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The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror Best Read || [Joyce Carol Oates] - The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror From one of our most important contemporary writers The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold haunting collection of six stories In the title story a young boy becomes obsessed with his c

  • Title: The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780802124883
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror Best Read || [Joyce Carol Oates], The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, Joyce Carol Oates, The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror From one of our most important contemporary writers The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold haunting collection of six stories In the title story a young boy becomes obsessed with his cousin s doll after she tragically passes away from leukemia As he grows older he begins to collect found dolls from the surrounding neighborhoods and stores The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror Best Read || [Joyce Carol Oates] - The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror From one of our most important contemporary writers The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold haunting collection of six stories In the title story a young boy becomes obsessed with his c

  • The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror Best Read || [Joyce Carol Oates]
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The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror

About "Joyce Carol Oates"

  1. Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls She is the Roger S Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978 Pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly.

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  1. When Robbie s cousin Amy died of leukemia, a disease he knew nothing about, he didn t ask questions, nor did he cry Instead he stole his cousins doll When all the adults around him were busy whispering and grieving, I felt sorry for this little boy being left in the dark Robbie had been a a quiet student, but teachers seem to like him and his grades were usually high At home, Robbie s being quiet maddened his father for it seemed sullen, rebellious Robbie had the habit of grunting instead of tal [...]


  2. Copy provided by Net Galley in exchange for a review Six short stories, touted to be tales of terror Terrifying, no Sorry Entertaining, yes Absolutely Well written and slightly dark, but nothing new or unexpected to prickle the back of my neck or make my thumbs twitch Recommended for those who are carefully considering a walk on the dark side, or those who like to dabble a bit without the worry of gore Well seasoned terror fiends will go away hungry.


  3. The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror The problem here lies with the Tales of Terror part of that title, because it s a bold statement and I m afraid these stories never did reach that level.Don t get me wrong all of these tales were well written and a few of them were extremely creepy, such as The Doll Master and Big Momma , but for me it was always easy to see where the stories were going to end up and they were NEVER scary I guess a lot of my problem with this collection is with the title [...]


  4. The Doll Master Previously read in The Doll Collection Re read While, in general, I don t think that there s anything wrong with little boys playing with dolls, there s certainly something quite, quite wrong with this specific boy playing with dolls SoldierPowerful, disturbing story This isn t what I expected from Tales of Terror but it s quite horrific Oates brings us into the head of a man who s something of a cross between Bernie Goetz and George Zimmerman and it s not a pleasant place to be [...]


  5. This is an impressive collection of dark and twisted tales I simply couldn t have asked for The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror contains six short stories which are all cleverly written in such a way that makes you unable to see what is coming I loved it Some of the stories are very contemporary and deal with modern issues in a twisted way, whereas other stories ressemble classic horror tales that we all know and love What all six of them have in common, though, is that they are dark and [...]


  6. Never having read Joyce Carol Oates before, but having heard much about her and her writing, I decided to lose my JCO virginity with these tales of terror.The Doll Master 4 My favorite I have this fascination with dolls Not that I collect them, heck, I barely played with them as a child I just like how certain dolls can be adorable and creepy at once And the main character collects themHow That is the big question I expected there to be some supernatural element to this, but in the end, I though [...]


  7. Was hoping for so much from this collection of short horror storiesI just could seem to connect to any of them.There are a total of 6 stories, coming in at about 300 total pagesybe that was part of the problem for me The build up seemed to be a bit drawn out and I think that hurt in maintaining any suspense I didn t find many of the tales to have much terror to them either.These aren t bad stories, just a bit forgettable to me ARC provided by NetGalley


  8. Oates is someone I ve been reading off and on for 20 years or so, and of course I ve barely scratched the surface of her work This is a pretty standard collection of stories from her stories that are chilling, but grounded in the real world, and stories that sometimes like real life lack a satisfying ending I m giving this collection of six stories 4 stars based on the strength of Gun Accident and Equatorial The Doll Master 3 stars A solid suspense story the vague ending of this one worked, I th [...]


