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When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,047 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
In When the Nines Roll Over, David Benioff (The 25th Hour, City of Thieves) uses humor and rich characterizations to explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic emotional lives of a diverse set of characters. Over the course of eight stories, we are introduced to a host of young people on the cusp of discovery and loss. As he evokes the various states of agony and ...more
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Richard Vialet
Many know David Benioff as one half of the team that created the stellar Game of Thrones HBO series adaptation. And no problem, that show is awesome and it's one of the most impressive film adaptations I've seen of fiction. But I originally was a fan of Benioff's work as an author, with both of his fantastic novels (the New York crime drama The 25th Hour and the WWII coming of age adventure, City of Thieves) on my list of favorites! Now I've finally completed the author's short list of fiction w ...more
Loes Dissel
Feb 29, 2016 Loes Dissel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Benioff is a master storyteller. After City of Thieves I wanted to read more. This is a fine, modern collection of short stories.
Five stars for the last one Merde for Luck.
Jun 30, 2009 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting little glimpses into others' lives, one story reminds me of characters in city of thieves, glad i read it, the language is artistry, beautiful, but no beginnings and endings of plot- i still like resolutions.

favorite quote: "The bad days came like Churchill's black dogs; they paced the corridor outside my bedroom, raking the carpet with their claws."
Sophi Link
A couple of summers ago, my parents and I went to visit my brother in upstate NY and stayed in this rambling, half-renovated bed and breakfast across the train-tracks from the Hudson River. While I was there, the owner noticed me carrying around a book and started telling me all about City of Thieves. He insisted that I read it and, since he didn't have it on him at the time, got my parents' address and sent it on after we left. I only bring it up because it's always stuck in my head as one of t ...more
Clair Belmonte
Each story was a beautiful creation come to life, though some more than others. I read greedily for details and at times, felt it came much too easily. Characters remained lackluster, and I felt myself reading at the fast pace of the prose. Though this series of stories build scenes, the plots feel like I'm constantly trying to run and push the story to its conclusion; I'm forced to miss the roses growing in the corner of the scene for the sake of maintaining the story's movement.
That being sai
Adam Floridia
This is going to one of those reviews that's more of a placeholder in life than anything substantive about the actual book.

As I would like to with all short story collections, I would have liked to review each story individually. Also, I would have liked to read them in more coherent time-chunks so that even individual stories weren't jumbled up in my head. Instead, I moved into a new house! Three weeks (and counting) of lifting, buying, moving, unpacking and marveling at it all. I finally have
Sep 12, 2009 Kdevoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay this boy is some sort of genius wunderkind. First I read his last novel, one of my favorirte books of the year, City of Thieves. I'm still waiting for his first novel from the library so in the meantime I picked up this collection of short stories. Oh my. He captures people in such a real way. (By contrast, I had to put down Pat Conroy's latest because nothing about it felt genuine to me. And Pat Conroy is considered one of the greatest living writers.) The last story in the collection is a ...more
Patrick Bättig
Jan 20, 2015 Patrick Bättig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatur
In acht Geschichten macht David Benioff Kerls zu Helden und Nicht-Helden in sanften Variationen vom Scheitern des Amerikanischen Traums. Seine US-amerikanischen Männer im jungen oder mittleren Alter mogeln sich durch pointierte Lebenssituationen, die oft nicht ausgehen, wie sie es sich wünschen - ihre Würde behalten sie jedoch, auch wenn Illusionen zu Bruch gehen. Vor moralische Entscheidungen gestellt, stellen sie sich nicht immer klug an - doch das ist für den Leser leicht gesagt, kann er es j ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Pasteurisiert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pasteurisiert mit 4 von 5 Sternen. Manchmal grausam, manchmal merkwürdig, aber immer berührend.

