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This astonishing collection of all-new tales by some of the most acclaimed writers at work today is called, simply, Stories. Edited by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline) and Al Sarrantonio (award-winning author of forty books and editor of numerous collections), Stories presents never before published short works from a veritable Who’s Who of ...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by William Morrow
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Like most short story collections, this one is a mixed bag. There were some great ones, some pretty good ones, some that were instantly forgettable, and a few that flat out stunk.

Favorites: "The Devil on the Staircase" by Joe Hill; "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" by Neil Gaiman; "A Life in Fictions" by Kat Howard; "The Therapist" by Jeffery Deavers; "Catch and Release" by Lawrence Block; and "Loser" by Chuck Palahniuk.

Absolute Favorite: "Wildfire in Manhatten" by Joanne Harris.

Whew! Finally finished! I feel like I've been reading this collection for a month and a half! Oh wait, I have. It's the book that I would occasionally lug with me anytime I thought that I would have 20 minutes to spare on it, but often it just sat by my bedside waiting to be picked up. Story collections are like that for me. I have this grand notion that I will read a story in between other things, and that over the course of a few days, I'll work my way through... But, then the lack of a ...more
I don’t read many anthologies. I’m not sure why anthologies exist, outside of literature classes (and who reads those anthologies, you know, for fun?) and…I can’t think of another reason. Those annual Best Short Stories of 2009 collections date quickly (exception: Best Travel Writing of whatever year. I read those, seriously) and lack continuity. So why did Gaiman and Sarrantonio bother with Stories? They don’t need the money, I assume, and I doubt the big name contributors are hurting for ...more
This was the audio version. Some of the stories were above average, most were average and a few were mediocre.

My favorite was of the Irish vampire with a family trying to act like a regular guy.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
How to review this collection.....Hmm..

One one level, for a reader who loves short stories (as I do), for the pure essence of the medium of storytelling, this is an excellent collection. There is no question that all the writers here know their craft, and very well. I had the pleasure of being introduced to many new authors I had never read, and none of the stories were boring. I know I will definitely seek out some of these new authors to read more of their stories. Others, I'm not so sure
Althea Ann
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of Elizabeth Hand’s work, and I usually almost love it - but with reservations. No reservations here. This is a beautiful, mysterious, weird and wonderful story. If you like archives, history, the early days of flight and innovation... check it out.
Blood by Roddy Doyle
This is an interesting take on a vampire tale. But, I have to say, maybe because I've read so many, this wasn't great. Interesting, but not great. (3 stars)

Fossil Figures by Joyce Carol Oates
I've heard so much about this author, that I was excited to read something by her for the first time. Maybe I expected too much. She tried writing a story about twins, where one is the evil twin. I didn't get it. Sure, I didn't like that character, but I didn't get to know or like either
Blood by Roddy Doyle tells the story of a middle aged, married with kids man, who wakes up one day with a thirst for blood. I like this take on vampirism and I'll definitely read more from Doyle. (4 stars)

Fossil Figures by Joyce Carol Oates - two very different twins live their life separately from each other. Creepy, creepy, creepy. (3 stars)

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman -
(3 stars)

Unbelief by Michael Marshall Smith - a gun for
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of short fiction; Anyone looking for new authors to read
I got a signed copy of this book at a speaking engagement Neil Gaiman did at Columbia Teachers College with the following authors from the book: Kurt Andersen, Lawrence Block, Jeffrey Ford, Joe Hill, Kat Howard and Walter Mosley.

I read a number of the stories, which I will comment on briefly below (more to help me keep track of which I've read and liked, than for the review).

'The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains', by Neil Gaiman:

Oh, Neil Gaiman, how I love everything you write. I only wish
A wonderfully eclectic collection of short stories. Neil Gaiman's introduction was thoughtful and witty, as always.

