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Someone Like You

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  2,421 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
'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
Paperback, Penguin Modern Classics, 288 pages
Published 2009 by Penguin (first published November 1st 1953)
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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
Jan 02, 2016 Rhys rated it liked it
*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
Nov 11, 2011 meeners rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2012 Terri-Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 02, 2012 Kholsu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2012 Fatma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Apr 10, 2014 Smitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 15, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 15, 2014 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 04, 2014 Nadja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dane Cobain
Sep 16, 2015 Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

You will have Adele’s song stuck in your head the entire time that you’re reading this, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Someone Like You is a fantastic collection of short stories, and unlike the work that Mr. Dahl is most well-known for, it’s definitely not one for kids.

See, the stories are dark, and I like that – subject matter includes a bet in which a man could lose his finger, a man who’s almost driven mad by his sound machine (which records even the cries of plants and trees when
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
Jul 09, 2014 Doyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Mar 04, 2015 Aimee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Dec 13, 2014 Booksdingle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, 2015
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
Murray Dedman
Feb 28, 2015 Murray Dedman rated it liked it
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Jul 06, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good. All of his adult short stories are sooo fucked up and sooo good.
I do like a good short story, so when I saw this I thought it was worth a look. However, the quality of the stories range dramatically; the first one, "the dinner party" (sorry, can't remember their real names!) with the sleaze bag wine taster, was good. I also enjoyed "the betting finger cutter", "the abusive bridge player", the "vengeful paint remover" story and obviously the "leg of lamb murder". But the rest were so-so and they got worse as you got to the end of the book - i had to skip the ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, creepy, and bizarre short stories from an author known for his off-kilter children stories. So, if you're familiar with those, take that weirdness to an adult level that borders on the horrific, and you have the genius that is Roald Dahl. I loved "Lamb to the Slaughter," which is perhaps his most famous, where a bored housewife attempts to get away with murder. I also enjoyed "The Man from the South," which I was unaware Quentin Tarantino used for his short film in the movie "Four Roo ...more
Girl with her Head in a Book
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People who remember Roald Dahl as merely the nice man who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would no doubt be in for a bit of an unpleasant surprise were they to pick up Someone Like You. With more than a tad of the macabre and indeed on occasion the grotesque, in this short story anthology, Dahl reveals the slightly nasty personality which tapped so well into the delight children so often display at incidents of cru
I wanted to love this book and indeed I started out loving it, but it went downhill fast and continued on a downward spiral for me. This is a collection of adult short stories by Roald Dahl and like many collections, some stories were stronger than others. I found that I loved the first story, and from then on I found the stories hit and miss, and as I got further into the collection a lot more of the stories were misses rather than hits.

The second story in this collection was by far my absolute
Aug 05, 2016 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories were subtly eerie, spooky, weird and what not. Overall, I did not like it that much since many of the stories were terribly blah, blah and blah. However, I did like two short stories - Lamb to the slaughter and Neck. I think there was one more but can't recollect which one which is precisely the point I am trying to make, most of the stories are not memorable enough! I had the urge to ditch this collection half way but thanks to my annoying need to complete every ...more
Several interesting short stories from Roald Dahl. Some are fun, some are gore, but they are all surprising and had a great time with them.
Tim Tattle
Oct 26, 2016 Tim Tattle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic collection of dark and devious short stories that will make you re-evaluate many everyday situations and scenarios. Dahl is so good at exploring the dark side of society and turning a seemingly ordinary moment or event into an opportunity to make you feel exceedingly uncomfortable. Whilst many of his stories will repel you, he often succeeds in making you empathize with the most despicable characters.
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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 adv
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