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Post by ravel30 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:18 pm

Lately, I have been having a blast reading some short stories by Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, John Irving and even some science fiction ones by various authors. I find that to be a fascinating and enternaining type of writing and I was wondering if other CMG members are like me.

Lately, I am concentrating on the short stories of Hemingway involving his alter ego Nick Adams. I really like the stories 'Indian Camp', 'The end of something', 'Cross-country snow', 'The battler', 'The doctor and the doctor's wife'. I still have a lot more to read. Each of these stories have their own universe and I am amazed at how Hemingway can create these universes in a very quick way.

From Raymond Carver, I like 'Cathedral', 'What we talk about when we talk about love' and there is also one whose name I forgot that is about Tchekov. Mostly dark stories full of alcohol but interesting to read.

In the Science Fiction genre, I have read 'Ender's game' (the 1977 short story not the book) by Orson Scott Card and Ray Bradbury's 'Nine billion names of god'.

I would very much like to learn more of these (in any kind of genre) and would very much like to learn your thoughts on the subject. Feel free to recommand any short stories collections, anthologies and even particular short stories.

Hopefully this thread will receive many responses.


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Re: short stories

Post by BWV 1080 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:17 pm

My fav short story collections are

Borges - Labyrinths
Joyce - Dubliners
Lem - Cyberiad
Vollmann - Atlas

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Re: short stories

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:50 am

BWV 1080 wrote:My fav short story collections are

Borges - Labyrinths
Joyce - Dubliners
Lem - Cyberiad
Vollmann - Atlas
I've read two. Dubliners is of course an all-time classic and only needs modern folk to affirm that it's also a "good read." But I can enthusiastically endorse the Cyberiad, which like most Lem is on another level of intellectually rich sf.

I wish I had the long out-of-print short story collections (not textbook anthologies) that I owned in high school, not that it would do any good searching for them now. Real treasures in some of them.

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Re: short stories

Post by Prometheus » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:35 pm


If you like the works of Bradbury I would suggest a few short story books of his.

The Martian Chronicles-It has a central plot that connects all the stories, but they are individual stories comprising the greater whole.

The Illustrated Man-A mix of stories told as seen on the body of the man who is illustrated.

The October Country-All the stories have a connection to the "October" side of life.

It has been a while since I read these books, but I recall enjoying them all.

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