasy type stories that meld really well. Some of the stories were too abrupt, seeming to end before we even got started. Othe...more
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
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
Nejlepší povídku sborníku napsal sám Gaiman. Když se tohle stane, zasluhuje editor antologie pochvalu, nebo spíš naopak? Povídka se jmenuje Pravda je jeskyně v černých horách a je skvělá, ostrá jako nůž na hřbetu ruky v mrazivém ránu. Další dvě opravdu výborné jsou předposlední a poslední povídka antologie, obě od autorů, o nichž jsem nikdy neslyšel: První let McCauleyho...more
Overall, one of the more satisfying collections of short story anthologies that I've read for a while; however, many of the stories, especially toward the beginning, were so painful (even if good) that I could only read one at a time before switching to somethi...more
another great collection of short stories, this one edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. As Gaiman's intro mentions...they wanted to pull together stories that have the reader asking "...and then what happened," forcing us to want to continue reading. i think that this collection did just that, i could barely put it down...every story was rich and full of such diverse characters...all with the overlying themes of murder, death, mystery, magic.
some notable stories:
Joyce Carol Oates, "...more
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