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Your Favorite Book of Short Stories

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  1. getbent

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    I think short stories are fantastic. I have worn out many copies of the Nick Adams Stories.. but, my favorite book of short stories is Winesburg, Ohio from Sherwood Anderson. Anderson's stories completely capture a time and place, a spirit and a community that is so real. This book influenced so many other writers and yet, Anderson is not mentioned often, which is too bad.

    My son is studying to be an English teacher and I got him to read Wing Beedlebaum and we discussed it and he asked, 'are the rest of the stories in the book this good?' and I nodded... he smiled and said, 'there are just a lot of great stories, you'd never run out of things to read.'

    I love Gretel Ehrlich too for more non fiction type stuff and maybe my other favorite would be Annie Proulx... her depiction of Wyoming is... well, singular.

    Who are some of your favorites?
     
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    hard to call.
    Poe?
    Harlan Ellison?
    Ambrose Bierce?
    Vladmir Nabokov?
    Raymond Chandler?
    Sam Shepard?
    Nick Tosches?

    yeah, I can't decide
     
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    Welcome to the Monkeyhouse. Easily, my favorite and a very good sampler platter of Vonnegut's work.
     
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    Hermann Hesse?
     
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    I quit King when he started obviously plagiarizing himself, and when he decided he couldn't leave kiddie rape out of his fiction (these occurences happened pretty much simultaneously).o_O I am no one's prude, but somethings are not suitable for entertainment


    Prior to that, I was the biggest fan.
     
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    Honestly, the first one that pops to mind is I, Robot.

    I went through a lot of King up until the early 90's, but couldn't afford strings, aquariums, magazines, girls AND books once I got out of the service. Honestly, I had a lot more time when I was a stationed in Germany, too.
     
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    It’s gotta be better than The Vampire Book of Penguin Stories.
     
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    Short stories?? (The Glass Bead Game)

    IMO Poe
     
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    Droll Stories by Honore de Balzac. No other book has ever made me laugh as much, or as hard.
     
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    Jorge Luis Borges is the short story author I return to most. His work is so much fun to me.
     
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    that's actually a decent collection
     
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    currently: Barbara Kingsolver, "Homeland and Other Stories"
     
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