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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 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), and 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.

Review:

"[A]n absorbing anthology....The 27 never-before-published tales in Stories have in common the skill of their authors...and the strange sense of the fantastic that laces each entry....[N]o matter how many times you dip into this tomish treasure chest, there will always be something surprising waiting for you inside." Very Short List

Synopsis:

This brilliant collection of all-new, original imaginative fiction contains some of the most acclaimed writers at work today — including Lawrence Block, Chuck Palahniuk, and Peter Straub. It is a visionary work sure to redefine our notions of great literature.

Synopsis:

This astonishing collection of all-new tales by some of the most acclaimed writers at work today is called, simply, Stories. Edited by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline) and Al Sarrantonio (award-winning author of forty books and editor of numerous collections), Stories presents never before published short works from a veritable Who's Who of contemporary literature — breathtaking inventions from the likes of Lawrence Block, Roddy Doyle, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O’Nan, Chuck Palahniuk, Carolyn Parkhurst, Jodi Picoult, Peter Straub... and, of course, the inimitable Neil Gaiman himself.

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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.

Award winner Al Sarrantonio is the author of forty previous books, including several highly acclaimed novels. He has edited numerous collections, including the groundbreaking 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense and Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy. He lives in Newburgh, New York.

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Lynne Perednia, July 17, 2010 (view all comments by Lynne Perednia)
Speaking with clarity and heart about the worlds that open up with the telling of tales, Neil Gaiman lays down the genre wars gauntlet with "Just Four Words", his brilliant introduction to the brilliant anthology, Stories.

And what tales these are in the collection edited by Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, from authors known for their work in literary and genre, all addressing those four important words in the introduction. "...and when what happened?" is what draws readers into a story and keeps them going, and Gaiman is one of the masters today in knowing this. People are missing out on stories they may love because of genre boundaries, which Gaiman calls frustrating. Instead of serving their initial purpose "to guide people around bookshops", Gaiman notes genre boundaries "now seemed to be dictating the kind of stories that were being written".

So readers who think they only like certain kinds of stories are the ones who could get the most from browsing Stories. There is definitely something for everyone. But more importantly, these stories are highly successful at answering the question posed by those four words. Even the ones that are not stellar winners are still interesting, which is rare for any anthology.

Complicated sibling relationships feature in the strongest stories by Joyce Carol Oates (Fossil-Figures) and Carolyn Parkhurst (Unwell). The voice Parkhurst creates in her story is so strong and serves the story so well that I am now reading her new novel, The Nobodies Album. Stories by Gaiman (The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains) and Joe Hill are modern fairy tales that have the ring of being from a different time and place. Hill's has the unnecessary gimmick of typeset resembling stairs, an important factor in his story "The Devil on the Staircase". But the power of addressing Gaiman's four words overpowers that misstep. Lawrence Block's "Catch and Release" beats any coy tale you may know. Michael Swannick plays with meta fiction and fairy tale, while Kat Howard has another meta story.

Walter Mosley's Juvenal Nyx is complicated world rendered understandable within the confines of a short story, a world that could be expanded into any number of stories. Polka Dots and Moonbeams is a dreamy, noir-like tale from Jeffrey Ford. Jeffery Deaver's The Therapist is excellent with its twists and turns to complete a fully realized story. This is not just a slice of life, but is a complete, vibrant story. Elizabeth Hand is represented by The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon, which could have gone in any number of directions but was actually sweet.

Stories also features tales told by unreliable narrators, winners and losers. Other authors contributing range from Richard Adams and Jodi Picoult to Peter Straub, Chuck Palahniuk and Diana Wynne Jones. The great Gene Wolfe is here, as is the one and only Jonathan Carroll.

