What are the best short story collections?

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    #1Dubliners

    Dubliners

    First published in 1914, James Joyce's Dubliners is one of the most well-known short story collections. It is comprised of 15 short stories about life in early 20th century Dublin.

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    Lauren Patterson
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "This is a great book. It has short stories so I can read a little then get to other things then get back without feeling I've left off on something. It's nice to take on my commutes."
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    #2Arabian Nights

    Arabian Nights
    Arabian Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern stories and folktales compiled during the Islamic Golden Age. This includes stories such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin, and Sinbad the Sailor.
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    Jack Scott
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "I wanted a book that contained a collection of short stories. The Arabian Nights collection of Middle Eastern folktales, was a large, full collection of various, great short stories that I enjoyed reading. I feel like I could read these stories to others and have a great experience doing so. "
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    #3Ficciones

    Ficciones
    Ficciones is a collection of 17 short stories by the famous Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. These stories are inquiries into the labyrinthine nature of the human mind.

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    Matthew Castillo
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "Picking a short story collection can be rather difficult. There are so many options out there. I don't think one can make the decision alone. This collection has 17 short stories! This short story book gives a philosophical feel to it! "
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    #4Interpreter of Maladies

    Interpreter of Maladies

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of nine stories that talk about Indian Americans and how they are caught between cultural and generational barriers.

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    Ryan Guzman
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "This is a great collection and should be what you are looking for."
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    #5The Complete Stories

    The Complete Stories

    Flannery O'Connor's The Complete Stories won the 1972 National Book Award for Fiction. It includes 31 short stories that are arranged chronologically, ending with "Judgement Day" which she finished shortly before her death.

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    Bruce Chen
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "Is there a better author name than Flannery O'Connor? I think not. Tragicly she died at age 39 from lupus. You've probably never heard of her, but you'll be happy you checked her out once you learn about her and read her work."
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    #6Different Seasons

    Different Seasons
    Different Seasons is a collection of four novellas by Stephen King: "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," "Apt Pupil," "The Body," which was the basis of the hit movie Stand By Me, and "The Breathing Method."

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    Dylan Bates
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "I've always liked short stories and Stephen King is one of my favorite writers. This is a great example of his work. This makes an excellent gift for someone who likes to read. The stories are familiar and are easy to get through for someone who has a busy schedule. "
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    #7The Complete Stories

    The Complete Stories

    With the exception of his three novels The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, The Complete Stories includes all of Franz Kafka's literary work, even those published posthumously.

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    Arthur Holland
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "A niche of history"
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    #8The Martian Chronicles

    The Martian Chronicles
    The Martian Chronicles is a record of human activity on Mars and their encounters with Martian lifeforms. The 28 stories are divided into three acts, with each act focused on a pivotal human accomplishment.
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    Claire Shi
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "The story is really good. However if you have read and enjoyed the original version you will have some disappointment. "
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    #9Nine Stories

    Nine Stories
    Published in 1953, Nine Stories is a collection of short stories by J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye. His most famous short stories"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "For Esme -- With Love and Squalor" are included.
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    Joyce Armstrong
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "J.D. Salinger has nine stories that are so different, they are sure to captivate you and keep you wanting more. Salinger is one of the top-rated writers in the english language and world literature. Great book, you will not be able to put it down. Would definitely recommend this to anyone."
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    #10The Illustrated Man

    The Illustrated Man
    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a collection of 18 science fiction short stories. The stories are all within a bigger story, wherein the stories are all written as animated tattoos in the skin of "the Illustrated Man."
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    Sarah Rose
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "I love this book. It was captivating and addicting, as I couldn't and didn't want to put it down."
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    #11The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales is a classical literature novel written by Geoffrey Chaucer and translated by Nevill Coghill. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Penguin Classics.

