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Complete Stories

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Featuring five never-before-published Vonnegut stories!

Here for the first time is the complete short fiction of one of the twentieth century’s foremost imaginative geniuses. More than half of Vonnegut’s output was short fiction, and never before has the world had occasion to wrestle with it all together. Organized thematically—”War,” “Women,” “Science,” “Romance,” “Work Et
Hardcover, 911 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Seven Stories Press
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Todd R. Gunderson
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Listen, while I enjoyed the freshness of the 5 unpublished stories that are included in this book, I can't help but recognize that for any already addicted Vonnegut fans, the book should have been... different?

It is broken down into sections: War, Love... and his catalog of work is then flipped about, collected and compartmentalized in that grouping by each topic - which to me has ruined the continuity of Vonnegut's other short story collections.

Personally, I would have much preferred this book
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-shelf
If we're talking about the content—the stories themselves—this is deserving of the rating I give. Vonnegut has always been an author that I've looked up to, though for reasons I still to this day don't quite understand, and to have his entire short fiction in one nice doorstop of a book (seriously, this thing is big and unwieldy in the greatest way possible) is utterly fantastic. However, I can't help but notice how flawed the printing and editing is for this. I know that it only came out last y ...more
Zachary Houle
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This posthumous collection of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut throws in everything and the kitchen sink. If you want to read every single completed short story written by Vonnegut, who was a grandmaster of American letters in the 20th century and who died a decade ago in New York City, this is the volume for you. Not only does it bring together every single story from previous story collections, such as Welcome to the Monkey House and Bagombo Snuff Box, it throws in completed stories that have be ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars or five stars, depending on what you look for.

It's a large collection of Vonnegut's short stories - from his first ones in the early 1950s, up to the early 1970s. Some of them you've probably already read, such as "Welcome to the Monkey House," and "Harrison Bergeron," but others are printed here for the first time. Each story is emblematic of a few of Vonnegut's classical themes and concerns, giving an overview of him as an author and a person. It's worth noting though, that even exp
Brad Bell
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At almost 1000 pages this collection hurts your wrists if you hold it up too long. But it’s worth the pain, since it’s a complete collections of a masters early career writing short fiction and the unreleased five stories in here doesn’t hurt either.

I didn’t actually read every story since I’ve already read them all in previous collections so for me the real draw here was the introductions to each category by Vonnegut scholars and friends Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield, who offer revealing
Brakob Arthur
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story, fiction
Reading all of Vonnegut's short stories was a nice way to finish up the year. I'd only ever read his novels before this. His short stories are a lot different. I realize the intended audience for these stories was different from his novels, and that is why many of them are so much more straightforward than his novels. But they were just as enjoyable.

If you've already read Welcome to the Monkey House (I hadn't) and his other short story collections you'll get a lot less out of this than I did. I
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a wonderful thing that all of Vonnegut's stories are together in one collection along with a few that haven't been put in book form before. They arrange these stories into themes, like War, futuristic, behavior, science, ect. I think it's a pretty good way to arrange the stories, though I'm sure some would prefer to arrange them in chronological order in which they were written or published. Along with all the stories that started Vonnegut's career you have intros to each section by the pe ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had always heard of Kurt Vonnegut but I had never read anything by him before. Oh my gosh. What a delight! In the interest of time frankly I only read two short stories but wow, I was blown away. I read "Harrison Bergeron", which seems to be a commentary on affirmative action perhaps? and "Report on the Barnhouse Effect" about a very powerful man and wanting to be in control of that power. It's so's close to being an episode of The Twilight Zone. This seems to be a very good and comp ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a long, but generally enjoyable, read. It makes you appreciate the beauty of a curated collection. These 900+ pages contain all of Kurt Vonnegut's short stories arranged into a series of broad themes with introductions penned by Vonnegut fans and scholars. It interesting see his development as an author, as you can see that the quality of the pieces improving over time. It is also interesting to observe how he repurposed story lines or images/phrases between stories. In gathering all th ...more
John Fetzer
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not a huge Vonnegut fan, although I have read some of his books. So I had no positive bias before reading this collection. It is huge, but very readable. The stories are categorized which is a mixed result. The these reenforce Vonnegut's beliefs that most people are good, naive, and bumbling through life. He was a good storyteller, so they are each quick reads. The downside is that the clustering by category sometimes gets redundant.
The stories reflect America when Vonnegut wrote, so from t
Andrew Langert
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a massive 900+ page collection of 97 short stories. I won this excellent set of works in a Goodreads Giveaway.
The stories are organized by the subjects Vonnegut wrote about: War, Women, Science, Romance, Work Ethic Versus Fame And Fortune, Behavior, The Band Director and Futuristic.
This is not the type of book you read from cover-to-cover. It is more of a reference book. I have not read many stories yet. I have read the Foreword by Dave Eggers and see how each set of stories is introduce
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it. Can't recommend it enough.
I had no idea Vonnegut was as prolific a short story writer, but I'm so glad that he was! There are no weak stories in this compliation, and there are ones that are absolutely brilliant. Short, devoid of any unnecessary big words, pure and down-t0-earth. At over 900 pages it's a Leviathan of a book, really, but such a page-turner at the same time! Truly a masterpiece. I'm suffering from a major book hangover now. Might have to take in on vacation w
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was a First Read Winner of this book and I will cherish it for years to come. The Author has been on my to read list for so long that I am a bit ashamed that I never gotten around to reading any of his works until now. I have to confess I have not read the entire book there is just to much of it, but I enjoyed what I have read so far and I can't wait to sink my teeth into the rest. Great addition to my library.
Read Ng
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
What a collection. It was just so massive. It was scary to even pick it up.

As with every collection, there are some stories that I don't really care for, or are too brief, just don't resonate with me. This collection has few of those. It must just be the way Vonnegut tunes into my personal wavelength.

It may take you a while to read through this, but you will enjoy the stories.

Have a GoodRead.

Mark Fallon
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a MUST HAVE for any Vonnegut fan. While I've read most of his novels, I wasn't as familiar with his short stories. At over 900 pages, it was the perfect nightstand book these last few months,

In many of his books, Vonnegut comes across as a cynic. However, reading these stories made me realize that while he may have been cynical, deep down, he was a romantic.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vonnegut's talent truly shines in his short stories; this book is an absolute joy to read. Expertly curated and organized.
Bob Peru
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a master.
Zack Zildjan
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I's a collection of Vonnegut's short stories.
Zero stars!
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great collection for Vonnegut Fans.
Anastasia Guiler
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I skipped around but Vonnegut proved to be ahead of his time.
Aug 18, 2017 is currently reading it
Shelves: giveaways
I received an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am looking forward to working my way through it. It may take awhile, because it is a hefty volume at 960 decent-sized pages with small print! The book claims to be "the first complete collection of Vonnegut's short fiction" and includes 97 stories, including those published in magazines and collections during his life, those published posthumously, and 5 previously unpublished stories. I'm sure I will find some great stories in here.
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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali