Stranger Things Happen
We tried to teach him to take precautions. Minnie knitted him a beautiful blue sweater and he needn't be afraid of birds nor goddesses while he keeps that on. We did the best we could.
16. The Skater.
In the morning, it was raining. Humphrey helped June with her chores. Lily said nothing when she met him, only nodded and gave him a mop.
Walter said, "So you're the boy she's been pining after," and laughed when June made a face. They tidied the first four rooms on the second floor, and when June came out of the washroom with the wastebasket, she saw Humphrey standing in front of Room Five, his hand on the doorknob. Watery light from the window at the end of the hall fell sharply on his neck, his head bent towards the door.
"Stop," June hissed. He turned to her, his face white and strained. "She doesn't like us to come into her room, she does everything herself."
"I thought I could hear someone in there," Humphrey said. "They were saying something."
June shook her
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This book was imaginative, though I could do without the masturbating, sex, and swearing that seemed superfluous. Many of these stories left me confused and endings were unsatisfactory.
Actually, I kept reading to see if the book would get better, this is definitely not a young adult book!
I was quite innocently looking for a short story collection. And honestly, I thought that nothing could be as horrible as some of the critics here allege..
But I was wrong..
This is the worst sort of self indulgent crap that I've ever attempted to lay my eyes on.
It's a lot of pointless meandering that actually claims to have some kind of meaning.
This actually reminds me of some notes someone has made on short stories yet to be written ...just the notes, the outlines..and then thrown together into a non intelligible brew of nonsense.
Or better yet...a lot of scribbles while under the influence of some highly toxic hallucination.
Is this some kind of joke..?
Well, at least it gives all true writers some hope...that some will actually attach any meaning to this batch of scribbles.
Don't bother with this...or better yet...
wake up each morning and write down the dreams that you remember each night.
After you have enough to fill so many pages ...just call them a series of short stories. Attempt to publish.
You'll have much of the same.
Now for this book. I couldn't agree more with Jim's review of this complete rubbish. What more can I add that he hasn't already said? Except that if this is what modern fiction is all about, then I'm sticking to the classics. This is a really bad collection, each story is a mess and ultimately pointless as Jim points out. Don't waste your time with it. There are millions of other books on this site - almost everything else is better than this literary diarrhea.
Nevertheless, Stranger Things Happen is a fantastic book. Each story takes the reader to a strange new world where unexpected things happen. Each story is like a piece of intricate jewelry unearthed at an archaeological site.
Is it for everyone? Absolutely not. Is it for you? If you love fairy tales, urban magic and Shirley Jackson, then yes.
An instantly forgettable collection of experimental stories. Too vague and confusing to be worth attempting to read through the swamp of nonsense. You’ll probably give up after the third one, like I did.