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Strange situations, unsolvable problems, secret lives, redemption and revenge.

Who are the people behind the names? Frankie, Pavel, Willard, Esmeralda, Milo, Shannon ... these are just some of the stories in The Book of Names. There’s a benevolent locksmith with keys to every lock in town. There’s a serial-killing vet who harvests his victims’ organs. A paediatrician
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Rippple Books
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Blake Fraina
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found myself laughing quite a few times while reading Royce Leville’s peculiar story collection, The Book of Names. Mostly, it was the sort of nervous titter elicited from seeing someone else squirm.

The “names” of the title are the protagonists of each story – a rogue’s gallery of oddballs that includes a locksmith who has secretly obtained the keys to every residence in his town, a vengeful gravedigger for a small town parish wrongfully accused of a terrible crime, an underappreciated
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Cin
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This was a good read. I truly enjoyed some of the stories in this collection. At the beginning I didn’t think I would like this book. Since this is a collection of short stories, I kept on reading and I am glad that I did. I would recommend this book to those who love short stories. A well written book.

I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.
Iona  Stewart
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got this book free from Library Thing in return for a review.

Short stories are not my favourite form of literature, so I rarely read any.

However, I found this collection very readable and suspenseful; I read one every night in bed before putting the lights out.

The author has a distinctive style, and I found these stories different from any I had read before.

He writes about people who perhaps try to do the right thing, as I believe we all do in our way, but who have a different set of morals
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Taylor
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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I got a free copy of the book through a giveaway on Goodreads. In return for an honest review.

The book is good. My only complaint is that the stories don't link together. That being said, if there's ever a full version of the first story, I would buy it. I want to know more about the locksmith.
Meghan
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
By the logic of the second story in this book ("Ronald"), I need to give this book a bad review. It came without swag. It came without first class comped orgies. It came without packages, boxes or bags. It did come from Germany, so I got to put my basic German to good use reading the envelope's customs declaration form (although I could have probably guessed what buch meant even without a German 101 course). But I've got to channel Ronald here -- pull out an awful passage and compare the book to ...more
Wonderliv
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, in exchange for an honest review. It came gift-wrapped inside the envelope in a very joyful paper, which made this collection even more exciting to open.

And what a surprise indeed! The Book of Names is filled with excellent and unique short stories. The protagonists are portrayed with impact, and you dive right into their most intimate thoughts and private actions, though you may have to wait to make sense of them. Most of the
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Carsten
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I got this book for free earlier this year as a goodreads giveaway - thanks to the author!

This was a very good read. A collection of short stories all of them titled with the names of the respective main characters - thats why it is the book of names. Every story is different. There are no connection. Or i didn't got the connections. Also the narrative style is different.

In conclusion everybody has it's dark secret or hidden passion and sometimes it gets visible. By another person
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Paul
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

I love short story collections and this was an unusually good collection - far fewer filler stories with almost all having something to offer.

Recommended reading
Kelly Knapp
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any adult
Recommended to Kelly by: Won from Goodreads FirstReads giveaway
Easy read, with short stories ranging from a town's only locksmith, a bookreviewer, to a teacher turned gravedigger, this author writes stories with disturbing characters bent on "helping." These are laugh out loud, spine-crawling vignettes surprisingly well-written
Story❤
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I won this book in Goodreads FirstReads giveaway and it arrived gift-wrapped on Christmas Eve. It was a very enjoyable Christmas present; each story evoked a strong emotion ranging from laughter to skin-crawling creepiness. Highly recommended for lovers of short stories.

Hannah
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read. Some stories better than others but all in all made me laugh and smile - and sometimes made me feel slightly terrified...
Stacey
Disclaimer: I received this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway.

I tend to struggle with short story collections and this one was no different, a mixed bag with some real highlights but a few duds too, with my overall average rating being 3.3 stars. Each story focusing around a single named character (with one exception), whether the protagonist or someone who impacts them even from entirely off-screen, there were some really very interesting ideas here, from the only locksmith in town and
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Barbara
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, 2018
3.5/5. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads giveaway.

"The Book of Names" is a collection of short stories, with each short story named after its main character. The book has a variety of settings (London, Germany, Vancouver, Australia) and well as a huge variety of characters, some bad and some good.

As with any collection of short stories, there were some stories here that I really enjoyed, and others that I didn't enjoy as much. For example, I thought that
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Elisa Panjang
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, fiction
First of all, I love the cover, and then the stories were so fun to read.
I read this book while in a plane. Very enjoyable.

-Won in a Goodreads giveaway
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Royce Leville is the author of 'The Book of Names.' One story from the collection, 'Mikelis,' was made into a short film starring James Cosmo. The book won the Australia/New Zealand category in the 2015 IPPYs. His debut novel, 'A Little Leg Work,' won the fiction category and finished runner-up in the grand prize at the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.