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Our next topic is on short stories so I thought I'd just send out a link to a few sites I found to give you some ideas before the next meeting.
theshortstory.org.uk/ - If you click on the books link on the left of the home page you can search for short story books that are available.
classicshorts.com/ - another reference site on Classic short stories.
and of course wikipedia provides a definition of what a constitutes a short story - The_short_story - In contemporary usage, the term short story most often refers to a work of fiction no longer than 20,000 words and no shorter than 1,000. Stories less than 1,000 words are usually referred to either as "short short fiction" or "short shorts" or even "flash fiction".
Edited by Stuart Browning on Nov 28, 2009 12:32 PM
Ok I’ve been doing some research (what again) and here’s what I’ve come up with as recommendations for our short story books.
As its Christmas I thought I’d look out for festive themes and here are a selection of books that came across on Amazon and are widely available (click on the hyperlinks for more information).
The Oxford Book of Christmas Stories
A thought-provoking story collection for Christmas.
Families and friends come together at Christmas and, as they do, there are stories to be told. Stories about love, secrets, friendship, bravery, conflict, and compassion. This collection includes stories by Charles Dickens, Laurie Lee, Philippa Pearce, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jacqueline Wilson, Nicholas Fisk, and many, many more. So whether you want to slide with Mr Pickwick on the ice or find out what's on Adrian Mole's Christmas list, there are delights and surprises to be discovered in this wonderfully varied anthology of stories illustrated in both colour and black and white.
Paperback: 224 pages
A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire (Hesperus Classics)
This is one of Dickens' earliest collections of stories. Intended for the holiday season, "A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire" offers tales of romance, theft, justice and heart-warming family reunions. Continuing the tradition of ghost stories for Christmas, some of the haunting tales are inspiring while others are chilling. The voices of this round include servants and employers alike - host and charwoman, mother and nursemaid - and some surprising ruminations on topics as diverse as disability and interracial love.
Charles Dickens is one of England's most important literary figures. His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still among the most popular and widely read classics of all time.
Paperback: 156 pages
The Puffin Book of Christmas Stories
This is a new collection of Christmas stories with something for all moods - there's tradition, real life, humour and most importantly, plenty of the magic of Christmas. Writers range from Charles Dickens to Gillian Cross and Malorie Blackman.
Paperback: 176 pages
The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories
Traditional favourites, legends from around the world and modern retellings of classic Christmas stories feature in this sparkling collection. Charming stories, whether familiar or less well known, will entertain readers of all ages, and get them into a festive mood. This beautiful book has been carefully compiled to appeal to both boys and girls. It will find a place in any home. Funny and sad, magical and mysterious, these stories and their stunning illustrations capture the true spirit of Christmas.
Paperback: 144 pages
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
The first ever B-format edition of Tolkien's complete Father Christmas letters, including a new introduction and rare archive materials. Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien's children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas's house into the dining-room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house! Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and 'authenticity' of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas. To mark ten years since the publication of the complete edition of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas in 1999, this new edition is the first time the letters have been available in B format.
Paperback: 160 pages
Edited by Stuart Browning on Dec 2, 2009 10:14 AM
If we decide not to go down the Christmas Story route here are a few more recomendations:
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe
This book contains his most famed short stories "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Purloined Letter" along with 16 other tales and 17 poems and other essays and reviews. If we select this book I’d recommend we read the three stories I mention above and then everyone can read whatever they want from the remaining 16 stories.
Paperback: 544 pages
Fictions by Jorge Borges
Although Jorge Luis Borges published his first book in 1923--doling out his own money for a limited edition of Fervor de Buenos Aires--he remained in Argentinian obscurity for almost three decades. In 1951, however, Ficciones appeared in French, followed soon after by an English translation. This collection, which included the cream of the author's short fictions, made it clear that Borges was a world-class (if highly unclassifiable) artist--a brilliant, lyrical miniaturist, who could pose the great questions of existence on the head of pin. And by 1961, when he shared the French Prix Formentor with Samuel Beckett, he seemed suddenly to tower over a half dozen literary cultures, the very exemplar of modernism with a human face.
