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The Cranes That Build the Cranes (2009)

av Jeremy Dyson

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Jeremy Dyson is a master of the macabre, of stories brimming with black humour and the promise of something sinister just around the corner. In his new collection he explores the dark depths of the human condition, offering tales of death, disaster and - just occasionally - redemption. An unhappy, near-autistic bookseller acquires miraculous powers over life and death and exacts his revenge on the world - in a cruel and unexpected way. Alone in their isolated boarding school, three boys explore the mysterious cellar that is officially off-limits, only to discover something far worse than they expected about the building and themselves. A pathological fear of violent crime drives a wealthy property developer to purchase a private island and build himself a home of absolute security. Unfortunately he succeeds in attracting the very thing he fears the most. In these and other tales of suspense and horror, Jeremy Dyson introduces the reader to a world that is at once mysterious and strangely familiar . . .… (mer)
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Entertaining, yet uncomfortable short stories. I liked the ambiguous endings, the way the outcomes were not clearly described, but left to the imagination of the reader... which is presumably why I didn't find the stories truly macabre - but this is something lacking in my imagination more than the author's writing I suppose.
I also liked the grounding of many of the stories in northern England. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
I went to see Ghost Stories over the weekend, which I'd happily give 5*s (if you ever get the opportunity it's a must see - I screamed aloud multiple times, and it completely satisfied the ghost geek in me), and picked this up since they were selling it at the box office.

Jeremy Dyson, it turns out, writes an amazing script but really quite poor short stories. Those with good beginnings have poor endings, those with interesting characters weak plots, and those with interesting plots ape other people's styles very poorly. There are some wonderfuolly creepy ideas here, but most are poorly realised, and often the weight of description destroys the narrative pace. Most would make far better TV episodes than short stories, and I hope he reuses some of the ideas for scripts.

I can't honestly recommend this collection, though it did make a bad train journey more bearable. Spend your money on tickets to Ghost Stories instead.

http://www.solelyfictional.org ( )
  MinaKelly | Apr 11, 2010 |
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Jeremy Dyson is a master of the macabre, of stories brimming with black humour and the promise of something sinister just around the corner. In his new collection he explores the dark depths of the human condition, offering tales of death, disaster and - just occasionally - redemption. An unhappy, near-autistic bookseller acquires miraculous powers over life and death and exacts his revenge on the world - in a cruel and unexpected way. Alone in their isolated boarding school, three boys explore the mysterious cellar that is officially off-limits, only to discover something far worse than they expected about the building and themselves. A pathological fear of violent crime drives a wealthy property developer to purchase a private island and build himself a home of absolute security. Unfortunately he succeeds in attracting the very thing he fears the most. In these and other tales of suspense and horror, Jeremy Dyson introduces the reader to a world that is at once mysterious and strangely familiar . . .

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