Jigs & Reels: Stories (P.S.)

by Joanne Harris | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780060590147 Global Overview for this book
Registered by fracula of Calgary, Alberta Canada on 7/2/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by fracula from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Saturday, July 02, 2011
The popular author of Chocolat (1999) and Five Quarters of the Orange (2001) is best known for her sensual descriptions of food and her pleasing portraits of small-town life in France. Fans who pick up this collection of 22 short stories will be surprised at the new directions Harris explores here. Very brief stories prefaced by one- or two-sentence explanations of their origins reveal Harris' tart take on working out at the gym ("not my favorite place") or cosmetic surgery. Others, more fantastical in nature, ponder what would happen if an author ended up in a room with the characters from manuscripts long left unfinished or the plight of a monster who lures victims by setting up elaborate role-playing games. Also included is an impassioned retelling of the Cinderella story from the ugly stepsister's viewpoint and a tale about a young wife who discovers that the recipes in her mother-in-law's treasured if musty cookbook often have unintended consequences. It's possible that staunch Harris fans will be put off by her dark and fanciful tales because they are so unlike her mainstream fiction. Some of the stories, as well, seem to be more tossed off than fleshed out. Still, these inventive, darkly humorous pieces might intrigue readers looking for something entirely different.

Journal Entry 2 by fracula at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
What a great collection of short stories!

From The Sunday Times (London) review: "Mischevious, sometimes surreal portraits of the ordinary madnes hidden in the mundane... Enchanting."

Journal Entry 3 by fracula at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/18/2012 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada


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Journal Entry 4 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Monday, January 23, 2012
Selected out of bookstogive General Literature VBB. Thanks to Fracula for adding this and sending it to me!

Journal Entry 5 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Monday, February 18, 2013
Added to Gen Lit VBB

Journal Entry 6 by biisbsw at Endicott, New York USA on Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Journal Entry 7 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Thursday, May 01, 2014
Thanks for sending to me from Bookstogive's General Literature VBB! I loved Chocolat, so I think I will like this one too.

Journal Entry 8 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Tuesday, February 03, 2015
My Review: My favorite story was the first one about the two elderly ladies who "escape" from the nursing home to go on an adventure. It just goes to show that you should always dream big no matter your age or physical disability. Some of the stories were very dark and different from what I am used to from Joanne Harris.

Saved for a bookbox.

Journal Entry 9 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Monday, March 09, 2015
This book is reserved for Round #2 of the Intl. Shrinking VBB Hosted by: Diane-Frasier.

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Journal Entry 11 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Thursday, March 26, 2015
Yay its here I can't wait to read thank you so much!

Journal Entry 12 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Sunday, May 10, 2015
I never ever liked short stories because I could never understand how a few pages could tell a story. I adored this book and wished that I could write as quirky as this! My two favourite stories would definitely be Free Spirit & A Place in the Sun.

You'll never tie me down. I'm a free spirit; I go wherever the wind takes me. Last night it was Paris, by the banks of the Seine. She'd been sleeping under a bridge; she was sixteen; dog-tired;beautiful. Tinfoil and spent needles littered the floor around her bed. I knew at once she was the one. Her long river coloured hair trailed across the greasy bricks; her eyes were closed. She made small, introspective sounds as I touched her; her skin mottled; her eyelids flickered. Sometimes she seemed ready to speak, but there was no need for words between us. We were already too close for that. Her fists clenched; she clawed the air; her neck and her pale arms blossomed. She was alight and lovely with fever.

Chills! I know exactly where this is going to go next. Thanks for giving me the chance to read this ;D


Journal Entry 13 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (7/14/2015 UTC) at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand


Yes yes yes finally moving again! Off to France - safe travels little book. Bonne Chance!

Journal Entry 14 by wingFlorence71wing at Orlu, Midi-Pyrénées France on Saturday, July 25, 2015
Well received on my holidays place near Toulouse. Thanks Leah Jett.

Journal Entry 15 by VampCruci at -Paris 13e, Ile-de-France France on Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Took it at our parisian monthly meet-up. I have no idea if I'll read it, but you never know.

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