Happy Easter everyone!
I hope everyone had a wonderful day whether or not you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, I think we can all celebrate spring!
Earlier this week, I posted about how I was thinking I needed to add more short stories to my reading menu, and what a response! Some of you gave some great suggestions while others mentioned you were also interested in reading more short stories. So I thought I would collect all the wonderful answers and post them here for easy reference.
J.S. Peyton said,
"I wasn't a fan of short stories until about two years ago when I read the anthology of contemporary short stories ed. by Michael Martone. Almost every story in that book was amazing in its own way. I highly recommend it, especially for people who aren't all that into short stories but want to read more.
I'm also pretty partial to the short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. Her collection of short stories "The Museum of Dr. Moses" and "The Female of the Species" really blew me away.
And of course, Neil Gaiman is always a favorite for good fantasy stories. =)"
Here's where I confess that I haven't read any of those people. I've listened to Coraline on CD but wasn't blown away by it, thus the reason I haven't read any more Neil Gaiman to date. I am interested in reading Joyce Carol Oates, though, since Undine,and Ana also recommend them! In fact, Ana said they can be disturbing...and that sounds like just my thing. (Yes, there's something wrong with me)
Ana also said,
"Other favourite short story authors of mine are Truman Capote, John Cheever, J.D. Salinger, Tim Pratt, Ali Smith and Jhumpa Lahiri.
Also, I have to take this chance to plug "The evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the Change" by Kij Johnson. I have a secret plan to make the book blogging world fall in love with her writing :P" Well I guess I'm helping by posting it here! ;) I forgot about J.D. Salinger...it's been awhile, but I enjoyed Nine Stories.
"Short stories have always appealed to me, I like that with a great writer the story can be as powerful as a full-length novel.
I don't really have any favorites, but I find that yearly anthologies/collections are always a treat. Some of the ones I enjoy most would be the yearly Best American Short Stories and Best Canadian Short Fiction sets. Also The Oxford Book of American Shorts edited by Oates - she has the best taste is short fic.
For genre specific I love the giant Best Fantasy of the Year collections edited by Ellen Datlow." I agree that short stories can be really powerful and that's why I'm interested in reading more! I'll check some of these out!
Chris also recommended Neil Gaiman and a collection called Every Man for Himself which incidentally he reviewed this week!
Rebecca, Heather, Mindy, and Dave all recommended Jhumpa Lahiri. I will definitely have to read some of her stuff!
Other suggestions include Lauren Groff's Delicate Edible Birds, Flannery O'Connor, Guy de Maupassant, Ingrid Hill, Marc Niesen, William Trevor, Christopher Meeks, Catherine Brady, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Pam Houston's Cowboys are My Weakness, How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer, Daphne du Maurier, Eudora Welty, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Atwood, and Irene Nemirovsky. So basically...TONS of suggestions!
I also really appreciated this point by Book Club Girl,
"I think it's important to support short stories because so many great novelists start out writing stories. It's difficult for publishers to publish them because they don't typically sell as well (Jhumpa Lahiri is the big exception to this rule) but if they don't publish them, some writers may never get the chance to write the novels we'll love." Well said! I definitely want to support this form more, it's just a matter of getting started and forcing myself to! Also, Book Club Girl mentions that...
"Harper Perennial is celebrating the short story this summer with publications of 4 new collections by amazing writers. And they have a blog up that posts a short story a week if you want to check it out http://www.fiftytwostories.com/"
And finally, to Debi who asked who wrote "The Cold Equations"...it was Tom Godwin!
Thanks so much everyone for all of the fantastic suggestions! I can't wait to get started!
One last thing...winner of the BAFAB was Krista! Krista please email me with your address so I can get your pick to you!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Happy Easter everyone!