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message 1: by Erika (new)

Erika Tamblin (ETamblin) | 7 comments Hi All,
I have really gotten into reading short stories ever since I found the author Elle Lapraim. I just love reading a story in one sitting, or when I am on the tube. I feel so accomplished. So does anyone have any other short story others they recommend?


message 2: by Jacquelynn (new)

Jacquelynn Luben (jackieluben) | 276 comments My e-publisher, www.untreedreads.com have lots of stories on their website, with a vriety of styles and genres.

This also includes mine, An Affair of the Mind, Maggies Plot (no apostrophe) and The Obsession.


Geoff (G. Robbins) (merda constat variat altitudo) (snibborg) | 9052 comments I've just purchased our own WilliWit's Twenty Tiny Tales - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twenty-Tiny-T...

Haven't read it yet, but is highly recommended, especially by our own Andre Jute.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments I really enjoy short stories, too. Just some I'd recommend...

Feedback by Nick Spalding
I, Zombie by Nick Spalding
The Other Room by James Everington
Four Short Stories by Shelagh Watkins
The Bellhound by Camille LaGuire
The Apple by Michel Faber
The Thief by Ruth Rendell

Also if you search on Amazon for 'The Mammoth Collection...' you'll find short story collections in various genres.

Oftentimes you'll find an occasional gem of a short story for free from Amazon or Smashwords but it'll be hidden in the midst of some dross, I'm afraid.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Jacquelynn wrote: "My e-publisher, www.untreedreads.com have lots of stories on their website, with a vriety of styles and genres.

This also includes mine, An Affair of the Mind, Maggies Plot (no apostrophe) and The..."


Ooo. Thanks for that link, Jacquelynn!


message 6: by Jacquelynn (new)

Jacquelynn Luben (jackieluben) | 276 comments You're welcome, Patti. I hope you enjoy them.

Jackie


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

I second Geoff's recommendation for twenty tiny tales!

I've also read and enjoyed these shorts by Daphne Du Maurier - The Breaking Point. They are very well written but disturbing; she wrote them when she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

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message 8: by Erika (new)

Erika Tamblin (ETamblin) | 7 comments Thank you all so much!


message 9: by Kath (new)

Kath Middleton | 25061 comments I can endorse The Other Room by James Everington. They are really unusual stories and stay with you long after you've switched off your kindle.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments James' The Shelter is excellent as well but not a short story.


message 11: by Shaun (new)

Shaun (shaunjeffrey) | 2467 comments Never one to miss an opportunity;) Voyeurs of Death by Shaun Jeffrey


message 12: by Kath (new)

Kath Middleton | 25061 comments Patti (Totally Bananas) wrote: "James' The Shelter is excellent as well but not a short story."

It's a novella, so short compared to a full length novel.


message 13: by Patti (baconater) (last edited Nov 06, 2011 04:42AM) (new)

Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Shaun wrote: "Never one to miss an opportunity;) Voyeurs of Death by Shaun Jeffrey"

Ohmigawd! How did I forget to mention Voyeurs of Death?

I'm sorry, Shaun. I still have a couple stories left, so can't review it yet.
I'm loving what I've read so far.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Also, check out this thread - the author is offereing her collection of short stories for free, for just a short time.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/6...

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message 15: by Shaun (new)

Shaun (shaunjeffrey) | 2467 comments Patti (Totally Bananas) wrote: "Shaun wrote: "Never one to miss an opportunity;) Voyeurs of Death by Shaun Jeffrey"

Ohmigawd! How did I forget to mention Voyeurs of Death?

I'm sorry, Shaun. I still have a couple..."


No problem. Just thought I'd jump in :) I think the free sample you can get on the Kindle allows you to read the first three or four stories for free anyway, so that should give any prospective reader a pretty good idea what to expect.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Naw. That would just make any prospective reader want all of them and more.


message 17: by Andre Jute (new)

Andre Jute (andrejute) | 281 comments Geoff (G. Robbins) wrote: "I've just purchased our own WilliWit's Twenty Tiny Tales - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twenty-Tiny-Tale...

Haven't read it yet, but is highly recommended, especially by our own Andre Jute."


I wouldn't want to take Willie's recommendation for a dentist -- you'll understand my sudden squeamishness when you read his stories -- but he's very good reading even on a phone. I had his stories on a new cheap smartphone I bought for an emergency phone on my bike, and had to ration myself to one at a time at the breakpoint of my ride so that I wouldn't catch my death of pneumonia sitting there all sweaty and growing stiff, gobbling Willie's tiny tales.


message 18: by Maureen (Mews) (new)

Maureen (Mews) (Mews) | 719 comments Willie's stories are awesome for those short bus rides or even waiting at the bus stop. Or if you are between books and can't decide what to read next.

The best thing for me is you get double the value, because as soon as I had finished one and learned of the little twist, I had to go back a read it over again.


Gingerlily - The Full Wild | 36808 comments Short stories... hhmmm, I think I know a book of these coming out next week...


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

Here's another collection of short stories - humourous ones Excuse me, where is the exit?

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message 21: by J.A. (last edited Nov 24, 2011 10:03AM) (new)

J.A. Clement (jaclement) | 41 comments I've been reading ones by Cambria Hebert, a new author in one of my other group. Neither are my thing so I expected them to be a duty-read, so to speak, but actually I really enjoyed both Before and Whiteout (the second in particular. She also has a stonking one about the Gingerbread Man in a Christmas Anthology we're doing but I did one for that so it seems a bit spammy to put the link in. Do check out Whiteout, though - I'd love to hear what people think who don't know her and so aren't influenced by how lovely she is. Don't *think* I am, but still....

