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'Fantastic as Grimm, heartless as Saki'Guardian

These eighteen tales of the macabre show Dahl's dark brilliance as a short-story writer. They are wicked (as an old man attracts the attentions of those more interested in his skin than his wellbeing), shocking (as distasteful bets are made – a daughter's hand on the identity of a glass of claret, a finger risked for a Cadi
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Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 288 pages
Published 2009 by Penguin (first published November 1st 1953)
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Sketchbook
Marvelous surreal stories (several first appeared in the NYer). Dahl insinuates a lethal twist into everyday life. A wife wants to kill her husband ("Lamb to the Slaughter"): she whacks him with a chunk of frozen meat and then cooks the weapon as the police arrive.

Spinning comic impudence : In "My Lady Love, My Dove," a snobby bridge-playing married duo plant a mike in the guest room of visiting couple and learn their secret bridge-winning codes. ~~ Forget bridge. I've always wanted to do this.
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Fatma
Brilliant brilliant brilliant.

Roald Dahl is the King of the Macabre. He is the Charles Dickens of the 20th Century, with a sense of humour that can ONLY be described as deliciously wicked. This collection of short stories is decidedly grown-up, but reading it I often found myself sniggering like a little child.

My favorite stories by far were Lamb to the Slaughter and Taste, I believe they were the first two, although they were all darkly humorous and very entertaining.
Barbara ★
I'm absolutely mystified at the high ratings for this book. I only picked it up to complete a challenge what a mistake. Well I'm not a fan of short stories but I have read and enjoyed many shorts over the years but this was definitely not one of the finer ones. I will say that the stories were well-written but the conclusions were disappointing. The endings just fizzled out and left it up to the reader to determine what really happened. If I wanted to determine the ending, I'd write my own darn ...more
Cameron Trost
I'm not going to write a long review of this book. All I'll say is that I love strange and quirky tales that explore the way human beings are and I consider Roald Dahl to be THE master of such tales. I hope that "Someone Like You" isn't really about you or me, but I'm afraid it very well might be. I'm not going to claim that this is the best short story collection ever written but it can't be far off the mark!
Doyle
I went into this expecting some Tales-From-The-Crypt-style short stories with twist endings. With that expectation there were some real winners in this book. I had no idea that one of the most classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes was an adaptation from a story in this book (and further research told me that numerous Dahl stories served as the basis for episodes of AHP and subsequent imitator shows that followed). My only complaint is that several of the "twist" endings in these stories tur ...more
Murray Dedman
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Kelly Hoggons (Velvet and Vibranium)
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A friend recently lent me Someone Like You, by Roald Dahl. I've basically been a fan since I learned to read (it's been a good 13 years, Mr Dahl) but I had yet to explore his more 'adult' works. This, coupled with the fact that I was told it was 'very disturbing' (I'm a little twisted), gave me exceptionally high hopes for the book - despite my general disdain for short stories. Those hopes were dashed.

I know, I know. Who am I, a lowly seventee
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Smitha
Someone Like You is a bunch of short stories with a very interesting twist at the very end. Very different from his books for children, and yet very delicious reads for grown ups. I love his wicked sense of humour.
Nadja
I know Dahl's work only through his children's fiction. What a pleasure it's been to discover, through this book, that he's indeed the quintessential writer, a delight for all ages.
Jess
So good. All of his adult short stories are sooo fucked up and sooo good.
TheYetiWakes
A great collection of macabre, heartless and (blackly) comic tales.

Any adults who still re-read his more popular children's stories thinking that's all there is should be made to investigate this.

The Penguin Modern Classic's edition I have also includes a rather pedestrian forward by Dom Joly which is a shame both for this collection (that deserved something more) and for Joly himself. Anyone that comes up with Stupid & Son's removals has a brain that is capable of being far more engaging.
albionlady
When I was a kid, I really loved Roald Dahl and I enjoyed his books pretty much. That was the reason why I picked one of his "books for adult readers" from our library. Roald Dahl didn't disappoint me.

