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Summary

Household gizmos with a mind of their own. The wrong kind of cold calls. And the creeping suspicion that none of this is real. 

Reality, and Other Stories is a gathering of deliciously chilling entertainments - stories to be listened to as the evenings draw in and the days are haunted by uncanny technologies and the absurd horrors of modern life. 

©2020 John Lanchester (P)2020 W. F. Howes

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Yes indeed a pleasant surprise
I have enjoyed the story's a very interesting collection with a unexpected chill of suspense
I will leave no spoilers

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Utterly weakish

I am a huge fan of John since "Capital". Now I really can't see the point in these stories. A ghost story. An underworld story. A call from Next Life. A robot tale. Woodoo magic. Dated and exhausting. Doesn't reflect anything about modern life tortures as expected, just dull and wants to frighten in an odd and exquisit way. Well written meaningless nonsense. I found two true pearls in it, 'We Happy Few' and the title story.
Narration was superbe thou.

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Tales of the Unexpected for the 21st century

If Roald Dahl was writing now, he might well have penned this unnerving collection.
However, as others have mentioned, they are a pretty mixed bag.
Having listened to them as palate cleansers between other books, Which of These Would You Like stands out as a truly creepy, original tale.
While some are a little laboured, others glitter with dark humour: We Happy Few is a gently mocking mind-bender and Reality is a satirical warning about contemporary tv.
Whichever your favourites, these twisted tales are perfect to dip into.