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The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.
Audie Award Winner, Short Stories/Collections, 2008
"Most of the stories display the unself-conscious dash that made Hill's novel an intelligent pleasure....Not just for ghost addicts." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By Kasey on 02-12-09
Wonderful and recommended
I am not a fan of short stories in general and I had never heard of Joe Hill. I don't even know what possessed me to buy this particular book but I think it must have been good luck that I did.
The beauty of the language he uses to describe everything from an inflatable boy to a boy who turns into a giant bug is beautiful. Almost like listening to poetry. Some of the stories are just plain weird and others are downright poignant. The little novella that ends the collection, voluntary commital, is probably one of the best short stories I have ever heard. I find myself giving this book repeat listenings.
If you dislike the twilight zone I doubt you would enjoy this.
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By Kimberly_SB on 11-16-12
Maybe its just me......
I like Joe Hill and have read/enjoyed (hard copy) Hear-Shaped Box.
This collection of stories was a little difficult for me to warm up to. I only really liked Black Telephone. The rest felt..... unfinished. Maybe its just a writting style Im not used to.
I have to say I liked the reader. He sounded a little like he had a head cold but that "stuffiness" made all the "kid" parts see so real.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful