Stories: All-New Tales

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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...

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Overview

"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

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This anthology of all-new stories first attracts your attention with its editor combo of award-winning fabulist Neil Gaiman and master anthologist Al Sarrantonio. The range of its pickings opens portals to a dizzying number of possibilities. Consider the line-up: Jeffery Deaver, Walter Mosley, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Andersen, Jodi Picoult, Roddy Doyle, Joanne Harris, Richard Adams, Lawrence Block, Peter Straub, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim Powers, Michael Marshall Smith, Jeffrey Ford, Carolyn Parkhurst, Danne Harris, Diana Wynne Jones, Joe R. Lansdale, and Michael Stanwick. And, folks, that list is not complete. Now in trade paperback and NOOKbook.

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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
St. Petersburg Times
“If you can’t find something to like from [Stories] roster, you really need a vacation.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061230929
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 476,276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Gaiman

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.

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

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Every story is terrific

    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?)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2015

    To:utterly forgettable

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Excellent

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Bhfhffjd

    Super awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Enjoyable

    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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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Utterly forgettable

    The stories are mainly moments captured, like gusts that come into the writers' heads. Except one or two, I found them utterly forgettable and boring

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