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    Favorite Short Story Thread

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by MsMyth71, Mar 25, 2010.

    I'm sorry if this has been done before, but maybe another one wouldn't hurt? Peoples' opinions and tastes change and we get new people on the board.

    So, how about it? What are some favorite short stories out there?

    If you want, give details as to what you like about a particular short story.
     
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    Here's my short list. I could go on and on, but I'll choose a few that stick out:

    In no particular order:

    "We Didn't," by Stuart Dybek. Wonderful tale, told in the "addressed you" voice--dramatic monologue.
    "Until Gwen," by Dennis LeHane. A mystery story told in the 2nd person. Lovely and sad.
    "Rara Avis," by T.C. Boyle. Imaginative and unsettling.
    "Bullet in the Brain," by Tobias Wolf. Just because. He breaks some rules and pulls it off.
     
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    I'll have more later, but I've always been really fond of To Build a Fire by Jack London.
     
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    I actually do have a new one since the last time this thread was made....
    Something That Needs Nothing by Miranda July joins Water From the Sun by Bret Easton Ellis and Je Ne Parle Pas Francais by Katherine Mansfield at the top of the list.
     
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    My favourites:

    "The Clockwork Atom Bomb" by Domonic Green
    "All You Zombies" by Robert A. Heinlein
    "Pop Art" by Joe Hill
    "The Last Reef" by Gareth L. Powell

    And a host of others I can't remember at the moment... I read too many short stories.
     
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    Almost every short story by Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite. :D
     
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    The Cremation of Sam Mc Gee by Robert Service
    Batard by Jack London
    The $30,000 Bequest By Mark Twain
     
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    Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw

    Mimsy Were the Borogoves by Lewis Padgett (pseudonym of Henry Kuttner and his wife C.L. Moore)

    John
     
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    The Scarlet Ibis. That one stuck with me for some reason.
     
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    I enjoyed "Children of the Corn" and "I Am the Doorway," both by Stephen King. I also loved "The Microcosmic God" by Theodore Sturgen. And a bunch of others I can't think of at the moment.
     
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    ^ Stephen King short stories are pretty good. I read one once, can't remember the title, but it was about finding some toy monkey in an attic and people died when it was wound up.
     
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    A Rose For Emily- Faulkner
    The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Young Goodman Brown - Hawthorne
     
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    The Royal Game from Stephan Zweig. Simply amazing. The best short story I have ever read.
     
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    For short stories, hands down, The Death of Dr. Island by Gene Wolfe.
     
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    Not necessarily my favourite, but I like Alice Munro's 'Runaway' and Raymond Carver's 'Elephant and other stories'.
     
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    "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
     
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    The Call of Cthulhu or The Outsider, both by H.P. Lovecraft are in there.
    The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allen Poe is another one.
    Ghosts by Lord Dunsany
    Two-hearted Rivier by Ernest Hemmingway
    The Dead by James Joyce is maybe my favourite however.
     
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    Yes, this is also one of my favorites. I don't read a lot of short stories, but I'm actually reading For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming; a collection of five James Bond short stories. I've gotten through two of them, and I really like them both.

    This is where I'm gonna have to disagree with you haha.
     
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    Where did you start agreeing? :p
     
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    Haha, well I can't agree or disagree on the others, as I haven't read them, but I had to read The Big Two-Hearted River Part II for one of my classes. I think it's just Hemingway's writing style. His short sentences really irritate me lol.
     
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    Fair enough. For me; I don't mind them. That's just his style.
     
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    I like The Gold Bug; for some reason that one just stuck with me.
     
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    Hills like White Elephants and The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway.
     
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    I like most things from Ray Bradbury, especially the stories in the Martian Chronicles. My favorite one would have to be "Usher II", it's funny and poignant, and has a great ending. And the references to all of Poe's stories don't hurt either.
     
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    The Children of the Night is another good one. Robert E. Howard always wrote the best short stories.
     

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