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Skin and Other Stories [Paperback]

Roald Dahl
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Jan. 17 2002 Now in Speak!
How would you get rid of a murder weapon without causing suspicion? Where would you hide a diamond where no one else would think of looking? What if you found out that the tattoo on your back was worth over a million dollars? You will discover that just about anything is possible in a Roald Dahl story, and here are eleven of his very best.

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"'This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I'm afraid,' he said." With those words, Patrick Maloney seals his fate. He has no idea that his mousy wife, Mary, isn't about to take his abandonment of their marriage lightly. He never sees the frozen leg of lamb that hits him squarely in the noggin. And he'll never know how tidily Mary cleans up the evidence--by having the local police dine on the murder weapon! The late Roald Dahl, best known for children's novels such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, also wrote many wonderfully wicked short stories, like the aforementioned "Lamb to the Slaughter," collected in Skin, a succinct, darkly humorous anthology for teen readers. Besides the murderous Mary Maloney, a host of other odd characters will leave teens gasping with surprise or chuckling with guilty laughter. In "The Surgeon," Dr. Robert Sandy is given a priceless diamond in exchange for saving a life, promptly loses it, then recovers it again from the strangest of places. "An African Story" chronicles a lonely mountain hermit's bid for revenge that involves a deadly black mamba snake, and "The Sound Machine" describes how a wacky inventor nearly drives himself mad when he creates a contraption that allows him to pick up noises outside the human range of hearing. There is something for the naughty side of everyone in this Twilight Zone-ish compilation, a recommended read for fans of Dahl's other teen short-story collection, The Umbrella Man. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This volume collects 11 of the master storyteller's short stories, many of which first appeared in Someone Like You, and also includes "The Surgeon," originally published in Playboy in 1986. Ages 12-up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED Feb. 11 2003
I purchased this book in the belief that these stories would acually be macabre; instead they are only darkly humorous if even that. But this is Dahl, so my expectations were lowered from the beggining-although "Beware of Dog" was good. A particualary weak hearted reviewer gave this book one star because it was "horrifying" -heh heh heh. If one can't take this, I'd advise not to buy horror movies or you'll suffer a heart failure. The truth is cruel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Do You All Think This is a Kids' Book? July 13 2004
By A Customer
Dahl wrote for children as well as for grown-ups. Stop freaking out because this book isn't Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. It's excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense... wonderful... LITTLE masterpieces. May 27 2002
Raold Dahl's short stories are each little masterpieces. This collection has stories - each of a completely different subject and nature - but each of the fantastic quality to stand on its own.
In "the surgeon" a man is rewarded for his good nature, then his good fortune seems to reverse - and in the end, justice is served.
In "skin", Dahl critiques the materialistic nature of the art world... in a purely sick way! =)
In "my lady love, my dove", dahl shows a twist - the character's find out something unexpected - but then he shocks you again by their unexpected reaction.
"Skin" shows Dahl's ability to write for all ages... this is an adult collection of short stories, that makes an adult chuckle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonka's dark side is just as great! Dec 7 2002
By momazon
I always imagined Roald Dahl fashioned Willy Wonka on himself -- but then I read this book and saw he is equally gifted in weaving dark horrifying tales as well as the whimsical fantastic children's books for which he is famous.
SKIN runs the gamut with strange tales about ordinary people --- the man who had his friend tattoo a picture of his wife on his back to find out, years later, it is worth a fortune; the 60-something man who runs into his childhood tormentor on the commuter rail, etc etc. All situations that COULD happen to you or someone you know .. thus making them all the more real and scary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Younger readers? Go for it!! March 21 2001
By A Customer
I absolutely LOVED Skin and The Umbrella Man. EVERY story in thir was FANTASTICAL and I really want to find more of Roald Dahl's writing like this (I have read all of his books that are specifically for children) There has been some controversy in other reviews that some of the elments in these are not quite fitting for a younger audience, but this is the equivilent of Harry Potter with a touch of lemon juice. If your kid loved HP, or some of Roald Dahl's other works, or just has a liking for the unusual and the uncanny, this would be one of my first choices for them.
I do not wish to reveal my age.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even number of hits and misses Aug. 8 2000
My only disappointment with this book was that I wanted all of them to have the same sort of devlish endings that the title story and "Lamb to the Slaughter" have. All of the stories are engrossing and entertaining, but to think they're all going to end with a twisted punch is misleading. I also wonder how involving the stories would be for a young adult audience who have been raised on "Harry Potter" and "Goosebumps". A few of the stories would probably have to be explained to a younger reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Dec 15 2001
Roald Dahl has always been one of my favorite children's book writers. It wasn;t until I picked up his other stroy collection, the Umbrella man, that I realized he was also a wonderful short story writer. This book is simply fabulous. "Lamb to the Slaughter," "The Surgeon" and the title story were my favorites. Every story also has Dahl's quintessential dark humor, which is something I've always enjoyed in his books. Everyone should read this and the umbrella man and be introduced to another side of roald Dahl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining! Aug. 14 2000
By A Customer
Roald Dahl is a wonderful short story writer. He introduces all the characters in a very descriptive manner and ends his storys with twists that will make you want to read them over and over agian. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of the stories but when reccommend them to teenagers 13 and above as some of them have a vast range of vocbulary that is sometimes confusing. I would suggest this book to all my friends. It is definitely worth buying! :)
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