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More Tales Of The Unexpected

(Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,108 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Contents:
- Poison
- The Sound Machine
- Georgy Porgy
- Genesis and Catastrophe
- The Hitch-hiker
- The Umbrella Man
- Mr Botibol
- Vengeance Is Mine Inc.
- The Butler

Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected is a delightfully dark collection of sixteen stories, each with a startling end. Among the unforgettable characters lurk the homicidal wife and her deadly leg of lamb, a conniving
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Paperback, 127 pages
Published 1980 by Penguin Books
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Leticia
The umbrella man and Genesis... are my favorites, but Poison is a great example of an unexpected tale...
Aileen
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Some enjoyable stories but a few were missing the short story finale and seemed to just fall flat.
Adena Peh
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here's a stunning sequel to 'Completely Unexpected Tales'. Ravenous for more of Dahl's witty humour and a dollop of ecstasy? This book is guaranteed to satisfy your thirst for excitement and sinister plot twists. As you flip the pages, be prepared as Dahl takes your emotions and expectations on a roller coaster ride, raising tension as you reach the apex and then leaving you plummeting at unexpected moments. Prepare to be marvelled at his compendium of knowledge; from forensics, physics to music ...more
Purba Nabila Mushtarin
I started reading this besides Virginia Woolf's Orlando and I realized that a comparative study has already been conducted in my head, even though it was entirely the doing of my unconscious. (Well, comparative study in its essence begins when readers read one book and begin comparing it with other/s they have read, so....)
This is exactly what Orlando is not; the description is to-the-point, delivering unexpected ending to the stories are more important to the author than the beauty of the langu
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Shell Louise
I remember watching Tales of the Unexpected when I was younger. One of the tales about a man who made a machine that could pick up on sounds we wouldn't normally hear stuck in my mind. I think it's because hearing the roses make that awful noise when they were cut made my much younger self feel really sad and guilty for picking flowers!

It was an interesting selection of short stories. I bought the first Tales of the Unexpected book from the charity shop last week. I wasn't planning on reading it
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Elusive
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
'More Tales of the Unexpected' comprises a number of short stories that explored various subject matters in unique and interesting ways.

As with most short stories collection, I found this to be a mixed bag in the sense that some were good but a couple were forgettable and uninspired. Certain stories such as 'The Sound Machine' and 'The Umbrella Man' would have been better if they had been a little longer rather than simply ending where they did.

Overall, 'More Tales of the Unexpected' was a quic
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Franklin
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
The title really lived up to it's name because all of them is unexpected. HA

The Umbrella Man 3/5
Mr. Botibol 3/5 #wholesome
Vengeance is Mine Inc. 3/5
The Butler 2/5
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life 2/5
The Bookseller 3/5
The Hitch-Hiker 3/5
The Surgeon 4/5 My favorite out of all of them.
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Sarah Eagle
This is a weird collection of stories. Like the "Unexpected" part of the tales isn't just about how random they are, but a lot of them don't end like you think they might; which for some tales doesn't do them justice. ...more
Xavfro
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
a very random collection of short stories... One I really didn't see coming and was non fiction I assume. A lot of the times after finishing one i hade a... Okey, that was that ,feeling, no joy no mystery or wow what was fun or .... ...more
Rauwolfia
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Really weird and awkward stories
Olivia Rytwinski
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cannot recommend highly enough. Ingenious, sharp, superb characterisation, hilarious, chilling....
Ruthie
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sending my copy to the charity shop as I now have a Complete Works for Dahl.
Love a good short story...
Lukáš Zorád
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always pleasure to read these classic and well narrated stories (for adults). Ma favourite reading time after I finish reading other tales for my son :)
David Wardrop
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Top rate short stories but I thought Neck was a bit boring.
Jessica
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this author.
itchy
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: electronic
this time every single one felt familiar;
i'm not familiar with the book, though, so i must have encountered the stories in other compilations

the treasury, perhaps
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Melissa
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people know Roald Dahl because of his wonderful stories for children. From Matilda to James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the BFG, Dahl has enthralled generations of kids. But somehow most people have missed out on his short stories for adults. He published multiple collections in this vein and this one is a perfect example of his work.

The book reminds me of short stories from both Ray Bradbury and Flannery O’Connor. He tends towards a darker view of the world a
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Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
As a fan of Dahl and short stories I looked forward to reading this short collection but ultimately found it quite dull. 5 out of the 9 stories here have been printed in previous collections - "Poison", "The Sound Machine", "Georgy Porgy", "Genesis and Catastrophe", and "The Hitch-hiker" have all appeared in "Someone Like You", "Kiss Kiss" and "The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar". The 4 that haven't - "The Umbrella Man", "Mr Botibol", "Vengeance is Mine, Inc.", and "The Butler" - aren't that str ...more
Dina
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't know that Roald Dahl also writes adult fiction. So this book came as quite a shock to me. The writing is refined and curious, as most Roald Dahl's books are. The most remarkable ones in this collection are, for me, the Mr. Botibol and Vengeance is Mine story.

Mr. Botibol story is interesting because I can see the development of the character as the plot reveals itself. His uninteresting life becomes more intriguing as he follows his passion for classical music concerts. I have a knack f
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Tony
I'm not sure what the criteria were for inclusion in this collection, but for the most part it seems to have been “let's take the ones that weren't quite good enough for the first volume, and then, so that it's not completely bad, let's include a few half-decent ones from there for a second time.” The title is also slightly misleading. Many of the stories were certainly turned into episodes for the “Tales of the Unexpected” TV show, but the stories themselves, which pre-date the show, generally ...more
Annabelle
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
Wonderful little gem of a book. No Roald Dahls here (must be a glitch as far as Shelfari is concerned), it's composed of three very short stories by Somerset Maugham and a few other writers unknown to me. Mr. Know-It-All is by far the best in this little lot, followed by The Colonel's Lady, then by The Verger. By Maugham, of course. ...more
Kathy Lois Amores
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this book, Roald Dahl shows his wit and humor in short-story writing. With his easy to understand writing style, readers are plunged into the story themselves. Stories were written in such a way that allows you to get thinking of possible scenarios. Though some stories have left me hanging, overall, it was a great read.
Dave
Jan 29, 2017 added it
I thought there were some interesting stories but it didn't capture what i like in short stories - a twist or something unexpected as belies the title. I have a very high opinion of Roald Dahl and this book did not diminish it, rather it made me appreciate his novel fiction more, it is like these are insights into his perception of the World. Snapshots in time. ...more
Darcy
A fantastic collection of stories, well curated (I really appreciated the order in which they were laid out) and brilliantly witty. I don't want to spoil the book but I will say that Dahl is a master of bathos.

-1 for the myriad typos which were really distracting.
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Paula
Jul 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
fabulous reading while backpacking in the wilderness :) entertaining, sometimes creepy
Joseph
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Not really very unexpected. But the one about Hitler was good.
Bryson McCheeseburger
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pretty cool collection of Short Stories. I liked Mr Botibol and it's Prufrock-like story and character. Looking forward to more non-children's stories by Dahl. ...more
 Sophia B
4.5 I am flabbergasted and stunned! Dahl is a master of the art of short-stories. Remarkable, quirky, wonderful stories. I didn´t want them to end!
Sarah
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I enjoy Roald Dahl's short stories - the twists in them are great. These were weaker than some of his others, but still enjoyable, and I was glad to discover new ones! ...more
Shakirah
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of odd and funny stories!
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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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