Must read short(er) stories?

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4 years ago#1
Have read a few lengthy books recently (by my standard anyway!). The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, American Gods and 11.22.63. I fancy some shorter stories (stand alone or part of a series/compilation), can you folks recommend some my way?
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4 years ago#2
The Dead by James Joyce
4 years ago#3
Flowers for Algernon - Best short story I can think of.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are all pretty short and worth reading for the most part. Same for much of Edgar Allan Poe's work.
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4 years ago#4
Shinichi Hoshi has written many good short stories, but I'm not sure what is available in English.
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4 years ago#5
Ahlyis posted...
Flowers for Algernon - Best short story I can think of.


Dude, that's like 300 pages. Though I do remember a ~30 page, hacked-up version in my high school English textbook.
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4 years ago#6
kyote444 posted...
The Dead by James Joyce


This, even though I'm not a Joyce fan in general.

Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cast of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death
Chekhov - pretty much anything
Kafka - The Metamorphosis (closer to a novella, though), The Judgment, In the Penal Colony
Raymond Carver - Cathedral

Just off the top of my head . . . there are so many . . .
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4 years ago#7
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4 years ago#8
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Check out Vladamir Nabokovs collection of short stories.

I always try and have a collection of short stories on hand as a little breather between large novels.
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4 years ago#9
The Nightside series, the books are only like 200 pages long, but the prints big, and the stories are amusing.
4 years ago#10
star_wars1138 posted...
Ahlyis posted...
Flowers for Algernon - Best short story I can think of.


Dude, that's like 300 pages. Though I do remember a ~30 page, hacked-up version in my high school English textbook.

Well, it's been 30 or so years since I read it in junior high or high school, but I certainly don't remember it being 300 pages long. Perhaps I had that hacked up version you mentioned.
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