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Old 10-24-2010, 02:05 PM   #31
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doh. I meant Maupassant. I get my dead frenchmen mixed up in the middle of the night. My bad.
Oh yes, Maupassant is a master!
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:23 PM   #34
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doh. I meant Maupassant. I get my dead frenchmen mixed up in the middle of the night. My bad.
Well, thanks to you I just downloaded all of his short stories I could find. I have read a few of them, but not that many. His novels are not as good, from what I have seen.
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Robert Silverberg
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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Mike Resnick
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George Zebrowski
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Kate Wilhelm
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George R.R. Martin
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Fitz-James O'Brien
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Oliver Onions
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William Hope Hodgson
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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wait'll you see the faux-paux I make.
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Well, thanks to you I just downloaded all of his short stories I could find. I have read a few of them, but not that many. His novels are not as good, from what I have seen.
Growing up I would read his works from a copy we inherited from a great aunt. Bound in soft, sued-like leather, bible thin pages edged in gold leaf... gorgeous, but not a copy you can take on the plane or in the bathtub.

I think I'll follow your example and also go on a downloading spree.

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This is going to sound totally random, overly long, and a bit off topic but downloading Maupassant reminded me of something. Consider this a recommend short story if you must.

In High School we were assigned Maupassant's 'The Necklace' to teach to the class. Our group consisted of myself, two friends, and unfortunate guy that got stuck with us by the teacher- This guy, I shall now call 'Tom.'

My one friend, said we should recreate the story using her Barbies. I actually thought that was a horrible idea. Heck, admitting you still had Barbies in HS was sounded like a horrible idea, but my two friends were set on it and Tom was apathetic about the whole assignment. So Barbies it was. We worked out that instead of diamonds for a beaded necklace she would trade in Barbie's pink convertible for a Barbie scooter. I promised I'd write up a script in time for class tomorrow.

This, of course, meant I wrote it all in study-hall right before class, giving us no time to practice or review what I wrote.

So there we stood in front of a class of our peers; three losers and one reluctant guy playing with Barbies. My script was silly and over the top. I'd removed all Maupassant's subtle story telling and masterful command of human motivation and replaced it with a freight train of telegraphed dialogue designed to get the idea across as quickly and as obviously as possible. Titters could be heard from the students as Barbie tottered across the stage through flashbacks of her youth, getting bamboozled by the slimy used car salesman, and eventually 'vrooming' away in her new/used scooter.

Then the moment came when she confronts Ken, her husband, with her ridiculous purchase, exclaiming something like, "Honey, you know that new Mercedes you just bought me? I got an amazing deal! I swapped it for a scooter like I had in college. The salesman only charged me $15,000 for it with the trade in, isn't that great!"

There in my script Ken's reaction read,

Ken: "What! I... need to sit down."

I realized at that moment, that this was a very poor choice of words for a character lacking knees. I actually panicked a bit, but Tom just read his lines with a shocked voice. Then with a surprising show of initiative, Tom, forced Ken bodily into a sitting position. Feet out, arms akimbo, Ken plopped down before his wife in a complete failure of grace and emotional expression. Our audience exploded with laugher.

Muffled giggles continued even after the play was finished and as the teacher tried to ask us about the themes of the story.
It was epic example of 4 slackers slacking. One reviewer declared it, 'The best thing I've ever seen!'

The End. I'm sure Maupassant would have been proud.
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One that always stuck with me was...oh, the links are to Google Books readable scans of a good portion of each book, except, of course for Stephen King because he needs his money after all.

The Raft (aka. "The Float", apparently anyway) by Stephen King

Also from my younger years was actually a collection of short stories by Issac Asimov. They are all sort of "locked room" mysteries. As I recall the collection was "The Black Widowers Society".

A couple other short story anthologies are The Callahan Chronicals by Spider Robinson as well as The Sam Gunn Omnibus by Ben Bova. I found both collections by accident and could put neither down until I was done. Ironically the forward to The Callahan Chronicles was written by Ben Bova, the author of the second set. Something I just now noticed...weird!
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Sometimes Google Books has an extensive preview of books with pages removed at random. If it's a collection of short stories you can read several individual stories.
The Treasury of Avram Davidson is like that:
http://books.google.com/books?id=rnb...page&q&f=false

Before you start reading, scroll down and make sure the entire story is there. There's a notice whenever pages are missing.


Also, I mentioned this in the what are you reading thread, but Connie Willis' novelette, Fire Watch, is available at the Infinity Plus website:
http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/firewatch.htm
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:54 PM   #40
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Sort of on topic.

I just ran across this website that has links to a ton of classic short stories:

http://www.world-english.org/stories.htm
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Joyce Carol Oates has a new collection of short stories out. Sugerland:Stories. I have not read them yet but she is one of my favorite authors.
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Sour?land I think? Link: http://www.amazon.com/Sourland-Stori...tt_at_ep_dpi_1
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Sweet - Sour, What's the diff?

You are correct, it is indeed Sourland
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You are correct, it is indeed Sourland
I love sweet&sour!
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