For those who enjoy the surreal, the wacky and the downright weird, this little story collection is for you-- plus, it has not one, not two, but three cat stories (OK, one is a virtual cat.) From confused rabbis to reality TV producers, you'll meet a host of kooky (and spooky) characters-- and some even get happy endings.Note: several of these stories by Carla Sarett wereFor those who enjoy the surreal, the wacky and the downright weird, this little story collection is for you-- plus, it has not one, not two, but three cat stories (OK, one is a virtual cat.) From confused rabbis to reality TV producers, you'll meet a host of kooky (and spooky) characters-- and some even get happy endings.Note: several of these stories by Carla Sarett were previously published in literary magazines and short story anthologies....
|Title||:||Spooky & Kooky Tales|
|Number of Pages||:||371 Pages|
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Spooky & Kooky Tales Reviews
I absolutely loved this book. Sarett is a highly gifted writer, and she sparkles in this collection of short fiction. Some of the stories are creepy, some sad, and some funny, but in each and every one of them, the reader is firmly grasped by the scruff of the neck and taken where he least expected to go.A particular strength of Sarett's is humour, and the last two stories particularly showcase this, and were my personal favourites. The utterly charming Losing Mr Franklin is the nearest I've ever seen this writer come to a love story, and was executed with dash and great style. The final story, The Rabbi's Lesson, is also hilariously funny, and in particular shows the sharp observation that is the hallmark of the real writer.Of the darker stories, Happy Halloween was, I felt, one of the most horrifying stories I have ever read. I was very nearly in tears reading it. It is a striking demonstration of what I've always maintained, that you do not need a big hairy monster, or indeed anything unnatural, to show pure evil. I'll remember that story for a long time.Particularly pleasing to me is the way that Sarett never overdoes her endings; there's a tendency nowadays to feel that every loose end must be knotted off, every question answered, and nothing left to the reader at all. This most important discipline of a good writer, knowing when to stop, is something at which she excels. It makes the difference between a truly fine story and one that would have been merely good.The whole collection is impeccably written, and like Saki's stories, this book is one to keep, treasure and revisit.
Loved Spooky & Kooky Tales! I recommend to all who like a twist. You will not be disappointed!
This collection by Ms. Sarett is a delight from the first story, “My Name on It,” where a conference room is described as smelling “like dead roses and coffee” to the last story in which an academic learns from his pupils. In the other stories you will meet a robot cat, a scarily too trusting woman, a real cat who appreciates classical music, young lovers, middle-aged lovers, and an eight year old boy. The boy appears in “Stranger in Paradise,” my favorite story in the collection. In this exquisitely crafted short story Ms. Sarett describes the little boy wearing a Spider-Man costume as follows: “His suit was neon red, and he glowed in the dark, like a tiny supernatural being, with twinkling stars behind him.” Spooky & Kooky Tales is perfect for mystery lovers, cat lovers, and anyone who enjoys short stories imbued with intelligence, wit, and surprise.