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Your Favorite Book of Short Stories

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by getbent, Dec 2, 2020.

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    Always loved Isaac Asimov sci fi short stories - I Robot, The Stars Like Dust, Edge of Tomorrow, etc.
     
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    Mark Twain
     
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    (in addition to being a monumental *******, Poe also ripped off most of the basic ideas for how to do detective story stuff from a guy named Horace Binney Wallace (peculiar novel named Stanley, which was published under the name of Landor or anonymously cuz Wallace didn't want people tying him to his writing, which made it easy for Poe to steal stuff from him). Wallace wound up cutting his throat in a Paris hotel in 1852: never married, resisted the attempts of Julia Ward Howe to snag him.

    Still having Madelaine Usher come back from the near- or completely-dead to kill her rapist brother/husband is one of the first #metoo stories in American Lit . . .
     
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    Euripides - Medea, The Bachae
    Sophocles - Ajax
    Aeschylus - Prometheus Bound
     
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    Came here to say THIS. Three of the four have been made into pretty great flicks, two of them all-timers for sure.

    Bachman Books is tough to top as well.

    EDIT: Irvine Welsh's If You Liked School, You'll Love Work is also great.
     
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    My last band was "Raygun Carver" out of Port Angeles, where Carver did much of his writing.

    My pick is Philip K Dick. Still looking to buy a copy of the comprehensive anthology I read from the library but can't find it.

    Given that several of his short stories were made into movies, they are generally gems, packed with ideas. While best known for his novels his short stories are every bit as good.
     
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    Murders in the Rue Morgue is a better Iron Maiden song than it is a Poe story.
    An orangutan, really? o_O
    The "Concur-er Worm";) is a bit of a bore...

    However Masque of the Red Death is a perfect psychedelic pitched-fever dream

    And the merits of most more than make up for the flaws of the few
     
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    I read all of Poe and Arthur C Clarke as a kid, then got super busy with all the doing this earth afforded, and barely had time to sleep six hours a day never mind sit reading fiction.

    Nothing against fiction, great entertainment and mind expanding, I suppose soon as I'm forced to slow down there will be more room for reading in each day.
     
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    Dubliners by Joyce.
     
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    I read it after hearing the Maiden song and was extremely confused and disappointed. Masque of the Red Death is a favorite tho. Tell Tale Heart snaps along pretty well too, ratchets up the tension really nicely.

    Just looked over my shoulder and have a copy of Elmore Leonard's Complete Western Stories that my pop loaned me months ago. Might oughta crack it open.
     
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    Winesburg, Ohio was the first book that came to mind. Glad to hear it mentioned here. Thanks, getbent.

    I also treat Blue Highways (by William Least Heat Moon) like a collection of short stories, sometimes.

    Not exactly short stories, but I've been spending time with Frank Stanford's collected works lately.
     
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    I read a lot of O. Henry when I was younger. Solid little gems, and a good education in story construction and architecture.
     
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    +1 for Dubliners. And Hemingway.

    Alice Munro is Canada’s greatest living short story writer. I like her first collection, The Dance of the Happy Shades.

    But this is my favourite:

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    I don't really gravitate towards short form, but I have hugely enjoyed collections by these guys:

    Dave Eggers
    Michael Chabon
    David Foster Wallace
    Philip Roth
    T.C. Boyle (who wrote perhaps the best short I have read up to this point, Chicxulub, which I have not been able to forget since reading it nearly 20 years ago in The New Yorker - recommended!).
     
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    I've not yet imbibed
     
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    The poet? I haven't read any of his stuff. Yet. How are you liking it?
     
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    Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne.

    Also I like the annual Best American Short Stories series, each with a high-profile guest editor.
     
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    Franz Kafka
     
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    First semester freshman English. Just under 1,500 pages. Would keep you busy for a while.

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    I know you said you're burned out on Nick Adams, but this one has everything, not just NA. One of my favorites I keep going back to.

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