Category: Short Stories

The Darts of Cupid: Stories

By Edith Templeton

While Edith Templeton’s tales started to appear in The New Yorker within the overdue Fifties, she quick grew to become a favourite of the magazine’s discerning readers. Her finely honed writing, truthfully drawn heroines, and certain subject matters secured her reputation.

The Dart’s of Cupid collects seven of Templeton’s tales for the 1st time and reintroduces one of many actually nice writers of the 20th century. In settings starting from a decrepit Bohemian fort among the wars to London in the course of international conflict II to the Italian Riviera within the Nineteen Nineties, the heroines of those tales usually locate themselves confronting unfathomable passsions and difficult activities via others, yet they seldom consider remorse.

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You're an Animal, Viskovitz!

By Alessandro Boffa

From Italy, a wildly glossy riff on Ovid’s Metamorphoses—a whirlwind of ironic fables within which the significant hero, Viskovitz, regularly adjustments identities in pursuit of his one real love.

A snail with sexes, a parrot who speaks of affection, a dormouse who has erotic desires, a police puppy who’s a Buddhist, a microbe with an inferiority complicated, a lion in love with a gazelle, a chameleon hoping to discover himself, an intestinal malicious program, a dung beetle . . . Viskovitz is every one of those animals and lots of extra, possessed via their behaviors, their neuroses, their vanities. And the beautiful and most unlikely Ljuba, the article of Viskovitz’s hope, is in flip a sow, a complain, a gazelle. there's an animal ardour among them that lasts from tale to tale, however it is the fullness of the human situation that's portrayed such a lot vividly in those hilarious metamorphoses.
Dazzling beginnings lead into plots filled with surprises, starting from slapstick to Western, from cautionary story to mystery. clinical jargon is become wordplay and witty aphorism; theatrical reversals and philosophical insights abound.

You’re an Animal, Viskovitz! is a triumph of comedian inventiveness and intelligence not like something we’ve noticeable prior to.

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The Complete Dreamsongs

By George R. R. Martin

Even prior to A online game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin had already tested himself as an immense within the box of myth literature. Now in a single specific book version are either volumes of Dreamsongs, that includes the superior of Martin's early works. this handy package deal offers an extraordinary deal with for Martin's committed readers, providing attention-grabbing insights into his trip from a tender author to the number 1 long island occasions bestselling strength of nature.

"Dreamsongs is the best strategy to notice . . . a grasp of technological know-how fiction, fable and horror. . . . Martin is a author like no other."--The parent (U.K.)

Whether writing approximately werewolves, wizards, or outer house, George R. R. Martin is popular for his versatility and expansive expertise, as tested during this stunning two-volume assortment. collected in Dreamsongs: quantity I are a few of George R. R. Martin's such a lot widely used stories, together with Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker award--winning tales, cool fan items, and the unique novella The Ice Dragon. Dreamsongs: quantity II comprises acclaimed tales comparable to the area delusion Award winner "The epidermis Trade," in addition to the 1st novella within the Ice and fireplace universe, The Hedge Knight--plus early screenplays. that includes a stunning array of matters and types, Dreamsongs is definitely the right assortment for either Martin devotees and a brand new iteration of fans.


"Of those that paintings within the grand epic-fantasy culture, Martin is through a long way the simplest. in reality . . . this can be pretty much as good a time as any to proclaim him the yank Tolkien."--Time

"Long stay George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by way of advanced characters and vibrant language, and bursting with the wild imaginative and prescient of the superior story tellers."--The big apple Times

"I continuously count on the simplest from George R. R. Martin, and he regularly delivers."--Robert Jordan

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Blue Champagne

By John Varley

A selection of technology fiction tales from "the most sensible author in the US" (Tom Clancy)—Hugo and Nebula award-winning writer John Varley.

John Varley's distinct mix of startling expertise and surely human characters has gained him each significant technology fiction award a number of instances over for either his novels and his brief fiction.

Blue Champagne collects 8 thought-provoking tales from one of many genre's undisputed masters, together with the Hugo Award-winner "The Pusher," and the Hugo and Nebula award-winner "Press Enter."

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Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories

By Ursula Hegi

During this attractive selection of tales, bestselling writer Ursula Hegi specializes in the issues of affection - familial, parental, conjugal, and emergent. With compassion and her "unfailing immediacy of language", she increases the struggles of her characters to a aircraft of popularity that permits them to go beyond melancholy. lifestyles and loss of life, age and formative years, attained hopes and unearned pleasures, give you the human settings for a super exploration of lifestyles at its such a lot pointed and demanding.

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Godforsaken Idaho

By Shawn Vestal

Winner of the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
Shortlisted for the William Saroyan foreign Prize for Writing
Named “Outstanding 2013 assortment” via the tale Prize
Pushcart Prize Winner

In this gorgeous debut, Shawn Vestal transports us to the afterlife, the rugged Northwest, and the early days of Mormonism. From “The First numerous Hundred Years Following My Death,” an absurd, profound imaginative and prescient of a hellish heaven, to "Winter Elders," during which missionaries evenly and relentlessly pursue a guy who has left the fold, those 9 tales remove darkness from the articles of religion that make us human.

The concluding triptych tackles the legends and legacy of Mormonism head-on, culminating in "Diviner," a seriocomic portrait of the younger Joseph Smith, again whilst he used to be now not but the founding father of a faith yet a guy employed to discover buried treasure. Godforsaken Idaho is an indelible assortment through the author you must learn next.

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t zero (A Harvest/HBJ BookH)

By Italo Calvino

A selection of tales approximately time, area, and the evolution of the universe during which the writer blends arithmetic with poetic mind's eye. “Calvino does what only a few writers can do: he describes imaginary worlds with the main impressive precision and sweetness” (Gore Vidal, big apple assessment of Books). Translated by means of William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Bloodchild and Other Stories

By Octavia E. Butler

An ideal advent for brand new readers and a must have for avid fanatics, this manhattan occasions extraordinary publication contains "Bloodchild," winner of either the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. showing in print for the 1st time, "Amnesty" is a narrative of a girl named Noah who works to barter the demanding and co-dependent dating among people and a species of invaders. additionally new to this assortment is "The booklet of Martha" which asks: What may you do if God granted you the ability—and responsibility—to keep humanity from itself?
Like all of Octavia Butler’s most sensible writing, those works of the mind's eye are parables of the modern international. She proves consistent in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be confirmed fallacious, and certainly one of modern literature’s most powerful voices.

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