Surprising Stories by Saki: 22 Tales With Twists

by Saki | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0590745689 Global Overview for this book
Registered by DrSlump612 of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on 3/11/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by DrSlump612 from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Sunday, March 11, 2012
Thrift store purchase for wild release.

Delightful stuff - if you haven't read these you've missed some wonderful stories.

Journal Entry 2 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, March 12, 2012
Just couldn't resist grabbing this off the table at our Twin Cities meetup!

Journal Entry 3 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Not every story in this collection is perfect - but those that are will live forever.

'Filboid Studge' is one of my favorites, and anyone who has ever been fed a dish of unappetizing cereal will probably share my suspicions that this product, renamed and repackaged, is still being sold. And 'The Schartz-Metterklume Method' always makes me snicker, as does 'Crispina Umberleigh.' The elegant writing of 'Laura' is a feast - just reflect on one line: ' "I don't know about it being serious; it is certainly Saturday," said Laura.'

We do have plenty of outstanding American short story writers with a gift for this kind of twist ending - O. Henry and Damon Runyon certainly spring to mind. But achieving such brilliant results in so few pages is hard to match. Sheesh, you'd think those wily Brits invented the language!

But this is just one person's opinion. Future readers, what do YOU think of this book?

Journal Entry 4 by wingJudySlump612wing at by mail, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (3/13/2013 UTC) at by mail, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Placed in Aberpeter's Read and Journaled bookbox

Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I've read Saki's wonderful stories before (and have a hefty hardcover keeper-copy at home) so I'm leaving this in the box for someone else, but wanted to add my comments.

I delight in the mix of drawing-room humor and often-dark horror (sometimes in the same story). I love nearly all the tales, but among my favorites in this collection are "Gabriel-Ernest" (hapless landowner meets feral youth), "Tobermory" (if cats could speak, look out!), "Shredni Vashtar" (tormented child's revenge), "Filboid Studge" (oh, that name!), "Laura" (reincarnation rocks), and the classic "The Open Window" - which, oddly enough, failed to interest me during my youthful gobbling-down-ghost-stories days, but which has gained a great deal as I've matured {wry grin}. The chilling "Easter Egg" is another memorable tale, that one rather heartbreaking...

This is only a small sample of Saki's output, of course. There's an entire collection of his "Clovis" tales, starring the reprehensible (yet charismatic) youth who appears here as one of the more amused guests in "Tobermory", and much, much more. Recommended!

[There's a TV Tropes page on the author, with some entertaining tidbits, but do beware of spoilers.]

Journal Entry 6 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Saturday, March 30, 2013
Taking this book from Aberpeter's Read and Journalled Bookbox.

I decided not to read this one, so it's ready to travel.

Journal Entry 7 by JennyC1230 at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (1/15/2014 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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This book is starting out in the Teens Shrinking Bookbox.

Journal Entry 8 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, March 13, 2014
I must've read "The Open Window" some time around sixth grade, and have never forgotten the story or the author; I do have another collection of Saki's stories somewhere, but I'll gladly take this from JennyC1230's Shrinking Teens Bookbox to read and release.

Journal Entry 9 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, October 26, 2014
Reading this now: I'd noticed the name of Clovis in two of the stories so far (both in "Tobermory" and briefly at the end of "Filboid Studge"), so it's interesting to find out from Gory that there's a collection of Clovis tales out there.

So many of the stories in this particular collection seem familiar that I'm wondering if I've read it before: the previous title Humor, Horror, and the Supernatural rings a small bell, so it's possible.

Journal Entry 10 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, October 27, 2014
I rather like the pardon Octavian receives after completing "The Penance": "un-Beast."

So many instances of people who are really behaving quite outrageously: great fun to read but I have to admit that they'd drive me batty in person.

When I first read "The Open Window" as a kid, it taught me about French windows and another meaning for "romance" - I've never forgotten that last line, but of course Saki meant it to be memorable. I think I must've actually had to do a report on this story for school.

Also, I didn't remember "syce" (in "The Guests"), so I looked it up, but it seems to mean pretty much exactly what the context implies: stableman/groom/servant who works with the horses. So that's my new word for the day, I guess. :)

Journal Entry 11 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Friday, November 07, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (11/7/2014 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Headed to South Carolina to help stock a new UBCZ...or maybe to be set free elsewhere; who knows?

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Journal Entry 12 by wingbookczukwing at Charleston, South Carolina USA on Thursday, December 04, 2014
This book was received in a parcel from the lovely hyphen8, for our library/book exchange/UBCZ here at The Bristol in Charleston. Thank you so much! this will go out on the shelf very soon.

Journal Entry 13 by wingbookczukwing at The Bristol (book exchange shelves) in Charleston, South Carolina USA on Thursday, December 04, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (12/4/2014 UTC) at The Bristol (book exchange shelves) in Charleston, South Carolina USA

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Journal Entry 14 by wingbookczukwing at Charleston, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Have pulled this from the shelf to pass to a friend who is homeschooling her kids. If it doesn't work for the curriculum, it will be passed on or wild released.

Journal Entry 15 by wingbookczukwing at Charleston, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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