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by Ruth Rendell

In these pages, internationally celebrated novelist Ruth Rendell, author of Harm Done, offers a collection of unforgettable stories evocative of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and other masters of the chilling touch."Piranha to Scurfy" tells of a lonely man who devotes his life to writing scathing letters to newly published authors, pointing out their many mistakes. He does so in memory of his mother, who lies buried in the garden, for reasons that emerge to haunting effect."The Wink" recounts the story of a woman, raped years ago in a small English town, whose patience is rewarded by a perfectly satisfying moment of revenge."Catamount," set in the Rocky Mountains, is seen through the eyes of an Englishwoman who perceives the ruthless ferocity that lurks behind the beauty of the landscape.And bringing the collection of nine stories to an unforgettable conclusion is the novella-length "High Mysterious Union," a dark, relentless tale of erotic obsession and bloodless violence in remote, rural England.
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ISBN: 0609608533
ISBN13: 978-0609608531
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Ruth Rendell
Language: English
Publisher: Crown; 1st American ed edition (January 30, 2001)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1723 kb
FB2 size: 1824 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 363
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I adore Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine novels, and was thrilled to discover a number of short story collections by her. This collection does not disappoint. It has all the earmarks of the author at her finest: the ability to provide subtle thrills and chills, literate prose and plots that are at once surreal and believable. This was a winner.
This collection displays Rendell's continuing mastery of storytelling no matter the length or format. The tone here is somewhere between Vine and Rendell, and could easily have been written under either name. The title story (perhaps a novella' I'm never sure where the cutoff is here) combines Vine's mastery of rich character and Rendell's relentless plotting.

While Rendell is widely acknowledged as a brilliant mystery writer, she should be so regarded irrespective of genre.
Many and varied stories from a top-notch mystery writer. Each is quite different from the others. Some are short and some are long. All worthwhile listening to.
Of the nine stories in this collection, the seven in the middle are good. Some of them are very good. But the stories that open and close the collection are great.
Rendell has the ability to put people in strange situations and make us feel what they feel: danger, fear, panic, disgust, or just plain unease. Her stories have a sense of justice. We see someone doing something they shouldn't and a part of us wants justice. Rendell knows how to write such a story and make it thoroughly satisfying.
The title story focuses on a young man named Ribbon. Ribbon is well-off, not filthy rich, but well-off. He spends his time reading novels, examining their grammatical and factual inaccuracies, and writing letters to the publishers and authors involved. He's the original literary snob (and a real jerk). But who can blame him? His mother taught him this behavior, after all. Ah, but she's no longer with Ribbon. And when a book by a despised author takes on a life of its own, Ribbon doesn't know where to turn. But it's silly to be harassed by a book...isn't it?
The final story, "High Mysterious Union," is a story that works on many levels. It's a great story, but it also speaks to our society and how we view culture, community, and sex. Ben is a writer who stays in a friend's cottage in a British village to work on a manuscript. Ben becomes obsessed with one of the local girls, a young local girl. Ben's almost old enough to be her father. You might think this is a typical Lolita-type story, but you soon realize that's not it at all. It's an amazing story, one of those that stays with you long after you've finished reading it.
Any selection of short stories will have stronger and weaker pieces to make up the whole. And if you ask three different people to rank these stories you would most likely get a lot of variation in the lists that they would make. Different people are drawn to different things--and this is a set of stories to prove that rule. My husband and I read this book out loud to each other and we had amazingly different opinions about the merits of each story. I just read the reviews others have left for this book and I see the variety of responses there too. Both my husband and I liked this book. But we were both drawn to very different aspects of these stories. Every one of these stories has a special kind of interest; each works on building tension and characters in different ways. Some are predictable. Some have surprises. But it is the fun part of reading short stories by a writer as good as Rendell. You don't necessarily know what you will find when you start a story. Her ability runs across a broad range -- and she gives you a taste of her talents in the variety presented in this book. While this book is not going to land on "my hundred favorite books list," it is a good entertainment and it reminds me of eating snacks. It is a great book to have around to pick up and take a nibble of: Complete stories are presented to you quickly, neatly and each has a special flavor. But it isn't the stuff of a satisfying meal.
Ruth Rendell is better known for her novels, especially her Inspector Wexford series, but in "Piranha to Scurfy" she produces a volume of short stories that do her credit. Writing short stories is not the same as writing novels and Rendell proves she can do both with equal excellence. Suspenseful, intriguing, insightful, captivating--the author's nine stories are worth the short read of each! Interestingly, she moves her setting from her comfortable England to the colorful American West, Colorado to be more specific, in one of the stories, "Catamount." The transition of setting goes well and Rendell feels just at home in America as she does in Kingsmarkham.
The title story is a reference to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the protagonist is a "literary critic" of sorts, who writes to authors pointing out their mistakes. But don't be misled--this is Rendell at her best, her chillling best. Small wonder it is the first story (and title) of this collection. But the other seven are also worth reading, as well. While I really do prefer Rendell the Novelist, these stories are tops in their own "write"! ([email protected])