  9. My many thanks to Mysterious Press for the copy that showed up at my door There are six stories in this rather dark collection, and once again the author has focused on human horrors rather than anything supernatural While I admit I wasn t overly in love with each and every story in this book, I will say that the author s ability to create atmosphere continues here as it does in most of her short story collections If you ve read her work in the past, you know exactly what I mean As usual, she de [...]


  10. Excellent, beautifully written collection of short stories I enjoyed each and every one of these stories and found them to be disturbing, chilling, suspenseful and thought provoking and sometimes even sad.My favorite of the six, though it was hard to choose a favorite, was Mystery, Inc , which every mystery book lover will devour like candy pun not intended for those who have read the story I felt like I was reading an Edgar Allan Poe story that I had somehow missed over the years As for the tit [...]


  11. This is a book full of Joyce Carol Oates trademark poisonous little gems of stories Grotesque, macabre, chilling, what makes them frightening is her fearlessness in plumbing the depths of humanity She draws us into the twisted worlds of these tales making us almost scared to recognise where they re going.Anyone who has read her unforgettable Daddy Love will know what this writer is capable of this isn t as shattering as that book but these stories bear some of the same marks A ferociously intell [...]


  12. I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.A very fine collection of dark stories by a master writer in her prime Really, it is a matter of taste with regard to which of the individual stories you will prefer, but Oates genius is evident in every word.I found the first story, the title story The Doll Master to be a bit predictable and that took away from my enjoyment but it also reinforced for me something I really enjoy about Ms Oat [...]


  13. Este libro es definitivamente una sopresa para mi, no conoc a a la autora y la verdad es que desee leerlo por el t tulo Ninguno de los cuentos se siente incompleto, como puede suceder en algunas ocasiones, de hecho para mi el fall est en que, en las historias m s largas, se siente como que das vueltas a lo mismo sin llegar a una conclusi n, pero los cuentos m s cortos son bastante s lidos En la mayor a, los protagonistas son ni os, aunque hay algunos narrados por adultos acerca de las vivencias [...]


  14. 2.5 stars.While Joyce Carol Oates is undeniably an incredible writer, these tales of terror really fell short in the terror department for me Her literary style is strong, and the stories evoke real emotions and often portray events from an angle other than what we re used to While I admire her prose, I felt that a true horrific element was missing in these particular tales some much so than others.Still, personal favorites of mine were The Doll Master , and Mystery, Inc The title story was ent [...]


  15. Terror Not so much More unsettling I have read several of Oates novels, but never her short stories, so I was unsure of what to expect here Many of her novels deal with dysfunctional families and that is where she flourishes in this collection The stories are disturbing, but she shows her hand a bit too soon There is some suspense but the endings are usually a bit of a letdown The terror in these stories can be chalked up to human nature and its many perversions Not quite the tales of terror I w [...]


  16. I will write a sentence or two about each story in the book but not too much as I don t want to give anything away and spoil your enjoyment of the book.The Doll Master Robbie s cousin Amy passes away from Leukemia at a very early age Stealing Amy s doll is the start of his obsession and begins collecting throughout his life His collection includes china, wooden and even barbie dolls which he keeps in a deserted part of the house, however they are not just any old dolls.I gave this story 3 stars [...]


  17. A book of six exciting, thrilling short stories that had me anxiously turning the pages and covering up the last paragraphs of each story so as not to inadvertently spoil myself.


  18. 3 1 2 stars for this offering of six short stories novellas from Joyce Carol Oates.This collection was a real mixed bag Some of the stories had inconsistencies in them, the author repeated herself, and in places the writing could be termed no less than clumsy But when it was good, it was very, very good All but one have that macabre little twist in them that makes you catch your breath.1 The Doll Master A young boy starts collecting dolls after his cousin dies 3 stars.2 Soldier this was definite [...]


  19. As an opening to this review I must say I love Joyce Carol Oates, she is one of America s finest and prolific authors who I sometimes think that writing to her is like breathing to the rest of us, it s a thing she must do to live.I was very happy to get a chance of an early copy of this new collection of short stories Again I love the short story format, at their best they offer us a glimpse of life at it s best or worst And so to this collection, I ve got to be honest and say it was disappointi [...]


