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Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Biss
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon is a collection of darkly humorous short stories, each with a cunning twist in the tale.

When extraordinary events befall some of London's most ordinary of inhabitants, unexpected turns lead to some witty, strange, yet ultimately satisfying results.

An Honest Mistake: Madge has long since surrendered herself to the verbal abuse doled out to her by her belligerent husband, Stan. On this particular evening, however, her fears of a rat beneath the floorboards, combined with her natural absent-mindedness, result in her dishing up Stan not only his evening meal...but perhaps his just deserts!

A Familiar Face: Two elderly Cockney women, old friends, meet up in a London café shortly after one them, Dora, has been widowed. As Dora's grief and anger grows increasingly fervent, her good friend Eydie begins to suspect there may be more to her angst than the loss of a loved one. When Dora calmly removes from her shopping bag a large glass jar containing a human head, discussions over its mysterious identity and how it came to be lodged in the cupboard under her stairs lead to some startling revelations.

A Slip of the Tongue: Miss Perkins, tired of the constant innuendos and sexual insinuations of her employer, Mr. Reams, has decided to hand in her notice. On this particular morning, however, Mr. Reams decides to take things one step further. Unfortunately for him, due to Miss Perkins' natural nervous disposition and a telephone that rings at a shockingly high pitch, he soon discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew...or at least, one of them has.

An Embarrassing Odour: Ethel, a frail, widowed pensioner, sits down one evening to tackle her daily crossword puzzle, when suddenly her tranquil world is turned upside down as a burglar breaks into her home believing it to be unoccupied. While Ethel vainly attempts to forge a relationship with the violent delinquent before her, his concerns lie only in getting his hands on her valuables...that and the unpleasant smell that fills the room. As Ethel shamefully admits, it's an embarrassing odour for a seventy-eight year old to have, but what her intruder doesn't know is quite why...though he's about to find out!

A Stunning Confession: As Ron and Jan made themselves comfortable on their sofa, they thought they were settling in for just another quiet night in front of the television. But beneath the surface of this seemingly benign evening of domestic routine, each was withholding a guilty secret from the other, and on this particular evening one of them found they could contain themselves no longer.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Brilliantly witty stories in the tradition of Roald Dahl" -Amazon Review

"A treasure Mr. Biss, one I'll certainly be keeping for a re-read" -Amazon Review

"If you have a appreciation of dark humor with twists that leave you grinning in naughty pleasure, grab this one and enjoy" -Amazon Review

"I enjoyed everything about it from the wonderfully appropriate illustrations to the delightful stories" -Amazon Review

About the Author

Andrew Biss is an award-winning author and playwright whose work has received critical acclaim in both the U.S. and the U.K. In 2011 he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts London and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470102021
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vacancy Books (January 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070OEH26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking on the mantle of Roald Dahl February 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon by Andrew Biss is another batch of brilliantly witty stories in the tradition of Roald Dahl in Tales of the Unexpected.

There is not a dud among these five stories. Andrew Biss has certainly got into his stride and shows that he has mastered his art of surprising us in these expertly crafted stories.

In An Honest Mistake, Madge, the put upon wife of an obnoxious, verbally abusive husband, is a bit forgetful and mixes up a couple of jars while preparing his dinner with the inevitable result. Her blithe acceptance of her mistake makes this story both dark and amusing.

With superb psychological penetration Andrew Biss has created in Madge a living, breathing woman with whom it is easy to empathise, while at the same time being horrified at her cynical, if understandable, attitude.

In A Familiar Face, Eydie's friend, Dora, has just buried her husband after 42 years of marriage. Eydie envied her friend her long and loving marriage. Or was it? Was Albert a philanderer who kept it secret from his wife all those years? Or was his secret something much more sinister? Or is it all a huge mistake? The jar that Dora finds under the stairs seems to reveal the truth. Or does it?

In a Slip of the Tongue, Miss Perkins is being sexually harassed by her employer. His dexterous use of the English language is open to interpretation until he makes a Slip of the Tongue too far. This is an amusing and disturbing story in which poetic justice is given full play.

