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As well as being famous the world over for his darkly humorous children's tales - all published by Puffin - Roald Dahl is also known for his compelling and twisted short stories, all of which are published in Penguin paperback. This collection gathers together three sinister tales that fully exhibit Dahl's mastery of suspense and his unsurpassed ability to tease the reader As well as being famous the world over for his darkly humorous children's tales - all published by Puffin - Roald Dahl is also known for his compelling and twisted short stories, all of which are published in Penguin paperback. This collection gathers together three sinister tales that fully exhibit Dahl's mastery of suspense and his unsurpassed ability to tease the reader until the very last sentence. - Taste - The Way Up to Heaven - The Landlady.


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As well as being famous the world over for his darkly humorous children's tales - all published by Puffin - Roald Dahl is also known for his compelling and twisted short stories, all of which are published in Penguin paperback. This collection gathers together three sinister tales that fully exhibit Dahl's mastery of suspense and his unsurpassed ability to tease the reader As well as being famous the world over for his darkly humorous children's tales - all published by Puffin - Roald Dahl is also known for his compelling and twisted short stories, all of which are published in Penguin paperback. This collection gathers together three sinister tales that fully exhibit Dahl's mastery of suspense and his unsurpassed ability to tease the reader until the very last sentence. - Taste - The Way Up to Heaven - The Landlady.

30 review for A Taste of the Unexpected

  1. 5 out of 5

    Malka

    Ah! My first 5⭐️ in this collection thus far. A quick, enjoyable, and satisfying read. I LOVE Roald Dahl, and his adult stories. I was turned on to them in college, and read the three included in this particular collection back then. But they have staying power. They are smart, and clever, and stylized, and twisted. In some sense, he is to literature like Hitchcock is to cinema (or perhaps more accurately he creates literature like Hitchcock creates cinema). #book10 #samedayread #pocketpenguins Ah! My first 5⭐️ in this collection thus far. A quick, enjoyable, and satisfying read. I LOVE Roald Dahl, and his adult stories. I was turned on to them in college, and read the three included in this particular collection back then. But they have staying power. They are smart, and clever, and stylized, and twisted. In some sense, he is to literature like Hitchcock is to cinema (or perhaps more accurately he creates literature like Hitchcock creates cinema). #book10 #samedayread #pocketpenguins #penguin70s

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Sutton

    Fun, intense little book of short stories. An enjoyable afternoon experience in suspense and dark humor.

  3. 4 out of 5

    megan

    A quick but gripping read

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Richards

    Short sharp and sweet. Three distinct stories that leave more to imagination than what they actually say

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Taylor

    Three tales filled with dark humour and suspense! I really enjoyed the story of Mr and Mrs Foster in particular - one that will stay with me!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica Smythe

    Quick, short stories and a wonderful reminder of Raold Dahl's sense of "humour". Quick, short stories and a wonderful reminder of Raold Dahl's sense of "humour".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Li

    thrilling read

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Alana

    Oh Roald Dahl. A fun little book that made for a great subway read (finished in a single day's commute). There are three stories in this little collection, two of which were amusing (though not great), but the middle story was really fun. The first story involves good food, wine, and a bet. As the reader, you know what the outcome will be all along, but I still liked the dialogue between characters as a father tries to convince his daughter to let him bet her hand in marriage to an odious little Oh Roald Dahl. A fun little book that made for a great subway read (finished in a single day's commute). There are three stories in this little collection, two of which were amusing (though not great), but the middle story was really fun. The first story involves good food, wine, and a bet. As the reader, you know what the outcome will be all along, but I still liked the dialogue between characters as a father tries to convince his daughter to let him bet her hand in marriage to an odious little man, as he's convinced they can't lose. The third story features a young man who is lured to a rather creepy little boarding house... and unsurprisingly, creepiness continues. Again, one isn't surprised by the outcome. But the second story was really the gem, I thought. We are presented with Mr. and Mrs. Foster. Mrs. Foster has a fear of being late -- to the point where the word "fear" hardly covers it. She is terrified of missing trains, theater curtains, and appointments. As a result, she is always ready to leave at least half an hour earlier than is necessary. But Mr. Foster is another story. Mr. Foster has a bit of what appears to be a cruel streak in him that takes advantage of this fear in his wife. He is always just late enough to rattle her nerves, but never quite enough to send her into hysterics. Because she is a well-bred lady, she would never dream of calling out and rushing him along, but it means that every time they try to go anywhere, she always ends up with the terrible fear that they will be late. Now, Mr. and Mrs. Foster are an older couple, living in a multi-story building in New York. They keep servants, clearly have money, and their only daughter has moved to France, which means that Mrs. Foster has never been able to meet her three grandchildren, who she adores from afar -- but Mr. Foster has agreed to let Mrs. Foster go alone to Paris for a six week visit. You might think that she can be as early as she would like, yes? That might be true... if Mr. Foster had not insisted on accompanying her to the airport to see her off. This story was such wicked fun. Dahl has sketched a couple where the husband knows exactly what buttons to push to set off his wife, and when she's such an inoffensive person, you despair right along with her as he dawdles, making them later and later. But of course, what's wonderful about Dahl is that you know the wicked always get their comeuppance...

