Macabre du Maurier

I've been reading a good bit since I didn't have internet or cable this last week. I really didn't think i would read much, having so much to do apartment-wise but I did less unpacking once the kitchen was somewhat done. Also, you don't want to be hammering at 10 pm. So, here's the first review of a book I finished last week.

Echoes of the Macabre
by Daphne du Maurier is a collection of 9 short stories. Two, "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now", have been made into pretty decent scary movies you may have seen. Her stories are very atmospheric, which stays true from the one book i've read by her, Rebecca.

My personal favorites from this collection were the two mentioned above, as well as "Kiss Me Again, Stranger" and "The Old Man". I can't really tell you about the second story. Just go read "The Old Man", really. Had I known of this little story when i was in high school drama i would have used it in competition; it is that good. "Kiss Me Again, Stranger" is about a young man you meets the love of his life, only to loose her in a pretty spectacular fashion.

Didn't particularly care for "The Apple Tree" and "The Pool" and the title of "The Chamois" made me think the main character was hunting yellowy cloths that people rub on antique cars. I think that i didn't like the first two because they were too atmospheric. I didn't care about the man in "The Apple Tree" and didn't really know what was going on to the girl in "The Pool". The stories were interesting though.

Overall, a 5. It counts toward the 2010 Challenge for the "Older Than You" category as all the stories were written before i was born. And, it counts for the RIP Challenge too!


  1. I so want to read some of DuMaurier's short stories! I have an awesome collection too that Debi gave to me. I'm in the middle of rewatching The Birds right now actually :) Started it last night and somehow managed to fall asleep in the middle of it :/

  2. B and I watched that one a few weeks ago. It is a bit slow until the birds start attacking!


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