An Embarrassing Odour is such a skilfully written story that Andrew Biss had me completely fooled by the outcome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couriously Uncommon? Yes, delightfully so. February 17, 2012
By SPRock
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I just finished "Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon". I must say, well done!!! It is almost a work of art, dark as a piece of obsidian, and yet smooth and polished. I enjoyed everything about it from the wonderfully appropriate illustrations to the delightful stories with a similar theme running through them. The characters are so well written you can see them in your mind's eye and hear them in their own voices. Their surroundings are done like well designed stage sets, not intrusive but drawn well enough for you to understand perfectly where you are.
The stories, all five of them, are not horror stories as such, but rather quirky, and tinged around the edges with smoke. Charming, in rather a frightful way.
If you are a bit squeamish, given to fits, or recoil at the slightest use of an offensive word, then these stories are not for you. But if you have a appreciation of dark humor with twists that leave you grinning in naughty pleasure, grab this one and enjoy.
A treasure Mr. Biss, one I'll certainly be keeping for a re-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars weird and very cool July 16, 2012
By jr1
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Title says it all. You may not like all the stories, but if you like strange and weird - but not the gorey kind, this is a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark humor at its best May 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
All I can say is job well done! Although I one or two felt a little unfinished I will gladly pick up any future work by this author. Hes in a genre all his on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curiously Strange but a good kind of strange May 2, 2012
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Goodreads Description- Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon is a collection of darkly humorous short stories, each with a cunning twist in the tail.

When extraordinary events befall some of London's most ordinary of inhabitants, unexpected turns lead to some witty, strange, yet ultimately satisfying results.

This was a very amusing read. This short book is really a collection of 5 short stories that are all set in London and I have to tell you that Andrew Biss really has a good knack at storytelling. The dialogue is hilarious and written in an almost cockney English accent and the discussions the character's have with others are so darkly humorous because the characters seem so unaware of the strange things that are happening. Or even better, in my opinion, the characters think very little of the very strange and dangerous things happening around them. Each of the short stories is unique and strange. Biss must have some dark twisted mind to come up with these plots. The book was a freebie on Amazon and I couldn't have had a better price for such a dark humorous set of shorts. This is a good taste of what I hope Biss's writing style will be in his other works. I will definitely be seeking out his other books. I highly recommend this as a fast and strange, but a good strange, read! 4 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but Good! April 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just recently read "Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon" and found it quite delightful. Even though some of it was a bit predictable, I continued to read as I found the descriptions uncannily colourful. The author is definitely quick witted and this is obvious when you're reading. If you are looking for something that is not time consuming, this is the collection of short stories to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uncommonly funny February 19, 2012
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funny books are almost never my first choice.since this kindle offering was a freebie,i read it.strange and funny says it all.i could not stop laughing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars uncommonly awesome February 17, 2012
By Summer
Format:Kindle Edition
Didn't know what to expect...downloaded as a freebie..read it three times through in the first sitting and grew more delighted each time. this is just plain great story-telling!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky..."
Ever the fan of the offbeat with a macabre sense of humor, I found this book to be very amusing! I recommended this to friends and they all loved it as well. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Willy B
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely STRANGE!
"Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon" by Andrew Biss is aptly named. These are indeed strange tales. Not so sure about "curiously uncommon" but certainly not common. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Couple of Brilliant Stories, A Couple of Average Ones Too
I originally discovered Andrew Biss' work through a couple of free Kindle downloads, both of those short stories are in this 88 page long paperback. Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by James N Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the collection
I had recently read two of this authors stories, and now I'm totally hooked. I couldn't wait to dip into the anthology and it didn't disappoint. Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by J. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I was delighted to receive my copy yesterday and Wow. I am surprised. I am even happier to report that the book was enchanting and beautiful. Would recommend to everyone.
Published on May 26, 2012 by Kati C
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
It's certainly strange, mostly because the stories felt unfinished and I couldn't find depth in the characters. I know of stranger things in real life.
Published on April 16, 2012 by G. Farrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
How this book got such high ratings is beyond me. I found the stories boring and not even remotely interesting. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars An amusing and enjoyable read
Excellent pacing with some predictable outcomes...yet with a couple of foolers. My first Kindle and one that will be recommended to others.
Published on March 20, 2012 by BIGFISH
3.0 out of 5 stars I was torn between liking this book, and disliking it
The author describes his included stories as "extraordinary things" happening to the "most ordinary of inhabitants. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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Andrew Biss is an award-winning author and playwright whose work has received critical acclaim in both the U.S. and the U.K. In 2011 he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts London and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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