Category: Short Stories

Orange County Noir (Akashic Noir)

By Gary Phillips

Orange County, California, brings to brain the never-ending summer season of sand and surf, McMansion housing tracts, a conservative stronghold, and tony buying facilities. it is a position the place pilates sessions are run like boot camps, genuine property values are mentioned at your weekly colonic, and ice cream parlors on major highway, united states, exist side-by-side with pho outlets and taquerias. Orange County Noir pulls again the veil to bare what lurks at the back of the curtain.

Features brand-new tales by way of: Gordon McAlpine, Susan immediately, Robert S. Levinson, Rob Roberge, Nathan Walpow, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Dan Duling, Mary Castillo, Lawrence Maddox, Dick Lochte, Robert Ward, Gary Phillips, Martin J. Smith, and Patricia McFall.

Editor Gary Phillips is the writer of many novels and brief tales. He lives in Southern California.

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When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories

By Molly Ringwald

Tales of affection, loss, and betrayal are on the middle of When It occurs to You, the debut tale assortment from actress and writer Molly Ringwald.

A Hollywood icon, Ringwald outlined the teenage event within the eighties in such vintage motion pictures as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles. Now the superstar of ABC Family’s hit sequence, The mystery lifetime of the yankee Teenager, and writer of the bestselling memoir Getting the gorgeous Back, Ringwald brings that very same compelling candor she displayed in her movie roles to the unforgettable characters she has created during this sequence of associated tales in regards to the specific demanding situations, joys, and disappointments of grownup relationships.

Here are tales that grapple with infertility and infidelity, status and familial discord, in an impressive assortment that might resonate largely with readers—from enthusiasts of Melissa Banks to Meg Wolitzer to Lorrie Moore. 

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Three Lives: Stories of the Good Anna, Melanctha, and the Gentle Lena

By Gertrude Stein

"Three Lives" (1909) used to be Gertrude Stein's first released paintings. The publication is split into 3 tales, "The solid Anna," "Melanctha," and "The light Lena." the 3 tales are self sustaining of one another, yet all are set within the fictional city of Bridgepoint. every one is a mental portrait of the named protagonist. All 3 are individuals of the decrease socioeconomic stratum of Bridgepoint. Stein had dropped out of Johns Hopkins scientific tuition sooner than graduating, yet no longer ahead of finishing her 3rd 12 months of educating. She was once really attracted to psychology and have been a scholar of William James whilst she used to be an undergraduate. those 3 tales are designated mental characterizations of the 3 characters.

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Stories of Your Life and Others

By Ted Chiang

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“Shining, haunting, marvelous stories . . . Ted Chiang is so exhilarating so unique so trendy he simply leaves you speechless. I consistently recommend someone learn a minimum of fifty two books a yr for correct psychological functioning but when you just have time for one, be at peace: you stumbled on it.” —Junot Díaz 

Stories of Your existence and Others delivers twin delights of the very, very unusual and the heartbreakingly everyday, frequently proposing characters who needs to confront unexpected change—the inevitable upward thrust of automatons or the looks of aliens—with a few feel of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it ability to be alive in an international marked via uncertainty, but additionally via attractiveness and sweetness. An award-winning assortment from one in all ultra-modern so much lauded writers, Stories of Your existence and Others is a latest vintage.

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The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume 1: Where on Earth

By Ursula K. Le Guin

The Unreal and the Real is an important occasion to not be overlooked. during this two-volume number of Ursula ok. Le Guin's top brief stories—as chosen through the nationwide e-book Award successful writer herself—the reader could be extremely joyful, provoked, amused, and confronted with the pointy, satirical voice of 1 of the simplest brief tale writers of the current day. Where on Earth explores Le Guin's earthbound tales which diversity around the globe from small city Oregon to center Europe in the course of revolution to summer season camp.

Companion quantity Outer house, internal Lands contains Le Guin's most sensible recognized nonrealistic tales. either volumes comprise new introductions via the author.

