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Button, Button: Uncanny Stories Paperback – April 1, 2008
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“His stories not only entertain, but touch the mind and heart.” ―Dean Koontz
“Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions.” ―The New York Times
“Richard Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Matheson is the master of paranoia--pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind.” ―San Jose Mercury News
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Top Customer Reviews
All short stories within, with the exception of Button, Button, (this anthology's title story) were all originally published in the 1950s or early 1960s. Button, Button is no new work either it first appeared in 1970. Trying to track down a lot of these Matheson gems today would be pretty difficult and expensive so it's good to see publishers republishing old work together for the first time in new anthologies.
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Even the lesser stories are enjoyable and there are enough of his more memorable pieces here to justify the purchase.
I read the first story, which the movie, The Box is based on called Button, Button and loved it. It is a tale of ethics vs. greed as a married couple possesses a device in which each time they press a button they receive $50,000, but a stranger dies. The other short stories in the book are all excellent and many have a Twilight Zone feel to them. I highly recommend this book.
I bought this after I saw the movie "The Box" with Frank Langella, James Marsden and Cameron Diaz. Incidentally, unlike quite a few people, I actually enjoyed the movie. The story "The Box" is actually quite short and reminiscent of many Kurt Vonnegut stories: short, well-written and clever.
There are maybe four or five other good stories in the mix, but there are several more that aren't up to Matheson's usual snuff, particularly "The Creeping Terror." A great title for a not-so-great story that involves the spread of California-type culture, architecture and plant-life across America and the world. The story attempts to be funny, but is overlong.
All in all, you'll get some good Matheson out of this, but the selection of stories could have been better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my 11 years old daughter that kept asking for it. She loved it and read it immediately.Published 17 months ago by Luis Garcia
Matheson is again up to usual Matheson standards. He often liked to have a plot twist near the end. The technique may have been hackneyed, but the results were not. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Robert
This is the third collection of stories I've read from Richard Matheson. While I don't think he'll ever be among my very favorite authors (he still sits comfortably among authors I... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by AN AVID READER
I'm glad I purchased these stories. I learned about "The Box" from the movie with the same name; I thought the movie was better and quite different from the story. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Sofia
Most of the stories were a big disappointment. After seeing "The Box", I was hoping to gain more understanding of this very interesting movie, but the story did nothing to... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Inge Adam
This is an excellent collection of short stories and each offers a great balance of entertainment and a chance to think about our "human condition"Published on February 28, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This is actually the first time I have been let down by Richard Matheson. I am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echos, The Incredible Shrinking Man, I was thinking he could do no... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Daniel J. Henk
Another reviewer has already told you what each story is about, so I'll just go through and give you my impressions on each. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Julie