By the time of his death in 1986, Borges had been granted old master status by almost everybody (except, alas, the gentlemen of the Swedish Academy). Yet his work remained dispersed among a half dozen different collections, some of them increasingly hard to find. Andrew Hurley has done readers a great service, then, by collecting all the stories in a single, meticulously translated volume. It's a pleasure to be reminded that Borges' style--poetic, dreamlike, and compounded of innumerable small surprises--was already in place by 1935, when he published A Universal History of Iniquity: "The earth we inhabit is an error, an incompetent parody. Mirrors and paternity are abominable because they multiply and affirm it." (Incidentally, the thrifty author later recycled the second of these aphorisms in his classic bit of bookish metaphysics, "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Teris.") The glories of his middle period, of course, have hardly aged a day. "The Garden of the Forking Paths" remains the best deconstruction of the detective story ever written, even in the post-Auster era, and "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" puts the so-called death of the author in pointed, hilarious perspective.
But Hurley's omnibus also brings home exactly how consistent Borges remained in his concerns. Aslate as 1975, in "Avelino Arredondo," he was still asking (and occasionally even answering) the same riddles about time and its human repository, memory: "For the man in prison, or the blind man, time flows downstream as though down a slight decline. As he reached the midpoint of his reclusion, Arredondo more than once achieved that virtually timeless time. In the first patio there was a wellhead, and at the bottom, a cistern where a toad lived; it never occurred to Arredondo that it was the toad's time, bordering on eternity, that he sought." Throughout, Hurley's translation is crisp and assured (although this reader will always have a soft spot for "Funes, the Memorious" rather than "Funes, His Memory.") And thanks to his efforts, Borgesians will find no better--and no more pleasurable--rebuttal of the author's description of himself as "a shy sort of man who could not bring himself to write short stories." --James Marcus, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Nobody before Borges had ever attempted this strange and wonderful mixture of arcana, popular literature, national myth, the nature of time and classical themes. Now we can see it in all its intense and disturbing brilliance, certain that we will never see anything like it again' - Justin Cartwright, Independent on Sunday
Paperback: 192 pages
Girl with Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace turns the short story upside down and inside out, making the adjectives "inventive", "unique" and "original" seem blase. He is quick-blooded and good, and these are very fine stories indeed.
In these stories, the author renders the bizarre normal and the absurd hilarious, from the eerily real , almost holographic evocations of historical figures, to overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians. In the title story, punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism.
Paperback: 383 pages
Edited by Stuart Browning on Dec 2, 2009 10:13 AM
I've corrected the links so they are working properly now
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We are doing short stories again for January 2013, are any of these suggestions still valid?
You're just trying to wind me up by quoting from Wikipedia...
Stephen King has done a number of short story collections, I've listed them here as suggestions.
Night Shift (year 1978) 336 pages
• Night Shift is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978. In 1980, Night Shift received the Balrog Award for Best Collection, and in 1979 it was nominated as best collection for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. Many of King's most famous short stories were included in this collection.
1. Jerusalem's Lot
2. Graveyard Shift
3. Night Surf
4. I Am the Doorway
5. The Mangler
6. The Boogeyman
7. Grey Matter
10. Sometimes They Come Back
11. Strawberry Spring
12. The Ledge
13. The Lawnmower Man
14. Quitters, Inc.
15. I Know What You Need
16. Children of the Corn
17. The Last Rung on the Ladder
18. The Man Who Loved Flowers
19. One for the Road
20. The Woman in the Room
Different Seasons (1982) 527 pages
• Different Seasons (1982) is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with a more serious bent than the horror fiction for which King is famous.
1. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
2. Apt Pupil
3. The Body
4. The Breathing Method
Skeleton Crew (1985) 512 pages
• Skeleton Crew is the second collection of short fiction by Stephen King, published by Putnam in June 1985.
1. The Mist
2. Here There Be Tygers
3. The Monkey
4. Cain Rose Up
5. Mrs. Todd's Shortcut
6. The Jaunt
7. The Wedding Gig
8. Paranoid: A Chant
9. The Raft
10. Word Processor of the Gods
11. The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands
13. The Reaper's Image
15. For Owen
16. Survivor Type
17. Uncle Otto's Truck
18. Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1)
19. Big Wheels: A Tale of The Laundry Game (Milkman #2)
21. The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet
22. The Reach
The Bachman Books (1985) 692 pages
• The Bachman Books is a collection of short novels by Stephen King published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman between 1977 and 1982.
1. Rage (1977)
2. The Long Walk (1979)
3. Roadwork (1981)
4. The Running Man (1982)
Four Past Midnight (1990) 763 pages
• Four Past Midnight is a collection of four novellas by Stephen King, published in 1990.
1. The Langoliers
2. Secret Window, Secret Garden
3. The Library Policeman
4. The Sun Dog
Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993) 816 pages
Nightmares & Dreamscapes is a short story collection by Stephen King published in 1993.
1. Dolan's Cadillac
2. The End of the Whole Mess
3. Suffer the Little Children
4. The Night Flier
6. It Grows on You
7. Chattery Teeth
9. The Moving Finger
11. You Know They Got a Hell of a Band
12. Home Delivery
13. Rainy Season
14. My Pretty Pony
15. Sorry, Right Number
16. The Ten O'Clock People
17. Crouch End
18. The House on Maple Street
19. The Fifth Quarter
20. The Doctor's Case
21. Umney's Last Case
22. Head Down
23. Brooklyn August
24. The Beggar and the Diamond
Everything's Eventual (2002) 464 pages
• Everything's Eventual is a collection of 14 short stories written by Stephen King and published in 2002.
1. Autopsy Room Four
2. The Man in the Black Suit
3. All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
4. The Death of Jack Hamilton
5. In the Deathroom
6. The Little Sisters of Eluria
7. Everything's Eventual
8. L. T.'s Theory of Pets
9. The Road Virus Heads North
10. Lunch at the Gotham Café
11. That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French
13. Riding the Bullet
14. Luckey Quarter
Just After Sunset (2008) 367 pages
Just After Sunset is the fifth collection of short stories by Stephen King.
2. The Gingerbread Girl
3. Harvey's Dream
4. Rest Stop
5. Stationary Bike
6. The Things They Left Behind
7. Graduation Afternoon
9. The Cat from Hell
10. The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates
13. A Very Tight Place
Stephen King Goes to the Movies (2009) 592 pages
• Stephen King Goes to the Movies is a short story collection by Stephen King, released in paperback on January 20, 2009. It contains five previously collected pieces of short fiction that have been adapted to popular films, each with a short introduction by the author written specially for this book. At the end a list of King's top ten favorite film adaptations of his work is included.
1. "1408" Originally included in Everything's Eventual (2002)
2. "The Mangler" Originally included in Night Shift (1978)
3. "Low Men in Yellow Coats" Originally included in Hearts in Atlantis (1999)
4. "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" Originally included in Different Seasons (1982)
5. "Children of the Corn" Originally included in Night Shift (1978)
Full Dark, No Stars (2010) 368 pages
• Full Dark, No Stars, published in November 2010, is a collection of four novellas by the author Stephen King, all dealing with the theme of retribution. One of the novellas, 1922, is set in Hemingford Home, Nebraska: home of Mother Abagail from King's epic novel The Stand (1978), the town adult Ben Hanscom moves to in It (1986), as well as the setting of the short story "The Last Rung on the Ladder" (1978). The collection won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection, and 1922 was nominated for the 2011 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.
2. Big Driver
3. Fair Extension
4. A Good Marriage