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    Jonathan Reed
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Middle-English may seem intimidating at first, but it is easier than one might think to sound out and understand. Of course, the annotation helps quite a bit too. These tales and their frame perfectly capture medieval life with it's lively characters and various settings. Ranging from poetic diversions, to dramatic, to adventures, all the the way to gruesome fables, and plenty of very funny (and memorable) bawdy humor."
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    #12Invisible Cities

    Invisible Cities
    Invisible Cities is a classic fantasy fiction novel written by Italo Calvino. This magical realism Italian literature book is first published in 1972.
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    #13Stories of Anton Chekhov

    Stories of Anton Chekhov
    Stories of Anton Chekhov is a collection of short stories by Chekhov, translated from Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Chekhov writes simple stories in prose about life in Russia.
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    Jeffrey Black
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "very nice idea i would use this if it was avialable "
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    #14The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

    The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

    This is a definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories such as his most beloved classics like The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. 

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    Marie Lopez
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading these Hemingway stories. The collection not only contains his classics, but other stories that have only been published now. What a great investment in literature! I'm thinking of buying another set to give to my cousin."
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    #15Night Shift

    Night Shift

    Night Shift is a book collection of frightening stories written by Stephen King which serves as a delectable introduction to King's mythologies. This is said to be the first short stories King has written in his early years. 

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    Susan Wells
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "This is my favorite Stephen King novel. It's such a dramatic, well-crafted read! If you're looking for a novel, you might be disappointed since it's a collection of stories. I find it to provide a nice change of pace, though, in comparison to what I normally read. Some of the writing seems a bit dated at times, but overall, it holds up nicely to today's issues and environment. "
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    #16The Garden Party and Other Stories

    The Garden Party and Other Stories

    The Garden Party and Other Stories is a collection of stories written by Katherine Mansfield. It was originally released in 1998. It has 21 tales about the dangers and complexities of life in modern times.

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    Danielle Johnston
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A book of collection of short stories by respected author Katherine Mansfield. There are 21 short stories any age can enjoy. Mansfield's metaphors and similes with delight. "
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    #17Fiddleblack Annual #1

    Fiddleblack Annual #1

    Fiddleblack Annual #1: Apparitional Experience is a book authored by the group Fiddleblack. It was released on November 20, 2012. John McManus, Mark Welborn, Joe Ricker, Charles Dodd White, Elias Marsten contributed to this book.

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    Eric Ford
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "ghost story for those who like such things. Tales of apparitional with touch of rationality to explain the irrationality. "
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    #18De ce iubim femeile (Romanian Edition)

    De ce iubim femeile (Romanian Edition)

    De ce iubim femeile (Romanian Edition) is a collection of fictional short stories written by Mircea Cărtărescu. This collection of fictional short stories was published in 2007 by Humanitas.

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    Jose Smith
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Topic is a collection of short stories and the solution is a book of short stories, it lines up."
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    #19All Out

    All Out
    All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages is a collection of short stories written by seventeen authors and edited by Saundra Mitchell. It was first published in 2018 by Harlequin Teen.
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    Olivia Graham
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "All Out is a wonderfully diverse collection that brings light to the lives and loves of queer youth. I think it is great how these were actually written by young authors, bringing an authenticity to the book. There is so much across the spectrum represented here and no character feels tokenized. A breath of fresh air and fresh perspectives!"
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    #20The Refugees

    The Refugees
    The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a short story collection novel originally published in February 2017 by Grove Atlantic. This is the first book Nguyen has written since he won the Pulitzer Prize.
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    #21The Girl on the Fridge

    The Girl on the Fridge

    The Girl on the Fridge is a fiction novel written by Etgar Keret which includes a collection of short stories he wrote that made him a household name in Israel. 

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    Jacob Larson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Dark, twisted, cruel, and sadistic, this collection of short stories is not for the faint of heart, to say the least. Without spoiling anything, I will say that if you're someone who is disgusted by stories of children in peril, this is not something you should ever pick up. Nevertheless, those who do enjoy horrific and demented feel-bad stories will find Etgar Keret's style to be utterly gripping and engrossing. I think the best way to put it is to think of 80s Stephen King, except with a uniquely Middle Eastern twist. If you've got the heart and the stomach for it, then by all means, give it a look."
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    #22The Birthday of the World and Other Stories

    The Birthday of the World and Other Stories

    The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by award-winning writer Ursula K. Le Guin. This first six stories in this book are set in Le Guin's hit series, Hainish Cycle.

