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Unnatural Creatures [Format Kindle]

Neil Gaiman

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“In true Gaiman fashion, these stories are macabre, subversive, and just a little bit sinister. His fans will eat this up—ravenously.” (Booklist)

“Teens with a yen for the fantastic would be hard pressed to find a better place to start.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Présentation de l'éditeur

The griffin, the sunbird, manticores, unicorns ­– all manner of glorious creatures never captured in zoos, museums or photographs are packed vividly into this collection of stories. Neil Gaiman has included some of his own childhood favourites alongside stories classic and modern to spark the imagination of readers young and old. All contributors have given their work free to benefit Dave Eggers’ literacy charity, 826DC. Also includes a new Neil Gaiman Story.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect Bedtime Reading 29 mai 2013
Par MacBean - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I think Neil Gaiman's talent for choosing stories is almost as remarkable as his talent for writing them.

These stories range in publication date from 1885 to 2013; two stories had never been published before. Despite that, the only one I had ever read before was Gaiman's own contribution, which I was pleased to read again. I didn't feel there were any stand-out stories; they were all great reads. I do have to say that the Larry Niven story made me laugh aloud, and that's rare when I'm reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great collection of stories that supports a wonderful cause. 7 mai 2013
Par Galaxea - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I have been a big fan of Neil Gaiman since an old friend introduced Sandman to me as a young teenager. Ever since, I always buy his new novels or collections of stories he puts out on the market. This one, however, is a bit different because, outside of one story which is already in Fragile Things, the others are from a wide range of new and old authors. Don't let this deter you because Neil Gaiman has collected an eclectic group of short stories about creatures that hide in the back of our imaginations. I have already purchased three books by Diana Wynne Jones due to her wonderful story about Chrestromanci which resides in these pages. As a wonderful bonus, you get introductions to each story by Gaiman and beautiful artwork by Briony Morrow-Cribbs. You will also feel good about your purchase due to the money going towards 826DC's cause which hopes to help mold a new generation of creative writers.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Stories of Strange Creatures 29 avril 2013
Par Black Plum - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"A griffin, a werewolf, a sunbird . . .These are just some of the fantastical creatures you'll encounter within these pages. From the cockatoucan, whose laugh rearranges an entire kingdom, to the roving shapeless Beast that lurks in a forest, herein is a collection of rare and magnificent species. Each one will thrill, delight, and quite possibly unnerve you. Selected by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, the sixteen stories in this menagerie will introduce you to a host of strange, wondrous beings that have never existed anyplace but in the richness of the imagination.With stories from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and many more." I do thing the way the book is described is a bit misleading. I was under the impression that the stories would be all new ones written for this collection. But the majority of them have been published before. One, "The Griffin and the Minor Canon", I'd even read before! But the stories are still really good. I was pleasantly surprised to find a paperback edition even though the book had just come out.

As with any short story collection, there are some great stories, some good ones, and some that just didn't work for me. The first one was very fun. Its title is very difficult to say (you'll see why if you read the book). There's a story about bees rebelling against wasps, a girl in an African village who can talk to snakes, an epicurean society looking for new subjects and more. The one about the epicurean society, "Sunbird", is written by Neil Gaiman. The other authors in the collection are Peter S. Beagle, Anthony Boucher, Avram Davidson, Samuel R. Delaney, Maria Headley, Nalo Hopkinson, Diana Wynne Jones, Megan Kurashige, E. Nesbit, Larry Niven, Nnedi Okorafor, Saki, Frank R. Stockton, and E. Lily Yu. Diana Wynne Jones's story has Chrestomanci in it. He appears in many of her books.

None of the beginning stories thrilled me, but I did really enjoy "Gabriel-Ernest" by Saki. It was an excellently chilling story. "The Cockatoucan" was also excellent, very British and very entertaining. In the later sections of the book there were a lot of other good stories, making Unnatural Creatures very enjoyable and definitely worth reading.

My blog is at Cleo's Literary Reviews.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 magical and balanced 19 août 2013
Par AKlop - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's rare to find an anthology where I like the vast majority of the works in it. This is one of them! I loved the stories in here and I loved how unexpected some of them were. The page introducing each story was nice and the illustrations were quirky and fitting. All of the stories would also be appropriate for young adults as well which is always nice.

The stories I liked best were:

the first one (seriously can't type the title; I read it and I knew I had to buy the collection! It is a fantastic combination of illustration and text that catches you right away.)

The Griffin and the Minor Canon (I love The Lady or the Tiger? so I was thrilled to find more stories by Stockton. I thought the story was sweet and surprising.)

The Flight of the Horse (fun and read a bit like Douglas Adams)

The Compleat Werewolf (I have a huge soft spot for werewolves and I thought the Professor was very endearing.)

The Manticore, the Mermaid, and Me (Didn't like it much initially but upon thinking about it I think the "moral" is very truthful.)

Or All the Seas with Oysters (Such a clever idea! Brilliant!)

Come Lady Death (The ending has a nice sting to it. Better than I expected it to be!)

Stories I didn't care for:

Gabriel-Ernest (pretty basic werewolf story)

Moveable Beast (I loved the twist at the end but the story was so heavy-handed and aggressively not feel-good that it was tacky.)

Prismatica (Felt like I was cheated out of the ending the reader deserved. Good story but fell flat.)

The Smile on the Face (I liked the refrain of the poem throughout but it was trying to shoehorn in far too many ideas with the trees and the cherry pit and the dragons. Cheapened a good story.)

Overall I definitely recommend the book!
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 4 juin 2013
Par Brad Elliott - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a mostly excellent collection of short stories. There are always stories in these collections that are weaker and others that are stronger, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed every entry. I had quite a bit of fun reading these, and would absolutely recommend these to anyone, particularly Gaiman fans. I hope Neil makes a habit out of assembling more compilations in the future.
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