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The Box: Uncanny Stories
The Box Uncanny Stories
Author: Richard Matheson
What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000...but someone you didn't know died? Would you still push the button? How many times? — "Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen unforgettable tales in this new collection by Richard Matheson, the New York Times...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780765361431
ISBN-10: 0765361434
Publication Date: 11/1/2009
Pages: 272
Edition: Movie Tie-In
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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A mostly top notch collection of short stories.

Contents (and my review of each;l plot details contain spoilers. Rating is out of 5 stars):

* Button, Button - good premise, well told. By now everyone probably knows the plot, but there are at least two different endings floating around, so you may still be surprised. (4.5 stars)
* Girl of My Dreams - a man whose wife's dreams foretell the future tries to cash in on her gift by extorting people whose tragedy she dreams of (4 stars)
* Dying Room Only - a woman's husband disappears from a roadside diner (3 stars)
* Flourish of Strumpets - a couple is bothered when door-to-door prostitutes keep ringing their doorbell. (3 stars)
* No Such Thing As A Vampire - a woman is attacked by a blood-seeking creature night after night even though her husband sleeps in the same room with her (4 stars)
* Pattern For Survival - a writer submits what he and every character in the story thinks is a great writing achievement (4.5 stars)
* Mute - a boy is brought up to be a telepath but cannot speak (4.5 stars)
* The Creeping Terror - the lifestyle of Southern California seems to be infecting the rest of the country (4 stars)
* Shock Wave - a church organ about to be retired revolts (3 stars)
* Clothes Make the Man - a suit of clothes takes on a life of its own (3 stars)
* Jazz Machine - not sure what it's about. Written as a poem and I didn't read it.
* "Tis the Season to Be Jelly - also didn't read. Dialogue was all hillbillyish and hard to follow.
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well, this was different! the movie 'The Box' is based on a short story (I won't give any of it away) this book is just several short stories, some are good and some are not, depends on your taste in stories, for me it was 'ok'
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I could not set this book down after I got it. Truly a page turner. I was completely submerged in this book from the first sentence. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Normally I avoid books that that are just short stories because my brain refuses to separate them. I love it!
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Anyone who likes or loves short stories-this is a must read. The stories goe fast and they end great. A very enjoyable way to spend a moment here and there between mundane daily tasks. These stories are sustantially readable with well developed characters, a neat little plot, and an ending that always goes KAPOW-one you didn't see coming.
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The movie, "The Box" is based on the first story in this collection. Great stories full of imagination. None of these stories could actually happen but they entertain and give one pause to think!