Auch David Benioffs Roman “Stadt der Diebe” hat mich im Herbst 2009 sehr beeindruckt. Die Kurzgeschichten in “Alles auf Anfang” sind nicht vergleichbar stark, aber auf jeden Fall eine tolle Erfahrung. Vielleicht am faszinierendsten ist die letzte Kurzgeschichte “Merde bringt Glück”, die zu Beginn sehr befremdlich war, dann ins Skurrile wanderte und am Ende zum Schocker wurde, bis sich der Knoten am Sch
Brett Starr
Apr 16, 2010 Brett Starr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of eight stories! Each story is unique and the writing is very, very modern. Throughout the book, he mentions things like Sam's Club, Pearl Jam, etc., and many other places/things that actually exist! No one story in the book is overly long or drawn out, each one seems to be the perfect length to explain the story completely.

"When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories" is one not to miss if your a fan of Benioff and/or witty short stories! The writing is excellent, very vivid desc
Jun 16, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“This is what you need to know about my father: He was a man who made a living killing animals, though he adored animals and disdained men. But I was his love’s son and that gave me immunity from disdain, immunity from the cool hunter’s stare he aimed at everyone else. His turn in this world was far from gentle, but he was gentle with me.”

I like short stories so this enjoyable for me. Most of the stories were very strong and I think that there was only 1 that fell flat for me. Here is a blurb fr
Tim Storm
Jul 27, 2011 Tim Storm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection is worth a look. The stories move fast. Most of them explore the various ways in which people fail to connect. The title story does a good job with a jackass protagonist. "The Devil Comes to Orekhovo" delivers a microcosmic view of war; the story's effectively fused with a folk tale told by the woman on the losing end of the situation. "Zoanthropy" is the strangest story in the book. Lots of promise, but it ultimately fails to fuse its various threads together. "The Barefoot Girl ...more
Bryce Holt
Brought me right back to why I hated my single semester in my creative writing MFA. When trying to decide whether you should be opaque and sensitive or write a damn good story, always choose to write a damn good story. Thank God Benioff learned his lesson with "City of Thieves" and his Hollywood work, because this is just damn-near-unreadable, hyper-sensitive, can't-wait-to-finish-the-last-page crap.


Sorry about the hyphens.
Sep 21, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In english classes, I despise short stories. The plots are difficult to get interested in, and I always feel like the author would write an actual novel if they had any talent. On the other hand, it may just be the stories chosen that I dont like. We don't read stories written like the ones in When the Nines Roll Over in english, and I wish we would. There was a lot of sexual conflict in them, so they probably wouldn't be appropriate for school, but they were well written and pretty unusual. Dav ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Svig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love short stories and this anthology had a few good ones. It's very contemporary and has a very low fantasy / magical-realism quotient. I like stories with a little more bite or a little more bittersweet or a little more victory but these were all just fine and I got no problem with them.
Feb 24, 2014 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read David Benioff's City of Thieves probably three years ago and I absolutely loved it. I've been wanting to read more of his work since then and I was not disappointed with When the Nines Roll Over & Other Stories. It was eight thoroughly enjoyable short stories. I was immediately drawn into each story. I felt they all had a great tempo and it amazes me how quickly and easily Benioff was able to make me feel for the protagonist in each story. They all seemed to have a bit of a sense of h ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Ris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed Benioff's short stories. He has a talent for dialog, characters, and finds his way into such different personalities and voices. Sometimes he reaches slightly, but always comes up with something a little flashy and gripping. He certainly veers toward pulp and away from the literary, which is not a complaint.
joan crane
Aug 28, 2015 joan crane rated it really liked it
Real people and heart stopping phrases that leave you reeling

I love Benioff's writing style. It allows you to step into the lives of the characters; feel what they're feeling and see what they're seeing.
Jul 13, 2012 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading this book, I only knew of the author as one of the producers/writers of HBO's Game of Thrones. When I found out he's a published writer as well, I got curious. And I'm glad I got curious and picked this book.

