What You Make It: A Book Of Short Stories

What You Make It A Book Of Short Stories The first ever collection of Michael Marshall Smith s award winning short stories The first piece of fiction Smith ever wrote a short story called The Man Who Drew Cats won the World Fantasy award It

  • Title: What You Make It: A Book Of Short Stories
  • Author: Michael Marshall Smith
  • ISBN: 9780006510079
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first ever collection of Michael Marshall Smith s award winning short stories The first piece of fiction Smith ever wrote a short story called The Man Who Drew Cats won the World Fantasy award It s included here along with many others, some unpublished, which show the incredible versatility of one of the most exciting writers working in Britain today The colleThe first ever collection of Michael Marshall Smith s award winning short stories The first piece of fiction Smith ever wrote a short story called The Man Who Drew Cats won the World Fantasy award It s included here along with many others, some unpublished, which show the incredible versatility of one of the most exciting writers working in Britain today The collection is stuffed with surreal, disturbing gems including When God Lived in Kentish Town Someone comes up to you when you re quietly eating your stir fried rice in a great Chinese take away, and tells you I ve found God You try to ignore them, right But what if they have, and what if He works in a drab old electrical store on Kentish Town Road and he s not getting many customers Diet Hell Some people will do anything to fit into their old jeans Save As What if you could back up your life Save it up to a certain point and return to it when things went horribly wrong Everybody Goes An idyllic childhood day from a long, hot summer The kind you want to last for ever All good things must come to an end, mustn t they

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    1. This set of short stories was generally pretty entertaining - the author focuses mainly on modern urban life with the occasional twist (generally sci-fi in nature) and writes well. There's humour and drama, and it reminded me a little of Dan Rhodes' stuff, which I also have enjoyed.The best three or four ones were thought provoking insights about men and relationships - hitting the mindset perfectly, though none were disappointing. Quite shocking and challenging of subject at times.

    2. Tengo que empezar diciendo que, en general, no soy aficionada a los libros de relatos; y, cuando suelo ceder, normalmente lo hago si estos son de género: fantasía, ciencia ficción, terror De hecho, puedo leer esta clase de narraciones sin problemas si hablamos de King y Hill, Bradbury y algunas recopilaciones tipo Premios Hugo o UPC Así pues, ¿por qué tenía ganas de hincarle el diente a éste, desde el momento en que me lo encontré en la biblioteca? Fácil: por ser su autor quién es. Y [...]

    3. Occasionally twisted, always mindcatching, Michael Marshall Smith had a lot of fun with this one. Stories set in a dark alter-Disneyland(when murderers are loose, who better to hunt them down than the Mouse and his pals?), or featuring sidewalk artists whose work comes to life in their defense, these are short but very memorable.

    4. A timely collection, from "The Man Who Drew Cats" right up to "More Tomorrow". It's Michael Marshall Smith, how can you go wrong?

    5. There's an extra star here just for The Man Who Drew Cats and Hell Hath Enlarged Herself. There are many good stories in here, but those two are tremendous.

    6. I've been reading this for a while and there are lots of stories in this collection.I have it downloaded to my phone so it's the one I read when I don't have my Kindle.

    7. The main male characters were the same dude recycled into different names, places and scenarios. They were inwardly sarcastic, outwardly ineffectual. Heavy smokers, regular drinkers, computer nerds with desk jobs, dodgy past entanglements of love. Almost always presented in the first person perspective.Out of seventeen stories only two featured women, both of them dour and lacking real characterization. Most of the lady characters were throw aways, which bummed me the fuck out. At first I was di [...]

    8. Historias mundanas con un toque psicológico que te mantienen en vilo en cada uno de los relatos, como suele pasar unos mejores que otros según opinión personal de cada uno. Recomendado para todos aquellos lectores de scfi, terror y fantasía que quieran leer algo fuera de estos géneros pero sin salirse de ellos.

