Not a Star and Otherwise Pandemonium: Stories

  • Title: Not a Star and Otherwise Pandemonium: Stories
  • Author: Nick Hornby
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  • Page: 363
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  • Not a Star and Otherwise Pandemonium Stories In these two stories from bestselling author Nick Hornby revelations are at hand In Not a Star Lynn has always thought her son Mark was a little well unremarkable Until the day a neighbor drops
    In these two stories from bestselling author Nick Hornby, revelations are at hand In Not a Star , Lynn has always thought her son, Mark, was a little, well, unremarkable Until the day a neighbor drops off a porn video at her house, with a note telling her to watch it Turns out, Mark is rather remarkable in one specific area of his life and anatomy Lynn and her husbaIn these two stories from bestselling author Nick Hornby, revelations are at hand In Not a Star , Lynn has always thought her son, Mark, was a little, well, unremarkable Until the day a neighbor drops off a porn video at her house, with a note telling her to watch it Turns out, Mark is rather remarkable in one specific area of his life and anatomy Lynn and her husband, Dave, don t quite know what to think The revelation of their son s talent ripples through Lynn s life as she alternately encounters humor, horror, and unexpected emotional reactions What do you do in the face of impending doom In Otherwise Pandemonium , you lose your virginity with the hottest girl in the Little Berkeley Big Band Here, the world is a different place the future is uncertain the choices one makes are the only thing standing between a semblance of order or utter chaos And the TV s been acting funny This is a story that makes you think and feel, and reminds us of the fleeting nature of time.

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    About Nick Hornby


    1. Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E M Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers London Award Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books A film written by Hornby, An Education shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim was the lead movie at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and distributed by Sony that fall That same September, the author published his latest novel, Juliet, Naked to wide acclaim Hornby lives in North London.


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    1. A short, light read by way of a change; and I haven’t read Nick Hornby for a while.The first story concerns a boy’s “first time” and his life as a frustrated/frustrating 15 year old. He makes an unexpected discovery which involves his newly acquired video recorder which will eventually lead to the “first time”. But it’s not remotely what you’d expect. 3*sThe second concerns Mark’s enormous pecker. The DVD/video player theme is common to both. To say more might well spoil the fu [...]

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    2. I'm a fan of Nick Hornby's. I think he's a genius when it comes to dialogue and he is a keen observer of the smaller, more intimate part of the human condition. He doesn't do literary grandstanding, he makes you laugh and cry and full of feelings and I think his quality is generally underrated.But these two stories were a big strange. The first one is about a woman who finds out that her middle-of-the-road son stars in porn movies because he has a ginormous cock, and the whole thing leads her to [...]

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    3. I'm bias and will 100% admit that. I have a huge literary hard-on for Nick Hornby.That being said, I usually don't read many short story collections. This short book has 2 stories. The first one is his typical somewhat awkward/humorous and the second is totally different than anything I've read by him.I thought I'd loathe it, the first few pages of the story were veryying? Scattered? Not due to bad writing but due to the narrator - which he constructed perfectly. But, in the end, the story was q [...]

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    4. I couldn't even finish this SHORT STORY book because it was just that bad. Going through the last SIX pages was just too much for me. It's so boring, so horribly written, and just not interesting in the least bit. The first story seemed promising at first by the very first page, but then it just got confusing. Which, whatever, maybe Nick really thinks this is how young teens think? Just a jumble of thoughts and going out of order with things? It just didn't seem to fit with the story that was be [...]

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    5. Two great short stories by a fantastic author. An awesome sunny winter afternoon's read!

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    6. I read this a few years ago when I first started purchasing the Pocket Penguins, but recently, I needed a bit of a jump-start while reading another book that seemed to be taking a while, and so I plucked this from the shelf for some quick subway reading.Otherwise Pandemonium consists of two short stories written by Nick Hornby, both of which are quite amusing.The first is, in fact, called "Otherwise Pandemonium," where a teenage boy acquires a VCR with strange properties. Rather than simply reco [...]

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    7. Not sure that the short story is Hornby's best medium.

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    8. I knew from the plot summary that this book was going to contain two short stories, both containing sex. That made me nervous -- especially with the attention 50 Shades of Gray has been getting, I've been thinking about how confused most Americans are in the area of sexuality. In my opinion, sex is best experienced in the context of a loving, monogamous relationship. Besides, aren't most book jackets that mention sex just a red flag that the book is going to be gimmick-filled with attempted-shoc [...]

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    9. This is another Short Story that Nick Hornby has written, that appears in a few collection novels and but also got published on its own as part of the Penguins pocket collection. Of all of Nick Hornby's short stories to date, this is likely my second least favorite but with that said though it is still an often funny, surprisingly sweet and sorta scary little tale. It tells the story of how a young man lost his virginity, thanks to his knowledge of an impending apocalypse. Oh yeah Hornby is as w [...]

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    10. "Not a Star and Otherwise Pandemonium" -Nick Hornby (2005) I'm not certain why, but for some reason, I completely skipped over these stories, in spite of having read nearly everything else by Hornby. So I was excited to start in on them. Within the first few pages, however, I realized that I much prefer Hornby's longer work. While it's unfair to hold everything he does to the standard of "High Fidelity," I really thought these stories were kind of boring and a bit inane. The first, "Not a Star," [...]

