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Stories of funny things, and supernatural happenings. Gabriel-Ernest The bag Tobermory Mrs. Packletide's tiger Sredni Vashtar The Easter egg Filboid Studge Laura The open window The Schartz-Matterklume method A holiday task The storyteller The name day The lumber room The disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh The wolves of Cernogratz The guests The penance The interlopers The map Stories of funny things, and supernatural happenings. Gabriel-Ernest The bag Tobermory Mrs. Packletide's tiger Sredni Vashtar The Easter egg Filboid Studge Laura The open window The Schartz-Matterklume method A holiday task The storyteller The name day The lumber room The disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh The wolves of Cernogratz The guests The penance The interlopers The mappined life The seven cream jugs The gala programme


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Stories of funny things, and supernatural happenings. Gabriel-Ernest The bag Tobermory Mrs. Packletide's tiger Sredni Vashtar The Easter egg Filboid Studge Laura The open window The Schartz-Matterklume method A holiday task The storyteller The name day The lumber room The disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh The wolves of Cernogratz The guests The penance The interlopers The map Stories of funny things, and supernatural happenings. Gabriel-Ernest The bag Tobermory Mrs. Packletide's tiger Sredni Vashtar The Easter egg Filboid Studge Laura The open window The Schartz-Matterklume method A holiday task The storyteller The name day The lumber room The disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh The wolves of Cernogratz The guests The penance The interlopers The mappined life The seven cream jugs The gala programme

30 review for Humor, Horror and the Supernatural: 22 Stories by Saki

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Well, this book was something all right. Hector Hugh Munro know as "Saki" was born 1870 and died 1916 at the young age of 45. Many of his works were not published till after his death. It is worth noting that these stories while short, will take a fair amount of concentration to get through. Each on contains a bit of dark wit that was relevant to his time. Vocabulary is a bit over the top, and much of it no longer in use in this age, or ever for that matter in the US. It's not a lack of intellig Well, this book was something all right. Hector Hugh Munro know as "Saki" was born 1870 and died 1916 at the young age of 45. Many of his works were not published till after his death. It is worth noting that these stories while short, will take a fair amount of concentration to get through. Each on contains a bit of dark wit that was relevant to his time. Vocabulary is a bit over the top, and much of it no longer in use in this age, or ever for that matter in the US. It's not a lack of intelligence that causes these stories to run at a slower pace, but the need to fully digest each word on the page. While not every piece in this book will be enjoyed by every person I would suggest it as a book to read once. Considered a master in his craft, his style is unique and worthy of a place on the shelf. I will say I have only given this book three stars but may up it to four. I feel my judgment has been unfair as the writing and stories themselves were great, it is just that not all were suited to my taste.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    A nice collection of irony and black humor.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    I grew up on these stories, along with Poe, etc. This stuff was the neatest introduction to irony, the short story, and spicy bits of meaty plot twist. There are a couple dozen stories in this book with a range of horrors in there- horror at being about to be eaten is alongside being 'a horribly good child'. Quirks, wrys, and oopsies abound. This is fun stuff. I was pretty eager to warp my kids with this stuff, but I waited a little while. Until they were at least ten. There are some cognitive le I grew up on these stories, along with Poe, etc. This stuff was the neatest introduction to irony, the short story, and spicy bits of meaty plot twist. There are a couple dozen stories in this book with a range of horrors in there- horror at being about to be eaten is alongside being 'a horribly good child'. Quirks, wrys, and oopsies abound. This is fun stuff. I was pretty eager to warp my kids with this stuff, but I waited a little while. Until they were at least ten. There are some cognitive levels you just don't get to until you get to 'em. The reaction of my kids was glorious: they knew quite well how careful I was that they read only the best- uplifting stuff, or decent morals, or a healthy meaning to it...so reading something warped for the first time really set them off. They were so surprised I let this slip through! Even if I did read the first story to them. Later came the Charles Addams cartoon book, and other stuff. It began to dawn on them: mommy liked the dark. Well, sometimes she does.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cats Are Best

    Loved it, especially the horror stories. He could put so much in to just a few pages. The Easter Egg is a classic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bastard Travel

