33 Down, 19 Left (52 Weeks, 52 Books)

Contrary to what I originally thought, Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories is not a collection of ghost stories by my favouritest ever children’s book author, but really just a collection of stories that he once thought might have made a pretty good TV series.

Which it would have, really. Although I would’ve have preferred a little more bite to the stories – keeping in mind, this is Roald Dahl, no stranger to the more disgusting side of human nature – the ghosts haunting these stories are for the most part, rather polite gentlemen and ladies.

We’ve got nice but dead Christian schoolgirls who encourage studying, the deceased and betrayed who almost miss out on revenge because they forgot to make an appointment with the guilty, nice, old gents who haunt antique shops trying to do just one last good deed. All very quaint and proper-like, but on the horror front, zzzzz….

There are the odd few tales though, that are genuinely frightening. I particularly enjoyed 2 stories, the first of which lends a literal meaning to ‘waking the dead’, and the second which will probably result in my next cruise trip (if I ever take one) to be neither restful nor overly pleasant.

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
(ISBN No: 0374518688) Check NLB Catalogue for item availability.

My next book will be Gavin Kramer’s Shopping.

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7 Responses to “33 Down, 19 Left (52 Weeks, 52 Books)”


  1. 1 airhole August 18, 2006 at 17:43

    can borrow or not? me is big Sanyo fan of almost anything Roald Dahl…

  2. 2 billy August 19, 2006 at 0:09

    borrowed from library lah. click on the book cover, it’ll bring you to the library catalogue.

    er, waddayamean Sanyo fan?

  3. 3 disko August 19, 2006 at 10:32

    does airhole mean like…. fanatic hello kitty kinda fan…! the metaphorical stretch is a lil obscured to me too.

  4. 4 billy August 19, 2006 at 10:40

    hello kitty is Sanrio though.

  5. 5 airhole August 19, 2006 at 11:08

    my corniness has over killed you guys.. sorry.

    Last time, there is a brand called Sanyo, which makes fans…

  6. 6 disko August 20, 2006 at 14:32

    oh. yesssss indeed george.

    silence.


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