  20. Joyce Carol Oates es una de las escritoras norteamericanas m s prol ficas de su generaci n Novela, relato, ensayo, teatro, poes a, literatura infantil no hay g nero ni formato que se le resista A lo largo de su extensa trayectoria editorial la hemos visto cosechar multitud de reconocimientos De hecho, su nombre suena constantemente en las quinielas para el Premio Nobel Sin embargo, nunca hab a encontrado el momento oportuno para adentrarme en la obra de esta mujer todoterreno Deso a las cr ticas [...]


  21. Collection of 6 short storiesThe Doll Master a young boy becomes infatuated with his deceased younger cousin s doll and as he grows, he becomes a very quiet, reclusive individual He also begins to collect found dolls and develops quite the fascination with them Robbie s main character first person point of view was creepy and written well enough to evoke a sense of unease about him Rating 4 5Soldier A troubled Caucasian man is on trial for murdering an African American teenager The story follows [...]


  22. It s been a long time since I ve read such a subtly creepy horror short story collection It was refreshing to read such a well written subtly horror stories It made it so much creepier and unsettling as I knew where each story was going, and hoping it would not go where it went.


  23. Review on The Literary Sisters.Joyce Carol Oates was one of those authors whom I had been hearing a lot about but had never had the opportunity to experience myself Seeing one of her upcoming short story collections being available on NetGalley, I hurried to request and read it, anticipating great things from it However, the stories were not at all what I expected As the title of the collection indicates, all the stories included here are tales of terror Even though I haven t read much horror fi [...]


  24. Joyce Carol Oates belongs in the upper echelon of American writers I think she doesn t get the respect she deserves because she is 1 prolific, and 2 alive It is a shame that it is unseemly to recognize genius until it is safely in the ground.Putting the soap box away, let us address The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror These six short stories though I believe two qualify as novellas are not what the average reader would think of as terror or horror stories, which I have seen has led to some [...]


  25. Six stories, not of otherworldly terror but the bad things that humans do to one another, includes The Doll Master, Soldier, Gun Accident, Big Momma, Equitorial and Mystery, Inc all of which had been previously published in various magazines and collections, but in the recent past 2014 or later My favorite was probably the one I had read before, Mystery, Inc but all were interesting and likely to be enjoyed by fans of Oates s work.


  26. Well, I will never think of dolls the same now The doll master was my favorite in this collection, but I enjoyed the others as well I always find it hard to rate books with multiple stories involved It goes without saying that some will be liked than others, and with this as a whole I m going with 3.5 Rounding up.


  27. 3,5When reading the Tales of Terror part of the title one might jump to the conclusion that some form of supernatural, otherworldly horrors might be awaiting Non of that is to be found in those 6 stories, Oates version of horror is made up of human nature Which to her seems to provide than sufficient darkness I ve enjoyed some of these stories immensely while others left me relatively untouched They all seem to follow a similar scheme They abandon the reader right in the middle of things as if [...]


  28. Five wonderfully creepy stories Not necessarily scary, but def creepy.Joyce Carol Oates has a flair for writing characters who are just a little bit over the edge These people are delightfully weird, often witty, unfailingly complex and always embroiled in what I like to think of as small adventures which put these characters in situations that run the gamut from off putting to extremely perilous You often don t know which way the story s going and I often feel that Oates doesn t know either unt [...]


  29. This is my first approach to the writings of Joyce Carol Oates and I guess I should have started with one of her renowned works This collection of short stories is surely well written but lacks in atmosphere and suspense The characters are interesting but not very likable and the ending in almost all the stories is vague and not conclusive although this is not an issue for a lot of readers leaving the rest to our imagination These are stories where the action is limited and the characters have [...]


  30. While I was entertained, this book didn t deliver what was promised which was tales of terror We have six short stories that are suspenseful and bizarre, but not scary Really it should ve been billed as a crime fiction book.


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