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Old 11-21-2014, 01:02 AM   #1
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Good Stories to Read?

Hi all, I don't have much real life experience so I want to read someone else's experiences in the form of written stories. Could someone please recommend a good book or website that I can read? I just want some interesting or funny stories.

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Old 11-21-2014, 05:09 AM   #2
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It would help if you gave some examples of stories that you liked. I don't think there's a universal standard in tastes. One man's meat is another man's poison.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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Pick up any biography. You get to read someone else's real life experiences especially of those times before he/she made it famous.
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If you like animals, I recommend James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small. The story of an English country veterinarian, who can tell a very amusing story. And if you like the book, there are more in the series.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:14 PM   #5
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For Funny, there's always Jean Shepherd (author/narrator of "A Christmas Story.") Most of his books are available in Kindle version, and a ton of his OTR recordings are available free on archive.org on other sies as well.

Interesting, but definitely not funny, is Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries. Interesting how the second-best high-school basketball player in NYC at the time (after Lew Alcindor) nearly destroyed himself with heroin, but managed to come back as a punk-rock poet.

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It would help if you gave some examples of stories that you liked. I don't think there's a universal standard in tastes. One man's meat is another man's poison.
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Pick up any biography. You get to read someone else's real life experiences especially of those times before he/she made it famous.
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If you like animals, I recommend James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small. The story of an English country veterinarian, who can tell a very amusing story. And if you like the book, there are more in the series.
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For Funny, there's always Jean Shepherd (author/narrator of "A Christmas Story.") Most of his books are available in Kindle version, and a ton of his OTR recordings are available free on archive.org on other sies as well.

Interesting, but definitely not funny, is Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries. Interesting how the second-best high-school basketball player in NYC at the time (after Lew Alcindor) nearly destroyed himself with heroin, but managed to come back as a punk-rock poet.
Thanks for the replies!

I'm looking for some funny or interesting stories so that I can get ideas from so that I can create my own stories.

Are there any biographies people could recommend?
I just want some brief and basic stories!
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Old 12-03-2014, 02:22 AM   #7
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I guess I'm looking for 'short stories' as I have ADD...
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Old 12-03-2014, 07:29 AM   #8
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I guess I'm looking for 'short stories' as I have ADD...
The Jean Shepherd radio stories would be ideal then.

https://archive.org/details/JeanShepherd1965Pt1

http://www.myoldradio.com/old-radio-...ean-shepherd/1
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I'm looking for some funny or interesting stories so that I can get ideas from so that I can create my own stories.

Are there any biographies people could recommend?
I just want some brief and basic stories!
You might look for anything by Roy Chapman Andrews. It has often been suggested that he served as the model for Indiana Jones.

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Roy Chapman Andrews (January 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960) was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. He is primarily known for leading a series of expeditions through the fragmented China of the early 20th century into the Gobi Desert and Mongolia. The expeditions made important discoveries and brought the first-known fossil dinosaur eggs to the museum. His popular writings about his adventures made him famous.
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Very interesting, but probably not brief or basic. Still, I like them!
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:23 AM   #10
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If you're into sci-fi, you might take a look at the Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies.

I believe Escape Pod publishes humorous fiction from time to time. They do audio and web editions both.

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If you're into sci-fi, you might take a look at the Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies.

I believe Escape Pod publishes humorous fiction from time to time. They do audio and web editions both.
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You might look for anything by Roy Chapman Andrews. It has often been suggested that he served as the model for Indiana Jones.

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Very interesting, but probably not brief or basic. Still, I like them!
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Thanks all. I just want some super basic funny or interesting stories so I can get ideas to create my own and tell my friends.
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I'm basically just looking for some interesting or funny stories from day to day life. I'm not really after amazing and death defying stories.
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I'm looking at this now, but there seems to be just so many stories that I don't know where to begin... https://archive.org/details/JeanShepherd1965Pt1

Could someone please recommend a short and funny story?

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Old 12-05-2014, 03:23 PM   #14
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O. Henry's works are usually short and at least some of them have an element of humor in them.
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Not short stories, but something that you can read in chunks - anything by Bill Bryson. He has a bunch of books where he travels and talks about the places he goes. They're hilarious.
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