This is, in my humble opinion, a very good collection of short stories. I enjoyed reading all of the stories, but I love (I LOVE) "Merde for Luck" and "The Barefoot Girl in Clover". Those stories are... just. Heart-breaking. In a good way. I don't know. I have no words. For m
Aug 15, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I enjoyed the book "City of Thieves" which was a surprise and delight that I fell into this summer. I enjoyed this collection of short stories, some more that others, as would be expected. The story "The Devil Comes to Orekovo" and "Neversink" were particularly good. At times the stories did have a touch of " I'm-getting-my-Master's-in-creative-writing" feel to them, as if they were the favored tale on a given assignment.
If you read Benioff's novels, give this collect
Aug 06, 2008 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read it first in 2005, i think. but have been re-reading since eana gave me a copy at the perfect time in a perfect little package. zoanthropy is still one of my favorite short stories of all time, i think.
and it's strange to read the last story, as i did last night, when studying medicine. because i always think of dancers as the epitome of the perfect cross-section of health and art. and because, for me, it was an odd feeling to be thinking about all the medications the characters in the stor
Aug 17, 2014 Yanira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed this short story collection. He created some very strong stories (especially the last story).

I just wish the first story was stronger.
Jul 07, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I fall in love with David Benioff a little more every day. After reading "City of Thieves" and "The 25th Hour" and loving them, I decided to give his short stories a try - and I'm so glad I did. My favorites were "The Devil Comes to Orekhovo," which has aptly been described as "the best Hemingway story Hemingway never wrote," "De Composition," which had elements of The Waste Land but with more of a Kafka feel, and "Merde for Luck," which is probably the best (albeit most heartwrenching) ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Benioff is a gifted writer who pulls you into the worlds he creates with his words. Several of his stories in this 8 short-story collection were so impactful that I found it necessary to stop and reflect before moving ahead with the next story. Other reviewers have mentioned their favorites including "The Barefoot Girl in Clover", "Zoanthropy". I loved those too, but in particular, my favorites were "Merde for Luck" about two gay men fighting Aids and and Neversink about the masks we wear ...more
Martine Taylor
Sep 08, 2014 Martine Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should be reading Benioff. I especially liked several of these short stories, and I just love his writing style.
Kurt Zisa
Jul 14, 2014 Kurt Zisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic set of Short Stories by David Benioff - the reader can feel is early writing prowess emanate from these shorts.
Bo Trapnell
Mar 30, 2016 Bo Trapnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing stories of well-written characters in very unique situations.

Favorites: "Zoanthropy" and "The Barefoot Girl in Clover"
Jeffrey Reid
Nov 24, 2014 Jeffrey Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Benioff turn any of these stories into a novel. I loved every one of them. New favorite writer. Thank you.
Jul 13, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collecction of short stories has momentum. I think each story was better than the previous one. At first I didn't think much of the first story, but realize that it is a good introduction to the common thread running through all of these stories - turning points, often where a character takes stock of his/her self worth or life as a whole. The stories are deeper than what is seen on first impression. I read them too hastily, I'm afraid, and realize that I may have overlooked a lot of though ...more
Jerry Ghazali
Oct 06, 2012 Jerry Ghazali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aku tergerak hati pula mahu baca koleksi cerita pendek karangan David Benioff setelah berpuas hati dengan novel terkini beliau iaitu 'City Of Thieves'. Ternyata daripada lapan cerita pendek beliau, empat daripadanya menjadi kegemaran. Perhitungan awal aku terhadap koleksi cerita pendek ini, gaya penulisannya pasti mirip dengan novelnya yang aku baca sebelum ini tapi ternyata meleset.

Namun, aku paling terkilan dengan cerita pendek terakhir dalam buku ini, perihal seorang lelaki gay yang terberak
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David Benioff worked as a nightclub bouncer in San Francisco, a radio DJ in Wyoming and an English teacher/wrestling coach in Brooklyn before selling his first novel, The 25th Hour, in 2000.

He later wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee’s adaptation of Hour starring Edward Norton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. In 2005, Viking Press published Benioff’s collection of short stories, When the Nines Roll Ov
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