Category: Short Stories

There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories by Charles Baxter

By Charles Baxter

From one of many nice masters of the modern brief tale, this is an unbelievable assortment that showcases Charles Baxter's targeted skill to unveil the striking within the likely inconsequential moments of an eerie but prevalent life.

Penetrating and prophetic, the 10 inter-related tales in There's anything i would like You to Do are held jointly by means of a surreally complicated net of reason and effect--one that slowly ensnares either fictional bystanders and enraptured readers. Benny, an architect and hopeless romantic, is robbed on his day-by-day stroll alongside the Mississippi River, and the blow of a baseball bat to the again of his knee appears like a strike from God. A drug broker named Black chook reads Othello whereas looking forward to consumers in a bar. Elijah, a pediatrician and the daddy of 2, is visited nightly by means of visions of Alfred Hitchcock. in the meantime, a puppy won't cease barking, a passenger on a transatlantic flight reads aloud from the publication of Psalms in the course of turbulence, and a scream consists of itself during the early-morning Minneapolis air.

As the gathering progresses, we delve extra deeply into the non-public lives of those characters, exploring their fears, fantasies, and obsessions. they seem and reappear, appearing praiseworthy and loathsome acts in equivalent degree in keeping with the request--or demand--lodged in every one story's heart. the result's a portrait of human nature as obvious from the tightrope that spans the gap among goals and waking life--a portrait which could have arisen simply from Baxter's singular imaginative and prescient. Readers may be shocked by way of his uncanny figuring out of human allure and left to puzzle over the which means of advantage and the unpredictable and mysterious ways that we behave.

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A Universal History of Infamy by Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni

By Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Thomas Di Giovanni

In his writing, Borges continuously mixed excessive seriousness with a depraved feel of enjoyable. right here he unearths his appreciate re-creating (or making up) colourful tales from the Orient, the Islamic international, and the Wild West, in addition to his horrified fascination with knife fights, political and private betrayal, and bloodthirsty revenge. glowing with the sheer exuberant excitement of story-telling, this assortment marked the emergence of an totally distinct literary voice.

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Trips (Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg) by Robert Silverberg

By Robert Silverberg

The tales right here, them all written among March of 1972 and November of 1973, mark a serious turning element in my profession. those that understand the 3 prior volumes have traced my evolution from a able journeyman, very younger and as a lot considering paying the lease as he was once to advancing the state-of-the-art, right into a critical, devoted craftsman now looking to go away his mark on technological know-how fiction in a few major method. through the decade of the Sixties I had tried to develop and evolve in the box of writing I enjoyed development at the most sensible that went sooner than me, the paintings of Theodore Sturgeon and James Blish and Cyril Kornbluth and Jack Vance and Philip ok. Dick and part a dozen others whose nice tales have been beacons beckoning me onward after which, as I reached my very own adulthood, now attempting to carry technology fiction besides me right into a new realm of improvement, hauling it alongside even farther out of its pulp-magazine origins towards what I considered as a extra resonant and evocative type of visionary storytelling.

Robert Silverberg, from his creation

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The Long ARM of Gil Hamilton (Known Space) by Larry Niven

By Larry Niven

Gil Hamilton used to be greater than an operative for ARM - the elite international police strength. He was once a vital. His instinct was once peerless; his psychic powers have been devastating. And his uncooked braveness took him into the depths of internal and outer area the place others feared to tread! yet Gil Hamilton had enemies. Many enemies. a few have been organleggers - these murderous purchasers of illicit transplants. Others have been simply traditional killers. round any nook, Gil might most likely locate an individual ready to kill him. for you to remain alive - and working - he constantly needed to be armed for death!

Three exciting novelettes within the famed Known Space sequence by way of the award-winning writer of Ringworld.


Death by means of Ecstasy (1969)
The Defenseless lifeless (1973)
ARM (1975)

Originally released in 1969.

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How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories by Tiphanie Yanique

By Tiphanie Yanique

A charming debut assortment from a unique Caribbean voice

For a leper, many stuff are most unlikely, and lots of different issues are simply performed. Babalao Chuck stated he may perhaps fly to the opposite aspect of the island and peek on the nuns bathing. And while a guy with out palms claims that he can fly, you listen.

The population of an island stroll into the ocean. a guy passes a prison cell’s window, shouldering a wood pass. And within the foreign store of coffins, a narrative repeats itself, pointing towards an inevitable tragedy. If the proof of those tales are often fantastical, the occasions they describe are advanced and all too real.

Lyrical, lush, and haunting, the prose shimmers during this nuanced debut, set as a rule within the U.S. Virgin Islands. half oral historical past, half postcolonial narrative, How to flee from a Leper Colony is finally a loving portrait of a totally specified position. Like Gabriel García Márquez, Edwidge Danticat, and Maryse Condé earlier than her, Tiphanie Yanique has crafted a publication that's heartbreaking, hilarious, magical, and captivating. An unforgettable assortment.

