My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I had to drag myself through this book despite it being so short. If it hadn’t have been for Roald Dahl’s (usually brilliant) adult stories, not to mention his fame as a children’s author, I would have put this down pretty much straight away.
It was boring. Incredibly so. It was also disturbingly misogynistic. As if those aren’t reasons enough to fall out with a book, there was just no sense of substance to the stories. The ‘twists’ were fairly obvious if you’ve read/seen Tales of the Unexpected as they follow the same structure, the humour was painfully forced and the characters made me feel grimy in the sense that they were all crude caricatures of what human beings are actually like.
The characters and scenarios were imaginative which is the collection’s strong point but they were nowhere decent enough to outweigh all the other terrible qualities.
All in all, this collection of short stories has secured a firm place on my ‘worst books ever, avoid at all costs’ shelf.