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    Martha Sandoval
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I love this book The Birthday of the World and Other Stories because it gives me good characters. I also like the short stories because I don't have to spend hours reading one story and with the different stories I was never bored. I also like the intriguing questions the book explores like : what if women outnumbered males? Great stories that kept me interested."
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    #23One More for the Road

    One More for the Road

    This book is a collection of 25 short stories written by Ray Bradbury. Despite having a wide range of different characters and themes, like family issues, love or childhood, every story is written in Bradbury's personal and unique style. 

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    Katherine Ramirez
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I bought this book for my teen to keep him busy for the long road trip we had planned for spring break. It's a wonderful collection of short stories that keeps you gripped. The best part is that you can always finish on story and yet take a break before you begin the next one. The stories are heartwarming and very well written."
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    #24And Venus Is Blue

    And Venus Is Blue

    And Venus Is Blue is a collection of short stories about the everyday experiences of people. This contemporary book is written by Mary Hood, and was originally published in 2001.

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    Rose Jacobs
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This features loads of collections of short stories that are sure to keep you entertained while reading them. I highly recommend this to most people if they are into books. "
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    #25Wild Ducks Flying Backward

    Wild Ducks Flying Backward

    Wild Ducks Flying Backward by Tom Robbins is an anthology book originally published in 2005 by the Bantam Books. This novel contains all the collections of poems, essays, and short stories written by Robbins in his whole career as an author.

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    Jerry Franklin
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This was a bit of a hit and miss for me. Some of the stories were really good and others weren't. The book is also disorganized, with serious and comical poems and stories intermixed. There doesn't seem to be any theme and just a stream of consciousness."
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    #26Albergo Empedocle and Other Writings

    Albergo Empedocle and Other Writings

    Albergo Empedocle and Other Writings is a collection of novellas and essays written by renowned Victorian writer E.M. Forster. It was compiled and edited by George H. Thomson and was released in June 1971.

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    Adam Howard
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I was pretty interested in a good book with short stories to read in my free time at work, since I have a half hour or so of downtown every couple hours. I had heard about E.M. Forster from a friend and checked out a few short stories of his online, and they seemed alright. I went ahead and got the book and I would say it is very 50/50. Some of his stories are excellent, and I am surprised he is not a more household name because of them! On the other hand he has quite a few stories that are just duds, and about put me to sleep at work, and perhaps that is why I had never heard of him."
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    #27S Is for Space

    S Is for Space

    This book by Ray Bradbury is a collection of 16 short stories, which despite being standalone and very different from each other, they all share the same supernatural and space environment and Bradbury's unique style. 



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    Ryan Ramirez
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This collection contains some of Ray Bradbury's best short stories. It's a good collection for science-fiction fans, and short-story fans in general. It's a great selection for kids as well, as Bradbury focuses on simplicity in his writing."
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    #28The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories (Vol. 1)

    The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories (Vol. 1)
    Being recognized as one of the all-time greatest, it was a matter of time that a book collected Louis L'Amour's best short stories. In this first volume, there are 35 frontier tales that perfectly capture the Old West feeling.



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    Annie Zhang
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This was such a wonderful collection of stories and each of them had there own appeal. If you like westerns and action, this is a book you will enjoy and is good enough to read again later or with someone."
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    #29The Neon Wilderness

    The Neon Wilderness

    The Neon Wilderness is a book by National Award winner Nelson Algren. It is a collection of short stories related to the author's other works. It was originally released in 1947. It includes Algren's first published work, "So Help Me".

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    Jorge Torres
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Neon Wilderness is an adequate collection of short stories. It's not a great tale, but it certainly isn't bad."
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    #30My True Love Gave to Me

    My True Love Gave to Me

    My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories is a collection of short stories written by renowned YA fiction authors such as John Green, David Levithan, and Gayle Forman. It was first published in 2014.

