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Tales and Fantasies is a short story collection by Robert Louis Stevenson, published posthumously in 1905. It contains three stories, which were not published as a part of a collection during Stevenson's lifetime: The Misadventures of John Nicholson: A Christmas Story (first published in Yule Tide in 1887). The Body Snatcher (first published in the Christmas 1884 edition of Tales and Fantasies is a short story collection by Robert Louis Stevenson, published posthumously in 1905. It contains three stories, which were not published as a part of a collection during Stevenson's lifetime: The Misadventures of John Nicholson: A Christmas Story (first published in Yule Tide in 1887). The Body Snatcher (first published in the Christmas 1884 edition of the Pall Mall Gazette). The Story of a Lie (first published in New Quarterly Magazine in 1879). This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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Tales and Fantasies is a short story collection by Robert Louis Stevenson, published posthumously in 1905. It contains three stories, which were not published as a part of a collection during Stevenson's lifetime: The Misadventures of John Nicholson: A Christmas Story (first published in Yule Tide in 1887). The Body Snatcher (first published in the Christmas 1884 edition of Tales and Fantasies is a short story collection by Robert Louis Stevenson, published posthumously in 1905. It contains three stories, which were not published as a part of a collection during Stevenson's lifetime: The Misadventures of John Nicholson: A Christmas Story (first published in Yule Tide in 1887). The Body Snatcher (first published in the Christmas 1884 edition of the Pall Mall Gazette). The Story of a Lie (first published in New Quarterly Magazine in 1879). This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

30 review for Tales and Fantasies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ratnapalan

    Exciting, fun, and full of flashes of his great novels.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Perry Whitford

    Two novella length stories and a short one from one of Scotland's best, Robert Louis Stevenson. 'The Misadventures of John Nicholson' is the farcical tale of an unprepossessing yet incredibly unlucky lad from Edinburgh. If looking for an explantion for why he always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time don't look too hard, for 'superstition steps in with the more ready explanation that he was detested of the gods.' 'The Body-Snatcher' is the kind of short story you expect from Stevens Two novella length stories and a short one from one of Scotland's best, Robert Louis Stevenson. 'The Misadventures of John Nicholson' is the farcical tale of an unprepossessing yet incredibly unlucky lad from Edinburgh. If looking for an explantion for why he always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time don't look too hard, for 'superstition steps in with the more ready explanation that he was detested of the gods.' 'The Body-Snatcher' is the kind of short story you expect from Stevenson, culled from the one of the grisliest episodes in 19th century Edinburgh, the medical practices of Richard Knox and his two infamous grave diggers, Burke and Hare. Stevenson provides a supernatural twist. 'The Story of a Lie' owes more than a little of its plot to circumstance, but is a lively tale of young love sundered by well-meaning lies and unhelpful fathers. One father, a failed painter who is also a shameless sponge, is particularly fun. If there is one common theme that binds these disparate, posthumously collected tales it's that lying, both to yourself and others, catches up with you eventually. Not bad, but far from the writer's best stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jim Seitz

    great stories, somewhat in the fashion of o henry.

  4. 4 out of 5

    jim copley

    They don't write like this today There are many great writers today but the style of the past can't be duplicated and that is how it should be.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tom Rand

  6. 4 out of 5

    CTKelley

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Cantolina

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fran Wevers

  10. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Daly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael Roseman

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  15. 5 out of 5

    Philip Farrell

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

  17. 4 out of 5

    Magda

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Rees

  19. 4 out of 5

    Richard Seltzer

  20. 4 out of 5

    mel toland

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bob Wiseman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. C.

    This is a collection of three novellas: *The Misadventures of John Nicholson*, *The Body Snatcher*, and *The Story of a Lie*. *Misadventures* seems to have been influenced by Stevenson's own life in that it involves a trip from Edinburgh to San Francisco and back again. Stevenson, always terse, does not belabor the trips themselves but only the mishaps that keep plaguing poor John Nicholson. What makes this story line work is that we always get an interpretation of events from Nicholson's ration This is a collection of three novellas: *The Misadventures of John Nicholson*, *The Body Snatcher*, and *The Story of a Lie*. *Misadventures* seems to have been influenced by Stevenson's own life in that it involves a trip from Edinburgh to San Francisco and back again. Stevenson, always terse, does not belabor the trips themselves but only the mishaps that keep plaguing poor John Nicholson. What makes this story line work is that we always get an interpretation of events from Nicholson's rationalizing mind--it's not "stealing," it's "borrowing," for example. This allows this very human fellow to keep an aura of innocence about him and the reader longs for his vindication. *The Body Snatcher* is more macabre and concerns the practice of grave robbing in order to provide the medical school with cadavers for training in anatomy, but it focuses, again, on the conscience of one of the university's "student assistants, the power of peer pressure, and the darkness of the practice. *The Story of a Lie* may be the weakest of the three and ends, as the chapter title says, with a "deus ex machina" that is a bit too pat. All in all, this is a great collection an a fast read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renato R. Chacon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robert Waldbauer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  27. 5 out of 5

    mrinal kala

  28. 4 out of 5

    amanda Beeks

  29. 4 out of 5

    natasha holt

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Curtis

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