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Old 03-22-2011, 06:01 AM   #1
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Like short stories?

If you like short stories I read this great book over the weekend.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Feathers/dp/...0788031&sr=1-9

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:05 PM   #2
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If you like short stories I read this great book over the weekend.
If I don't like short stories, does it mean that you didn't read it?
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:35 AM   #3
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Short stories have some merit, but a after a recent experience with two I picked up from Smashwords - I've learnt to be a little wary.

1) Book of Short Stories, Volume 1 : Only read three of the contents; why, because each of these three were continued in Volume 2.....

2) Book of Short Stories : Only read two of these; why, because this was a book of excerpts.....please pay for each full story!

And yet for neither of these can I remember seeing in the intro write-up, nor the preview, that these stories were not complete.
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for that Mel. Short Stories are my favorites. I'll keep this one in mind.

GeoffC ... dude you got ripped on that! Sorry!
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:35 PM   #5
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A couple short story collections I like is Jeffrey Deaver's Twisted and David Morrell's Black Evening. Both very good.
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:52 AM   #6
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GeoffC ... dude you got ripped on that! Sorry!
I did ....




[good job they were free......]
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Oh, SAMPLES....

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Oh, SAMPLES....

masquerading as books of short stories .... not the 'catch' I discovered ....
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masquerading as books of short stories .... not the 'catch' I discovered ....
Topic drift, but that was the thing that pissed me off about "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing" edited by Richard Dawkins. It was mostly short excerpts from full-length works. Pissed me off it did.
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masquerading as books of short stories .... not the 'catch' I discovered ....
Sadly, this is the kind of stuff that turns people off short stories.
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Sadly, this is the kind of stuff that turns people off short stories.
Is this sort of thing more prevalent than I'm aware of ?

I don't think I've ever seen any such thing here, which is why I was a bit confused when Geoff brought it up.

Maybe it's an English/European thing?
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I have seen anthologies with excerpts from larger works, like a fantasy anthology with a chapter of The Lord of the Rings along with the short stories, but it didn't call itself a short story anthology, just an anthology.

Here's a nice on-line short story:
Why I Live at the P.O. by Eudora Welty
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I have seen anthologies with excerpts from larger works, like a fantasy anthology with a chapter of The Lord of the Rings along with the short stories, but it didn't call itself a short story anthology, just an anthology.

Here's a nice on-line short story:
Why I Live at the P.O. by Eudora Welty
That's a GREAT story!
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A list of short stories I just ran across:

http://readywhenyouarecb.blogspot.co...ad-before.html
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I've only read 76 of the 334 on the list.
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