Category: Short Stories

For a Little While

By Rick Bass

A New York instances e-book Review Editors' Choice

"A literary titan...Bass is, palms down, a grasp of the quick shape, developing in a couple of pages a wildlife of mythic proportions." -- New York instances ebook Review

Long one among the main talented practitioners of the quick tale, Rick Bass is unsurpassed in his skill to understand and painting the long-lasting truths of the human middle. Now, finally, we've the definitive number of tales, new and outdated, from the author Newsweek has referred to as "an American classic."

To learn his fiction is to think extra alive -- attached, incandescently, to "the short longshot of getting been selected for the human experience," as considered one of his characters places it.These pages show women and men dwelling with ardour and tenderness on the outer limits of the senses, each one trying to triumph opposed to destiny. Bass presents searing insights into the complexity of kinfolk and romantic entanglements, and his lush and notable language attracts us ineluctably into the lives of those enticing humans and their shiny atmosphere. The tricky tales accumulated in For a short while -- brimming with magic and beauty, jam-packed with hard-won empathy, marbled all through with amazing imagery -- have the facility either to devastate and to uplift. jointly they exhibit an iconic American grasp at his peak.

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Future Imperfect

By Keith Laumer

From a titan of technology fiction event and the writer of the mythical Bolo sequence, an action-packed quantity containing a full-length novel and a bunch of brief novels and stories.

From a titan of technology fiction event and the author of the mythical Bolo sequence, an action-packed quantity containing a full-length novel and a number of brief novels and stories.

A wry imaginative and prescient of a destiny choked with outstanding develeopments–but a destiny the place outdated difficulties get back to hang-out humanity in unusual new ways.

First, Mal heads throughout an the United States ravaged by means of around the globe earthquakes while he runs right into a death stranger who speaks darkly of assembly males who were not really males. The stranger has an strange gold coin in his pocket–and quickly Mal discovers that a few thing wants that coin again, and may cease at not anything to get it. 

Next: Steve Dravek awakes in a nightmarish urban and instantly needs to struggle for his lifestyles opposed to ruthless organ-stealing gangs. His final thoughts are of a vanished time from a century in the past. Now, as Steve attempts to stick alive lengthy sufficient to orient himself, he discovers that somebody is looking him in the course of the darkish urban, a person who turns out to grasp him larger than he is familiar with himself.

Plus: The commander of the spaceship fleet that simply annihilated the enemy armada makes a decision to develop into international dictator –that is, until his moment in command can cease him. And a countrywide try out condemns a guy to a lifetime of unskilled exertions, until he can have the opportunity round the system.

Praise for Keith Laumer:

"Spare, fresh prose type and muscular storytelling process . . . the reader comes away with either a feeling final touch and a wish for the story to move on ... ceaselessly, if possible." –David Weber

"You're approximately to have fun." –David Drake

"One of the best and well known writers of technological know-how fiction." –Ben Bova

"... experience stories which are brisk, gentle and sardonic ..." –Publishers Weekly

"Laumer is a grasp. . . ." –Seattle Times
"Tautly written and never-ending suspense ... first-class ..." –VOYA

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Heavy Water and Other Stories

By Martin Amis

"Martin Amis is a stone-solid genius...a remarkable big name of wit and insight." --The Wall road Journal

In this wickedly pleasant choice of tales, Martin Amis once more demonstrates why he's a latest grasp of the shape. In "Career Move," screenwriters fight for his or her paintings, whereas poets are the darlings of Hollywood. In "Straight Fiction," the affection that dare now not communicate its identify calls out to the hero while he encounters a forbidden item of desire--the contrary intercourse. And in "State of England," Mal, a former "minder to the superstars," discovers tips on how to stay in a rustic the place "class and race and gender have been supposedly gone."

In Heavy Water and different Stories, Amis astonishes us with the sizeable diversity of his expertise, setting up that he's essentially the most flexible and talented writers of his iteration.

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Regina Puckett's Short Tales of Horror

By Regina Puckett

Mine- an evening of ghost searching with a pretty coworker becomes a dangerous online game of cat and mouse with an evil spirit. Can whatever retailer them while the spirit comes to a decision they belong to him? Crying via Plastic Eyes-A messy divorce, a room full of creepy dolls, and a lacking six-year-old all create the proper hurricane for a tender mother’s worse nightmare. Will paintings for nutrition- you spot them all over begging for cash or meals. while an older couple makes a decision to lend a aiding hand to a tender guy and his son, a person will get greater than they cut price for. Pieces-A battered lady confesses to the mutilation and dying of her husband, yet did she relatively dedicate this heinous crime? Paying the Hitchhiker-You see a gorgeous younger lady at the part of the line along with her thumb out, inquiring for a trip. Who will be the main afraid: the hitchhiker or the individual making a choice on her up? Inheritance-A confession from Accalia’s grandmother a few curse and an inheritance are only the prologue to seven days of affliction via a dwelling hell.

