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Looking for reading material.
What are your favorite short stories?

 8:44 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Unfortunately I do not have much time for novels, so when I am reading it's usually short stories.

My top three list:

A coward. By Guy de Maupassant [classicreader.com]

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce [classicreader.com]

Traveler, if you come to Spa... by Heinrich Böll
(Unfortunately he has not been dead for long enough for copyright to expire, so no link available)

What's your favorite short story? Or author of short stories. I need new stuff to read.



 11:19 pm on Mar 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

I like most of the old pulp authors like Hugh B Cave, Johnston McCulley, Achmed Abdullah (a Russian/American despite the pseudonym) etc. Many are available on the web, such as Gutenberg, Manybooks...

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 1:48 am on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

Jeffrey Archer has some very good short stories you might enjoy.

Although not short stories, I also really enjoyed his prison diaries from the time he spent as a guest of HM.


 2:02 am on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've been reading self-help stuff like:
How to get rich by Robin Banks
Become a comedian: The Easy Way by Joe King
How to Get Rid of Unwanted Guests by Bea O'Problem


 5:21 am on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

If you are dealing with Google, Philip K. Dick short stories help.



 1:28 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

If you are into Science Fiction then Larry Niven has written several great collections of short stories, both set in his "known space" universe and elsewhere. Also the late Harlan Elison is worth a read.

Most of the Sherlock Holmes short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have a certain old world charm.


 1:44 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

Try "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane.


 3:50 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thoroughly recommend Ray Bradbury's short story collections.


 6:37 am on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

To add to the SF short stories, any thing Charles Sheffield.

For humour (broken up with a bit of macabre) Saki (H.H. Munro)

I am not a huge fan of detective fiction, but Chesterton's Father Brown (all short stories) and Dorothy Sayers' Peter Wimsey (some short stories) are wonderful in different ways.


 8:54 am on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

"Journey" by James A. Michener. Think it's around 200 pages. That particular book was a chapter in "Alaska" that was cut.

For a really short story "Battlefield" by Stephen King. He has a few collections of short stories.

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