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Sometimes, the days are too short…

Posted on: July 19, 2006

and there isn’t enough time to read. Or you don’t want to read anything too long and involved.

So pick up a short story. There’s an urgency and a tidyness to a good short story that just can’t be found in a novel.

A couple of my fave short story authors are:

  1. Orson Scott Card: His story “Deep Breathing Lessons” can be read in minutes, but stays with you the rest of your life. I used to read his stories in Omni magazine, but I recently saw a collection of all his short fiction in one big, tasty book. (Need I mention Ender’s Game? What? You haven’t read it!?! Do it now, before it’s too late! ‘Cause I guess there’s a movie coming out…)
  2. John Varley: Good solid SF, where he uses his stories as little mini-laboratories for the whatever tickles his fancy. The full-length novels are great too — if you haven’t read the Titan, Wizard, Demon trilogy, then you just haven’t lived. (Explore his website — I knew I loved this man, check out his ‘apology’ to Ann Coulter.)

To be honest, I’m trying to read more short stories. I have, in the past, not had patience with a lot of them…Am I being contradictory? Not really. The author of a long novel has time to develop an idea, while the author of a piece that’s only a few pages long has to be more subtle, more clever — and sometimes it doesn’t work.

So, here’s a link of short stories online, and maybe we can all read more of ’em.

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1 Response to "Sometimes, the days are too short…"

Thanks for your post, i really had some trouble with finding the right information but you have helped me great

Thank you

Japie

Thank you

Japie Bruinst

Japie. I will leave your comment, ’cause I’m sure you had lots of trouble finding info on short stories on the Internet (we are using the same Internet, aren’t we?)…but I do not recommend anyone going to your how-to-stop-snoring spam site, so I removed the link.

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