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Stories: All-New Tales (2010)

av Neil Gaiman (Redaktör), Al Sarrantonio (Redaktör)

Andra författare: Richard Adams (Bidragsgivare), Kurt Andersen (Bidragsgivare), Lawrence Block (Bidragsgivare), Jonathan Carroll (Bidragsgivare), Jeffrey Deaver (Bidragsgivare)23 till, Roddy Doyle (Bidragsgivare), Jeffrey Ford (Bidragsgivare), Neil Gaiman (Bidragsgivare), Neil Gaiman (Inledning), Elizabeth Hand (Bidragsgivare), Joanne Harris (Bidragsgivare), Joe Hill (Bidragsgivare), Kat Howard (Bidragsgivare), Diana Wynne Jones (Bidragsgivare), Joe R. Lansdale (Bidragsgivare), Michael Moorcock (Bidragsgivare), Walter Mosley (Bidragsgivare), Stewart O'Nan (Bidragsgivare), Joyce Carol Oates (Bidragsgivare), Chuck Palahniuk (Bidragsgivare), Carolyn Parkhurst (Bidragsgivare), Jodi Picoult (Bidragsgivare), Tim Powers (Bidragsgivare), Al Sarrantonio (Bidragsgivare), Michael Marshall Smith (Bidragsgivare), Peter Straub (Bidragsgivare), Michael Swanwick (Bidragsgivare), Gene Wolfe (Bidragsgivare)

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A groundbreaking anthology that includes outstanding tales by Joe Hill, Lawrence Block, Carolyn Parkhurst, Joanne Harris, Richard Adams, Jeffery Deaver, and Neil Gaiman.
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    MyriadBooks: Re: the short story "Catch and Release" by Lawrence Block, or another take on serial killers.
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 Diana Wynne Jones Fans: Recent Short Stories by DWJ3 olästa / 3reconditereader, maj 2013

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I was just getting into Neil Gaiman when this was announced and had to have it. It had to be good. Right? Eh.

Neil's contribution was pretty good, as were a couple others. A few stories were real clinkers. The rest pretty average. There are some big names here. I expected better. ( )
  zot79 | Aug 20, 2023 |
I haven't read an anthology in several years, so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms on consistency of theme and quality.

Overall, for an anthology that is looking to branch out beyond genre categories, the stories mesh relatively nicely with each other; although many fail to achieve the intended theme of "and then what happened?" The editing was well done, with the collection laid out in a way the flows, with stories with similar themes placed near each other, but not such that they blur with one another. There's a nice mix of long and short stories that makes the collection readable for long stretches of time. I found most of my favorite stories bunched at the back end, so keep reading if you don't like the beginning too well.

In terms of quality, I felt that most of the stories were well-written, although several were not to my liking.

The introduction by Neil Gaiman is probably the best part of the book. I loved the description of why people read and write fantasy and where fantasy as a genre can let us down. The desire to defy genres is ambitious and motivating.