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    Paul Santos
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love reading short stories because they don't make me concentrate too hard too long on any one story or character. I think it's even better if I find a good collection of short stories. I recently read through "My True Love Gave to Me" which is a great collection of short stories. Each story was more engaging and exciting than the last. I loved everything about this collection and highly recommend it to everyone."
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    #31Bloodchild and Other Stories

    Bloodchild and Other Stories

    Bloodchild and Other Stories is a book containing stories written by multiple award-winning author Octavia Butler. It includes Bloodchild, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula award, and Speech Sounds, a winner of the Hugo Award.

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    Rachel Salazar
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "A wonderful collection of short stories about sci-fi, I had no idea this existed until I was looking for some short stories book to read. I was curious and picked it up on a whim and boy am I glad I did. The writing on these stories so elegant and flowing, the stories are interesting and full of human drama along with impossible future scenarios and all sorts of dystopias. It's an excellent book for any fans of sci-fi, short stories or really for any avid readers."
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    #32Strange Ecstasies

    Strange Ecstasies

    Strange Ecstasies is an Anthology, Short Story, Science Fiction Written by Michel Parry, Clark Ashton Smith, Chris Miller et al. It was published November 1, 1973 by HarperCollins Distribution Services.

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    #33Holidays on Ice

    Holidays on Ice
    Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is a short story collection originally published in December 1997 by the Little, Brown and Company. This book was preceded by Naked and followed by Me Talk Pretty One Day.
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    Raymond Campbell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Holidays on Ice is a great shorty story that you can read. The characters will make you really feel for them."
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    #34Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

    Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
    Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays by David Sedaris is a short story collection originally published in June 1994 by the Little, Brown and Company. This book was followed by Naked which was published later in March 1997.
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    #35Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

    Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

    Diary of a Madman and Other Stories is a collection of fictional short stories written by Lu Xun and translated by William A. Lyell. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories was published by University of Hawaii Press.

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    Ann Jin
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Diary of a Madman and Other Stories is a book that makes you think. It also provides unique insight into Chinese culture. I would recommend this read to anyone interested in Chinese history."
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    #36Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

    Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

    Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk is a fictional essay book written by David Sedaris and illustrated by Ian Falconer. This book was originally published in September 2010 by the Little, Brown and Company.

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    #37Delaney's People: A Novel In Small Stories

    Delaney's People: A Novel In Small Stories
    Delaney's People: A Novel in Small Stories is book written by Beth Duke. First published in 2011 by Art of Dixie under ISBN: 0615568440, the story focuses the family of Delaney Robinson.
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    Peter Guzman
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "An award winning collection of stories that will satisfy most everyone. Beth Duke portrays the characters in such a way that you can completely immerse yourself in the stories. "
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    #38Promenades dans le Barcelone de l'Ombre du vent

    Promenades dans le Barcelone de l'Ombre du vent

    Promenades Dans La Barcelone de L'Ombre Du Vent (Le Livre De Poche) (French Edition) is a book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It was originally published in 2009 by Distribooks Inc under ISBN: ISBN-10: 2253134503 and ISBN-13: 978-2253134503.

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    Philip Pearson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "These could be good short stories. However, since they are in French, I would have no idea of knowing if I would like them."
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    #39The Machineries of Joy

    The Machineries of Joy

    Written by Ray Bradbury, this book is a collection of 21 short stories, all of them from the science fiction genre. It includes some of the author's most famous short stories, like "The Machineries of Joy" and "The Beggar on O'Connell Bridge".

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    Melissa Crawford
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Nice collection of stories according to the review. Also, Nice cover and everything is nice."
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    #40The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

    The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake

    The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake is a collection of twelve short stories by Breece D'J Pancake, published after his death at age twenty-six. The stories are varied in plot but are all set in his birthplace of rural West Virginia.

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    Sarah Myers
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "An alright book collection, I guess."
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    #41Olive Kitteridge

    Olive Kitteridge
    Landfall: A Ring of Stories is a short story written by Elizabeth Strout. First published in 2008 by Random House under ISBN: 140006208X, it won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2010 Premio Bancarella.
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    Vihaan Pawar
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "nice collection of short stories that will satisfy you wholeheartedly "
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    #42For Your Eyes Only (James Bond)

    For Your Eyes Only (James Bond)

    For Your Eyes Only is the eight book in the spy thriller series James Bond written by Ian Fleming which is a collection of five short stories on Bond in different places and dangerous situations. 

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    Marilyn Hart
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love watching James Bond movies. However, I actually like to read and read the books. I did not know there was a collection. I am happy to have found this."
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    #43The Dew Breaker

    The Dew Breaker
    The Dew Breaker is a collection of short stories written by Edwidge Danticat which is a story of love, remorse, and hope wherein he shares his intimate experiences throughout his life. 
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    Judy Gomez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Dew Breaker is a book about a quiet man, minds his own business, keeps to himself but he harbors a secret. The book travels between around mid 20th century Haiti to modern day New York. The book's subject has a horrible secret. Love, secrets and delusion help focus this book on how we compromise with history."
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    #44Seattle Noir

    Seattle Noir
    Seattle Noir is a compilation of inspirational true stories about Seattle and its most remarkable inhabitants. It is compiled and edited by Curt Colbert, author of the Shamus Award for his book Rat City.
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    Sandra Hunt
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Seattle Noir is a story about out of ordinary residents of the town from its early growth forward. It informs the reader about the criminals who took advantage of the growth of the strange mash up of a town and the clever ways they did it."
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    #45The Breathing Method

    The Breathing Method

    The Breathing Method is a short horror story written by Stephen King. The Breathing Method is included in Stephen King's book Different Seasons which contains a number of short stories and novellas.

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    Howard Allen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Breathing Method is a short story written by Stephen King which is also not a story collection because it's a short story. But it is really good and it is Stephen King so you pretty much know what you're going to get."
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    #46The Thing Around Your Neck

    The Thing Around Your Neck

    The Thing Around Your Neck is a collection of short stories by the award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The twelve stories included in the book revolves around modern-day Nigerians and their struggles.

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    Jean Gardner
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I was looking for a collection of short stories, and this is exactly that. The writing is decent, and the stories were fairly interesting to me. Not my favorite collection, but I enjoyed it."
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    #47Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New

    Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New

    Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural is a collection of short stories about the supernatural and the paranormal. Originally published in 1985, it was edited by Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye.

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    Arjun Patil
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a great collection of short stories that are extra creepy. The compilation is better than most, as all of the stories are great and it's a mix of different authors from different time periods."
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    #48Stationary Bike

    Stationary Bike

    Stationary Bike is a short horror story written by Stephen King. It was released by Simon & Schuster Audio in 2006 and originally published in the fifth edition of From Borderlands in 2003.

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    Kathleen Jordan
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Where do they get these titles from? Why would someone name a horror story "Stationary Bike"? I usually pass on titles like this because I can already imagine how immature the story will be. I like titles with substance."
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    #49Love War Stories

    Love War Stories

    Love War Stories is a book by Puerto Rican author Ivelisse Rodriguez containing a collection of stories about the dark truth behind romances. It will be released on July 10, 2018, and is available for pre-order.

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    Cynthia Elliott
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This book is so poignant for the little girls of Puerto Rico. The author, Ivelisse Rodriguez, was born in Puerto Rico so she tells this story with all the care and tenderness that it requires. A moving collection of stories, guaranteed to open your eyes to the dreams and hopes of the young that exists among the unfairness of the world. "
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    #50One For The Road

    One For The Road

    One for the Road is a short horror story written by Stephen King and illustrated by James Hannah. It was first published in the March/April issue if Maine and was later included in the book Night Shift. (Currently unavailable).

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    Eric Santos
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "All of the stories that appear in "Night Shift" are basically classics. The whole short story collection is incredible and worthy of your time. "One for the Road" is one of my favorite stories in the collection and definitely worth your time."
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    #51Graveyard Shift and other Stories from Night Shift

    Graveyard Shift and other Stories from Night Shift

    Graveyard Shift and other Stories from Night Shift are short horror stories written by Stephen King. It was released by Random House Audio in 1988 and is included in Stephen King's book Night Shift.

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    Claire Li
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a nice collection of some of Stephen King's earlier short stories. They are mostly horror/comedy or horror/suspense, so I was ready to dive right in and enjoy them. I think some people might be looking for a more classical or well rounded collection, but this is good for King fans."
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    #52Nocturnes

    Nocturnes

    Nocturnes is a collection of supernatural tales book from two novellas written by John Connolly, wherein nine of which are transcripts of stories written for presentation on BBC Radio Four.

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    Javier Alvarado
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "If you are someone like me that likes short story collections than I recommend Nocturnes which is a collection of supernatural tales book from two novellas written by John Connolly that are maybe short, but are poweful stories."
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    #53Stephen King's Battleground

    Stephen King's Battleground

    Stephen King's Battleground: A Commemoration of the Emmy-Winning Television Adaptation is a collection of short stories written by Stephen King. It first published by Gauntlet Press in 2012.

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    Philip Coleman
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Love this book - almost hate to write in it, but it's a great gift for any Stephen King fan."
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    #54Just After Sunset: Stories

    Just After Sunset: Stories
    Just After Sunset is a collection of short horror stories written by Stephen King. It was first published by Scribner in 20008 and won the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction.
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    Amit Mittal
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A collection of classic Stephen King short stories that show why he has been so popular for so long. These stories have appeared in various other publications, including The New Yorker and Playboy, and are presented here in a compelling collection. It's clearly ideal for the fan of horror and thriller writing, but also serves as a good introduction to the master's craft."
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    #55The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology

    The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology

    The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology is an anthology edited by William Kittredge and Annick Smith. It contains eight chapters filled with myths, poems, essays and stories about Montana and its literature.

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    Gao Tian
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This is a collection of some of the best American West stories. It contains over 800 pages of short stories that tell of Montana’s past and present. They provide a rich history of not just the state of Montana but the entire American West. I learned so much about this part of Americana that I feel much more knowledgeable about this subject than I have before. Highly recommended. "
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    #56Gorilla, My Love

    Gorilla, My Love
    Through 15 different stories, we can know about the lives of many black men and women, who have very different yet powerful stories. Despite being fiction, it perfectly depicts the problems the black community has had to face since many years ago in the American society. 



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    Benito Quiroz
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "The characters are what make this book so enjoyable. Each of the vivid stories help to illuminate an aspect of the African-American experience. This is a truly wonderful collection of short stories. "
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    #57Lawnmower Man: Stories from Night Shift

    Lawnmower Man: Stories from Night Shift

    The Lawnmower Man: Stories from Night Shift is short horror story written by Stephen King. It was first released by Random House Audio in 1995. The Lawnmower Man is included in Stephen King's book Night Shift.

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    Jennifer Carter
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "And older book of short stories by Mr. King. Pretty good but you can find better by Mr. King alone. "
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    #58Blackwater

    Blackwater

    Blackwater is an anthology book by bestselling author Paulette Jiles. It was originally released in May 1988. It contains the prose and poem piece "A Manual of Etiquette for Ladies Crossing Canada by Train". It has short stories and poems.

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    Paul Young
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "It's one of the most scariest book I have ever read. The book has done it's best to penetrate the veil of secrecy that surrounds Blackwater and its operations"
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    #59Collected Stories

    Collected Stories

    Collected Stories is the famous collection of 26 stories written by renowned Pulitzer Prize winner and Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It has 26 stories revolving around family, poverty, and death.

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    Julia Montgomery
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Personally Gabriel has never been my favourite writer, if only because I think the writing style is a little heavy. These are some of his best ones though, so if you're trying him out for the first time, go here."
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    #60Slow Learner

    Slow Learner

    Slow Learner is a book containing a collection of five short stories written by postmodern novelist Thomas Pynchon. It was published in 1995. The stories were written between 1959 and 1964.

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    Gabriel Mercado
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you are looking for short stories this is the one. It was written in the 1900s and published in 1995 for your enjoyment."
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    #61Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life

    Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life

    Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life is a collection of short stories written by Ronna Wineberg. Totaling 270 pages, it was first published in 2016 by Serving House Books under ISBN: 0997101008.

