Piranha to Scurfy: And Other Stories

Piranha to Scurfy And Other Stories Nine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell A self appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage which he poin

  • Title: Piranha to Scurfy: And Other Stories
  • Author: Ruth Rendell
  • ISBN: 9780375727597
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • Piranha to Scurfy: And Other Stories

    Nine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell.A self appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage, which he points out to their authors in vicious letters Then one day he comes upon a book that attacks him An elderly woman finally avenges herself on the man who raped her sixty years bNine deliciously frightening and exquisitely crafted tales of psychological terror from Ruth Rendell.A self appointed critic reads books only to catch out their errors of fact and usage, which he points out to their authors in vicious letters Then one day he comes upon a book that attacks him An elderly woman finally avenges herself on the man who raped her sixty years before An idyllic village in the English countryside offers newcomers its own peculiar kind of hospitality and exacts a terrible price on those who reject it Delivering high voltage shocks with the elegance of a Henry James, Piranha to Scurfy is further evidence of Ruth Rendell s mastery of any form she puts her hand to.

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    1. James

      I'm on the fence between Liking and Really Liking this. On the one hand, Rendell is an excellent writer, clearly a lover of words and well-crafted sentences, not just the intrigue and suspense of the mystery genre. Actually, this hardly seems like genre fiction at all: Some of the stories hinge on a big reveal, but getting there doesn't come at the expense of character development or anything like that.Still, I guess I like writing that is a little more original than this. Even though they're no [...]

    2. Cyd

      I noticed that other reviews of this book rate it poorly for various reasons that amount to "it isn't like her novels." That strikes me as silly, as the unspoken assertion is that Rendell should stick to murder mysteries and psychological suspense, and not branch out to anything else at all.Some of these stories do have mystery/suspense elements--the title story, for instance, is a miniature version of Rendell's several superb sociopath/psychopath studies, with a clear nod to Poe's "The Telltale [...]

    3. Mindy Steinberg

      FunAndQuirkyI adore Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine novels, and was thrilled to discover a number of short story collections by her. This collection does not disappoint. It has all the earmarks of the author at her finest: the ability to provide subtle thrills and chills, literate prose and plots that are at once surreal and believable. This was a winner.

    4. John Toffee

      Another hit and miss collection of short stories by Ruth Rendell. I am a big fan of the Wexford series but in all honesty I couldn't recommend this collection as there are so many good backs out there providing much greater entertainment.

    5. Linda

      Ruth Rendell is one of my very favorites. These short stories are spookier than her other mysteries and delicious.

    6. Caroline Eising

      I don't know why short story collections aren't more popular. Small mouthfuls of story are ideal for the times you don't want to commit to some enormous tome. There may be as many words as in a novel, but the frequent changes and pace and characters are refreshing.Some of the first stories have unpredictable ends that are somehow anticlimactic but I still enjoyed them. The best story, however, was a demented mix of Children of the Corn and the Darling Buds of May. I'll say no more to avoid spoil [...]

    7. Lorraine

      A collection of short stories by an excellent British crime writer. Having read some of her novels, I was intrigued by her short stories. The first one, which is the title of the collection, is terrifying! I could not read it before I went to bed; it freaked me out so much! I don't think I'm a wimp; the story demonstrates how effectively Rendell grabs the reader and pulls her into the world she has created. Every setting is unique, not the usual quiet English country village or bustling crime-ri [...]

    8. Jenifer

      Ruth Rendell comes so highly recommended by some of my most trusted friends, I was surprised that I didn't like this collection of short stories more than I did. I though most of them were just fair. I'll put a star by the ones I liked the most;Prianah to ScurfeyFair Exchange*The WinkCatamountWalter's LegThe ProfessionalThe Beach Butler*The Astronomical ScarfHigh Mysterious UnionI guess it just takes a little adjustment to get into the groove of reading short stories. As I look over the list I [...]

    9. Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

      I'm not generally a short story fan but I enjoyed this collection. The eleven tales range from the mysterious to the macabre and I particularly appreciated the two novellas, Piranha To Scurfy and High Mysterious Union. Rendell is an astute observer of a particular type of middle-class Englishness and these two stories certainly showcase her writing. Piranha To Scurfy reminded me of an Alan Bennett Talking Heads sort of person, albeit even darker! The Beach Butler was my favourite of the short st [...]

    10. David Zerangue

      This was a collection of stories that I think started out as merely ideas. Some of the short stories could have been easily forgotten memories. However, the novella at the end of the book, High Mysterious Union is well worth the read! I would also say the first story in the book for which the book is titled is a worthwhile read as well. Though I will say it did not read nearly as well as High Mysterious Union.

    11. Christine Boris

      I read my first Ruth Rendell (a novel) last year and although I loved the twisty plot, it was too….British…for me. But this book of short stories just hit the spot! Like Edgar Allen Poe meets Agatha Christie with a pinch of Stephen King. I’m hoping she wrote other books of short stories cause I want to read them all!

    12. Sylvie

      Not her best. If you want to read Ruth Rendell for the first time, choose one of her other books, one that has been higly praised. I for one am an inconditional fan, and I was not as much enthralled as I usually am. That being said, it can never be bad altogether with such a wonderful writer.

    13. Annette

      I liked these short stories an they made a change from the usual Inspector Wexford series. I particularly liked the story relating to the title of the book which is quite unusual but you read the story it makes far more sense.

    14. Wan Ni

      Not as good as The Fallen Curtain; this volume is boring and not worthy of being regarded as mystery nor thriller. Better off called short stories, and even then, few of the stories managed to hold my attention.

    15. Elise Baldwin

      Prianah to Scurfey - 4Computer Seance - 3Fair Exchange - 2The Wink - 4Catamount - 3Walter's Leg - 3The Professional - 3The Beach Butler - 3The Astronomical Scarf - 5High Mysterious Union - 1Myth - 2

    16. Natasha

      I didn't think any of the stories were frightening, I'd maybe say they were mysterious or sinister but not frightening. There were a couple of the stories that I didn't like very much but they were so short that they didn't stop me from enjoying the book as a whole.

    17. Gay

      Best was the last story. It was about a isolated town in England and reminding me somewhat of the movie "The Village." Although Ruth Rendell writes suspense and mysteries, the first story (a tell-tale heart homage) and the last are the only two in that catagory.

    18. Janet

      Picked this up at a VRBO library. I've read a couple of Rendell full novels and liked her dharacter development. I was not at pleased with the short stories, mostly because I can't keep them straight and can't remember them. But they're well written and have interesting twists.

    19. David

      Keďže je kniha zo Zelenej knižnice, čakal som, že to bude detektívka, no nakoniec sa z toho vykľulo jedenásť perfektných a bezchybných poviedok, ktoré ani veľmi neboli detektívne, no väčšinu som si užil a na niektoré snáď už nezabudnem!

    20. Marlene

      The best thing about this book is the last story, "High Mysterious Union", which is really more of a novella and is very reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and just as compelling.By the way, and without giving anything away, the book title refers to an encyclopedia volume.

    21. Carfig

      I always enjoy Ruth Rendell, although the last story in this collection ran a little long for my taste and I couldn't enjoy it as much.

    22. Danna

      Sunday, 26 October: I purchased this book of short mysteries for summer reading and I just began reading it today.

    23. Gowri N.

      Absolutely brilliant, esp the story that's lent this book its title. I've just discovered Ruth Rendell and am thrilled to bits. Looking forward to reading more of her work.

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