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The Complete Short Stories by Ambrose Bierce
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Jul 01, 08

it was amazing
Read in January, 1990

Uneven, as any omnibus will be, but Bierce's precision has the merit of brevity. When he's got hold of a rum idea, at least he doesn't torture it beyond its length. At his full powers--"Chickamauga," "The Moonlit Road," "The Affair at Coulter's Notch" and so many others--I'd probably cite him as my favorite short story writer, acerbic yet still heartfelt, dispassionate but fully invested, formally precise while aware of the horrors that threaten all reason.
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