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Someone Like You (1953)

by Roald Dahl

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Fifteen classic tales told by the grand master of the short story, Roald Dahl. In Someone Like You, Roald Dahl's first collection of his world famous dark and sinister adult stories, a wife serves a dish that baffles the police; a harmless bet suddenly becomes anything but; a curious machine reveals a horrifying truth about plants; and a man lies awake waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach. Through vendettas and desperate quests, bitter memories and sordid fantasies, Roald Dahl's stories portray the strange and unexpected, sending a shiver down the spine. 'One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation' The Times Discover all things Dahl at www.roalddahl.com… (more)
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I never even knew this book existed until I found it. If you’ve only read Dahl’s children’s books you’re going to find this …….different. It was an enjoyable book. Dark in places. But fun over all. ( )
  Arkrayder | Jun 1, 2021 |
Considering it's Roald Dahl, I was honestly expecting a lot weirder from a book of horrorish stories. Most of the stories were about kinda weird things that happen to upper-class Frasier types, which are really well-written, but weren't my thing. There were also stories here that I loved though, namely "The Wish" and "The Ratcatcher." ( )
  jasonrkron | Jan 15, 2021 |
wicked, clever, written with finesse. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
What an engrossing weaver of tall tales ( )
  Faradaydon | Jun 19, 2019 |
[b: Someone Like You|816953|Someone Like You|Sarah Dessen|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1336001301s/816953.jpg|802840] clocks in as a solid collection of decidedly adult short stories by [a: Roald Dahl|4273|Roald Dahl|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1311554908p2/4273.jpg]. Reading these, it's very easy to see how he ended up writing a screenplay for [a: Ian Fleming|2565|Ian Fleming|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1364532740p2/2565.jpg]. I was hesitant at first to shelve this under 'horror', but as the stories went on it proved to be more than just an impulse; these stories are distinctly in the horror genre, although they are not without that wry, twisted, wholly James Bondian style humor. Think 'he disagreed with something that ate him' after a certain someone got mauled by a shark. These things happen...

The stories vary in quality, but I would be hardpressed to call any of them less than amusing. The story "Lamb to the Slaughter" is a classic, and a classic that has been aped by many at this point in time. The "Claud's Dog" series of stories is downright horrific but well worth getting through for the ending, and its horror is all the better for being firmly rooted within the realities of Greyhound racing. "The Great Automtic Grammatomizer" is cynical and dry and did get a good laugh out of me. The rest of the stories, well, I didn't actively dislike a single one and several do bear mentioning although I can't recall the titles.

All in all this is a good collection, but not a great one. I'd highly recommend "Lamb to the Slaughter" to anyone, but the remainder of the stories are a bit more difficult to pin down. I'd say this book is best if the aforementioned story gets a laugh from you, and if it doesn't... perhaps this just isn't the right book for you. [a: Roald Dahl|4273|Roald Dahl|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1311554908p2/4273.jpg] can be a bit harsh even in his kids work, after all. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
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Aareleid, EppTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is for C.E.M.
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There were six of us to dinner that night at Mike Schofield's house in London: Mike and his wife and daughter, my wife and I, and a man called Richard Pratt.
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Collection of Fifteen Short  Stories:
1. Taste,
2. Lamb to the Slaughter,
3. Man from the South,
4. The Soldier,
5. My Lady Love, My Dove,
6. Dip in the Pool,
7. Galloping Foxley,
8. Skin,
9. Poison,
10. The Wish,
11. Neck,
12. The Sound Machine,
13. Nunc Dimittis,
14. The Great Automatic Grammatizator,
15. Claud’s Dog (in 4 parts: The Ratcatcher, Rummins, Mr. Hoddy, Mr. Feasey).
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Fifteen classic tales told by the grand master of the short story, Roald Dahl. In Someone Like You, Roald Dahl's first collection of his world famous dark and sinister adult stories, a wife serves a dish that baffles the police; a harmless bet suddenly becomes anything but; a curious machine reveals a horrifying truth about plants; and a man lies awake waiting to be bitten by the venomous snake asleep on his stomach. Through vendettas and desperate quests, bitter memories and sordid fantasies, Roald Dahl's stories portray the strange and unexpected, sending a shiver down the spine. 'One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation' The Times Discover all things Dahl at www.roalddahl.com

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141189649, 024195570X, 0718159438

 

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