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Sudden Fiction by Robert Shapard
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I don't know that there's much to say about the story collection, other than it's very complete. There are several classics, by big-name authors: Updike, Carver ('Popular Mechanics' is one of my old faves), Hemingway. Pretty much something for everyone, and you may well find something that you wouldn't normally look for.

Ray Bradbury's "I See You Never" is fairly traditional short story-like, and one of my favorites in this collection, but "A Questionnaire for Rudolph Gordon", which cleverly played with the childhood and the idea/concept of parents and memory, was not at all like most things called story—it's literally a questionnaire. And then there's "Class Notes", also nontraditional, but I got nothing from it at all.

Perhaps my favorite part of this collection is the "Afterwords" that includes discussions on the meaning of the form (whatever you want to call it) and, for that matter, what it actually is. Not least of all, what to call it. I love reading authors' more off-the-cuff writings. Here, these very short analyses (if you can call them that) feel almost like a conversation, not too formal, like they're working it out as they write.
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Reading Progress

June 14, 2008 – Shelved
June 20, 2009 – Shelved as: my-books
January 15, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction
January 15, 2011 – Shelved as: short-stories
January 15, 2011 – Shelved as: contemporary
January 6, 2012 – Started Reading
January 6, 2012 –
page 145
54.92%
January 6, 2012 –
page 165
62.5%
January 10, 2012 –
page 210
79.55%
January 10, 2012 –
page 248
93.94%
January 10, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed
January 10, 2012 – Finished Reading

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