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Otogizoshi: The Fairy Tale Book of Dazai Osamu

Dazai Osamu wrote The Fairy story booklet (Otogizoshi) within the final months of the Pacific battle. the normal stories upon which Dazai's retellings are dependent are popular to each jap schoolchild, yet this is often no kid's e-book. In Dazai's fingers such inventory characters because the kindhearted Oji-san to Oba-san ("Grandmother and Grandfather"), the mischievous tanuki badger, the fearsome Oni ogres, the grasping outdated guy, the "tongue-cut" sparrow, and naturally Urashima Taro (the jap Rip van Winkle) turn into advanced contributors dealing with tough and nuanced ethical dilemmas. The ensuing tales are thought-provoking, slyly subversive, and sometimes hilarious.

In spite of the "gloom and doom" surroundings continually pointed out in experiences of The atmosphere solar and the later not Human, although, Dazai's slicing wit and wealthy humor are glaring within the complete physique of his paintings. His literature depicts the human situation in painfully blunt and sensible phrases, yet, like lifestyles itself, is usually followed via a grin.

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Jesus' Son: Stories

By Denis Johnson

Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and misplaced souls. those tales inform of spiraling grief and transcendence, of all-time low and redemption, of having misplaced and located and misplaced back. The uncooked good looks and careening strength of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this booklet a spot one of the classics of twentieth-century American literature.

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A Land of Ash

By David Dalglish

The Yellowstone Caldera has erupted as soon as each 600,000 years. We’re 40,000 years late. A LAND OF ASH Lava flows stretch for enormous quantities of miles. A cloud of ash billows east, burying the Midwest, destroying plants, and falling upon the Pacific Coast like a hot, lifeless snow. The remnants of the us flees south because the international temperatures plummet. Amid this overall devastation are tales of households, acquaintances, sons and fathers and better halves: the survivors. inside of are 11 tales targeting the human part of this sort of disaster, from an aged couple accumulating to look forward to their dying to a father sealing his guard in hopes of preserving the air breathable for his daughter. Contributing to this assortment comprise many renowned and up-and-coming self sufficient authors, together with David McAfee, Daniel Arenson, and extra.

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Taking Aim: Power and Pain, Teens and Guns

Powerful, riveting, genuine. 16 celebrated authors deliver us uncooked, insightful tales that discover weapons and teenagers in a fiction assortment that's proposal upsetting and emotionally gripping. For fanatics of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Give a Boy a Gun, and with an array of YA expertise just like the past due nice Walter Dean Myers, the poetic Joyce Carol Oates, the prophetic Elizabeth Wein, and the gritty Chris Crutcher, those are evocative voices that every has a special viewpoint to provide. taking pictures the damage and the therapeutic, sufferers and perpetrators, those tales get to the guts of the matter.

From a boy whose low vainness is impacted whilst a gun comes into his ownership to a scholar recalling a mindless tragedy that passed off a favourite instructor, from a practical examine looking to a provocative examine a kinfolk that defies stereotypes, every one emotional tale stirs the controversy to new degrees. The juxtaposition of weapons and their effects bargains relocating stories, each one a reminder of the way an important the query of weapons in our society is, and the influence they've got on all of us.

Other acclaimed participants are Marc Aronson, Edward Averett, Francesca Lia Block, Alex Flinn, Gregory Galloway, Jenny Hubbard, Peter Johnson, Ron Koertge, Chris Lynch, Eric Shanower, Will Weaver, and Tim Wynne-Jones.

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The Laying On of Hands: Stories

By Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett’s outstanding ear for discussion and sharpness of belief have made him a grasp storyteller. In “Father! Father! Burning Bright” he writes with tragicomic perception a few son’s vigil at his father’s deathbed the place their lifelong conflict maintains to the top. “The Laying on of Hands,” a brilliantly humorous satire, describes a society memorial carrier for a slightly specified masseur who died tragically younger; and in “Miss Fozzard reveals her Feet,” a lonely, single division shop clerk discovers there’s extra to lifestyles than taking care of her brother via her in simple terms indulgence, her podiatrist.

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