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#41 bimblebee

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:55 PM

'The Stories of Tobias Wolff' is a brilliant collection.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:18 AM

Some of the best I've read lately are:

Tokyo Stories: A Literary Stroll edited by Lawrence Rogers
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryunoskue Akutagawa
Still Life and Other Stories by Junzo Shono
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edogawa Rampo

And right now I'm reading The Collected Stories of Colette.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

Thanks for your replies everyone. Some good stories/collections I've not heard of, will definitely be trying to get hold of some of them, especially Arthur C Clarke; always meant to get a hold of his stuff, even if I'm not a huge sci-fi fan.
Thanks Essiotrot for the Truman Capote suggestion; I haven't read anything by him, but saw the film with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and am certainly interested.

It is a shame though that so many people nowadays (particularly in the UK; less so in North America and Europe) don't like short stories. I can understand why some people want to sink their teeth into something more expansive, but I think short stories are so much fun purely because in their brevity they still manage to conjure up worlds and ideas just as important or enlightening as those in bigger books, but without all the extra padding that comes with novels. Even if they don't last as long, I find them just as memorable and effective.
But then, admittedly, I have quite a short attention span, so that probably plays a large part in my enjoyment of them too. :tongue:

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Anyone wanting an action packed short story, do check out William Trevor.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:38 AM

I am having a 5 years old boy.For him I daily collect the stories from my daily newspapers.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:23 PM

I've recently been listening to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes short stories and they are turning into my favourite short stories ever. They're really good.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:02 AM

I like Sherlock Holmes stories as there is some suspense and other detective stories I like most .Now I am looking for moral stories for my kid I have take G.K publishers book they are nice.



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:10 PM

These are some of my favourite short stories. It’s quite a long list but I love short stories – I think the form is a unique art, different from the novel, not just shorter. To me the following are all beautiful, full of pathos and emotional resonance. They are unforgettable, and I will return to them again and again throughout my life:


Miss Brill, by Katherine Mansfield; American Horse, by Louise Erdritch; If you Sing Like that for Me, by Akhil Harma; A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett; To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing; House Opposite, by R K Narayan;
I Stand Here Ironing, by Tillie Olsen; The Chrysanthemums, by John Steinbeck; The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy; Everyday Use, by Alice Walker; Disappearing, by Monica Wood; The Rocking Horse by D.H. Lawrence; About Love, and The Lady with the Little Dog by Anton Chekhov; The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogal; He’s at the Office, by Allan Gurganus; Everything Stuck to Him, by Raymond Carver.


I have many more favourites by the above authors. I also enjoy Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King.
 


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:35 PM

These are some of my favourite short stories. It’s quite a long list but I love short stories – I think the form is a unique art, different from the novel, not just shorter. To me the following are all beautiful, full of pathos and emotional resonance. They are unforgettable, and I will return to them again and again throughout my life:


Miss Brill, by Katherine Mansfield; American Horse, by Louise Erdritch; If you Sing Like that for Me, by Akhil Harma; A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett; To Room Nineteen by Doris Lessing; House Opposite, by R K Narayan;
I Stand Here Ironing, by Tillie Olsen; The Chrysanthemums, by John Steinbeck; The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy; Everyday Use, by Alice Walker; Disappearing, by Monica Wood; The Rocking Horse by D.H. Lawrence; About Love, and The Lady with the Little Dog by Anton Chekhov; The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogal; He’s at the Office, by Allan Gurganus; Everything Stuck to Him, by Raymond Carver.


I have many more favourites by the above authors. I also enjoy Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King.

 

I've read several of these stories.  One of my favourite stories by Katherine Mansfield is The Tiredness of Rosabel.  I also like O. Henry with his surprise endings.  The Rocking Horse by D. H. Lawrence is amazing.  I haven't read American Horse by Louise Erdrich, but I like her writing and would like to read more of her work, including her short stories.

 

Currently, I'm reading a collection of stories by Yiyun Li (A Thousand Years of Good Prayers).


Edited by Verna, 13 July 2013 - 06:44 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:03 PM

So! I looked back several pages in this forum but couldn't find any threads about short stories. Just wondered if anyone here had any favourite short stories or favourite short story collections?

Some of my favourites:

The Library of Babel - Jorge Luis Borges
Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius - Jorge Luis Borges
Axolotl - Julio Cortazar
The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allen Poe
The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allen Poe

A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia - Viktor Pelevin
Memoirs of a Yellow Dog - O. Henry
Voice - Margaret Atwood

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I love these two. Poe is a great short story writer in my opinion. I also liked Damon and Pythias (I think that's what it's called) not sure who it's by. There are some others I've read and enjoyed, but I can't remember the names. 

 

Sherlock Holmes is definitely in my TBR pile and I have a book of the first 49 short stories of Hemingway that I'm hoping I'll read sometime this year. 



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:39 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:

I agree and one of those stories for me was A Good Man is Hard to Find-Flannery O' Connor.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 08:51 PM

Anything by Ray Bradbury. I remember reading The Pedestrian at college, and that got me hooked.

 

I have 30-year old photocopy of The Pedestrian that I was given in an English lesson in school; a great story.



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:27 PM

Lots of people talking about classic/vintage short stories - do many people here read short stories by contemporary writers?  

 

I've just started the collection Once You Break A Knuckle by D. W. Wilson.  I saw him at ShortStoryVille in Bristol last year, and the story he read an excerpt from was in this collection, and has been on my wish list since then.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:24 AM

I've just finished Girl Reading. Which are shot stories about pictures of girls/women reading. I enjoyed the writing style a lot.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:39 AM

Lots of people talking about classic/vintage short stories - do many people here read short stories by contemporary writers?  

 

I've just started the collection Once You Break A Knuckle by D. W. Wilson.  I saw him at ShortStoryVille in Bristol last year, and the story he read an excerpt from was in this collection, and has been on my wish list since then.

I have avoided reading contemporary stories, I don't know why,maybe it's because I feel that they won't  be close to the classic writers. Any good suggestions to start with?



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:01 PM

Ali Smith and Simon Van Booy would be top of my list of recommendations.  For Smith, I'd probably start with The Whole Story and other stories and Van Booy I'd say The Secret Lives of People In Love, but as far as I'm concerned, you could read any of their collections and find the most beautifully written short stories.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:36 PM

Thank you, I will definitely look nto them.



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Posted 19 August 2013 - 12:09 PM

Lots of people talking about classic/vintage short stories - do many people here read short stories by contemporary writers?  

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Hmm, I think I hadn't posted here yet! I've read a few, for example Jodi Picoult - Short Pieces and stories by Susan Hatler. Another few short stories are on my TBR.

Generally I prefer bigger books as opposed to short stories, because I feel there are much more details in a novel. My favourite short story collection is Arthur C. Clarke - The Other Side of the Sky (science-fiction, I also own an omnibus with all his short stories but haven't read that one yet). I also really like Susan Hatler's short stories (they're chicklit-romance type stories).

I have some classic short stories or short story collections on my TBR as well.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:38 AM

Athena, I've read Arthur C Clarke's Collected Stories (the one with all of his short stories), and I absolutely loved it. :) In fact, despite its length, I've read it a couple of times and dipped back in to re-read certain stories. It's one of my favourite books because of the sheer brilliance of so many of the stories. It's way overdue for a re-read!

 

I would also recommend his Tales from the White Hart. Of course, all of these stories are also included in the omnibus, but I loved these particular stories so much that I bought a copy of this book just so I could have them all in one handy little package. The stories are told by men in a pub called the White Hart, and there's a lot of funny banter by the characters before and after (and I think even during) the stories. :D



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:22 AM

That sounds good, Kylie :)!

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:01 PM

think I must read Tales from The White Hart, if only because it is our local pub just across the road! If I take the book with me it will be sure to cause a stir! :D






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