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Alles Auf Anfang

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Bandleader SadJoe und Sängerin Molly, verbandelt, idealistisch und unerfahren im harten Plattengeschäft stehen vor erstem Erfolg. Da taucht Tabachnik auf, gewieft, verführerisch und von der Konkurrenz. Manchmal passiert es, dass von einer Minute zur anderen alles auf den Kopf und auf Anfang gestellt wird. Nicht nur in dieser Erzählung.

Alle Geschichten haben dies gemeinsam

Paperback, 268 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by Heyne Verlag (first published 2004)
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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 10, 2016 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.

This is my first book of short stories and the only reason I picked it up was for a challenge. I chose David Benioff because he is the author of one of my favorite books, City of Thieves. I was so pleasantly surprised. I didn't think I would enjoy reading short stories but these were all fascinating. It is kind of a bummer when you're really enjoying certain characters and the story just ends, because Mr. Benioff can write some amazing characters. I loved every one of the stories in this book, b
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
Jun 30, 2009 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."
Ali Murphy
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Benioff’s writing. His book, City of Thieves, was easily in my top five books of 2016. I had been saving this collection of short stories so as not to deplete my Benioff supply and while I am pleased to have read these stories I am somewhat deflated that I nothing else of his left to read.

This collection of stories is eclectic. On the surface some of them are a little weird, but they are all profoundly personal and human. I think that is because Benioff is essentially writing
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved David Benioff's writing in City of Thieves, so I knew going in the likelihood of me enjoying his short stories was high. What I love most about Benioff is his economy. His lean style really shows off his screenwriting chops; his short stories read like short films. Benioff also manages to balance smart and funny dialogue with moving and visceral description. His characters have as much of a chaotic interior life as they do a chaotic outer life.

My favorites from this collection (in no par
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
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 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
Adonay Rivas
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le iba a dar tres estrellas, pero Merde como premio fue tan maravilloso. Aunado a eso, Des composición, 10/10. No sé. Me hizo sentir. A pesar de que hubo uno que me dejó completamente frío, en el mal sentido. Los otros me parecieron buenos, pero Merde y Des composición, dios mío.
Harika Bommu
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet tales of life, death and everything in between. It's amazing how he captures life in it's true sense, especially the first story and the namesake of the book 'When the nines roll over'. Other favorite is the Devil comes to Orekhovo. The stories feel like a momentary glimpse into a persons life without much prior explanation and ends abruptly but leaves you brooding for a very long time.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kurzgeschichten
Wunderbar beschriebene und dabei höchst unterschiedliche Charaktere in Kurzgeschichten, die zwar nett zu lesen sind, aber nicht sonderlich lange nachhaltig in Erinnerung verbleiben werden.
Dee Fallon
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read another by Benioff after loving City of Thieves so much and this book did not disappoint. I may need to be the first to recommend a short story collection in my book club. It would be interesting to find out from each person what her favorite and least favorite were.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if it's the constraints of these being short stories or that these was written years before City of Thieves, but the writing and story ideas don't meet their potential.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ocekivao sam vise. Ocito me Grad lopova razmazio.
Michael Jarvis
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Some great stories, with surprising variety, from the author of City of Thieves.

A heavy snow shovel hung on the wall, blade up, between two pegs. Surkhov took it down and handed it to the old woman. She grabbed it from him and headed out the door without a word. Leksi looked at his two comrades, hoping they would tell him it was all a prank, that nobody would be killed today. Nikolai would punch him on the arm and tell him he was a fool, and everyone would laugh; the old woman would pop
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those rare collections where there's not a single bad story in the bunch. In fact, not only are there no bad stories, there are also quite a few absolutely ridiculously amazing stories! Benioff packs so much emotion into so few pages, I couldn't help but be absolutely stunned by how invested I became in his characters in so short a period of time.

When the Nines Roll Over was probably my least favorite of the bunch, but still a very solid short story about a talent scout who poach
Patrick Bättig
Jan 20, 2015 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
Brett Starr
Apr 16, 2010 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
Faith High School
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a series of short stories (there's one every chapter), all of them have some sort of tragic thing that happens. Although it is very creepy, there are undertones of humor throughout. In every chapter, I think anyone can be empathetic towards the characters. If you're not into vulgarity and (in my mind) sort of shocking lifestyles, then don't read this book. However, I thought it was really good and I would recommend it to people with open minds.
By Mark Smith
Jul 24, 2011 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
Jun 16, 2011 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 22, 2011 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
Sep 12, 2013 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
Jun 26, 2012 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
Jerry Ghazali
Jun 03, 2012 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
Aug 10, 2009 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
May 29, 2012 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
Jan 19, 2014 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
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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 25th Hour starring Edward Norton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. In 2005, Viking Press published Benioff’s collection of short stories, When the Nines Ro
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