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A collections of suspenseful short stories from Joan Aiken, including: Mrs. Considine / Marmalade Wine / Sonata for Harp and Bicycle / The Dreamers / Follow My Fancy / Smell / Searching for Summer / A View of the Heath / Belle of the Ball / Summer By the Sea / Minette / Dead Language Master / The Windshield Weepers / The Green Flash.


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A collections of suspenseful short stories from Joan Aiken, including: Mrs. Considine / Marmalade Wine / Sonata for Harp and Bicycle / The Dreamers / Follow My Fancy / Smell / Searching for Summer / A View of the Heath / Belle of the Ball / Summer By the Sea / Minette / Dead Language Master / The Windshield Weepers / The Green Flash.

30 review for The Green Flash and Other Tales of Horror, Suspense, and Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    This was a fun collection of short stories, with exactly the mix promised in the title. They're all very quick and enjoyable reads, and hit the spot for some Halloween-themed reading. My favorite was "Sonata for Harp and Bicycle," which was fairly light-hearted and actually solved a problem. This was a fun collection of short stories, with exactly the mix promised in the title. They're all very quick and enjoyable reads, and hit the spot for some Halloween-themed reading. My favorite was "Sonata for Harp and Bicycle," which was fairly light-hearted and actually solved a problem.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Don

    I couldn't believe my luck when I found this collection at a local used book store! It didn't finish quite as strongly as it started, but there are pieces that were clinics on short-story writing. Here's how I thought of each story... "Mrs. Considine." I don't describe too many stories as "chilling," but this story of a girl with a gift bonding with an older woman with another gift is just that. 5* "Marmalade Wine." The reason I snatched this collection from a used book store was this story, whic I couldn't believe my luck when I found this collection at a local used book store! It didn't finish quite as strongly as it started, but there are pieces that were clinics on short-story writing. Here's how I thought of each story... "Mrs. Considine." I don't describe too many stories as "chilling," but this story of a girl with a gift bonding with an older woman with another gift is just that. 5* "Marmalade Wine." The reason I snatched this collection from a used book store was this story, which was adapted as a segment for Rod Serling's Night Gallery. A decent straightfoward story about comeuppance. 4* "Sonata for Harp and Bicycle." The expository middle didn't stop this from being a story of the most romantic exorcism I've ever read. 5* "Follow My Fancy." This is not a "science-fantasy" story. It's both a scifi story and a fantasy story, rolled into one. 5* "Smell." Saw the ending coming a mile away. Hate when that happens. 3* "Searching for Summer." If you let yourself get too caught up thinking "What REALLY happened here?" you'll miss the beauty of this story. 4* "A View of the Heath." 5* 'cos who said a mystery story has to have anything to do with a dead body? "Belle of the Ball." If I've ever read a story that was very proto-Aimee Bender and the like (Sarah shun-lien Bynum, etc), this is it. 4* "Summer by the Sea." This calls to my mind Karen Joy Fowler's Nebula Award-winning "What I Didn't See." You could argue that any sf/f/h genre element is non-existent, depending on how you read it. I will say that reading it one way makes this a better story. 5* "Minette." Not quite as chilling as "Mrs. Considine," but it is another wonderful example of what happens when two supernatural forces meet. 5* "Dead Language Master." Very engaging at the sentence level. But to the other mechanics of the piece, my reaction was, "Just...no." 3* "The Windshield Weepers." Some aspects of this story really seemed ahead of its time. The ending really didn't do it forme though. 3* "The Green Flash." It pulled me along quite nicely at sentence level. Unfortunately it became obvious that this was 2 or 3 stories thrown together as soon as I gave the plot a second's thought. 3*

  3. 5 out of 5

    J. Boo

    Short stories, mostly suspenseful and scary, though the best two ("Sonata for Harp and Bicycle" and "A View of the Heath") are neither. Probably the first horror stories I read, the book certainly made an impression. I was young enough that I'm sure I didn't notice some of the more problematic subject matter. In re-reading yesterday, I was thrilled to come across "A View of the Heath", as I had been trying for months to work out where I'd encountered the plot: A woman rents an attic room with the Short stories, mostly suspenseful and scary, though the best two ("Sonata for Harp and Bicycle" and "A View of the Heath") are neither. Probably the first horror stories I read, the book certainly made an impression. I was young enough that I'm sure I didn't notice some of the more problematic subject matter. In re-reading yesterday, I was thrilled to come across "A View of the Heath", as I had been trying for months to work out where I'd encountered the plot: A woman rents an attic room with the titular view, drops off her luggage, and, though diligently paying her rent and corresponding with the owners, never visits. Aiken's best known for "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase", which I'm almost certain I haven't read, but obviously should.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've read several novels by Joan Aiken, and while I find her prose very readable, she tends to be overlong and cul de sac on domestic descriptions that don't matter. However, there's something about her writing that keeps me coming back, and I think she shines in short-story form. Her characters are varied and have their own voices and personalities, she has a way with the uncanny, revealing all without over-explaining, and most highlighted in her short-form compared to her novels, she doesn't m I've read several novels by Joan Aiken, and while I find her prose very readable, she tends to be overlong and cul de sac on domestic descriptions that don't matter. However, there's something about her writing that keeps me coming back, and I think she shines in short-story form. Her characters are varied and have their own voices and personalities, she has a way with the uncanny, revealing all without over-explaining, and most highlighted in her short-form compared to her novels, she doesn't meander. Only one or two in the collection fell flat, and a couple had me raising my eyebrows in surprise.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rigg

    Aiken's short stories were influential on me when I was a budding preteen and teenager write. My notes from my 1985 journal say this is the third story collection by her I'd read by her already. I said she was "creepy" but a very good writer in my journal entry from summer 1985. I was really happy to re-read this collection out loud with my husband. Aiken is the daughter of famous poet Conrad Aiken and it's evident that she grew up in a literary family from her vocabulary, word choices and abili Aiken's short stories were influential on me when I was a budding preteen and teenager write. My notes from my 1985 journal say this is the third story collection by her I'd read by her already. I said she was "creepy" but a very good writer in my journal entry from summer 1985. I was really happy to re-read this collection out loud with my husband. Aiken is the daughter of famous poet Conrad Aiken and it's evident that she grew up in a literary family from her vocabulary, word choices and ability to create a visual in just a few strokes. Characters are often stumbling across some charming cottage in the woods, and something wonderful or something terrible and gruesome might happen - you just don't know until the final paragraph. I especially enjoyed "Sonata for Harp and Bicycle," the title story and "Smell." Recommended to anyone who enjoys eclectic short story collections with beautiful writing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    This collection of short stories left me with a vague sense of discomfort. Not outright dread, subtler than that- unease. I especially liked Minette, Dead Language Master, and Marmalade Wine, but none of the stories truly disappoint.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I love her short stories! I was saddened to hear that she died a couple of years ago.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sus

    I MUST OWN THIS BOOK.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tiffanie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nan Fitzgerald

  12. 5 out of 5

    Skyler

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  14. 5 out of 5

    William Oarlock

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dame Joule

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kaci

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jordan West

  19. 4 out of 5

    Millefolia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben Fitts

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cornelia Shields

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raquel E

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  29. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catharine Braithwaite

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