‘Stories are like Russian dolls; open them up, and in each one you’ll find another story.’
Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, here is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris’s exceptional storytelling art. Sensuous, wicked, mischievous, uproarious and wry, here are tales that combine the everyday with the unexpected; wild fantasy with bittersweet reality. From the house where it is Christmas all year round, to a ghost who lives on a Twitter timeline; from the Congo where a young girl braves the raging rapids to earn a crust of bread, to Norse gods battling for survival in Manhattan; and a new-born baby created with sugar, spice, and lashings of cake, these stories will ensnare and delight you with their variety and inventiveness.
If you need a break from long novels, here are 16 great stories for when you just want to listen to something engaging, but short. The narration by Joanne Harris and Thomas Judd is an absolute pleasure. Very easy on the ears. Judd sounds a bit like Neil Gaiman.
Not all the stories are wonderful, but all are interesting, and make you think. Also they don't all wrap up at the end with satisfactory answers- kind of like real life. There is a netherworld feeling to some of them, and definitely some are actual ghost stories.
Some of my favorites were River Song, Would You Like to Reconnect?, Faith and Hope Fly South, and the story about Maggie who has an eating problem.
I've been disappointed with some short story offerings in the past- but I am happy to say that is not the case here. Well worth a credit.
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Joanne Harris' short story writing never fails to disappoint. This collection is full of thought-provoking, engaging, reflective, heart-breaking and amusing stories that introduce new characters and bring back some of (my) favourites from Harris' previous writing. An excellent collection.
could not see the point of the book apart from normally good author seeks cash poor and boring
Joanne Harris never fails to please and enchant. I love her approach to life which always seem to say every cloud has a silver lining and where there's a will there's a way even in dire circumstances. Her use of language and story construction never bores me and I'm always left feeling bereft and wanting more at the end. I look forward to her next book.