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Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

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Genre: Horror / Edition: New Ed / Perfect Paperback / 256 Pages / Book is published 1985-10-31 by Penguin

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      11.03.2010 18:10
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      A fifty fifty measure of good and bad material

      I only just finished this book, but I started it over ten years ago. The length of time it has taken me doesn't necessarily mean the book is tedious or hard to read (I'll address that later), only that I began reading it as a child, and had to return it to the library.
      Anyway, I digress. I mentioned a particular tale in this all to often and eventually the book appeared as a gift for my adult self. I was delighted.

      However, the first thing I will mention is that I was a bit disappointed as a child to find that these stories hadnt been written by Roald Dahl, just collected. Frankly he is more talented than every author in this edition and i'm not being mean when I say that, simply honest.
      Overall I found many of the stories difficult to read; that is to say they were very old fashioned, and did tend to prattle on a bit. Out of the stories I did particularly enjoy 'Harry' by Rosemary Timperly, 'In the Tube' by E.F. Benson and 'Playmates' by A M Burrage, all of which were really quite eerie and what I would consider a proper ghost story. Others, though one in particular being 'Elias and the Draug' by Jonas Lie, seemed to ramble on in a very old fashioned style of text, and I am well aware that some of these are from the 1950's, and were quite simply difficult to read. Once I got past that, and I did have to force myself, they were perhaps from an era where a ghost story didn't need to be frightening, or anything, to be honest.
      What I did love especially about 'In the Tube' and also 'Christmas Meeting' was that they did not necessarily deal with ghosts, but rather people from different periods of time crossing paths in some peculiar form of time travel. These stories I wish were longer!

      On the whole I think this book is a fifty fifty measure of good and bad material. Of course that is only my taste but I know in my personal opinion if I find something boring as well as difficult to read I will not be inclined to read it. Had I had the time to read this through as a child I doubt I would have liked or understood some of the stories any more than I do now. I am quite saddened that I didn't really enjoy this book as I thought I would, but rather I take comfort that I did find a few tiny gems therein.

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