Praise for Ursula okay. Le Guin's brief tale collections:

"An vital author. Period."—The Washington Post

"Witty, satirical and a laugh. but it's the author’s extra critical paintings that screens her abilities most sensible, as she employs ordinary topics and elements-cultural variety, not likely heroes and heroines, power’s skill to deprave, love’s energy to guide-and considers characters and kinds (women, young children, the in a different way sexed and gendered) so usually disenfranchised via different, extra technologically orientated SF writers. . . . [A] stylish and priceless collection."—Publishers Weekly

"Her characters are advanced and haunting, and her writing is striking for its sinewy grace."—Time

"Le Guin's prose is so luminous and straightforward, and he or she regularly tells the reality, and while I'm together with her humans, I'm with dwelling humans, on worlds as stable and actual as my very own. Le Guin has a present, that's to rework phrases into worlds."—Molly Gloss

"A grasp of the craft."—Neil Gaiman

"[E]verything Le Guin does is fascinating, plausible, and exquisitely detailed."—Los Angeles usher in Examiner

"Delicious ... her worlds are haunting mental visions molded with company artistry."—Library Journal

"There is not any extra dependent or discerning expositor than Le Guin."—Kirkus Reviews

Ursula okay. Le Guin has acquired the PEN–Malamud and nationwide ebook Awards, between others. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

By Neil Gaiman

In the deft palms of Neil Gaiman, magic isn't any mere phantasm . . . and whatever is feasible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's mind's eye and ultimate artistry remodel an earthly global right into a position of negative wonders—where an previous lady can buy the Holy Grail at a thrift shop, the place assassins market it their prone within the telephone book less than "Pest Control," and the place a anxious younger boy needs to barter for his lifestyles with a mean-spirited troll residing underneath a bridge through the railroad tracks. discover a brand new fact, obscured through smoke and darkness but brilliantly tangible, during this outstanding number of brief works via a grasp prestidigitator. it's going to dazzle your senses, contact your center, and hang-out your dreams.

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Sparrow (and other stories) (Dedalus European Classics)

By Giovanni Verga

A tender woman falls in love yet is compelled go back to the covent and turn into a nun. This quantity includes the lengthy novella Sparrow, the fast tales of Cavalleria Rusticana and 5 tales by no means formerly translated into English: Temptation, The Schoolmaster, The Devil's Hand, The Gold Key and Comrades. a very good learn for someone drawn to Sicily and Southern Italy. Verga is the grasp of the short-story shape.

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I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

By Harlan Ellison

Among Ellison’s extra well-known tales, regularly famous as his absolute best ever are the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning, postapocalyptic name tale of this selection of seven shorts and the volume’s concluding tale, the Nebula Award finalist “Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes.” considering Ellison himself strongly resists categorization of his paintings, we can't name them technological know-how fiction, or SF, or speculative fiction or horror or the rest other than compelling interpreting stories which are totally designated. they can purely were written by means of the nice Harlan Ellison, and they're incomparably original.

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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of darkish and weird tales that go beyond all identified style barriers. jointly those tales shape The Weird, and its practitioners comprise a few of the maximum names in 20th and twenty-first century literature.

Exotic and esoteric, The bizarre plunges you into darkish domain names and brings you head to head with surreal monstrosities. you will not locate any elves or wizards here...but you will discover the most important, boldest, and downright so much strange tales from the final hundred years sure jointly within the greatest bizarre assortment ever assembled.
The bizarre features a hundred and ten tales via an all-star solid, from literary legends to foreign bestsellers to Booker Prize winners: together with William Gibson, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Kelly hyperlink, Franz Kafka, China Miéville, Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, M. R. James, Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake, and Michael Chabon.

The Weird is the winner of the 2012 global fable Award for most sensible Anthology

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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

By Lucia Berlin

"I have continuously had religion that the easiest writers will upward thrust to the head, like cream, in the end, and should develop into precisely as famous as they need to be-their paintings pointed out, quoted, taught, played, filmed, set to track, anthologized. might be, with the current assortment, Lucia Berlin will start to achieve the eye she deserves." -Lydia Davis

A guide FOR cleansing ladies compiles the top paintings of the mythical short-story author Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a mix of wit and depression all her personal, Berlin crafts miracles from the standard, uncovering moments of grace within the Laundromats and midway homes of the American Southwest, within the houses of the Bay sector higher classification, between switchboard operators and suffering moms, hitchhikers and undesirable Christians.

Readers will enjoy this striking assortment from a grasp of the shape and sweetness how they might ever missed her in the 1st place.

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