There are times when all you want to do is to curl up on your couch with a nice book or story on your days off work. You would think that's easy, except that it takes some work to suss out the good stories from the bad. Stories, edited by famous author Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, solves this problem for you.

In Stories, 27 never-before published stories from various writers, including a couple from the editors, challenges the boundaries of the ever-imagined with tales that fall under the theme of fantastic fiction.

Some highlights are Joe Hill's Devil on the Staircase, a chilling tale of an Italian boy who committed a crime of passion and gets away with it, and of which text was literally presented as if the character were going up and down the stairs; Jodi Picoult's Weights and Measures, a moving tale of loss and grief; Joyce Carol Oates's Fossil-Figures, an unfortunate tale of a creepy twin sister; and "The Truth is A Cave in The Black Mountains", a witty piece by Neil Gaiman himself.

Other featured authors include Roddy Doyle, Carolyn Parkhurst, Jeffery Deaver, Walter Mosley, Chuck Palahniuk, Diana Wynne Jones, Richard Adams, Joe R. Lansdale and more.

The quality of stories remains consistent throughout though you may have preferences for a couple over the others and find some incomprehensibly missed. Or, like myself, you may find yourself pausing for an hour or two to consider the possibility of the world presented in some of these stories. Regardless, this would prove an engaging read.

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