Modern horror suspense short fiction from one of the minds behind The League of Gentlemen Artfully written, literary without being pretentious. Ik lees graag korte verhalen maar deze bundel viel tegen In verhalen als Island of the Wolf en Yani s Day slaagt Dyson er bijna in om een goed, haast gothic, verhaal te schrijven maar de rest blijft binnen de gebaande paden alle plotwendingen zijn vanaf blz 1 te voorspellen. 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I don t normally read collections of short stories and this reminded me why A couple of the stories are very good indeed and a couple are really very poor The rest are somewhere in the middle Comparisons with Roald Dahl are made on the cover which I can understand for one or two of the stories but unfortunately there is no consistency of quality I think I ll carry on avoiding them. This book from the silent partner from Britain s The League of Gentlemen gives prospective writers hope all you have to do to get your books published ishelp create a popular television show Now, that s not meant as a bash on Dyson s talents or this book at all The stories herein are competently written, interesting and thoroughly readable But they re not anything terribly special, and I have almost no doubt they wouldn t have been given a second look by publishers book or magazine without the name attached to them.Given that, one does not have to be a fan of Dyson or The League to enjoy this book, but it certainly wouldn t hurt These stories are infused with the same darkness, humour and twisted sensibilities that made The League what they are were My only real beef with his tales are that, though they re high on atmosphere and concept, they tend to fall a bit flat by the end.So, if you like your short fiction on the dark, occasionally funny and usually twisted side, this is an enjoyable though, it must be said, largely forgettable little collection If you want it done really well, go read Roald Dahl. This was amazing Apart from a couple of stories I felt didn t really unravel as fully as they could which keeps me from giving it top score , there are some brilliant moments I ll surely remember vividly Also, Dyson is a boss at character development I ll be reading him again some time. I was a bit disappointed since it had great reviews However, some of the stories stand out even if they sound like something from Tales of the Bleeding Obvious. There were a couple of creepy stories here, but generally they were all far too long, with an awful lot of preamble for not a lot of payoff. A mildly entertaining collection of macabre stories, penned by the co writer of The League of Gentleman and Funland the latter being a little remembered BBC TV miniseries which I absolutely loved A quick read and often intriguing, but patchy I didn t like the first story, Isle of the Wolf , at all it was too obvious, tried too hard to shock and the message was heavy handed Thankfully, most of the rest were better, with particular stand outs being The Challenge Club an unremarkable accountant is invited to join an exclusive private club and quickly finds himself sucked into its debauched world and The Cou a collector of oddities is offered the chance to buy a particularly curious object I found the subject matter and execution interesting enough that I would still read something else by Dyson indeed, it was while searching for the recently published The Haunted Book that I found this at the library But none of these stories were outstanding, and at the end I realised I hadn t liked a single character out of the whole lot.
Jeremy Dyson is an English screenwriter and, along with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, a participant in The League of Gentlemen He has also created and co wrote the popular west end show Ghost Stories.
- 215 pages
- The Cranes That Build the Cranes
- Jeremy Dyson
- 25 June 2019 Jeremy Dyson