A Baker’s Dozen ★★★☆☆

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Title: A Baker’s Dozen
Series: ———-
Author: Alfred Hitchcock (Editor)
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Crime Fiction
Pages: 170
Words: 67K



Synopsis:

From the Inside Cover

NEVER SAY DIE.
For those who had the courage to come back for more, that generous master of suspense has provided a baker’s dozen of the bizarre, a little extra in the way of horror and intrigue. Here is a supreme collection of skin-prickling suspense, cunningly chosen to startle and terrify, by
ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Table of Contents:

F. TENNYSON JESSE – The Mask

AGATHA CHRISTIE – Accident

GRAHAM GREENE – A Day Saved

ROBERT LEWIS – Roman Holiday

SAMUEL BLAS – Revenge

JOHN STEINBECK – The Snake

MARY DEASY – Long Shadow on the Lawn

RAY BRADBURY – The Night

D. H. LAWRENCE – The Rocking-Horse Winner

GEORGES CAROUSSO – The Warden

ELLIS ST. JOSEPH – Leviathan

LOUIS POLLOCK – Breakdown

EUGENE MANLOVE RHODES – The Fool’s Heart

My Thoughts:

This was a decent read and I don’t have anything to complain about but it wasn’t as fantastic as some of the other books that Hitchcock has edited. With authors like Christie, Steinbeck and Bradbury I have to admit I was expecting something a notch above what I got.

In terms of food, it was the difference between the pictures of a hamburger that you see at fastfood places (like McDonald’s) and the reality of what you get. Nothing wrong with the burger and you’re going to eat it and enjoy it. But no one can say that it looks anything like the picture of perfection you see up on the menu or in the ads.

I am content with my time spent with this book but have nothing to rave or rant about. Makes writing this review pretty easy though!

Oh, technically this book is called “A Baker’s Dozen of Suspense Stories” but that is a ridiculous mouthful.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

27 thoughts on “A Baker’s Dozen ★★★☆☆

    1. Oh, that must have been weird. The story was pretty sad, with him doing it all because his family refused to live within their means.

      Was it an actual movie or one of those made for tv things?

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          1. There was another film that was part of the same series where a girl I think had a demon that grew out of her back. I’ve never been able to track it down though, or recall the name of it or what story it was based on. Really scary stuff though. Seemed gory ahead of its time though, and not really suitable for schoolkids.

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            1. That doesn’t ring any bells for me. But it does sound like something Hitchcock would have had an interest in. I wonder if it is one of his other collections? I guess I’ll find out.

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                1. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
                  That happened to me for years with a scene from a cartoon that I eventually figured out was from Robotech. It’s kind of what got me into the anime/manga scene.

                  But if I run across that story in the remaining anthologies I’ll be sure to mention it.

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    1. Surprisingly, it does not. I was hoping for a recipe at the end but either Hitchcock cheaped out on this collection or the person who scanned it didn’t want to share 😦

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        1. I just prefer it because it has less fat. As a diabetic, heart disease is probably what’s going to do me in. So trying to stave that off is always on my radar 😀
          Not that I eat fast food so much that it’s a problem, mind you.

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    1. Good question! Give me a minute to go look
      * insert Jeopardy music *

      I’d go with The Rockinghorse Winner and the Warden. They were extremely different stories but both had that emotional punch that some stories just seem to have (or lack in a lot of cases)

      I’m assuming November must have been a busy month for you?

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    1. At the bottom of the post (I’m assuming your on my website and not just through the wp reader) you’ll see some tags. One of them is Alfred Hitchcock (link):
      https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/tag/alfred-hitchcock/

      If you click that, that’ll bring up all my review of his anthologies. You don’t even have to read the reviews, just look at the titles and see which one has the highest star rating. Then you can read the review if you want 🙂

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