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message 1: by Petra X (new)

Petra X These look like some interesting books however, the only one I've read is Interpreter of Maladies which I didn't enjoy. I haven't read short stories in living memory so I can't vote on this list, but thanks for asking anyway.


message 2: by Terri (new)

Terri Unaccustomed Earth is on the list twice.


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I put in Stephen Zweig and got "No authors found". Looks like we're just getting started here.


message 4: by juliet/ (new)

juliet/ I haven't read most of these but it's a good list. Some good writers on it. Thanks!


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Thom wrote: "I put in Stephen Zweig and got "No authors found". Looks like we're just getting started here."

If you spell his name "Stefan Zweig" you should get all his major works ...


message 6: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "Thom wrote: "I put in Stephen Zweig and got "No authors found". Looks like we're just getting started here."

If you spell his name "Stefan Zweig" you should get all his major works ..."


I had in mind "Unsichtbare Sammlung" and "The Sleep Seller" (sp Silberzweig ?)


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) I've already exhausted my 100 permitted entries, so I can't add them myself, but the ISBN nos. of the first one are:

1885586000 - "Invisible Collection" (English version)
3920856252 - "Unsichtbare Sammlung" (German version)

Couldn't find "The Sleep Seller" ... do you mean "Silberne Saiten"? (That's a collection of poetry, though, I think.)


message 8: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "I've already exhausted my 100 permitted entries, so I can't add them myself, but the ISBN nos. of the first one are:

1885586000 - "Invisible Collection" (English version)
3920856252 - "Unsichtbare..."


Guy can't sleep. Wandering through the night he finds (or dreams) of a below-street-level shop where a mad proprietor charges old people to sleep sitting at a large table. He wakes them periodically to charge them for sleeping. Narrator decides that's where he belongs, but can't find it. Basically, a surreal older man's dream vision. Could it be by Ilse Aichinger ?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Sorry -- I'm drawing a blank (probably because I'm in a mental year-end twilight zone anyway). Sounds like an inquiry for that What's That Book site! (http://www.whatsthatbook.com)


message 10: by Jc11king (new)

Jc11king Different Seasons is NOT a collection of short stories
It's a collection of 4 NOVELLAS!


message 11: by Trang (new)

Trang Le Any list of best short story collections without Akutagawa would be a mistake. He's the master of short stories.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Trang wrote: "Any list of best short story collections without Akutagawa would be a mistake. He's the master of short stories."

Anybody can add books to a list on GR, so feel free to do so yourself! It's easy: Just click on the tab "add books to this list," up above next to "all votes," and then add any books you like, either from your own bookshelves or by performing a search in the GR database.


message 13: by Choyang (new)

Choyang any new story


message 14: by Micha (new)

Micha So many great new short stories to read!!!


message 15: by Danm (new)

Danm Choyang wrote: "any new story"

Twisted Sick.


message 16: by Angela (new)

Angela Basista Ender's Game definitely isn't a short story book -- looks like there are a few other novels on here too.


message 17: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Are collections of fairy tales considered to be short stories? Haven't added any, as I wasn't sure...


message 18: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Isn't The Captain's Daughter (currently #402) a novel?


message 19: by Bob (new)

Bob Van Arsdale About a month ago, Bookloving lady wrote:
>> Are collections of fairy tales considered to be short stories?
Good question, I think... Particularly where the fairy tales have been altered or extended by the collector/author/editor's own prose, such as the works of Angela Carter -- eg. "The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories", or "The Old Wives' Fairy Tale Book".

And what about mythology, such as Edith Hamilton's or Thomas Bullfinch's ? Or Hamilton Wright Mabie's "Norse Stories" ? I'm inclined to say that yes, these are types of short stories, but I was a physics and math major with a pathetic background in the humanities... I'd appreciate other opinions.

In a similar vein, what about the "New Journalism" style of Tom Wolfe, eg. "The Kandy-Kolored Tangering-Flake Streamline Baby" and "The Pump House Gang", presented in short story style ? Or Hunter S. Thompson's Gonzo Journalism, such as "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" ? Should those be considered as types of short stories ? I would welcome any input.


message 20: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Bob wrote: "And what about mythology..."

You're right... Hadn't even thought of that, even though I have several, but most mythological stories come into question as well ...


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