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  1. 20 great Ashes moments No17: Flintoff and Lee's exchange at Edgbaston, 2005
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  3. 20 great Ashes moments No3: Boycott returns and runs out Randall, 1977

He puts in what the scorecards leave out. What emerges is a snappy, funny, vivid and accurate telling of the Ashes story: the 19th century and the reign of WG "the perpetual schoolboy" ; the golden age of classicism, bookended by two pragmatists, Grace and Warwick Armstrong; the s and Armstrong, "who treated cricket as war"; Bradman "not a single redeeming defect" ; Bodyline Jardine: "I've got it! Bradman's yellow!

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It is all hurried along by some corking quotes. The Colin Cowdrey award for chivalry : "It doesn't worry me in the slightest to see the batsman hurt, rolling around screaming and blood on the pitch" - Jeff Thomson.

20 great Ashes moments No17: Flintoff and Lee's exchange at Edgbaston, 2005

The Sydney Hill award for audience participation : "Hey, Warr, you've got as much chance of taking a Test wicket on this tour as I have of pushing a pound of butter up a parrot's arse with a hot needle. The chances of making an Ashes history sing afresh would seem to be no better. But Briggs's chronicle is a delight. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

A phoenix of anecdotes. The night everything changed for Deepak Chahar. Shreyas Iyer pleased to 'set the benchmark at the No. Brandon King debuts as West Indies opt to bowl in quest of whitewash. Pollard praises Pooran's 'maturity', Chase's 'cleverness' in rare series win. Deepak Chahar's best is also the best ever in men's T20Is. James Pattinson wants to play back-to-back Tests. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.

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Aug 17, Brainycat rated it really liked it Recommends it for: All fans of horror, anyone interested in learning about horror. Most of them were really good; the weakest pieces in the collection I'd still consider to be decent writing. I'm not too familiar with this "microshort" format, this was essentially my first introduction. I liked it a lot. While the collection is only 53 pages in my reader, it was the right length.

Too many of these shorts and it would feel like a chore to plow through them all. I didn't count how many stories are in here, but I'd wager there's stories total in the collection. The problem with the format, however, is that it's so short there's only so many ways to create the 'A-Ha! Usually with the last sentence that reframes the earlier paragraphs in a new light. Given that I'm pretty sick and twisted anyway, I'm usually reframing everything I read and watch all day long so there weren't a lot of shocks or suprises for me in the stories.

Also, IIRC all the stories are set in contemporary western society.

It would be an interesting excercise for the authors to use some of their scant words to try to evoke some different settings. I still enjoyed reading this though. It's like popcorn and jelly beans for the horror fan - tiny little nuggets of demented goodness in easy to digest chunks. I felt the first section had the most interesting stories, as the microshort format lends itself to leaving much to the readers imagination while the other three genres covered such familiar ground it was hard to feel any surprises or insights.

This is a great little book that I recommend to anyone interested in horror. Because it's so short and the stories even shorter, this would probably be a good introduction to the genre for someone looking for a survey of the typical tropes and techniques - a Horror Types and Tropes Primer, if you will.

I am looking forward to more collections from this group.

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Jan 31, Fanny rated it really liked it. Not a bad collection, the amount of hits were more than duds. Easy one night read with the occasional photo to creep you out. Feb 20, Tessa rated it liked it Shelves: finished-in-2k This book was okay, most of the stories were pretty good. A few were super creepy, one was mildly disturbing, and a couple were lame. Basically a collection of creepypasta. View 1 comment.

Aug 18, Chris Kester rated it liked it. Though pretty hit or miss. Short stories are always hit or miss, so micro-stories are even more likely to be this way.


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I enjoyed the book but felt like I came out of it with about a handful of stories that I really loved. It was not bad though and I enjoyed reading it.

20 great Ashes moments No3: Boycott returns and runs out Randall, 1977

My favorite thing about this book that will make me want to find more like it, is that you can read a few stories quickly while you have a couple of minutes to glance down at your phone. Jan 16, Linda rated it really liked it. Even if you don't want to read it, just grab it and give it to people you don't like. Here is the link to the Amazon page. You'd be a fool not to grab this great book. It's well worth it to pay a buck or two, but now that it's free?! Stop reading this and go get that sucker right now!

Oh snap I just bought it yesterday. Nevermind, enjoy the money. I might just use this to gift it to a few people for free. I'll give it a read when I get a chance.