Blood is a great opening story. It's evocative and plays directly to the "and then what happened" theme.
Fossil Figures was not to my liking. It's a kind of generic twin story with some nice turns of phrase, but not much substance.
Wildfire in Manhattan on the one hand, Gods are real and they live in cities has been done before and better (by two authors included in this collection, no less.) That being said, if not particularly original, this was still fun. I enjoyed the writing style and the characterizations. There was plenty of really nice imagery.
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains Gaiman's contribution to the collection was probably the closest to the intended theme. A very well-written play on the traditional fairy tale of Aladdin's cave of gold. Written in a very traditional folk tale style, but with new takes on the typical folk tale themes.
Unbelief A story of an assassin sent to kill a mysterious figure. Went straight in one ear and out the other. This has been done before and done better. I would have lost nothing had this story been excluded completely.
The Stars are Falling I hated this one, too. This is the typical story of a WWI veteran who comes home and tries to reconcile with his old life. It was so cliche in plot, tone and writing style and every piece of the plot was telegraphed from the beginning. Instead of "and then what happened?" I felt like "oh, that happened, really? I'm so totally unsurprised."
Juvenal Nyx Sometimes, when you read fantasy, the setting is so complex that once author takes so long to set it up, you still don't understand it and you don't care. This story is how to do a complex setting correctly. Very little set up was ever done, but by the end you got the feeling that his world was so complicated and so rich. I wish I could have read whole series in this setting.
The Knife This story reminded me a lot of "Blood." More a story-let, it felt like a nice palate cleanser after two relatively long stories; however, it's not something I would reread on its own.
Weights and Measures as a sad story about a couple that had lost their daughter, this worked. Picoult excels at writing emotion and this was a very sad, very moving story. As a magical realism piece, this didn't work. The conceit of the magic didn't make sense to me, and it distracted me from the emotions and themes of the piece rather than adding to it.
Goblin Lake A beautifully written piece of meta-fiction that nicely explores the relationship between fiction and reality. I found this very insightful on the topics of why we read and why we write.
Mallon the Guru The writing in this was so evocative and full of gorgeous imagery. The feeling of mysticism and growing feeling of dread worked their way into every sentence. The story left me more with feelings than with a concrete understanding of the plot (such that I immediately reread the story to make sure I hadn't missed anything.)
Catch and Release Another nice twist on a genre -- a story told from the point of view of a reformed serial killer. I found the narrative chilling and fascinating. The analogy of fishing really carried the story.
Polka Dots and Moonbeams one part 1920's gangsters, one part...something else. The writing is outstanding; the setting is established impeccably from the first sentence. Although as the reader you never quite figure out what's happening, the feelings of needing to escape, of love and of desperation all come through so clearly that it doesn't really matter.
Loser Chuck Palahniuk always writes in the same Chuck Palahniuk genre and this is no exception. Take something banal, such as the Price is Right, and add grit. This was a fun, but superficial, read.
Samantha's Diary I was so disappointed by this that I almost don't want to review it. I love Jones. I've read every book she's ever written. I bought this collection because it advertised a new Diana Wynne Jones story. But there's no two ways about it: this story sucked. There was no intrigue, none of the plot twists Jones fans live for and no depth of characterization. It was the saddest thing ever.
Land of the Lost Maybe I could have handled this story better had I not been still grieving from Samantha's Diary. As was, this was a trite story about a woman who will find the grave of a serial killer's victim, even though the police have given up. Sound like something you've read about a million times before? Well, that's exactly what it was like.
Lief in the Wind On the other hand, this was so fantastic. A completely original science fiction story about a team exploring a new planet and contacting the alien life there. Sound like something you've read a million times before? Well, this was absolutely nothing like all of those others. This started with the beautiful imagery of the "birds that get smaller as they get closer" and built open that with so much metaphor and so much detail of language. The story was also about how to recollect yourself when loved ones die and hope is lost and was gorgeous on that front as well.
Unwell This story gets you totally lost in the mind of a toxic woman and you realize too late that although she's toxic there might be something else to the story. I adore stories with untrustworthy narrators and this was done perfectly.
A Life in Fictions One of the few stories that felt completely new. Not a twist on a genre, or an old tale with a new spin, but just something new. It's a story about a woman who disappears into her boyfriend's novels when he writes characters based on her and how this affects her life. At a larger level it's about the many facets of self and what we do to integrate them. I really loved this piece.
Let the Past Begin A lot of fluff surrounding a middle segment of a beautifully told folk legend. The meat of the story was haunting and so well-described that I could close my eyes and see the fortune teller. But the rest of it was chaff.
The Therapist I loved this work. Very soft science fiction about what causes people to lose their tempers mixed with court fiction. I loved the idea of a neme (a contagious feeling of rage). I felt the first part could stand on its own and then loved the twist brought by the second part.
Parallel Lines Now this was the twin story that I've been waiting for. At first glance, this is a boring Ouiji board twin-twin communication story. But it's actually so much more. The relationship between the twins and the characterization of each is done beautifully and the exploration of what we do and don't owe other people is unique.
The Cult of the Nose This read along the same lines as the Therapist. What of the narrative should the reader choose to believe? The narrative itself was spooky with the sinister members of the Cult of the Nose inevitably showing up amid chaos and destruction.
Human Intelligence about an alien spy on earth and the women who finds him out, but also about loneliness and goals and what one should do to achieve them.
Stories A fictionalized autobiography of Moorcock. The first half reads like propaganda for the breaking down of genre barriers, which Gaiman had already given us (and better) in the introduction. The remainder, once he gets down to it, is a character-driven piece about love, loss and betrayal that is well done.
The Maiden Flight of BellerophonI really enjoyed this while I was reading it for the well-drawn characters and the attention to detail (probably one highlight was a character who was obsessed with the flying machine Bellerophon having written the overly laudatory wikipedia article thereon.) However the plot never really came together for me.
The Devil Staircase First of all, the layout (like stairs) is so distracting and not set up correctly with the page breaks. But once I got past that, I found that the central part of the story -- about a man who finds the devil's son, who offers him tempting gifts and who ends up taking a bird who sings when he lies -- interesting and creative. However, the beginning of the story really drags.