    9. I don't usually read short stories but some of these are outstanding and really powerful.The first story in the book "More Tomorrow" is probably good test of whether you will enjoy the rest of the stories. It's sinister, dark and creates a real impact on the reader. There are three or four other stand out stories in the collection - many of them dark - but it's this opening story that will probably make me pick up the book again sometime.I wouldn't say any of it is fun to read - although 'Always [...]

    10. The collection features short stories which are both very different and very similar. Most of them are either predictable or downright clichés, but the author possesses the skill to make them interesting and gripping nonetheless. Almost all the stories are narrated in the first person by similar male protagonists, yet each of them manages to feel different to the reader. Insanity is a prominent theme, as is violence (and tea). The best piece for me was undoubtedly Everybody Goes which contains [...]

    11. As in almost all collections of short stories, the quality is not uniform. However most of these tales are quite good. It is not (with a couple of exceptions) a book of horror tales, but of disturbing tales. What this collection reminds me is of E.A. Poe. A londoner Poe, in the current time, and using computers, but with the same mix of mormality and the extraordinary.My favorites are "Later" and "The man who drew cats", and as they are in the beginning it may have lowered a bit the total score. [...]

    12. I love the novels I've read by Michael Marshall Smith and this collection, though a little up and down, had more hits than misses and struck many of the chords I've come to expect from him. 'More Tomorrow' has a chill that's only heightened by the entertaining period descriptions of the early-nineties internet. 'Hell Hath Enlarged Herself', though it starts off similarly to Greg Bear's godawful novel Blood Music, takes the same conceit to a creepiness and a lovely sustained note of sadness that [...]

    13. I have been dipping in and out of this book for a long time and recently finished it. Some of the stories are quite dated now with regards to the mentioned technology but that doesn't diminish their impact too much. There was one story that I absolutely hated, 'The Dark Land' it irritated the shit out of me and I was glad when it was over. Of the other stories I particularly liked 'Hell hath enlarged herself', very creepy. A fair few of the stories are creepy or disturbing in some way but very g [...]

    14. I found this book really hit or miss. The occasional short story was good, but the majority of them were just disappointing. I can't say I'm a fan of short stories in general, they tend to go nowhere, just as they're gaining momentum the author slams on the emergency break in the form of a 'shock ending' that brings the story to an abrupt ending. Unfortunately, this book was no exception.

    15. A couple of these stories are good but overall I got tired of the wacky switchbacks and turnarounds. Didn't feel they earned them, sometimes real emotional impact was sacrificed for the sake of weirdness. Some stories also went on too long. Felt like a lot of scripts for short films, and the layers of irony dates this to the 90s even more than the digressions about that new internet thing.

    16. I've been reading this in parallel with other books. It's a collection of short stories in classic marshall smith style. Some great stories, some a bit mediocre. Most of them involve a twist or an ambiguous ending. Some are fairly thought provoking.Sadly, the story i liked the least was the one which titled the book. Ah well.If you like MMS, worth a shot.

    17. Brilliant collection of short stories many of them dealing with the subject of bereavement or perhaps those were the ones that stuck in my mind more. Several stories will stay with me for a long time.

    18. First I have to admit a bias as I love every book of his that I've read. But this is an excellent collection of short stories. Ideas that you really wouldn't have thought of first and endings that come out of nowhere. Highly recommended, but not for the squeamish or easily disturbed!!

    19. Often collections of short stories are a bit lame, but this contains some real gems, including perhaps the most disturbing short story I've ever read. All his books are worth a read, but this one is particularly good.

    20. Loved them all, very surreal, but I saw alot of hidden meanings. Stories start out quite normal then suddenly flip into the bizarre! Brilliant stories, some more strange than others. 'The dark land' totally struck home with me. :) Some great witty sections I'd love to reproduce at times too.

    21. The four stars are really for one superb short story, Hell Hath Enlarged Herself, which is superb. It's about a group of science graduates to unwittingly open a door to the afterlife. Fab stuff.

    22. Short stories that create a world then turns it upside down. Never quite sure where the story will go and consequently I enjoy the story.

    23. The only collection of short stories I have enjoyed from beginning to endeach one more eccentric or twisted than the last.

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