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Old July 30th, 2017, 08:07 AM   #1
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Best Short Stories

I just re-read Red Wind by Raymond Chandler.

That is perfect story telling by the master.
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Old August 3rd, 2017, 11:23 PM   #2
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Thanks for the tip.
What 3 things did you most like about it?

As a teen I read a book of short stories by Isaac Asimov.
The one story I've remembered to my age of 63 was a short story about
- the goose that laid the golden egg -

What was great about this particular book was:

- Asimov's formula for this collection of short stories was:
- He'd tell the story
- then he'd critique it for scientific validity.

In that particular story Asimov explained that the idea that goose, a bird could biologically convert whatever geese eat into gold is not scientifically plausible.

WHY??

Because converting food into goose (a process known as "digestion"), and goose droppings, is a CHEMICAL process.

BUT !!

Gold is an element, not a compound.
So converting goose food into gold requires changing not merely chemical bonds, but nuclear bonds.

And that means a nuclear reaction within the goose.

It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to understand, that's not gunna happen.

The great merit of that book was, while it was a volume of short stores; entertainment for those with short attention span, it was also a powerful learning tool: combining entertainment and valuable education in one.
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Old August 4th, 2017, 08:53 AM   #3
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I've read a lot of Chandler but never his short stories. I just got a book of them from the library and am looking forward to exploring it.
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I'm not a huge fan of Stephen King's excessively wordy novels, but his short stories are outstanding. I keep "Skeleton Crew" and "Night Shift" prominently on the edge of my garden tub for extended bath reading. My favorite stories from those books are: "Survivor Type" and "The Lawnmower Man" (nothing like the movie "Lawnmower Man").
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I'm not a huge fan of Stephen King's excessively wordy novels, but his short stories are outstanding. I keep "Skeleton Crew" and "Night Shift" prominently on the edge of my garden tub for extended bath reading. My favorite stories from those books are: "Survivor Type" and "The Lawnmower Man" (nothing like the movie "Lawnmower Man").
Survivor Type is one thatíll keep you up at night.

IMHO The Mist was the scariest thing he wrote and that wasnít a full length novel either.
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Old June 17th, 2018, 04:31 PM   #6
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My favorite short stories are (surprise) the Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout. The mysteries are pretty good but the interaction between Wolfe and Goodwin are priceless.
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I have a book of short stories by Jack London. In "To Build a Fire," you can just feel the desperation of the main character as he tries to, you guessed it, build a fire in the subzero tundra. He freezes to death at the end of the story.
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