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#21 Yellow Wallpaper

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 07:20 AM

I love The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, thus my name. I am happy to have found this thread as I was looking for some other short stories to read.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 10:53 AM

There are times when short stories are great to delve into - if you are between novels. I often pick up some. My favourites are those by Guy de Maupassant and I have a good collection of Daphne du Maurier's short stories too. The Birds being one of my favourites :)

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 03:17 PM

I cannot express why I love short stories but just the thought of them makes me smile, I am constantly on the look out for interesting collections to read and it is not because I do not like reading long stories because I read and enjoy both equally. Many short stories even consisting of only 3 pages can be more magical and memorable than a 1000 page book, that's depending on the author's talent ofcourse. :smile2:

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 08:51 PM

Thomas Hardy's short stories are very good; but are often bleak. Not recommended if you like happy endings!

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 01:07 PM

There are times when short stories are great to delve into - if you are between novels. I often pick up some. My favourites are those by Guy de Maupassant and I have a good collection of Daphne du Maurier's short stories too. The Birds being one of my favourites :)


I've only recently discovered Maupassant and have to agree his short stories are great! I'm also a huge fan of Daphne Du Maurier and must have read all of her short stories by now. My favourite is probably The Blue Lenses. I've also been reading some Chekhov short stories which are really good too.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:32 AM

I don't tend to read many short story collections for some reason :blush:

But those I have read and enjoyed are collections by Daphne du Maurier, Roald Dahl (especially his ghost stories), and Jeffrey Archer.

Also, very seasonal, The Christmas Books by Charles Dickens.

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 06:32 PM

I've started reading short stories over the last few years, and some of my favourite collection have been People I Wanted To Be by Gina Oscher, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li, but my absolute favourites have to be Love Begins In Winter and The Secret Lives of People In Love by Simon Van Booy, who writes exquisitely.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 03:59 PM

and of course there is nothing like picking up some short ghost stories, especially around Christmas. :eek:

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 08:56 PM

I've just read a collection by Pauline Melville; The Migration of Ghosts. Some excellent short stories. Anyone else know her work?

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:01 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed Haruki Murakami's collection The Elephant Vanishes. It is certainly an interesting take on the, I suppose, banalities of existence.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:01 PM

The only one I've read is "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:42 AM

I LOVE short stories. I enjoy them just as much as novels, sometimes maybe more.

Some of my fav's from the top of my head.

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel (The queen of short stories, hands down)
No One Belongs Here More Than You - Miranda July
Drown - Junot Diaz
Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
Slut Lullabies - Gina Frangello
The Informers - Bret Ellis
The Acid House - Irvine Welsh
Tales of the White Hart - Arthur Clarke
Of Time and Stars - Arthur Clarke
The Complete Robot - Asimov
Minority Report - Phillip Dick
Everythings Eventual - Stephen King

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 04:24 AM

Martin, I love Tales from the White Hart too. :) In fact, I'm a big fan of all of Clarke's short stories.

Have you ever read anything by JG Ballard? Going by your favourite authors, he might be an author you'd like. He wrote a huge number of short stories and I have a beautiful volume containing them all but haven't managed to start reading it yet.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 05:38 AM

Ballard? That the guy that wrote Crash? I've heard plenty but he's one I am yet to check out as of yet. Y'now how it is, sometimes you keep meaning to check out a guy but never get chance, Too many books on the TBR shelf you see.

Several people have recommended him to me now though. I must get round to it.

And yes, The White Hart is a wonderful little book. I have it signed by the big man Clarke himself. Probably the most valuable book in my collection.

Edited by wickedvoodoo, 08 July 2011 - 05:48 AM.


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Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:21 PM

Anything by Ray Bradbury.

Also...

Clive Barker's books of Blood.................Jaqueline Ess
Salinger's For Esme, with Love and Squalor....Title story
Anything by H.G Wells.........................Time Machine
Anything by Ramsey Campbell...................The Companion
Stephen King's Night Shift....................Night Surf
Anything by Hemingway
Anything by Roald Dahl

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:47 PM

I don't read short stories that often. But recently I've read those from Jeffrey Archer and I loved them.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:47 PM

Two shortstories that are so filled with tragedy and emotion are these;
Stig Dagerman - "To kill a child": Read it here
August Strindberg - "Half a Sheet of Foolscap": Read it here


Of Dagerman's shortstory:

The most famous of Dagerman’s short stories, “Att döda ett barn” (“To Kill A Child”), exemplified the strong influence of film on his writing. In image after image, it portrayed in riveting detail how a series of perfectly ordinary events can be a prologue to horror. (Wikipedia)


Strindberg's story is about a widdower remembering a whole life.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:47 AM

Some good collections of short stories that stick in my mind are any by Stephen King, but especially Different Seasons. Ian Rankin did a collection of Inspector Rebus stories called A Good Hanging. This was my first Rebus book, and I devoured it! Also the Annie Proulx collection Close Range have some very good stories.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:10 PM

I have to say I have never been interested in reading a story Thayer wasn't at least 150 pages long. I just don't see how you can even get a decent story in such few pages.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:52 AM

I love The Storyteller by "Saki" aka Hector Hugh Munro and Nicholas was... by Niel Gaiman.




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