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A Grande Fome: Contos (1932-1959) by John Fante

By John Fante

This is a Portuguese translation of "The colossal Hunger".

Livro inédito no Brasil do autor de Pergunte ao pó
Essas pérolas não publicadas foram descobertas pelo biógrafo do autor John Fante. São histórias divertidas, muitas sobre a infância de Fante, reunidas em um exemplar que inaugura o novo projeto gráfico da obra dele. Textos exemplares do estilo único e brilhante de John Fante, que vão agradar aos fãs do autor.

Nesta antologia inédita, John Fante, epítome da geração de autores imersos na contracultura norte-americana, desfila seus personagens costumeiros: imigrantes, escritores miseráveis, crianças travessas e incógnitos (extra)ordinários. Uma seleção póstuma, composta de tesouros literários da period pré-beatniks, que dá voz uma última vez aos pequenos, vagabundos e expatriados que habitam a obra de Fante.

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Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman by Neil Gaiman

By Neil Gaiman

Unnatural Creatures is a suite of brief tales in regards to the fantastical issues that exist in simple terms in our minds—collected and brought by way of loved New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman.
The 16 tales collected by way of Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, variety from the whimsical to the terrifying. the paranormal creatures variety from werewolves to sunbirds to beings by no means earlier than categorised. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and different literary luminaries give a contribution to the anthology.
Sales of Unnatural Creatures profit 826DC, a nonprofit association devoted to aiding scholars of their inventive and expository writing, and to assisting lecturers motivate their scholars to write.

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Blue Champagne by John Varley

By John Varley

A selection of technology fiction tales from "the top author in America" (Tom Clancy)—Hugo and Nebula award-winning writer John Varley.

John Varley's distinct combination of startling know-how and really human characters has gained him each significant technological know-how fiction award a number of instances over for either his novels and his brief fiction.

Blue Champagne collects 8 thought-provoking tales from one of many genre's undisputed masters, together with the Hugo Award-winner "The Pusher," and the Hugo and Nebula award-winner "Press Enter."

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The Empty Family: Stories by Colm Tóibín

By Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s exquisitely written new tales, set in present-day eire, Nineteen Seventies Spain and nineteenthcentury England, are approximately humans associated through love, loneliness and hope. Tóibín is a grasp at portraying mute emotion, severe intimacies that stay unacknowledged or unstated. during this lovely assortment, he cements his prestige as “his generation’s so much proficient author of love’s advanced, contradictory power” (Los Angeles Times).

“Silence” is an excellent historic set piece approximately woman Gregory, widowed and deserted through her lover, who tells the author Henry James a confessional tale at a cocktail party. In “Two Women,” an eminent Irish set fashion designer, aloof and prickly, takes a task in her fatherland, and is compelled to confront devastating feelings she has lengthy repressed. “The New Spain” is the tale of an intransigent lady who returns domestic after a decade in exile and shatters the delicate peace her kin has solid within the post-Franco international. And within the breathtaking lengthy tale “The Street,” Tóibín imagines a startling courting among Pakistani staff in Barcelona—a taboo affair in a group governed by way of obedience and silence.

Tóibín’s characters are usually tough and combative, pressured to hide their vulnerability and longings. but he unmasks them, and in doing so bargains us a suite of terribly relocating tales that remind us of the fragility and individuality of human existence. because the long island overview of Books has stated, Tóibín “understands the tenuousness of affection and comfort—and, after every little thing, its necessity.”

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The Palace Thief: Stories by Ethan Canin

By Ethan Canin

"Extraordinary for its craft and emotional impression . . . [Ethan Canin is] a author of huge expertise and charm."
--The Washington Post

"Character is destiny," wrote Heraclitus--and during this number of 4 unforgettable tales, we meet humans suffering to appreciate themselves and the unforeseen turns their lives have taken. In "Accountant," a necessary corporation guy turns into keen about the exceptional good fortune of a reckless early life good friend. "Batorsag and Szerelem" tells the tale of a boy's fascination with the mysterious existence and invented language of his brother, a math prodigy. In "City of damaged Hearts," a divorced father attempts to fathom the styles of contemporary relationships. And in "The Palace Thief," a historical past instructor at an specific boarding tuition displays at the vicissitudes of an entire life reference to a scholar scoundrel. A extraordinary fulfillment via one in every of America's most interesting writers, this marvelous quantity unearths the moments of perception that light up daily lives.

"Captivating . . . a heartening tribute to the shape . . . a lovely performance."
--The Boston Sunday Globe

"A version of wit, knowledge, and empathy. Chekhov may have liked its frank renderings and quirky ironies."
--Chicago Tribune

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