Sunday, June 20, 2010

STORIES: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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STORIES

All-New Tales
Edited by
NEIL GAIMAN
and AL SARRANTONIO

ABOUT THE BOOK:


"The joy of fiction is the joy of the imagination. . . ."

The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.

Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed work defies easy categorization and transcends all boundaries, and "master anthologist" (Booklist) Sarrantonio personally invited, read, and selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this "new literature of the imagination" is high. "We wanted to read stories that used a lightning-flash of magic as a way of showing us something we have already seen a thousand times as if we have never seen it at all."

Joe Hill boldly aligns theme and form in his disturbing tale of a man's descent into evil in "Devil on the Staircase." In "Catch and Release," Lawrence Block tells of a seasoned fisherman with a talent for catching a bite of another sort. Carolyn Parkhurst adds a dark twist to sibling rivalry in "Unwell." Joanne Harris weaves a tale of ancient gods in modern New York in "Wildfire in Manhattan." Vengeance is the heart of Richard Adams's "The Knife." Jeffery Deaver introduces a dedicated psychologist whose mission in life is to save people in "The Therapist." A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is at the dark heart of Neil Gaiman's novelette "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains."

As it transforms your view of the world, this brilliant and visionary volume—sure to become a classic—will ignite a new appreciation for the limitless realm of exceptional fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS/EDITORS:

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books, and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights, and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his forties and tends to always need a haircut.


Award winner Al Sarrantonio is the author of forty previous books, including several highly acclaimed novels. He has edited numerous collections, including the groundbreaking
999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense and Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy. He lives in Newburgh, New York.
MY REVIEW:

STORIES is a decidedly varied anthology of short stories written by some of our most popular authors today and done so using various genres. This wonderful collection is filled with engaging stories that are as well written as they are enjoyable to read. STORIES is edited by Al Sarrantonio, who is not only an author in his own right (and contributes his own ’The Cult of the Nose‘) but is also well known for editing several other fine collections. Joining Sarrantonio in editing is the inimitable Neil Gaiman who also writes a wonderful introduction and treats readers by including a story himself with ’The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains‘. This short story alone would make the book worth buying/reading, but add in some twenty-six other great stories and you have an anthology of stories that are the kind that make you want to keep reading until you finish. One thing I usually find with a book of short stories is that it is nice because I can finish a story easily in a short time and not be left waiting to find out what happens next. However, with these stories, you mostly do want to know “what happens next” as Gaiman alludes to in his introduction.

That is part of what makes this book so compelling and the rest lies in the stories and authors themselves. STORIES includes narratives that are written with many sharing a hint of fantasy and some science fiction as well as folktales, spooky stories, alternative realities, and of course, realities as well. With authors from Gaiman to Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Joe Hill and Jodi Picoult to Jeffrey Deaver, Chuck Pahlaniuk, Peter Straub, and Joe R. Lansdale, this is to me a perfect summer read. Allowing one to sample authors they love or wish to be introduced to, STORIES will be a book you keep handy and read over again and surely want to share with others. If you aren’t a short story fan before, or if you haven’t read a collection recently, you will be glad that STORIES is one you invested in. A bonus about the authors is included in the back of the book!


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO MEGAN AND GOOD PEOPLE
AT HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS EXCITING
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102 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm trying to get myself to read more short stories. It's irrational of me not to like them but I feel like it's cheating or something by not reading a whole book!

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The good think about short stories is that you can sit and read them in one sitting!

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+1 I love, love short stories. I can't exactly say why. I suppose because short stories are a quick punch of beauty, ugliness, magic, grief, etc.

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I've never read a book wioth short stories. My wife reads them all the time. If it's to be a Classic someday I would love to read it.
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I generally don't read short stories because I don't feel like I can get to know the characters well enough, but I'd like to read this one because of Neil Gaiman! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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I enjoy short stories greatly. They are appealing and many times I wish that they would never end. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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i do like short stories. i need to read them more, but some are quite good. and this book has some amazing authors that I love from Jodi Picoult to Chuck Palahniuk. Such a wonderful variety!

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Katia said...

I've only read it once and they are way too good to be short but I'll get over it.
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Sometimes I just want a short story due to time constraints. And the chance to read authors I may not usually read is a plus, too.

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I love short stories I can fit them in between chores!
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debbie said...

I really like short stories. They are one of those things that an author can do either really well, or very poorly. I find I like them just as much as novels.
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Glenn said...

I like reading short story colections because it can expose you to new authors you might not otherwise have checked out. Thanks for the giveaway.

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I like short stories, but don't read them very often. This seems to have a great selection of authors.
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I love short stories and have gotten away from them as they aren't as available to me as a novel. I would so like to win this book as I am a huge fan of Gaiman's work.

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Christine H said...

I love to read Anthologies, I like them because the story starts happening earlier and it's not as drawn out, though sometimes I read a short story and wonder why since it was so good did they not make it a novel.

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Amy said...

I am a fan of short stories and read collections frequently. Living in the city and traveling on public transportation frequently, as well as waiting in doctor's waiting rooms often, I have discovered that short stories are perfect because I can usually completely finish one or two and not have to stop reading in the middle of a wonderful part of the story. My favorite short story writers at this time are Raymond Carver and Amy Bloom but there are still many collections I haven't yet read and would like to. I think this collection, "Stories" sounds wonderful and I'm thrilled with the list of contributing authors, as well as with the editors, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio!

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I Love reading short stories because sometimes you do not want to commit to a long book. They are good to read in between, or in the bathroom. : )
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I love reading short stories. You don't have to stay with them too long, if you don't like one, it's on to the next. You are absorbed quickly and the read is fast.

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I've just read some short stories that my daughter had read. I really liked those short stories.
There's like never a slow part keeps moving and there were a few I had wished were full page books but most I like a lot shorter.

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I spend a good deal of time writing short stories so I try to read as many as I can. I love and respect the art.

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