Stories: All-New Tales
  • Stories: All-New Tales
  • Stories: All-New Tales

Stories: All-New Tales

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by Neil Gaiman
     
 

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"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

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"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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This collection of 27 never-before published stories from an impressive cast—Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stuart O’Nan, among others—sets out to shift genre paradigms. The overarching theme is “fantastic fiction,” or “fiction of the imagination,” with “fantasy” being used in the most broad-sweeping sense rather than signaling the familiar commercial staples of elves, ghouls, and robots. Consequently, the collection’s offerings run a wide gamut. In Joe Hill’s “Devil on the Staircase,” an Italian boy commits a crime of passion and subsequently meets an emissary of Satan. In Jodi Picoult’s “Weights and Measures,” a young couple who have just lost their daughter struggle to hold their marriage together as they both start noticing strange changes taking place. Chuck Palahniuk’s “The Loser” features a college kid on acid as a contestant on a game show, and in Kurt Andersen’s “Human Intelligence,” a geologist meets an explorer from another planet who has been studying humans for the past 1,600 years. The range of voices and subjects practically guarantees something for any reader, but the overall quality is frustratingly variable: most stories are good, some aren’t, and few are exceptional. (June)
veryshortlist.com
“These stories are part of what Gaiman and Sarrantonio call “a new literature of the imagination,” a rewardingly imprecise theme that guarantees that no matter how many times you dip into this tomish treasure chest, there will always be something surprising waiting for you inside.”
Los Angeles Times
Stories is the perfect dark counterbalance to the smells of suntan lotion and barbecue smoke waiting for you this summer.”
Time Out New York
“A sometimes creepy, dark and dreamlike two thumbs up.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“An ambitious anthology with a pleasing mix of modes and moods. Stories has a little something for everyone who appreciates the possibilities of short fiction.”
St. Petersburg Times
“If you can’t find something to like from [Stories] roster, you really need a vacation.”
www.veryshortlist.com
“These stories are part of what Gaiman and Sarrantonio call “a new literature of the imagination,” a rewardingly imprecise theme that guarantees that no matter how many times you dip into this tomish treasure chest, there will always be something surprising waiting for you inside.”
veryshortlist.com on STORIES
“These stories are part of what Gaiman and Sarrantonio call “a new literature of the imagination,” a rewardingly imprecise theme that guarantees that no matter how many times you dip into this tomish treasure chest, there will always be something surprising waiting for you inside.”
www.veryshortlist.com on STORIES
“These stories are part of what Gaiman and Sarrantonio call “a new literature of the imagination,” a rewardingly imprecise theme that guarantees that no matter how many times you dip into this tomish treasure chest, there will always be something surprising waiting for you inside.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061230929
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Newbery Medal. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Portchester, England
Education:
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
Website:
http://www.neilgaiman.com

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Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
bookaholicNC More than 1 year ago
Every story in this book is terrific. My very favorite was "Human Intelligence" by Kurt Anderson. I also loved "Cult of the Nose" by Al Sarrantonio and "Samantha's Diary" by Diana Wynne Jones. When I got this book I didn't realize all the stories were sci-fi, horror type stories (I like these stories only sometimes) but it didn't matter, they were all so good. I love short stories and will treasure this book. (And isn't the cover illustration by Tom Gauld wonderful too?)
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I love short stories that give me a sample of other authors writing style. There have been several times that I have purchased a collection of short stories or an anthology and ended up getting hooked on some of the authors after reading one short piece. One great thing about this book is that it covers a wide array of genres which kept my attention better than other books with short stories. My favorites in this book were: THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS by Neil Gaiman THE KNIFE by Richard Adams UNWELL by Carolyn Parkhurst THE THERAPIST by Jeffery Deaver THE CULT OF THE NOSE by Al Sarrantonio I really enjoyed this book. There were a few stories I could have done without, but other than that, it's a winner. I give it 4 stars.
Anonymous 23 days ago
He's a mother-fu.cking di.ckwad who doesnt even read books but just writes bad reviews that are a sh.itload of bull crap he has no respect (Note:sorry for the swearing)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you think that Neil Gaiman's short stories are boring , your boring. UNACCEPTABLE. Disgraceful. Unbelieveable.How could someone ever say that? Seriously man, what's your problem? ~LS
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Great collection of different genres compiled with an eye for intrigue. I never really wanted to put it down. Evn those stories that began slow left me wondering and partly stunned by the end.
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Super awesome book
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There were a few stories that seemed long winded and unnecessarily detailed, but for the most part excellent. Definitely found some new authors to consider.
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