Topics About Which I Know Nothing

  • Title: Topics About Which I Know Nothing
  • Author: Patrick Ness
  • ISBN: 9780007139446
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Topics About Which I Know Nothing Scintillating surprising inventive fiction from one of the most talented young writers in Britain this is a superb collection of new short stories from the acclaimed author of The Crash of Henningt
    Scintillating, surprising, inventive fiction from one of the most talented young writers in Britain, this is a superb collection of new short stories from the acclaimed author of The Crash of Hennington Have you heard the urban myth about Jesus s double jointed elbows yet 100 per cent true Or seen the latest reports on the groomgrabbing trend the benevolent kidnappScintillating, surprising, inventive fiction from one of the most talented young writers in Britain, this is a superb collection of new short stories from the acclaimed author of The Crash of Hennington Have you heard the urban myth about Jesus s double jointed elbows yet 100 per cent true Or seen the latest reports on the groomgrabbing trend the benevolent kidnapping of badly dressed children by their well meaning and dapper elders Heard the one about the from the Isle of Man Or perhaps you d like a job in telesales, offering self defence classes over the phone Don t worry, as long as you meet the weekly quota, you won t be sent to the end of the hall Wonderfully original, fresh and funny, Topics About Which I Know Nothing is stuffed to the gills with dizzyingly inventive writing and warming, puzzling emotions a fictional guide to how the world might have turned out.

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    About Patrick Ness


    1. Patrick Ness, an award winning novelist, has written for England s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children s Book Award Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.


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    1. Continuing my trend of reading everything written by Patrick Ness, here is his collection of short stories. It is always hard to rate a collection of short stories because unless you LOVE or HATE all of them how do you rate a book where you loved some of the stories and felt a bit meh about the others?So it gets a 4 because it is Patrick Ness and he is funny. No 5 this time though because of the meh stories That is all. It's still a fun collection of short stories though. He does a very good job [...]

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    2. In his introduction Ness says he likes stories as a way to experiment. After finishing the volume, I concur. Most are successful, but the urban legends about Jesus one soon became tedious. My favorite was "Ponce de Leon is a Retired Married Couple from Toronto" which is worth at least six stars.So, a good collection for fans of Ness, for fans of short stories, and for those who study writing. If there is such a thing as a book club comprised of all writers, it would be really cool to discuss whi [...]

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    3. I have a confession. I have a huge, almost unlady like crush on Patrick Ness.Here's a picture of my room:Just kidding. My husband probably wouldn't allow it. However, I admire his writing so much that I would give a book full of absolute drivel two stars automatically. Not kidding.I like to think that I am not easily offended by opinions. I will not maul anyone over their religious, political, sexual beliefs. If you know you are easily offended, please know that you most likely will be while rea [...]

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    4. If you haven't guessed already, I love this man. He is an absolute genius.Topics About Which I Know Nothing was just what I needed. It made me laugh, made me think and actually made me want to tell people about it, just so we could have a discussion about their understanding of the storylines. Honestly, I just don't know how Ness does it. He continues to surprise me with every book, regardless of the fact that this was a collection of short stories and not a series. His outlook on the world is m [...]

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    5. 3.5 stars. In general I'm not a fan of short story collections, but I can honestly say that this one is the best/most interesting one I've ever read.

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    6. Just testing my new header. Review to come for each stories

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    7. A collection of weird and quirky short stories. Patrick Ness is the master of crazy. A must read!

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    8. Fun, interesting and varied. Fab!

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    9. It's so hard to rate this book, as I loved some of the stories and, well, didn't love, some of them. What I really did love though is that every single short-story had a unique form - an academic paper, a newspaper article, various types of playing around with language and style - there was one story compiled of ONE SENTENCE for crying out loud! ( not a short one, a two pages long one ) THIS is what I love about Ness, I love that he experiments, and that he uses the formate of the text itself to [...]

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    10. Short story collections are always harder for me to enjoy because I just have a harder time getting into the stories. However, I was pretty impressed with this one. I hadn't expected so many of the stories to be as creepy as they were, but I enjoyed that. Unfortunately, I liked the early stories much better than the last few, which had the book leaving a poor taste in my mouth. But the earlier stories were really enjoyable.

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    11. Short story collection. They’re all quite interesting in their way, and the prose is neat, but I found most of them pointless in the end. Author seems to set up bizarre situations simply for the sake of it without any idea himself what it's all supposed to mean. An easy read, mostly entertaining, but in spite of an implicit claim to depth I found the stories ultimately shallow.

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    12. All I have to say is that it's strange

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    13. I know I'm supposed to like it, but to me it sucked

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    14. Original review posted hereThis is a continuation of my ‘read everything by Patrick Ness’ binge that came about from receiving all his books for my birthday.I do prefer his young adult books (as in I love them and rave about them always) but I’ve been trying to get into his adult stuff too. I really enjoyed The Crane Wife earlier this year, and was looking forward to this one too.I worry about reading short stories like this. It’s the kind of thing we’d read in my creative writing clas [...]

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    15. Super excited that the short story, "Now That You've Died", which Patrick wrote especially for Read for RNIB is contained in this new version of the book.The story really does take readers on an exhilarating journey into the afterlife and is another fine example of Patrick’s finesse for storytelling which is both captivating yet challenging to the reader.The story was originally performed as an exhilarating interactive theatrical experience, part of the Sense Story Series, in 2013, when RNIB b [...]

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    16. Chaos Walking, Ness’s young adult trilogy, may be one of the quirkiest, darkest, and evocative YA series I’ve ever read, so I was intrigued to discover that we have Ness’s early works (aimed at adults) on Scribd. Though the stories that comprise Topics About Which I Know Nothing take place worlds apart from the one in Chaos Walking, these disparate tales share a sense of humor that belies an ominous undertone.The best of these stories explore the way psychological games, social cues, langu [...]

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    17. 'the gifted' and 'ponce de leon is a retired married couple from toronto'.

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    18. Some good stories some a bit confused but overall a good book.

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    19. Usually I am not one for short stories. I like continuity, I’m a sucker for series in fact. But I had to give this one a try because, you know, it’s Patrick Ness. Well, the stories were fucking weird, so there’s that. It’s what I expected. But I’m not sure if I understood all the stories. When I finished some of them I felt like I needed a further explanation of what the story was about. Maybe that’s the point? I don’t know. However, the most interesting thing about this book weren [...]

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    20. I love Patrick Ness. Where was he when I was a kid? Oh yeah, not born. I don't believe it. Reading his books makes me realize this must be his 3rd or 4th incarnation. This book, as all of them, is funny, horrifying, scary, and makes you think, "why didn't I write that???"He should have won the pulitzer for More Than This. Or at least a Wentworth. But noooo, all he got was a nomination for Locus, 9th place. Makes you want to weep. Like I did when I read a Monster Calls.Read this. Read all his boo [...]

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    21. Implied violence 4☆The way all trends do 5☆Ponce de Leon is a retired married couple from Toronto 4☆Jesus' elbows and other christian urban myths 5☆Quis custodied ipsos custodes 4☆Sydney is a city of jaywalkers 4☆2,115 Opportunities 3.5☆The Motivations of Sally Rae Wentworth, 4☆The Seventh International Military War Games Dance Committee Qudrenial Competition and Jamboree 4☆The Gifted 4☆andNow That You’ve Died: This story makes me want to drop the other stories ratings bec [...]

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    22. This book is a collection of short stories all written by Patrick Ness. Some made me laugh out loud while others were harder to get through (or skipped altogether). As I've recently moved to Australia, I really appreciated "Ponce de Leon is a retired married couple from Toronto". These stories are nothing like Ness's "A Monster Calls" trilogy, but a good taste of some of Ness's other writing styles.

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    23. Strange stories, they succeed best when they are experimenting. I like the one about ‘groom grabbing’, written as a PHD thesis paper and the one where he invents fake internet rumours and completely recreates internet type speak. Another good one counts all the ways in which two people may not have met. And there was a story about s running the UK. I also liked the war games one - interpretive artillery firing indeed. Bad ones were the ones that tried to tell a story.

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    24. Patrick Ness is an absolute genius! I am currently making my way through all of his books and I now only have The Crane Wife left to read. My favourite story in this was 2115 Opportunities as I thought it was so clever and amazingly written with such a cute end.I have the newer edition so it also included Now That You've Died which was beautifully written it made me cry. Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors and he never fails to amaze me with his incredible writing.

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    25. What an imaginative and compelling book of short stories! Ness has such an incredible range of styles and such a raw edge too though there is plenty of humour - lots of satire - which makes this an extremely satisfying book - so different from Crane Wife and more in sync with Crash and compared to his YA work - wow! Such a talent indeed!

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    26. There were good stories in here, and stories that weren't so great. the good just didn't outway the bad in this case. I wasn't excited to continue reading this, and skipped 2 of the stories after reading them halfway through. This is not something I do often, but they just did not hold my attentionToo bad, I generally love Patrick Ness's books.

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    27. Some of these stories are really creepy (Implied Violence and The Gifted), some downright funny. I love The Way All Trends Do with its sly footnotes, and all the different voices in Jesus' Elbows and Other Christian Urban Myths. In fact, I think I may have met some of those people!

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    28. This is my favorite of Patrick Ness' adult writing. I enjoyed each and every story. They're often slightly creepy and rather funny, which has put the idea in my head that I'd love for Patrick to write an episode of Welcome to Night Vale.

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    29. An interesting collection of short stories. feel like the young author is experimenting with the form and conventions which results in a varied collection. A useful tool for students to see an author playing with style and convention.

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