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"David Benioff's is not the sort of prose that gets singled out in reviews. I imagine critics referring to it as 'workman-like' or 'serviceable.' It's the kind of prose I love, unspooling naturally and smoothly....Benioff's stories thrilled me, made me laugh, had me making faces as I read, and reached me in a way that precious few short stories do. And when the book was finished...I wanted to turn to the first page and revisit each story again." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the widely acclaimed author of The 25th Hour — a highly anticipated collection of cool, urbane, and skillfully crafted stories.

David Benioff burst onto the literary scene with The 25th Hour, a debut praised for its "pungent, funny, urban tableau full of shrewd operators and unfulfilled desires" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times).

Displaying the range of talents that earned such high praise for his novel, these witty, deftly crafted, and poignant stories explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic emotional lives of urban young adults. Over the course of eight stories, often with an appealing touch of the surreal, we are introduced to a record company man searching for a rock star, an inexperienced Russian soldier trapped between his murderous comrades and a clever old woman, a faded football star recalling his lost chance at love, and other young people on the cusp of discovery, jubilation, or loss that new experiences inevitably yield.

As he evokes the various states of agony and pleasure — humiliation, rebellion, camaraderie, and desire — Benioff displays a profound understanding of how single moments lead to transformation and how sadness can be illuminated by a humorous flip side. By turns shrewd, profound, and amusing, these stories confirm the promise of a gifted writer emerging as a storytelling force.

Review:

"Benioff is on a roll. His first novel, the crime drama The 25th Hour, was made into a critically acclaimed film directed by Spike Lee. He also wrote the screenplay for the summer blockbuster Troy. In his latest project, an octet of thoughtful short stories, he takes it down a notch from those high-profile projects, but he definitely doesn't rest on his laurels. The book begins with the title story, about a jaded hipster record executive who is trying to steal a talented and sexy young singer away from a small label. It's a tautly told tale with a wonderfully evil edge. Hip is hard to do, but Benioff can pull it off, as when the reader follows the protagonist into a series of increasingly restricted VIP rooms: 'Tabachnik had been places with four progressively-more-exclusive areas, where the herds were thinned at each door by goons with clipboards, turning away the lame.' Like a lot of great short stories, it leaves you wanting to continue on with the characters to see where they end up. The other seven stories in the collection are a varied lot, ranging from the tale of a young soldier grappling with the moral complications of having to execute an elderly woman to a drama about a lovesick young man's decision to secretly scatter his girlfriend's father's ashes. The stories are offbeat, but not overly obtuse, and each one is driven by fully formed characters. This is a superb collection, and it proves that Benioff can handle the long and the short of the fiction game. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. (Aug. 28)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Eight deliciously accessible stories....All of these will hook you fast, and they'll keep you hooked....Technical accomplishment that's matched by a generosity of spirit." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A]n ace storyteller....[T]his mostly fantastic collection...kick-starts with the masterful title story... (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"A deft stylist who's a notch or two tamer than Chuck Palahniuk and T. C. Boyle, Benioff finds levity amidst the gravity in a world where the simplest of moments can change the course of our lives." Booklist

Review:

"There's a reason this kind of writing has lasted for ages; simply put, it's fun to read. The successful stories...are so thoroughly enjoyable that you may not reflect on their acute perceptions until you've put the book down for a while." Victor LaValle, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Benioff writes with intelligence. His deft prose and sympathetic characters pull the reader entirely into each story, each distinct world." Charlotte Observer

Review:

"The book's eight stories are written with both a literary writer's care and a film writer's instinct for courting his readers or viewers. He hooks them, reels them in and does his best to make them happy to be in the boat with him." USA Today

Review:

"In eight tales, Mr. Benioff writes of innocence lost, illusions revealed and beauty eroded by time....With the exception of 'De Composition,' written in the postmodern vein of Borges or Calvino, Mr. Benioff's stories present fully drawn characters rooted in contemporary settings." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Beautifully paced and seemingly effortless, these stories display all of David Benioff's prodigious gifts as a writer: his sly wit and knowingness, his acute social observation, and his understanding of loss and longing, and also the wide range of territory he has made his own." Maile Meloy, author of Liars and Saints

Review:

"Here is a deeply satisfying collection of unusual, resonant, and beautifully composed stories. David Benioff is one of the most promising writers of his generation." George Pelecanos, author of Hard Revolution

Synopsis:

From one of Hollywood's hottest young screenwriters and the widely acclaimed author of The 25th Hour comes a collection of cool, urbane, and skillfully crafted stories. Benioff's screen adaptation of the Iliad, Troy, is a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana set to be released in May 2004. Visit www.davidbenioff.com.

Synopsis:

In When the Nines Roll Over, David Benioff (The 25th Hour, City of Thieves) uses humor and rich characterizations to explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic emotional lives of a diverse set of characters.  Over the course of eight stories, we are introduced to a host of young people on the cusp of discovery and loss.  As he evokes the various states of agony and pleasure—humiliation, rebellion, camaraderie, and desire—Benioff displays a profound understanding of the transformative power of a single moment and how sadness can be illuminated by a humorous flip side. When the Nines Roll Over confirms the promise of a gifted writer emerging as a storytelling force.

 

Synopsis:

David Benioff burst onto the literary scene with The 25th Hour, a debut praised by Janet Maslin of The New York Times for its“pungent, funny urban tableau full of shrewd operators and unfulfilled desires”

Now, with When the Nines Roll Over, Benioff uses humor and rich characterizations to explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic state of the American urban male. Over the course of eight stories, some with an appealing touch of the surreal, we are introduced to a faded football star, soldiers in a Russian winter, a punk rocker, and other young men on the cusp of discovery and loss. As he evokes the various states of agony and pleasureĀ—humiliation, rebellion, camaraderie, and desireĀ— Benioff displays a profound understanding of the contemporary male psyche. With its knowing, often amusing stories, When the Nines Roll Over confirms the promise of a gifted writer emerging as a storytelling force.

