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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherVictor Gollancz Ltd
File size7 Mb
GanreShort Stories
Release date 01.08.1980
ISBN9780575028548
Pages count216
Book rating4.6 (25 votes)
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I finished this collection with slight misgivings because I am coming very close to the point now where there will be no more new Aickman stories for me to read. That will be a sad occasion for me tempered perhaps by the fact that his stories are so endlessly re-readable; one always notices something else upon subsequent re-readings.

This is actually one of his better collections and that caught me by surprise as I wasn't expecting it. I had already read "The Fetch" and "The Next Glade" previously but all other others stories were strong making this of top quality throughout.

Several of the stories in this collection are concerned with faithlessness. "Hand in Glove" focuses on a woman trying to recover from an abusive relationship. In "No Time is Passing" a man is sheltered by a nebulous guardian angel like figure in order to protect him from having to come to terms with his philandering wife. "The Next Glade" focuses on a woman who is unsatisfied with her marriage and loses herself to fantasies. And "Letters to the Postman" features an man, romantically inexperienced, who only needs to tiny's spark of encouragement to fully form a romantic fantasy about a women who he has never actually met that is bound to lead to disappointment.

There is also a couple of almost conventional ghost stories: "The Fetch" and "The Breakthrough" although I don't think conventional is every truly applicable to anything Aickman wrote.

I'll now take a short break before moving on to his final collection Night Voices.

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