TITLE: BEASTS & SUPER BEASTS
GENRE: SHORT FICTION
COVER TYPE: E BOOK
BLURB FROM THE BACK COVER
1914. Saki (pseudonym of H. H. Munro), English author, is best known for his witty, sometimes whimsical, often cynical and bizarre short stories; they are collected in Reginald, The Chronicles of Clovis, Beasts and Super-Beasts, and other volumes. Contents of Beasts and Super-Beasts include: The She-Wolf; Laura; The Boar-Pig; The Brogue; The Hen; The Open Window; The Treasure-Ship; The Cobweb; The Lull; The Unkindest Blow; The Romancers; The Schartz-Metterklume Method; The Seventh Pullet; The Blind Spot; Dusk; A Touch of Realism; Cousin Teresa; The Yarkand Manner; The Byzantine Omelette; The Feast of Nemesis; The Dreamer; The Quince Tree; The Forbidden Buzzards; The Stake; Cloves on Parental Responsibilities; A Holiday Task; The Stalled Ox; The Story-Teller; A Defensive Diamond; The Elk; Down Pens; The Name-Day; the Lumber-Room; Fur; The Philanthropist and the Happy Cat; and On Approval…
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HIGHLIGHTS: I enjoyed the first few stories and found them amusing. The She Wolf was one I really liked. I liked Saki’s crisp, simple language. There wasn’t a drop of heavy, overbearing prose in sight. The stories were a nice length on my Kobo and I could get through two or three during my breaks at work. I laughed out loud a few times. I really liked the titles Saki uses for the stories. They fit really well.
LOWLIGHTS: I downloaded this because a friend recommended Saki. I’m glad I didn’t fork out any money for it. I found the stories very dull overall. Saki’s simple language becomes boring very quickly. I like the cynicism and wry humour at first and laughed a few times. However, this didn’t take long to grate and every story was disappointingly similar. I was left the impression Saki was a one trick pony incapable of stepping outside a box.
THE OPENING LINE
LEONARD BILSITER was one of those people who have failed to find this world attractive or interesting and who have sought compensation in an ‘unseen world’ of their own experience or imagination – or invention (The She-Wolf)
The stories in Beasts & Super Beasts would be okay on an individual basis but as a collective whole they’re quite weak. Saki’s cynicism and wry humour was fun at first but quickly started to grate and took on an almost gimmick quality. It reminded me of reading a collection of Ray Bradley stories that contained eight or nine Martian tales in a row. One or two were all right but any more was just overkill.