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Stories 34 to 56

I'm so far behind with my posting here. I've been reading lots of short stories, just not had the time to post about them. In fact, the last one I posted about was story #34 and my total now is 56!

I've been concentrating on two books, Nocturnes by John Connolly, which talekyn reviewed in a previous post, and Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman.

I've read most of the stories in Nocturnes but am still only two thirds done as there is a long novella still to read. My favourites since my last post about this book have been:

The Underbury Witches, an old fashioned story about two detectives who go to a small village to investigate a gruesome murder and get tangled up in a doings of the local witches. Very atmospheric and I liked the detective element.

The Inkpot Monkey, a story about a writer who has writer's block and buys an old inkpot with a strange monkey on it.

Deep Dark Green, about the perils of diving into yes... deep dark pools... where young people have been known to disappear without trace.

Miss Froom, Vampire, a rather excellent little gardening and vampire tale. Black humour I think you would call this. Lovely.

Nocturnes, is certainly one of the best macabre anthologies I've read for a very long time.


Fragile Things is another excellent anthology by Neil Gaiman. I've also read Smoke and Mirrors by him, his novel Stardust and Good Omens which he wrote with Terry Pratchett. I now have The Anansi Boys on my library pile. Gaiman is an author that you never know what to expect and I really like that.

I'm about two thirds of the way through this book too and so far my favourite stories are, October in the Chair, where the months of the year tell each other stories, Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire *g* which is an amusing reverse reality kind of yarn, and Keepsakes and Treasures a hard hitting little story of being owned by the richest man in the world and what it takes to keep him happy. All in all though I've enjoyed all the stories in this antholgy.

Other stories read:

Nine Hundred Grandmothers by R.A. Lafferty, which was recced by someone on this community. Excellent, but a slightly frustrating end.

Roman Fever by Edith Wharton, a story about two generations of women and their men. *Excellent*, I do love her writing and should really read a lot more.

The Invisible Man G.K. Chesteron, another good Father Brown story.

And two 'Just William' stories from the book of that name by Richmal Crompton, William goes to the Pictures and William the Intruder. Both very funny and wonderfully nostalgic. I'm hoping to get a boxed set of these books for my upcoming birthday. Like I need more more books...

Sorry this is so long, will try to be a bit better at updating in future.

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talekyn
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
I thought I'd commented on this .... whoopsie.

"October in the Chair" is one of my favorite Neil Gaiman short stories. I lose track of what is in which anthology, though ... was "The Sunbird" in Fragile Things?

Edith Wharton ... I don't think I'll be reading that one any time soon. Sorry. I'm still scarred from having to read Ethan Frome in high school; pretty much anything we read that year I can't stomach now, thanks to that teacher.
caffyolay
Apr. 29th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
Yes, Sunbird was in the anthology and I'm trying to think what it was about and can't. I'm terrible at putting titles with stories. I've finished FRagile Things at last and now plan to get back to Nocturnes having read your excellent review on bookshare.

Edith Wharton. Yes. I know exactly what you mean. I've only read The House of Mirth and I liked it a lot but it was hardly a cheerful read. I've heard that Ethan Frome is even *more* grim so I won't be reading that in all probability. She does write good ghost stories though, and I shall be reading more of her novels but will be careful what I choose.
talekyn
Apr. 29th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe I need to check out her ghost stories, then ...
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