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OfflineMeraok
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Short Stories
    #3444552 - 12/04/04 04:19 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I have, for some reason related to boredom, been hanging out in a used book store, recently. It hasn't taken over my life, as of yet, but I would have no problems if it did. Stores like this are quite amazing. An organized mess filled with jewels of literary genius and gracious thoughts evolving from unthinkable circumstances. I can walk through the isles and think to myself how each author had a life, and a situation, which allowed them to write what they did. Even if it is horrible, unrelated nonsense, at least they wrote it down.

That paragraph, there, that you just completed out of boredom, yourself, has absolutely nothing to do with this post. Rather, I want to make an inquiry to a general populous who may be better suited to help me out. I'm looking for stories.

I would like to purchase a selection of humorous, tactful, and perhaps purposeful stories. English is a key, too, because I was raised in a culture that inhibits the learning of other languages.

If any of you know of any compilations that fit any or none of these things, I would be much appreciative. Perhaps I'll read one to you, someday, if they are satisfactory.

(If you are aware of Trickster Tales, think in that genre, or not.)

Thank you.

Your neighborhood family man.


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Re: Short Stories [Re: Meraok]
    #3444560 - 12/04/04 04:38 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

The short stores by Gene Wolff, S. King, and Isaac Asimov are good :thumbup:

Gene Wollf is a genius in a completely diferent sense to Stephen King and Asimov.  Highly recommended.


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InvisibleKrishna
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Re: Short Stories [Re: MovingTarget]
    #3445131 - 12/04/04 10:31 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I'd recommend "Dubliners" by James Joyce - perhaps the greatest collection of short stories in the english language. Also anything by Kurt Vonnegut - he writes some very nice short stories. Umm.. what else... ah! there is a colletion of short stories called "Miguel Street" by VS Naipul that is great

anyway, i gotta go take a shower, but there's a couple recommendations for you!


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Re: Short Stories [Re: Meraok]
    #3445143 - 12/04/04 10:39 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Not much of a short story reader, but "Nine stories" by J.D. Salinger was memorable. What country are you from? :smile:


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Re: Short Stories [Re: Meraok]
    #3445177 - 12/04/04 10:52 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Orson Scott Card, more specificly Unocompanied Sonata
top of the line science fiction short stories.
Harlan Ellison does some crazy fantasy shorts also


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Re: Short Stories [Re: Dreamer987]
    #3445749 - 12/04/04 02:56 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Get all the HP Lovecraft if you haven't read it :grin:


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OfflineMrBump
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Re: Short Stories [Re: Meraok]
    #3445764 - 12/04/04 03:01 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

The Illustrated Man by Bradbury. Really good fictional and sci-fi short stories.


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Re: Short Stories [Re: MrBump]
    #3445846 - 12/04/04 03:23 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Franz Kafka has some really good short stories.


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Re: Short Stories [Re: relativexistance]
    #3446441 - 12/04/04 06:40 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

relativexistance said:
Franz Kafka has some really good short stories.


 
:thumbup: a bit depressing, perhaps, but really good. also in that same sort of vein i'd recommend the short stories by Jean-Paul Sartre


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Re: Short Stories [Re: Krishna]
    #3446655 - 12/04/04 07:27 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Kafka is good and Tolstoy has some good ones. I'm a big fan of some of Joseph Conrad and John Steinbeck's work.

One of my favorite all time short story writer is Gogol. Read 'The Nose'. One the craziest most awesome things I have ever read.


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Re: Short Stories [Re: Divided_Sky]
    #3446711 - 12/04/04 07:42 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

you know, after reading "heart of darkness" i got so damn annoyed with Conrad. now, i understand that the story was originally serialized, and so this explains why it is a bit "repetitive" in points - so that readers who had missed an early part of the story wouldn't be completely lost. but jesus - every chapter begins with the same bloody description of that damned river!!!

i'm checking google right now for "the nose"... never heard of it, but i'm always up for a good read.


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Re: Short Stories [Re: Krishna]
    #3446977 - 12/04/04 08:30 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

that's a really good story, Divided_Sky! Really, really Russian, though :smile:

"Like any self-respecting Russian artisan, Ivan Yakovlevich was a terrible drunkard."

You can read the whole story here: http://www.bibliomania.com/0/5/140/354/18203/1/frameset.html


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