And as Gingerlily hasn't linked to hers, I for one am looking forward to reading Re Awakenings, an anthology of new Speculative Fiction (but obviously, having not read it yet, can't comment on its virtues or otherwise!!)

And of course, in case you prefer trad-pub and haven't already, I love the Sherlock Holmes ones - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmesesp the bits where Watson writes things like "We know who is behind these threats and if they don't stop we shall have no alternative but to reveal to the public the story of the politician, the trained cormorant and the lighthouse!" and then no more is ever mentioned about it! The little tease....


JAC


message 22: by [deleted user] (last edited Dec 15, 2011 03:14PM) (new)

Time Killers on Amazon Kindle - 86p


message 23: by Rosen (new)

Rosen Trevithick (rosentrevithick) | 2273 comments What sort of stories do you like Marybeth?


message 24: by Pete (new)

Pete Morin | 3 comments Here's a bunch of stories about grief, abandonment, betrayal, loss - you know, fun stuff.

Uneasy Living Uneasy Living by Pete Morin


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Your author thread would be a great place to tell us of all your offerings, Pete.


message 26: by Nell (new)

Nell Grey (nellgrey) | 212 comments Hi Marybeth, hope you'll forgive a shameless plug for Solstice, my newly published collection of twelve transformative short stories. Almost free, but not quite at 86p...!

Solstice by Nell Grey


message 27: by Roger (new)

Roger Cave | 129 comments I'll add mine if that's ok.

Total out at 28500 words, so the may be a little long?

Fried Fox & English Rat
Fried Fox & English Rat (Alec Fincham Short Stories) by Roger Cave


message 28: by Shelagh (last edited Dec 18, 2011 03:18PM) (new)

Shelagh (shelaghwatkins) | 82 comments If anyone is interested in a collection of short stories and poems, the anthology, Forever Friends, has twenty-seven stories:

Forever Friends


message 29: by Alison (new)

Alison  Buck | 1299 comments J.A. wrote: "... am looking forward to reading Re Awakenings, an anthology of new Speculative Fiction ..."

Thanks for the mention JA ;-)
As one of the other authors contributing to this anthology, I'd like to add my two penn'orth.
Re Awakenings, an anthology of new Speculative Fiction
 Re Awakenings, an anthology of new Speculative Fiction by Alison Buck
There's Science Fiction, Paranormal stories and, of course, Fantasy.
15 new short stories from 7 writers.


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Hi all,
My name is Mary and I stumbled upon the short stories by Elle LaPraim and fell in love with short stories. I had not read any before someone recommended hers. Now I can't get enough, so until she comes out with more, can anyone else recommend a good short story author?
Thank You
Mary


Hi Mary!

I just noticed your post in Agony Aunt and thought I'd bump this thread for you.

Hope you find something you like!


Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4698 comments Todays special on Amazon :



Best American Mystery Stories


message 32: by Jud (new)

Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments Lipstick and Knickers It's hilarious


message 33: by Simon (Highwayman) (last edited Jan 16, 2012 04:15AM) (new)

Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4698 comments Amazon Link : Lipstick and Knickers

and it is free

Amazon Link : Lipstick and Knickers


message 34: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Bird (nigelbird) | 194 comments I'd like to recommend Watch You Drown.

You'll know, I think, that Chris and I edited one of the best crime-fiction anthologies of the last year (and there have been lots of those) when we released Pulp Ink. It means I'm not neutral in what I say. Nor does it mean I'm trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

Chris Rhatigan has been making a big splash in the world of fiction. He specialises in short fiction and is a real craftsman of the art.

Not only does he put out great work, he's a reviewer and an editor and this puts him at the cutting edge.

What I admire in this collection is two-fold. First of all, it's lean and stripped of the unnecessary yet remains juicy and plump at the same time. The stories a rich and the worlds have all the dimensions I could want as a reader.

The second reason is connected with his diversity - the themes, voices, territories and genres are really varied as is the length; he can thrill with a piece of micro-fiction, flash and short without faltering or losing his edge in any of these formats.

It's a really poweful mix you'll find here and I hope that your prepared to jump into its icy waters (for dark and chilled they mainly are) - I guarantee that you'll be woken up with a start and that you'll be diving straight back for more.

Only negative for me is the cover - and that's not the way I judge a book, no way.

Superb and super-cheap.

You'll find it at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Watch-You-Dro...

Thanks.


message 35: by Elle (new)

Elle (louiselesley) | 7913 comments A Sword For His Women - is a short story I finished last night and can highly recommend


message 36: by Nigel (new)

Nigel Bird (nigelbird) | 194 comments If you pop over to Sea Minor http://nigelpbird.blogspot.com and go to the second article, you'll find the recommended short reads by British talent Martin Edwards. He picks lots of stories in a variety of interesting categories.


message 38: by Erika (new)

Erika Tamblin (ETamblin) | 7 comments This are all such awesome recommendations, thank you guys!


message 39: by Rosen (last edited Feb 09, 2012 02:32PM) (new)

Rosen Trevithick (rosentrevithick) | 2273 comments I've heard good things about A Smile Through a Tear. I haven't read it yet but I read a sample short that Scott posted on a forum and it was excellent.


message 40: by Kristine (new)

Kristine Cayne (kristinecayne) | 80 comments Hearts and Arrows, a collection of shorts: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00764VOT4 It's FREE right now.


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