Sixteen short stories all relating to water,be it rivers,seasides,estuaries, pools and so on. And ranging in style from classic murder mysteries to tales of the unexpected. Some are good,very good indeed,and some do not quite enchant me so much. But one of the great advantages and delights of these anthologies is the fact that you are introduced to different writers(some famous like Arthur Conan Doyle,C.S.Forester,Michael Innes and some now long forgotten) and their different approach to the "murder mystery". And notwithstanding the fact that some were written more than a century ago,they are still highly readable and are still a wonderfull source of bookish pleasure.
Whomever it was that had the idea of pairing these two stories was a genius!
DUEL from Richard Matheson is a classic horror tale about a man traveling down the highway, being terrorized by a maniac in a semi. This tale was a re-read for me, via audio. (This was also made into a film, directed by Steven Spielberg. You can watch the trailer here.) 5*
THROTTLE by Stephen King and Joe Hill. This novella length tale was new to me and I enjoyed it. Having paired these two stories together, I can't help but think that DUEL was the better of the two. THROTTLE was still good and a fun listen just the same. 3.5* Recommended for a few hours of listening pleasure! *Thanks to my local library for the free audio download. Libraries RULE!*
I am claiming DUEL for the Classic Horror category in Halloween Bingo!
16. Classic Horror: horror fiction that was published prior to 1980
Wow! When I first read this in my freshman year of high school I hated it. Now what a story! The prose is so beautiful and powerful. I liked the first person point-of-view through Paul's eyes. I also like the stream of consciousness of Paul's thoughts on the war and war in general. He was so right about how the soldiers would not fit in after the war. His sentiments are as true today as they were then. Paul shows what a soldier goes through and how he can never talk about it to someone who has never fought in a war. Words cannot describe seeing all your friends die. Others cannot understand the horribleness of what the soldiers lived unless they have lived through battles, trenches, bombardments, snipers, gas attacks, the dirt and filth. This book is as timely today as in 1929 when it was published. We don't seem to have learned much during that time either as wars still continue. Toward the end of the book, Paul states that the factory owners got wealthier--how little things have changed.