Overall, I would say that if, like me, you're picking up this book because you're a Diana Wynne Jones fan, do not do it!
Otherwise, this book is totally worth reading for the contributions from Gaiman, Mosley, Swanwick, Ford, Wolfe, Howard, Deaver and Powers, particularly and several other solid entries. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
There were several good stories in here. Neil Gaiman's was excellent and the book is worth checking out of the library just for that story. I skipped quite a few of the stories, as I often do in an anthology. ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
I like Neil Gaiman, and love his writing and imagination. It is possible that I would have enjoyed more to read a full book he wrote rather than this anthology.
Anthologies are tricky, because you always get a mixed bag. There is the good story, the passable one, and the absolute snoozer. This one is no different. I also feel sometimes that when reading short stories, the time you invest in getting into them is sometimes more than the payback you get from the unfolding story, and sometimes the ending is too abrupt for pleasure.

My favourites in this collection were: Fossil Figures, by Joyce Carol Oates; The Turth is a Cave in the Black Mountain by Neil Gaiman; The Stars are Falling, Joe R Lansdale; Unwell, by Carolyn Parkhurst; The Therapist by Jeffrey Deaver; The Cult of the Nose by Al Sarrantonio; Human Intelligence by Kurt Anderson; and Parallel Lined by Tim Powers.
I felt some were pointless like Polka Dots and Moonbeams by Jeffrey Ford. At least one was funny: Samantha's Diary by Diana Wynne Jones. And the absolute snoozer was Stories by Michael Moorcock (somehow I felt it lost its energy and got lost between fact and fiction).

I listened to the Audiobook version and had to download the Table of Content to get the titles of the stories. And even after such a shot time some titles already mean nothing to me. I have no clue what they were. Note to self: If I ever write a short story I will make sure the title is catchy and relates clearly and unambiguously to something in that particular story. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
A collection of short stories, some fantasy, some mild horror, all of which center around the idea of "and then what happened?"

As I mentioned earlier, I tend to shy away from short story collections because I find them so difficult to get through. I'll just get settled and comfortable in one and then, ope!, it's over and I have to start getting settled again into another one, and that feels sort of exhausting to me. I was willing to give this one a go, though, because Neil Gaiman is one of the editors. And I enjoyed a handful of the stories (Gaiman's contribution I'd already read and loved elsewhere), but it still felt like more of a chore than a pleasure to get through the book. That's completely on me and not the fault of the stories or the curators. If you like Gaiman's sort of stuff, you'll likely like these tales, and there are some pretty big names on the list of storytellers (Peter Staub, Diana Wynne Jones, Joe Hill, Michael Moorcock,...). So take my rating with a heap of salt and leap right in if those names appeal. ( )
  scaifea | May 15, 2021 |
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Carroll, JonathanBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Deaver, JeffreyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Doyle, RoddyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Ford, JeffreyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Hand, ElizabethBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Hill, JoeBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Howard, KatBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Jones, Diana WynneBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Lansdale, Joe R.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Moorcock, MichaelBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Mosley, WalterBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
O'Nan, StewartBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Oates, Joyce CarolBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Palahniuk, ChuckBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Picoult, JodiBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Powers, TimBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Sarrantonio, AlBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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For all the storytellers and tale spinners who entertained the public and kept themselves alive, for Alexandre Dumas and Charles Dickens, for Mark Twain and Baroness Orczy and the rest, and most of all, for Scheherazade, who was the storyteller and the story told.
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