Friday, August 31, 2012

Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night

Title: Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night

Editor: James Patterson


Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are thirty-two of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I find myself enjoying short story anthologies more and more these days so I was looking forward to reading this one.

I actually read this after reading the third anthology in the series and I found the commentary from James Patterson before each story to be so long and tedious.  I much preferred Sandra Brown’s in Thriller.  I read this book for the short stories and while I find a little bit of commentary interesting, I don’t need another short story telling me about the short story before I start the short story.

I felt after the first few stories the rest of them were really amazing.  The first three were the kind of thrillers that I’m not that fond of.  The rest however, were full of awesome twists and just kept me interested through them.  Of course, I did come upon some that weren’t as good as the rest but that’s to be expected.

While almost all of these stories are related to series or books the authors have previously written about them it was quite easy to follow the stories without getting lost or anything like that.  I certainly have not read every book by all of these authors so I don’t see how anyone else could have to be honest.

The collection has a wide range of thriller authors so I feel like there’s something for everyone.  Before reading this book I hadn’t really noticed that there could be so many different types of thrillers but there are.  I know now that I don’t really like the gritty thrillers that are highly reminiscent of action movies.  I know that I’m more of a suspense thriller person.

Overall, Thriller: stories to keep you up all night is a good book if you like short story anthologies.  I didn’t like every single story in the book but there were a lot that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Source: Library

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a collection I'm going to pick up. I agree with you about short story introductions for short stories. Sometimes you just want to read the story.


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