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The Pier Falls
The Pier Falls | Mark Haddon
An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been longlisted for prizes), second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought.
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LeePeckover
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An outstanding collection of short stories. Hardly a dull moment. A huge mix of styles and stories from moving to humorous and back again. Definitely recommend! 🙌

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ephemeralwaltz
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I'd love to read more of Mark Haddon. This collection of short stories of his caught my eye at the bookstore! #TBRtemptation

BarbaraBB Wow! Looking forward to your thoughts! I loved 2y
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Tonton
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Didn't know he wrote short stories; the first story is the title of the collection and I immediately had to re-read it.

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betherinahq
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Wowee what a rollercoaster of short stories. One minute you're on Mars the next you're in a council estate. I absolutely adore Mark Haddon's style and love how he can write about things in such a matter-of-fact way yet convey so much feeling. He has a knack of making the humdrum of daily life so interesting and quirky.

Personal favourite in this collection are The Pier Falls, Wudwo and The Gun.

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The desire to be somewhere else, which is never satisfied by being somewhere else, however far you go, though you have to go a very long way indeed to figure that one out.

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Readerann
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I liked some of these stories more than others, and the writing is unquestionably good. A bit too dark for me, however.

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I-read-and-eat
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I have not read much #shortstories at all. You can probably count them on one hand. However, this weekend I picked up a short story collection at the library. I have seen it in all book stores and now am very curious about it. Has anyone already read it? And do you have any short story recommendations?

#booktober @RealLifeReading

Kalalalatja Karen Russell writes really funny and weird short stories. Neil Gaiman is also great, so if you like his novels, I would definitely recommend his short stories 👍 3y
I-read-and-eat @Kalalalatja I have never actually read anything by Neil Gaiman. But he is all over Litsy, I should pick up one of his books sometime. Thanks for the recommendations. 😊 3y
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ChrisMeier
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She waits, and waits, and when the silence finally comes it is worse, for she has been stripped of everything that used to shield her from a hard world where every action has a consequence. She has no one else to blame. This is her punishment.

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ChrisMeier
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[...] the taller man with the braces and the rolled-up shirtsleeves slides down the buckled planking till he is brought to a halt by a spike of broken rail which enters the small of his back. He wriggles like a fish. No one will go down to help him.

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MarieLD
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Will stay with me.

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kdwinchester
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I cannot get over this quirky and unforgettable collection of short stories by Mark Haddon, the author of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Though all vastly different, each story portrays a situation of isolation, abandonment, or someone forcibly cut-off from world. 💖🏞 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Three stories in so far and I'm already in love with this collection of short stories by Mark Haddon, author of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. I hope the rest of our relationship doesn't disappoint! 😍📖💞

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