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When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  842 ratings  ·  107 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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Published (first published 2004)
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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
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
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Barb
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."
Pasteurisiert
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
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Brett Starr
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
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Brian
“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
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Tim Storm
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
Caroline
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
Lindsey
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
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.
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Ris
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.
Ella
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
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Christine
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
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Maya
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
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Yanira
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.
Liz
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
Margaret
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
Everyone should be reading Benioff. I especially liked several of these short stories, and I just love his writing style.
Kurt Zisa
Fantastic set of Short Stories by David Benioff - the reader can feel is early writing prowess emanate from these shorts.
Jeffrey Reid
David Benioff turn any of these stories into a novel. I loved every one of them. New favorite writer. Thank you.
Abby
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
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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Kdevoli
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
Danny Bobby
If I'm being honest about this collection, I wouldn't have finished it if it hadn't been written by Benioff. His "City of Thieves" took me a little while to appreciate. I was 1 third of the way through it before it really grabbed me, but when it did, I was hooked and powered through to the end as quickly as I could. His short story collection, however, never delivered. There were definitely some of the stories I found interesting or entertaining, but the rest of them I waded through trying to fi ...more
Beckie
David Benioff has a strange and twisted mind, and he tells a good story. There are traces of his two novels in this collection, his obsession with Russia and with the criminal underworld appear in various stories.

Every story is heartbreaking in its own way. Two of them got a bit too fanciful for my taste, lions roaming the city and a man living in a fallout shelter, but on the whole they are very strong. They are also sad--why are collections of short stories always so depressing? His novels are
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Jason Sinclair Long
An intelligent, thought-provoking, humorous and human collection from a great writer. Standouts are "When the Nines Roll Over" and "The Devil Comes to Orekhovo," with "The Barefoot Girl in Clover" and "Neversink" coming in right behind them. I probably would have gone 5 stars had one or two of the others been just a little more...something. That's not helpful, I know, but the unmentioned stories fell a tad flat for me (they weren't bad per se, just not amazing). As collections of short stories g ...more
Daniel
I really enjoy short story collections. Not necessarily novellas, but 30 or so page stories like the ones here. The best kind are the ones that either tell a nice concise story and wrap it up in 30 pages, like the final story in this book. Or, are the best kind the sort that introduce you to a really good character and gives you a small slice of his or her life, such as the first story in the book. These leave you wanting more and hope that the author may expand on the idea in the future. I am n ...more
Josh O'Berski
Watch in horror as you accidentally root for the bad guys.
Jessica
This group of short stories absolutely turned out to surprise me. I didn't enjoy the first story at all, and so I had a kind of negative attitude about the rest of the stories and wasn't really drawn to continue reading it. However, every story seemed better than the one that came before it. The more that I read, the more that I liked it. The stories are so different and I came to really care about the characters, even the ones that I only knew for 15 pages. In the end, I was so happy that I cam ...more
Paul
This is a wonderful collection of stories by Benioff, author of the novels "The 25th Hour" and "City of Thieves". While each of these storiesis a gem, my favorites were "The Devil Comes to Orekhovo" and "Merde for Luck". Each story examines a difficult situation with which the central character finds himself struggling. Yet each narrative is flecked with humor. Benioff has the power to draw tears and smiles from the same story. And once completed, each tale leaves the reader with a basic truth t ...more
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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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