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    11. I've read this set of two short stories by Nick Hornby before, but I only remember 'Not a star', the second story. The first-person narrator is a mother who discovers her son has acted (very badly) in a porn film because he has um an unusually large endowment. This discovery set off a series of conversations and memories, elevating the potential bawdiness into a fascinating ode to family relationships. To manage this shift takes a gifted and insightful writer.In the other story, 'Otherwise pan [...]

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    12. I knew there was a reason why I didn't want to read any of Nick Hornby's stuff and these two short stories are precisely what I thought Nick Hornby was all about. His mind must work very different from mine, and we must live in very different worlds because mine certainly does not revolve around sex, sex, sexThe first short story had the potential to be quite intriguing but I just don't care to read a story that starts with sex. And I care even less to read bad language in my spare time - there' [...]

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    13. I know this book is rather rare, but if you manage to get your hands on a copy - read it! Nick Hornby is a master of contemporary literature. His writing stile is so clean, direct, uncomplicated it works in these two short stories just as well as his novels. This is a very short book, only 55 pages long. I was gonna spent just one nice autumn afternoon on it, but the stories were so intense, thought and emotion provoking, so well written, I had to take time to recover between them. Any fan of Ho [...]

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    14. I really like 'Not A Star'. The beginning is bold and hilarious, but as the story went on it becomes more than just about a guy being a porn star. It's essentially a story about family. The writing feels honest without being too sentimental, and the jokes land without trying too hard. I finished the story with a smile on my face.Only to be let down by 'Otherwise Pandemonium'. The plot reminds me of Christopher Pike's 'The Eternal Enemy' except the execution is rushed and all over the place. Ther [...]

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    15. Two solid, funny, and very well written short stories focused on sex that felt like they could have been easily expanded into larger tales.The first, Not a Star, dealt with a mother and father finding out that their college age son was in a porn movie.The second, Otherwise Pandemonium, told from the perspective of a 15 year-old boy, was very Murakami-esque, and tells the story of how he lost his virginity.

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    16. My sweet husband, knowing my love for Nick Hornby's writing, buys me one of his books every time he stumbles upon a new one, and this little gem provided an afternoon of laughter and delight at the range of his work. Both stories are engaging and sweet, with Hornby's usual gift with voice and pacing.

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    17. This is like a literary snack. I have a couple more of these Penguin snippet type books. I think I will use them to catch up on my book challenge. Lol. Back to the story. Nice tongue in cheek Nick Hornby style stories. Makes me feel like reading another one of his books if my to-read pile wasn't already so populated.

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    18. I haven't read a good set of short stories in quite a while and the two in this collection just left me wanting more. These are two perfectly structured, perfectly paced short stories. A quick dip into the lives of the characters. The fact that both stories have a pretty fantastical bent makes them even better.

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    19. Two short stories by Nick Hornby. Amazing how he can write from the perspective of different persons (15 year old boy, middle aged mother) and it all sounds very realistic.The background story of the first story turns out to be rather 'weird' but interesting. The second one is also something to think about: how would you react if your son is making porn movies?

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    20. I got this because I never read OP (not to be confused with the other half of this short story two-fer, Not a Star). The first 10 pages really reads like a lesser Hornby story, but then picks up in the falling act to turn into a pretty solid "L" read. If you can find it, I'd check it out.

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    21. A couple of short stories that make a cracking good read. The first one reads like a treatment for an excellent episode of the Twilight Zone. The second one is just really funny high farce packed with double entendres: I loved them both.

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    22. Not bad, but not particularly memorable. Nick Hornby's writing is great, as always, but the stories themselves came up a bit short. I liked Not A Star better than Otherwise Pandemonium, but neither really grabbed me.

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    23. A very quick, fun read from the great Nick Hornby. It's actually the tiniest paperback I think I have ever read. It includes two of Hornby's short stories and they are both quirky and well written. Thanks to Alana for letting me borrow!

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    24. I usually find him pretty readable, but I did not like these two stories at all. Lame my-child-is-in porn exploration and lamer sci-fi based on a very tired premise (omg, my video recorder tells the future).

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    25. Not a Star is worth four and a half stars on its own, though Otherwise Pandemonium is pretty weak and drags that down. Not a Star is definitely worth checking out. It's very funny and a bit more daring than his usual work.

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    26. Readable, pleasant, but not really memorable. The first story felt rushed through, and a bit awkward at times. I marginally preferred the second story, although it felt slightly unoriginal (I may have read too much Stephen King), and more depressing than I was expecting.

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    27. Die kleine boekjes van Penguin zijn eigenlijk ideaal om mee te nemen in mijn sjakosse naar de feesten of Gent Jazz. Deze twee verhalen van Nick Hornby deden me lachen. Ze zaten goed in elkaar en werden mooi beschreven.

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    28. Two quite different shorts by Hornby. One that takes him out of his comfort zone, that works really well, and the other a very Hornby tale where he manages to get the female voice right. Worth a look.

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    29. Both these stories remind me of English class in high school where things happen, they're phrased in a certain way and then you have to write an essay about why x was significant.

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    30. This little book, which I have read twice already, contains two beautifully weird short stories by Nick Hornby, which to me are so very, and so very not, Nick Hornby-ish.

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