    I do say, how deLIGHTfully droll! Incredibly, painfully British stories. Humor was there, kind of. The supernatural made two or three appearances. Horror was entirely unaccounted for. Everyone was a wealthy English noble talking about fox-hunting, peppering the conversation with bon mots that aspired to be Wildesque but fell far short. All the villains were the sudden appearance of wolves. It wasn't awful. It was, however, 50 cents. You get what you pay for. I do say, how deLIGHTfully droll! Incredibly, painfully British stories. Humor was there, kind of. The supernatural made two or three appearances. Horror was entirely unaccounted for. Everyone was a wealthy English noble talking about fox-hunting, peppering the conversation with bon mots that aspired to be Wildesque but fell far short. All the villains were the sudden appearance of wolves. It wasn't awful. It was, however, 50 cents. You get what you pay for.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    4.5 stars The stories are all listed above so I will not re-list them again. Here are my ratings Gabriel-Ernest 4.5/5 The Bag 4.5/5 Tobermory 4.5/5 Mrs. Packletide's Tiger 4.3/5 Sredni Vashtar 4.5/5 The Easter Egg 4.3/5 Filboid Studge 4.8/5 Laura 4.5/5 The Open Window 5/5 Schartz-Metterklume Method 5/5 A Holiday Task 4.2/5 The Storyteller 4.8/5 The Name Day 4.5/5 The Lumber Room 5/5 The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh 4.5/5 Wolves of Cernogratz 4/5 The Guests 4/5 The Penance 3/5 The Interlopers 5/5 The Mappined 4.5 stars The stories are all listed above so I will not re-list them again. Here are my ratings Gabriel-Ernest 4.5/5 The Bag 4.5/5 Tobermory 4.5/5 Mrs. Packletide's Tiger 4.3/5 Sredni Vashtar 4.5/5 The Easter Egg 4.3/5 Filboid Studge 4.8/5 Laura 4.5/5 The Open Window 5/5 Schartz-Metterklume Method 5/5 A Holiday Task 4.2/5 The Storyteller 4.8/5 The Name Day 4.5/5 The Lumber Room 5/5 The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh 4.5/5 Wolves of Cernogratz 4/5 The Guests 4/5 The Penance 3/5 The Interlopers 5/5 The Mappined LIfe 4.2/5 The Seven Cream Jugs 4.3/5 The Gala Programme 4.2/5 I just think Saki is one of the 3 best writers I have ever read in my life. Such a superb writer, so many of his stories are so funny and almost all of them have a twist at the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    1st Read: November 14, 2014 - November 18, 2014 What a sorry excuse for a book! The only ones which were alright or just a little better were: #8) "LAURA" #13) "THE STORMTELLER" #19) "THE INTERLOPERS" Everything else I had labelled as "crap", "more crap", or "blah"! It just makes my opinion of short stories all the more true. Most of them should never see the light of day. 1st Read: November 14, 2014 - November 18, 2014 What a sorry excuse for a book! The only ones which were alright or just a little better were: #8) "LAURA" #13) "THE STORMTELLER" #19) "THE INTERLOPERS" Everything else I had labelled as "crap", "more crap", or "blah"! It just makes my opinion of short stories all the more true. Most of them should never see the light of day.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Here is an entertaining and deceptively simple collection of short stories. I especially enjoyed surprising little plot twists and Saki's depictions of the cleverness and heart of animals and children. Here is an entertaining and deceptively simple collection of short stories. I especially enjoyed surprising little plot twists and Saki's depictions of the cleverness and heart of animals and children.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sagan

    A collection of 22 short stories by Saki (H H Munro). Mostly gothic or horror-esque. Only a couple were really grabbing, don't go to this if you're looking for a truly horror collection. It was short and entertaining though, and worth the time to read it. A collection of 22 short stories by Saki (H H Munro). Mostly gothic or horror-esque. Only a couple were really grabbing, don't go to this if you're looking for a truly horror collection. It was short and entertaining though, and worth the time to read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A lovely collection of stories in a style that is now old-fashioned. This style only adds interest to the stories. You're in for some surprises and some satisfaction when the bad guy gets his comeuppance. Shivers are all very mild. A lovely collection of stories in a style that is now old-fashioned. This style only adds interest to the stories. You're in for some surprises and some satisfaction when the bad guy gets his comeuppance. Shivers are all very mild.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steve Banes

    Where was this Saki collection hiding all my life? If I could marry a book this would be the one...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dominik

    While some of the stories are quite good, most are basically different versions of "Aren't upper middle-class folks silly?", which gets a bit dull after a while. Still, rather enjoyable. While some of the stories are quite good, most are basically different versions of "Aren't upper middle-class folks silly?", which gets a bit dull after a while. Still, rather enjoyable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bargle

    The book that introduced me to Saki and most of the stories included are among my favorites of his. Definitely recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ava

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ruth

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nuria Reyes

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Isakson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lorelei

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tess Avelland

  20. 5 out of 5

    Allyana Ziolko

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

  22. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  23. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Holford

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tom Goulter

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trish S.

    I adore his understated humor. Definitely one of my favorite short story writers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Randall

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jon

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