About the Author

David Benioff adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the screenplay for the Spike Lee film of the same name. He is also the author of the screenplay for the major motion picture Troy.

Table of Contents

When the Nines Roll Over 1
The Devil Comes to Orekhovo 37
Zoanthropy 75
The Barefoot Girl in Clover 103
De Composition 131
Garden of No 147
Neversink 161
Merde for Luck 187

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670033393
Subtitle:
And Other Stories
Author:
Benioff, David
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
General
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
August 19, 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.40x6.48x.85 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Benioff is on a roll. His first novel, the crime drama The 25th Hour, was made into a critically acclaimed film directed by Spike Lee. He also wrote the screenplay for the summer blockbuster Troy. In his latest project, an octet of thoughtful short stories, he takes it down a notch from those high-profile projects, but he definitely doesn't rest on his laurels. The book begins with the title story, about a jaded hipster record executive who is trying to steal a talented and sexy young singer away from a small label. It's a tautly told tale with a wonderfully evil edge. Hip is hard to do, but Benioff can pull it off, as when the reader follows the protagonist into a series of increasingly restricted VIP rooms: 'Tabachnik had been places with four progressively-more-exclusive areas, where the herds were thinned at each door by goons with clipboards, turning away the lame.' Like a lot of great short stories, it leaves you wanting to continue on with the characters to see where they end up. The other seven stories in the collection are a varied lot, ranging from the tale of a young soldier grappling with the moral complications of having to execute an elderly woman to a drama about a lovesick young man's decision to secretly scatter his girlfriend's father's ashes. The stories are offbeat, but not overly obtuse, and each one is driven by fully formed characters. This is a superb collection, and it proves that Benioff can handle the long and the short of the fiction game. Agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. (Aug. 28)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "David Benioff's is not the sort of prose that gets singled out in reviews. I imagine critics referring to it as 'workman-like' or 'serviceable.' It's the kind of prose I love, unspooling naturally and smoothly....Benioff's stories thrilled me, made me laugh, had me making faces as I read, and reached me in a way that precious few short stories do. And when the book was finished...I wanted to turn to the first page and revisit each story again." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Eight deliciously accessible stories....All of these will hook you fast, and they'll keep you hooked....Technical accomplishment that's matched by a generosity of spirit."
"Review" by , "[A]n ace storyteller....[T]his mostly fantastic collection...kick-starts with the masterful title story... (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "A deft stylist who's a notch or two tamer than Chuck Palahniuk and T. C. Boyle, Benioff finds levity amidst the gravity in a world where the simplest of moments can change the course of our lives."
"Review" by , "There's a reason this kind of writing has lasted for ages; simply put, it's fun to read. The successful stories...are so thoroughly enjoyable that you may not reflect on their acute perceptions until you've put the book down for a while."
"Review" by , "Benioff writes with intelligence. His deft prose and sympathetic characters pull the reader entirely into each story, each distinct world."
"Review" by , "The book's eight stories are written with both a literary writer's care and a film writer's instinct for courting his readers or viewers. He hooks them, reels them in and does his best to make them happy to be in the boat with him."
"Review" by , "In eight tales, Mr. Benioff writes of innocence lost, illusions revealed and beauty eroded by time....With the exception of 'De Composition,' written in the postmodern vein of Borges or Calvino, Mr. Benioff's stories present fully drawn characters rooted in contemporary settings."
"Review" by , "Beautifully paced and seemingly effortless, these stories display all of David Benioff's prodigious gifts as a writer: his sly wit and knowingness, his acute social observation, and his understanding of loss and longing, and also the wide range of territory he has made his own."
"Review" by , "Here is a deeply satisfying collection of unusual, resonant, and beautifully composed stories. David Benioff is one of the most promising writers of his generation."
"Synopsis" by , From one of Hollywood's hottest young screenwriters and the widely acclaimed author of The 25th Hour comes a collection of cool, urbane, and skillfully crafted stories. Benioff's screen adaptation of the Iliad, Troy, is a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana set to be released in May 2004. Visit www.davidbenioff.com.
"Synopsis" by ,

In When the Nines Roll Over, David Benioff (The 25th Hour, City of Thieves) uses humor and rich characterizations to explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic emotional lives of a diverse set of characters.  Over the course of eight stories, we are introduced to a host of young people on the cusp of discovery and loss.  As he evokes the various states of agony and pleasure—humiliation, rebellion, camaraderie, and desire—Benioff displays a profound understanding of the transformative power of a single moment and how sadness can be illuminated by a humorous flip side. When the Nines Roll Over confirms the promise of a gifted writer emerging as a storytelling force.

 

"Synopsis" by , David Benioff burst onto the literary scene with The 25th Hour, a debut praised by Janet Maslin of The New York Times for its“pungent, funny urban tableau full of shrewd operators and unfulfilled desires”

Now, with When the Nines Roll Over, Benioff uses humor and rich characterizations to explore the sometimes thrilling, sometimes pathetic state of the American urban male. Over the course of eight stories, some with an appealing touch of the surreal, we are introduced to a faded football star, soldiers in a Russian winter, a punk rocker, and other young men on the cusp of discovery and loss. As he evokes the various states of agony and pleasureĀ—humiliation, rebellion, camaraderie, and desireĀ— Benioff displays a profound understanding of the contemporary male psyche. With its knowing, often amusing stories, When the Nines Roll Over confirms the promise of a gifted writer emerging as a storytelling force.

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