This book consists of 15 short stories, some are very cool and funny, some are average. I decided to write something about each of them:

Taste - A story about betting and wine. This was the first story in my version of the book and it pretty much introduced Roald Dahl's style in short stories - a fu
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Booksdingle
A master story teller for children and adults alike though this book is most definitely only for adults - His short stories remind me of Jeffery Archer's in that they are often a bit strange and have a twist in the tale - except Dahl is a much better writer - Lamb to the Slaughter is wicked, read it in school and really wanted to find it again and so pleased I found it in this book! I read some of the others that took my fancy - didn't know what to make of a few - didn't understand some of them ...more
Andy
I keep forgetting how much I enjoy Dahl's adult short stories. This was picked up for $1 as a library extra - fantastic value. A few of these are familiar to me and there are some of his most well known stories here. Some are short and sharp, others convoluted and devious. He has such a natural style which flows and (despite the slightly earlier period) it all reads easily. I particularly liked the predictable but grossly satisfying Nunc Dimittis and the Great Automatic Grammatizator, poking fun ...more
Aimee
*This review may contain spoilers*

What's it about?

"Someone Like You" is a short story collection that brings together some bizarre, alarming and disturbing stories in true Roald Dahl fashion. There's the gambler who collects pinky fingers from losers...there's the lady who murders her husband with a frozen leg of lamb...not to mention the man who has made a machine that can hear grass scream.

Who's the author?

Roald Dahl is a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian des
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Reinhold
Nach Küsschen, Küsschen das mich wirklich begeistern konnte, wendete ich mich gleich diesem Buch von Roald Dahl (1916-1990) zu. Man darf ihn getrost als den Meister der makaberen Kurzgeschichten bezeichnen. Und so ist auch dieses Buch mit wunderbaren Erzählungen deren Schwarzer Humor seinesgleichen sucht gefüllt. Sprachlich und stilistisch gilt auch hier, dass Dahl sehr vielseitig ist und sehr ansprechend erzählt.

Die Geschichten im Einzelnen:

Geschmack: Ein Mann setzt sein ganzes Vermögen darauf
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Terri-Jane
As some of you may know, Monday was World Book Night. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a giver, and I chose to give away copies of Someone Like You. I chose this book because I love Roald Dahl's writing, and because I think that his adult writing is hugely under-read, and (therefore) hugely underrated. I grew up with Matilda, The Twits, Esio Trot and Fantastic Mr. Fox firmly on my favourites list, and I think I've pretty much read everything that Roald Dahl has written.

As with Dahl's children
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Sam Woodfield
This is a very strange but very good read, which is typical Dahl style but adult content.
This book is a series of short stories compiled together in one book. Some of the stories are really excellent such as that of Mary Malone and her interesting way of concealing a murder, to Claude and his dog and their various adventures. Some of the stories are very well rounded and come to a brilliant conclusion, where others are rather confusing and are left very open ended. Others need no conclusion as D
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Owen
Roald Dahl is of Norwegian parentage but grew up in England and wrote extensively in English. Over the years he has published a number of collections of short stories, a genre in which he excels. His stories are not always macabre, but they invariably have a twist, making them unforgettable many years later.

Some of them, it is true, may have you writhing slightly, but even so, you will appreciate the intention, as well as the finesse. There are so many good writers around, it's hard to get to th
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PurplyCookie
For anyone who thinks of Roald Dahl purely as a children's book author, this is the book to change your mind and make you think admiringly about Dahl's considerable powers as an adult writer.