Favorite stories-
Wildfire in Manhattan, by Joanne Harris: a light-hearted tale of the old Norse Gods hanging out in New York

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman: a tale of seeking, finding, and revenge

Goblin Lake, by Michael Swanwick: would you trade a pleasant existence in fiction for the depth and hardship of real life?

Samantha's Diary, by Diana Wynne Jones:
I was looking forward to this as I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan and a lot of the included authors come well recommended.

However I was disappointed in the end result. The theme behind the collection is supposed to be "...and what happened next?". For most of the stories my reaction was "...and who cares?". Mostly the stories were boring and never really engaged me enough that I just had to keep reading and wanting to know more.

This isn't to say there weren't some gems in amongst the manure. The
Airiz C
“AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?—four words that children ask, when you pause, telling them a story. The four words you hear at the end of a chapter. The four words, spoken or unspoken, that show you, a storyteller, that people care. The joy of fiction, for some of us, is the joy of imagination, set free from the world and able to imagine.”

These are literary rock star Neil Gaiman’s words that graced the first pages of Stories: All-New Tales, a compendium of twenty-seven bite-sized fiction by an eclectic
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3.5 overall

Introduction: Just Four Words by Neil Gaiman
It might seem weird to rate the introduction but Neil Gaiman wrote such an inspiring one that I can't help myself. It made me very excited for the upcoming stories.

Blood by Roddy Doyle
Fun and interesting but I'm not sure what to do with that open (?) ending.

Fossil-Figures by Joyce Carol Oates
This story about twin brothers was really creepy. Loved the writing in this, especially in the beginning. The audiobook narrator did a fantastic job
I'm always looking to branch out and read authors I've not read before, and honestly that's easier to do in the realm of the short story than it is with novels most of the time. Often I'll discover an author I've never heard of, or come across an author I've heard of but never read, in a short story anthology and that will inspire me to seek out that author's longer works. This anthology provided that opportunity in big shovel-fulls. Most of the authors that editors Gaiman and Sarrantonio asked ...more
Chris Dietzel
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much for short story collections but by selecting stories that had a flare for the unusual this book kept my interest throughout. Neil Gaiman's and Joe Hill's stories stuck out in my head as my favorites. Overall, I would say I enjoyed this collection more than the "Best American Short Stories" anthology that comes out each year.
Absolutely in LOVE with this book.
This is DEFINITELY one that belongs in my, and most other peoples, collection.
It's a combination of many of my favorite authors and a couple I've never heard of.
The short stories are dark, intense, mysterious, and some are even a little bit scary.
This is a hit for me, 100%.
If you enjoy dark reads, and are a fan of authors such as Chuck Palahniuk, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Carroll, (and many other wonderful other authors), ((as I am)), then I'd say
Gabi Eisenberg
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice anthology of stories.
I found it really hard to finish this book. Didn't like most of the stories and to be honest, was really disappointed in it. I don't think I would ever re-read this book.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I like to get to know a book backwards. Just turn to its last pages and see what I can find. And at the end of this one, I found the following:

"I meant to put my hands on her shoulders to hold her still but when I reached for her they found her smooth neck instead."

First impression may not be the most accurate but it is the most powerful. I had one of those feelings of -I need to get this now- that happens every now and then but not too often. And I'm glad to say my first impression
I love short stories, but this collection fell short for me. Some were good, but overall, i just can't say i enjoyed this collection.
Thea Guanzon
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for only two reasons, the first being that I adore the cover with all my heart and the second being that I am a mindless Neil Gaiman fangirl who would purchase anything that has his name on it. My expectations were quite low because an anthology by different authors is like a collection of hits and misses, with rather more misses than hits. I already knew before I read the book that I would like the stories by Gaiman, Palahniuk, Jones, Wolfe and Moorcock, but I was ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am burned out of audiobooks for a while. I'm still bitter about no library, to no avail, and audiobooks from hoopla and overdrive just remind me of the painful fact that I do not have the ability to borrow a physical book from a physical library, and will not for god knows how long. so long story short (pun intended), I am bitter.