The voices are varied, the tenor and complexity of the stories vary, but all the Stories lead the reader to want to know what happens next. The anthology also shows how strong storytelling beats genre pigeonholes any time.
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Jvstin, June 6, 2010 (view all comments by Jvstin)
Stories is an anthology composed by the profilic anthology Al Sarrantonio, along with fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. Bringing together talents ranging from Mr Gaiman himself to Tim Powers, Joyce Carol Oates, and chuck Palahnuik, its an impressive stable of authors for an all new anthology.

The mission of the anthology is to dissolve the artificial barrier between genre fiction and mainstream fiction. providing a suite of stories that straddle the borderland between the often walled kingdoms of fantasy, and the realms of contemporary literary fiction.

With such an impressive pedigree of writers, I started the anthology with high expectations. While I didn't think that the anthology would be the holy grail of a book that could help tear down that wall, I hoped that I could find good value for money in the stories.

Unfortunately, for me, this proved not to be the case.

I think that, for the most part, the authors in the anthology kept the stories *too* contemporary, shying away too much from genre conventions and trappings, in an effort to be more literary. Many of these stories would not be out of place in one of the many high school and college short stories anthologies that I read in English class. That's precisely the problem, and its a bug, not a feature, of the anthology. Oh, a number of the stories do not fall under this broad brush that I am painting. But for the most part, the stories remain too literary for their own good.


Let me not say that the quality of the stories is bad. They aren't--not even the ones which remain closest to the literary side of the no man's land between contemporary and genre fiction. But the stories, one after another, just felt like they didn't really fulfill the mission of the anthology to my expectations.

The lineup of the anthology is as follows:

Table of Contents

* Blood - Roddy Doyle
* Fossil-Figures - Joyce Carol Oates
* Wildfire in Manhattan - Joanne Harris
* The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains - Neil Gaiman
* Unbelief - Michael Marshall Smith
* The Stars are Falling - Joe R. Lansdale
* Juvenal Nyx - Walter Mosley
* The Knife - Richard Adams
* Weights and Measures - Jodi Picoult
* Goblin Lake - Michael Swanwick
* Mallon and Guru - Peter Straub
* Catch and Release - Lawrence Block
* Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Jeffrey Ford
* Loser - Chuck Palahniuk
* Samantha's Diary - Diane Wynne Jones
* Land of the Lost - Stewart O'Nan
* Leif in the Wind - Gene Wolfe
* Unwell - Carolyn Parkhurst
* A Life in Fictions - Kat Howard
* Let the Past Begin - Jonathan Carroll
* The Therapist - Jeffery Deaver
* Parallel Lines - Tim Powers
* The Cult of the Nose - Al Sarrantonio
* Human Intelligence - Kurt Anderson
* Stories - Michael Moorcock
* The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon - Elizabeth Hand
* The Devil on the Staircase - Joe Hill
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061230929
Author:
Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
Publisher:
William Morrow & Company
Editor:
Gaiman, Neil
Editor:
Sarrantonio, Al
Author:
Mayer, Mercer
Author:
Sarrantonio, Al
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 2
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 9.12 oz
Age Level:
from 3 to 7

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Product details 448 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780061230929 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n absorbing anthology....The 27 never-before-published tales in Stories have in common the skill of their authors...and the strange sense of the fantastic that laces each entry....[N]o matter how many times you dip into this tomish treasure chest, there will always be something surprising waiting for you inside."
"Synopsis" by , This brilliant collection of all-new, original imaginative fiction contains some of the most acclaimed writers at work today — including Lawrence Block, Chuck Palahniuk, and Peter Straub. It is a visionary work sure to redefine our notions of great literature.
"Synopsis" by , This astonishing collection of all-new tales by some of the most acclaimed writers at work today is called, simply, Stories. Edited by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline) and Al Sarrantonio (award-winning author of forty books and editor of numerous collections), Stories presents never before published short works from a veritable Who's Who of contemporary literature — breathtaking inventions from the likes of Lawrence Block, Roddy Doyle, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O’Nan, Chuck Palahniuk, Carolyn Parkhurst, Jodi Picoult, Peter Straub... and, of course, the inimitable Neil Gaiman himself.
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