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The consequences reflect well on neither man. In "State of England," we smirk knowingly at Big Mal, a bullshitting East Ender trying to sort out his life at his small son's sports day, but we are nevertheless compelled to find out what will become of him. Familiar stories about obsessive bad sex such as "Let Me Count the Times" have not stood the test of time, and Amis's tales of literary agents, aspiring novelists, and spoiled bestseller writers may only interest an inner coterie.

Still, when he is on form, Amis's work is as deeply alluring as it is amusing. Once you enter Amis's disorienting and hilarious world, you'll never be the same. Every poem will remind you of "Career Move," a story in which poets are flown first-class to Hollywood in order to take meetings with sandal-shod producers, to review sales in the millions, while screenwriters struggle in near-oblivion for publication in obscure, unread journals. Never again will you consider communication with extraterrestial life-forms without conjuring apocalyptic images of evil from "The Janitor on Mars.

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Book Description Trafalgar Square, First - may be Reissue. Ships with Tracking Number! Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory n. Items related to Heavy Water and Other Stories. Heavy Water and Other Stories. Really enjoyed many of these short stories, but that last one was Joyce-ian painful!

Oct 01, Robert rated it it was ok. Several years ago, perhaps many years ago, I decided Martin Amis's fiction was not worth reading because he was a snarky Brit who wasn't all that funny despite his barbed wit and talent for replicating the various accents of Britain's various social classes. Then I came back to Amis a few years ago and read some novels I liked because they were full, rounded, comical but serious.

Now I've made the mistake of trying to read a collection of Amis's stories called Heavy Water that comprises tales w Several years ago, perhaps many years ago, I decided Martin Amis's fiction was not worth reading because he was a snarky Brit who wasn't all that funny despite his barbed wit and talent for replicating the various accents of Britain's various social classes. Now I've made the mistake of trying to read a collection of Amis's stories called Heavy Water that comprises tales written from the 70s into the 90s.

I suppose I wanted to see if I was wrong when I first wrote him off. Well, I wasn't. It's just that over time he has become a much better writer. Back then Martin Amis wrote stories as if they were basically jokes. He'd develop a counterfactual conceit--for instance, that poems were treated like blockbusters by Hollywood moguls--and explore how weird that would be.

Pretty weird. Or he would spin out a tale told by a janitor on Mars, eager to communicate with earth or earthlings. Or he would describe a world in which the gays dominated the scene and the heterosexuals the hets were forced to play the role of the gays mocked, dissed, what have you. Lots of upside down and inside out stuff. Wouldn't it be funny if this. Wouldn't it be funny if that. I won't belabor the point. One can see even in Amis's early stories the striking wit, gift with words and images, and pulsing cultural awareness that ultimately made him a significant writer.

But he wasn't really interesting; he was the son of a better-known writer who worked his way through his apprenticeship and kept going. Good for him. Skip the early stuff and read what he's writing now. Jun 01, M. Except for "Straight Fiction" which is obvious and hardly clever even and "What Happened to Me on My Holiday" which, while fun to read, may be a bit too sentimental , every single one of these stories is phenomenal.

Martin Amis is endlessly clever, blunt, rash, poignant, insightful, touching, and shocking, all at the same time. His stories run the gamut from more traditional "Heavy Water", where a mother struggles to entertain and manage her vaguely mentally handicapped son aboard a cruise ship , to gratuitous "Let Me Count the Times", where a husband abandons his meticulous sexual practices with his wife for an affair I came to this one with my arms crossed, but was overwhelmingly surprised.

I loved it.

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I finally get why so many people like Martin Amis and so many dislike Martin Amis. He is such a skillful prose stylist that his stories can be as hard to put down as they are to finish because of his nasty characters and view of the world. No, I do not like these stories very much but I admire the skill that went into writing them.

Different people will prefer different stories, of course, but I favor the first and third where the author tries to get us to see the world differently by simple swit I finally get why so many people like Martin Amis and so many dislike Martin Amis. Different people will prefer different stories, of course, but I favor the first and third where the author tries to get us to see the world differently by simple switches: in the first story screenwriters live the lives of poets and poets live the lives of screen writers. In the third, being gay is normal and being straight is controversial.

While these both seemed clever for a while, both stories continued long past the point where I got the point. I'm not sure either did much to change my thinking about either matter. In sum: if you like Martin Amis, have fun, but I don't think I need to bother with him again. Picked up a lovely 1st edition hardcover in perfect condition for next to nothing in a lovely second hand bookstore in South Haven, MI when we were on holiday a few months ago. So its a collection of short stories mostly written in the 90s and with a couple of real gems. When Amis is biting and funny he is head and shoulders above everyone else.

The satire about the movie business, applied to a poetry - 'his f-cking sonnet did forty million opening weekend' is wicked. And the story about the 'St Picked up a lovely 1st edition hardcover in perfect condition for next to nothing in a lovely second hand bookstore in South Haven, MI when we were on holiday a few months ago. And the story about the 'Straight District' in NY with the marginalised hetros campaigning for rights had just the right spot on details.

May 08, maria rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories. Martin Amis is a talented prose stylist with a nasty world view. The stories in this collection range from awful to meh, with occasional flashes of brilliance. They're not nearly as good as his novels, with many reading like an abandoned attempt at a longer piece. The best of the lot: - "Career Move" describes about a world in which poets are jet-setting Hollywood bigwigs while screenwriters are starving artists. Jul 05, Cheri rated it liked it Shelves: modernlit.

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Amis is such an amazing writer, but several of these stories don't age well. Also, he's both a man of his times and his upbringing, and so resorts to some pretty awful stereotypes in stories like "Straight Fiction" and "The Coincidence of The Arts". On craft, he's unimpeachable, but for content I find him mostly lacking.

Oct 03, Mark Desrosiers rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Aug 25, R. Features The Janitor From Mars wherein an abusive Martian robot communicates to a representative gathering of Earthlings precisely how little they matter in the grand scheme of things. May 28, Aaron France rated it liked it Recommends it for: short fiction addicts.

Great stories, most are strong. Standing out above all others is "The Janitor from Mars". Jun 27, Edward Janes rated it liked it. Collection of short stories written over a period of 20 years. Diverse in ranging from what almost seems a commentary on the problems with the book publishing industry, to an inverted world where most people are homosexual and being straight is frowned upon, to a strange scifi where we find out there is life on Mars.

Nine stories, all different in style, subject matter and tone.