  10. 4 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    "A Taste of the Unexpected" gathers together three sinister tales that fully exhibit Dahl's mastery of suspense and his unsurpassed ability to tease the reader until the very last sentence. Taste >> A bet goes too far between a man desperate to acquire a reputation of one who has refined culture and a man whose expert senses can guess the wine being served. Would you be willing to bet the hand of your only daughter in marriage if you're almost perfectly sure that the sommelier can't possibly "A Taste of the Unexpected" gathers together three sinister tales that fully exhibit Dahl's mastery of suspense and his unsurpassed ability to tease the reader until the very last sentence. Taste >> A bet goes too far between a man desperate to acquire a reputation of one who has refined culture and a man whose expert senses can guess the wine being served. Would you be willing to bet the hand of your only daughter in marriage if you're almost perfectly sure that the sommelier can't possibly guess the wine (it's year and vineyard from whence it originated) you've presented for tasting? The Way Up To Heaven >> A perfectly loyal wife of so many years finds herself at the end of her rapidly fraying rope at the sadistic pleasure her husband derives from torturing her on her one small fault. The Landlady >> "There is nothing more tantalizing than a thing which lingers just outside the borders of one's memory." A teenage boy finds himself assigned to Bath and decided to check into a Bed & Breakfast where he was welcomed by a nice (even if slightly dotty) old woman. He starts to wonder why no one else has come and stayed at this charming place. Book Details: Title A Taste of the Unexpected Author Roald Dahl Reviewed By Purplycookie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Roald Dahl. Words cannot express how much I love him. That aside, my best friend bought me this for my 20th Birthday. I know I read it at the time, but only seem to have remembered the first story of the three, Taste. Each of these stories is so self contained and beautifully described, they'll definitely stay with me this time. The second two are less explicit and all the more frightening for it. Very visual, incredible, slow reveals that keep you guessing. And the moment you realise what's up, yo Roald Dahl. Words cannot express how much I love him. That aside, my best friend bought me this for my 20th Birthday. I know I read it at the time, but only seem to have remembered the first story of the three, Taste. Each of these stories is so self contained and beautifully described, they'll definitely stay with me this time. The second two are less explicit and all the more frightening for it. Very visual, incredible, slow reveals that keep you guessing. And the moment you realise what's up, you're begging things to stop but it's too late and yet there's still that glimmer of hope you cling to. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It's from the Pocket Penguin series, which I recommend!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steve Mitchell

    "A collection of three of Roald Dahl’s short stories with an unexpected twist at the end. The first story - Taste - is a little disappointing as the unexpected twist is easily spotted two or three pages in. This failing is more than made up for by the other two stories - The Way Up To Heaven and The Landlady - where the twist is hidden from the reader until the final couple of pages. My advice is to start off with taste, the worst of the three, and save the best, The Way Up To Heaven, until last "A collection of three of Roald Dahl’s short stories with an unexpected twist at the end. The first story - Taste - is a little disappointing as the unexpected twist is easily spotted two or three pages in. This failing is more than made up for by the other two stories - The Way Up To Heaven and The Landlady - where the twist is hidden from the reader until the final couple of pages. My advice is to start off with taste, the worst of the three, and save the best, The Way Up To Heaven, until last.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Coenraad

    The three stories included here demonstrate Dahl's ability to create creepy stories. They are based on specific relationships between people that provide the setting for his fascinating twists: old friends; husband and wife; and perfect strangers. A delight to read! Dahl gebruik bekende menseverhoudings om sy stories te skep wat elkeen 'n fassinerende kinkel in die kabel het: ou vriende; man en vrou; en volslae vreemdelinge. Prettige verhale wat kriewels teen jou ruggraat afstuur! The three stories included here demonstrate Dahl's ability to create creepy stories. They are based on specific relationships between people that provide the setting for his fascinating twists: old friends; husband and wife; and perfect strangers. A delight to read! Dahl gebruik bekende menseverhoudings om sy stories te skep wat elkeen 'n fassinerende kinkel in die kabel het: ou vriende; man en vrou; en volslae vreemdelinge. Prettige verhale wat kriewels teen jou ruggraat afstuur!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Three sinister tales from the king of creepy fiction. A bit predictable; the twist in the tale can be seen coming, but his creation of character and situation in so few words is the mark of a true craftsman. This realism makes them all the more chilling. Just long enough to read while waiting for the dentist!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brian Wilson

    Curious, eerie little stories. I think the second one was the most unsettling.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rashada

    I love the unexpected twists and turns in these stories.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Eerie, and adult but still the fantastic Roald Dahl you grew up with.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yalın

    As one fellow reader says: Amusing, though not great.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roelof Kotvis

    Two of the stories in this small collection are nearly sixty years old, but they could easily have been written yesterday. Timeless tales in the true sense of the word.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Quinn Shipton

    Really enjoyed it, I hope to read more of Roald Dahl's adult work soon! Really enjoyed it, I hope to read more of Roald Dahl's adult work soon!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barrette Plett

    Fabulous.. I can't believe I've never read Roald Dahl's short fiction for adults before. I love Roald Dahl and I love short stories. These are phenomenal. Fabulous.. I can't believe I've never read Roald Dahl's short fiction for adults before. I love Roald Dahl and I love short stories. These are phenomenal.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alix

    Really creepy and well-written. So much ambiguity!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Leonard

  24. 4 out of 5

    André

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tom Trewinnard

  26. 4 out of 5

    kate m.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ken!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Roisín

  29. 5 out of 5

    naomi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate Ellis

    Enjoyed. One of my "Read 50 books in my 50th year" . Enjoyed. One of my "Read 50 books in my 50th year" .

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