I originally checked this out of overdrive like two months ago, then abandoned it for a hot second thinking I could finish it up really quick in a day or two. then
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I liked this book, but didn't love it. I thought the stories toward the end of the book dragged a little and I was surprised that Joe Hill's story did not seem that good at all. That said: the Joe Lansdale story is really good as are some of the others. A three rating from me overall.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories

Stories, more hit than miss, is a worthy anthology for Gaiman fans, and one that reaches beyond his normal fare to reflect a fascinating diversity of talent. Kudos to Gaiman and Sarrantonio for putting this together. Check out my individual mini-summary-reviews below to get a better idea of where the juicy bits lie.

True Rating, based on mean short story score: 3.6

Individual Story Reviews and Breakdown: (some light spoilers)

1. 'Blood' -- Roddy Doyle 3.5
A short, kind of gratuitous fun story of a
I'm not really sure how to review an anthology of short stories, but I want to try. I knew I wanted to read Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, and featuring many well-known names in the literary world, when I first heard about it. I enjoy short fiction, and wanted to try this collection out.

I've decided to give a brief review/preview or my personal thoughts on each piece in the book. I read every story but one, and I gave up on one story, putting my total at 25 out of the 27
I haven't read an anthology in several years, so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms on consistency of theme and quality.

Overall, for an anthology that is looking to branch out beyond genre categories, the stories mesh relatively nicely with each other; although many fail to achieve the intended theme of "and then what happened?" The editing was well done, with the collection laid out in a way the flows, with stories with similar themes placed near each other, but not such that they blur with
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, takes as starting point their love for good stories and good writing, and 4 words: ...and then what happened? I had my eyes on this book ever since it came out – short stories, some great authors (even if the combination of some seemed strange at first), and a cute cover.

Stories starts with Blood by Roddy Doyle, that is quite upbeat and funny, even if slightly disturbing – I enjoyed it but the ending didn't quite work for me. But
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of the several hotly-anticipated anthologies of 2011 (Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Steampunk!) Stories is by far my favorite. I am well familiar with Gaiman's work as a writer and screenwriter, but not as editor, and I'm afraid I'm not familiar with Al Sarrantonio at all, but with Gaiman at the helm of this anthology I didn't think I'd be disappointed.

I wasn't. There were a few duds in the collection, at least as far as I'm concerned - obviously everyone has different tastes so my duds may
Stephanie "Jedigal"
Finished the collection. Now, if I rated this by averaging my individual story ratings, I'd come just over 3*. But I also have to take into account the feel of the whole collection for me. And that makes me have to go with 2*. Maybe I expected too much, but I was looking for more here. Yep, I gave seven 4* ratings, and two 5* ratings, but I'm just not gushing here. Even after reading one of those, I just never had a feeling of 'can't wait to see what's next'. I don't think that was a lot of ...more
Listened on audiobook via Hoopla

I have to admit that this book has been on my TBR since its release in 2010 simply because of the cool cover art.
The most you can usually hope from a short story collection is to enjoy half of the stories in the book. The stories in this book are all interesting, and the very best of them are breath-taking. Since this collection is filled with short stories from popular authors, I highly recommend this book as an introduction to an author you may not have read
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“Still. Four words.

And I didn’t realize it until a couple of days ago, when someone wrote in to my blog:

Dear Neil,

If you could choose a quote - either by you or another author - to be inscribed on the wall of a public library children’s area, what would it be?



I pondered a bit. I’d said a lot about books and kids’ reading over the years, and other people had said things pithier and wiser than I ever could. And then it hit me, and this is what I wrote:

I’m not sure I’d put a quote up, if it was me, and I had a library wall to deface. I think I’d just remind people of the power of stories, and why they exist in the first place. I’d put up the four words that anyone telling a story wants to hear. The ones that show that it’s working, and that pages will be turned:

“… and then w”
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