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Tales of the Unexpected
by Roald Dahl | Literature & Fiction
Registered by gwilk of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, May 16, 2004
Average 5 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by MrPloppy): available


4 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by gwilk from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, May 16, 2004

This book has not been rated.

Purchased at the South Canterbury Rotary Club's Bookarama in Timaru. Ex-Timaru Girls High School. 


Journal Entry 2 by gwilk from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, August 16, 2004

5 out of 10

My wife has read this and made the comment that while the stories are good they do get a little repetitive since you know there is going to be a twist.

I have started reading it and I am a few stories in. So far at least one seems familiar and so I think they come under the category of "oldies but goodies".

Now I have finished the book I tend to agree with my wife. A lot of a stories are quite dark. In particular, after reading the story about fagging I basically wish I hadn't. My favourites are the more light hearted stories, in particular the last story about the cat. 


Journal Entry 3 by winglytteltonwitchwing from Harwell, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, August 28, 2004

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I do like this author,looking really forward to reading it 


Journal Entry 4 by winglytteltonwitchwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, July 10, 2009

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Released 5 yrs ago (7/10/2009 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Clearing out my garage of all the bookcrossing books and they are being given to fellow bookcrossers.

The Christchurch bookcrossers meet up on a regular basis,the information is on BCNZ Yahoo NZ The main organizers are FutureCat and myself and we welcome new members to our very friendly group.




 


Journal Entry 5 by wingfuturecatwing from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, July 10, 2009

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Lytteltonwitch told me she was bringing round a few books... I think she meant to say a few boxes of books!

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Journal Entry 6 by wingfuturecatwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Released 3 yrs ago (11/16/2010 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Took this to a meetup, but it ended up coming back home with us because MrPloppy wants to read it on the plane. Hopefully he'll release it somewhere interesting when he finishes it.

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Journal Entry 7 by MrPloppy at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, February 14, 2011

6 out of 10

Left just inside the door of the Indoor Market in Cardigan, Ceredigion (Wales) ... just because I could.

Well I was just a wee bit disappointed with these stories. He's obviously a really good writer. His intelligence just shines off the page. But the stories were just a wee bit ... tame (?). Tamer than I expected anyway, and some of the twists were so underwhelming I was a bit at a loss to understand why he bothered writing them in the first place. They had some really great build ups. Characters full of quirks, mostly unpleasant ones (I have a feeling old Dahl-yface didn't like human beings) were described in wonderful detail, and then the twist (if it wasn't one you guess already) was strangely unaffecting, dull or just more of an anti-twist.

Case in point. Some people having a dinner party or somesuch. Bloke claims he can name any wine in any part of an obscure part of France ... or something (read it a few months ago so details are disappearing quickly) ... and it turns out ... he cheated, and looked up the details in the host's study! Bit of a nonending really. I was expecting something far more dark and interesting ... and generally twisty and maybe just a little bit turny.

Oh well ... maybe the tv series was better. I shall have to check that out instead. Strange naked woman dancing in a snake like manner with some satanic flames with weird seventies music over the top??? I should coco :-D 




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