Now I know Bierce a little TOO well.
I had only known Ambrose Bierce from The Devil's Dictionary, and thought it was time to get to know him better. I should have been content with what I knew. The Tall Tales are mostly clever if bizarre; something like Mark Twain meets Stephen King. The Civil War stories are, for the most part, beautifully descriptive but pointless with little structure. Maybe I'm just a lowbrow (maybe??!!) but I don't understand the praise his Civil War pieces have gotten over the years. I'm glad to have read them, but I won't be opening this book again any time soon.