Taste >> A bet goes too far between a man desperate to acquire a reputation of one who has refined culture and a man whose expert senses can guess the wine being served. Would you be willing to bet the hand of your only daughter in marriage if you're almost perfectly sure that the sommelier can't pos
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Kholsu
Having whet my appetite for Roald Dahl’s Adult novels with “Switch Bitch” I immediately found myself reaching out for the next one.
I was going to exhausted the entire collection beginning with “My Uncle Oswald”; given that Oswald’s character in “Switch Bitch” was most unforgettable and prominent, I just had to read it, devour it!. But my hunt was vain; so, I settled with “Someone Like You”, which was another concoction of short stories by this marvellous, creative, sarcastic, Master of similes a
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meeners
not as good as kiss kiss (can't think of stories like "royal jelly" or "georgy porgy" without feeling a bit sick and squicky inside) but still a wonderfully macabre selection.

(side note: i have a distinct memory of looking up the word "macabre" after encountering it on the back cover of - what else! - a roald dahl novel, way back in 4th grade. it might have been kiss kiss, actually; can't remember. all i know is that the word was deliciously evocative of all those things i could feel so visceral
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Rhys
*Someone Like You* by Roald Dahl

A collection of stories that were written in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Dahl is best known as a children's writer but his work for adults is also extremely accomplished. Although these stories are perhaps a little long-winded in the sense that it generally takes ten or twenty pages to deliver a single twist ending, Dahl's style is crystal clear, cool and very effective. My favourite among these stories is 'Claud's Dog' which is actually a novelette made up of
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Susan
Brilliant, intelligent and also very disturbing short stories. Some reviews complain about the endings left open etc. They're not - the stories are multidimensional and reading between the lines there will be no doubt what and why has happened. Though... As the truth is not said out loud in a banal way you can comfort yourself with your own (happier) ending.
Richard Hanrahan
Was reading this as a means to get back into reading fiction stuff. It's fun to have 15 or so short stories from an author otherwise well trodden, and they are suitably a bit strange - though not nearly as dark and inventive as I'd have liked, plus they became a little bit formulaic in their twists and turns. But still, fun enough I'd say!
Edward Janes
NYR2015 #7.

A collection of short stories by Roald Dahl. I read several of his children's books but these are firmly aimed at adults with most concerning different human frailties. Stories of murder, gambling and deceit. As always Dahl relishes in his negative description, which often bring the characters and stories to life.
Marvin
I didn't even know Roald Dahl wrote children books until I was in my twenties. My first introduction to this author was the TV scripts from the Alfred Hitchcock Show of the 50s and 60s, noticeably "Lamb to The Slaughter" in which a betrayed housewife kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb, and "Man From The South" where a man bets his fortune for another man's little finger. I didn't know these clever stories came from Mr. Dahl until I found them in these nifty little collection. Dahl wrote ...more
Greg
In Dahl's distinct style and voice, these are stories for adults (not as innocent as The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar: And Six More, not as explicit as Switch Bitch). Often slow-burning, focusing on idiosyncrasies and mishaps, they cover similar subjects - mainly betting, deception or revenge, with a subtle or inferred macabre end for the trickster. I found them to be sometimes too slow and introspective, and Dahl's style of repetitive dialogue began to grate - but most were just rescued by co ...more
da-wildchildz
I picked up Someone Like You because I recognised a story I first read in English class at secondary school, Lamb to the Slaughter. Though short, the black comedy has stuck with me ever since. The rest of the book has much of the same twisted humour! Roald Dahl rocks!
David
May 17, 2008 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Crystal Sasaki
This is one of those books that I couldn't really get into until about half way through. It seems like he puts all the good stories at the end. Like everyone else has written, this isn't the Roald Dahl of children's books. Lots of revenge stories, lots of built up resentment, meek men, overpowering women, and a good deal of misogyny and irony to tie it all together.

I think it's worth reading for those who like the era of short stories of JD Salinger, Hemmingway, etc., but it's nothing I would st
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“I was observing her closely as I talked, and after a while I began to get the impression that she was not, in fact, quite so merry and smiling a girl as I had been led to believe at first. She seemed to be coiled in herself, as though with a secret she was jealously guarding. The deep-blue eyes moved too quickly about the room, never settling or resting on one thing for more than a moment; and over all her face, though so faint that they might not even have been there, those small downward lines of sorrow.” 18 likes
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