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    Susan Fisher
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I was feeling a bit burnt out with my normal reading list. I need something a bit shorter, unlike the novels I was reading. I picked this up at my local book store, and I really enjoyed it. Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life is a collection of short stories filled with humor and charm. I find myself highlighting several sentences and passages that was relevant to my life. It has given me a new perspective in my daily life. I can honestly say, it has changed my life. Do yourself a favor and order this book. "
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    #62The Museum of Dr. Moses

    The Museum of Dr. Moses
    The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense is a collection of short stories written by Joyce Carol Oates, a Rea Award recipient in 1990. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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    Jennifer Coleman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "In "The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza" a woman’s world is upended when she learns the brutal truth about a family friend’s death—and what her father is capable of. Meanwhile, a businessman desperate to find his missing two-year-old grandson in "Suicide Watch" must determine whether the horrifying tale his junky son tells him about the boy’s whereabouts is a confession or a sick test. In "Valentine, July Heat Wave" a man prepares a gruesome surprise for the wife determined to leave him. And the children of a BTK-style serial killer struggle to decode the patterns behind their father’s seemingly random bad acts, as well as their own, in "Bad Habits." In these and other stories, Joyce Carol Oates explores with bloodcurdling insight the ties that bind—or worse. The Museum of Dr. Moses is another chilling masterpiece from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation). "
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    #63Leaf Storm

    Leaf Storm

    Leaf Storm: And Other Stories is a collection of short stories by famous Pulitzer Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It includes the titular Leaf Storm, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, and Blacaman the Good.

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    Mary Montgomery
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Translated from the original Spanish, Leaf Storm is a collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book contains 8 of Marquez's short stories, which border on actually being novellas, and is a lovely read for anyone looking for more from this winning author!"
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    #64High Tide in Tucson

    High Tide in Tucson

    High Tide in Tucson is a non-fiction book written by Barbara Kingsolver which is composed of 25 collections of essays to show what is inside her head as a writer. 

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    Gloria Cook
    Written on April 19, 2018
    " I am a fan of Barbara Kingsolver's fiction and was not sure how I would like this book. It exceeded my expectations and would recommend this book. "
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    #65Death in Venice and Other Tales

    Death in Venice and Other Tales

    Death in Venice and Other Tales is a collection of short stories written by Thomas Mann which tells about the disastrous quest for love and beauty amid degenerating splendor. 

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    Virginia West
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a very important book in German literature, some of the meaning is lost in translation. I'm rereading it for the first time since college and really enjoying it. "
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    #66The Essential Hemingway

    The Essential Hemingway

    The Essential Hemingway brings together a wide selection of Ernest Hemingway's works, providing the perfect introduction to his extensive writing. This also includes his works such as Fiesta, A Farewell to Arms, and To Have and Have Not.

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    Sean Hopkins
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is a book with a wide selection of Hemingway's works"
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    #67Acts of Worship: Seven Stories

    Acts of Worship: Seven Stories

    Acts of Worship: Seven Stories is a fiction novel written by Yukio Mishima. This book was originally published in September 2002 by Kodansha USA. It is a collection of stories ever written by Mishima - an award-winning author and playwright.

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    Kyle Perry
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "What really made me back away from this book was learning that the person who had written the stories committed ritual suicide. That is really disturbing because it really took my focus from the stories. I am a very superstitious person and just knowing that frightens me but Yukio could be considered a mad genius in my opinion. "
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    #68Dateline: Toronto

    Dateline: Toronto

    Dateline: Toronto is a collection of the stories by Ernest Hemingway when he wrote as a stringer and later staff writer and foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star between 1920 and 1924.

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    Jane Robertson
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I think these stories are quite interesting if you're a Hemingway fan. But if you're new to the author I think you are better off starting with one of his novels. Having said that, I thought these were well written stories and articles."
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    #69Homeland and Other Stories

    Homeland and Other Stories

    Homeland and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written New York Times bestselling author by Barbara Kingsolver which includes a true to life tales of love.  

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    Joshua Black
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A collection of stories that spans the globe. The book is well written and the subjects are often deep. The stories will keep you hooked till the end. A fun read."
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    #70Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads

    Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads
    Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is a collection of 11 short stories written by S. R. Mallery. Totaling 276 pages, it was first published by Mockingbird Lane Press under ISBN-10: 0989310574 and ISBN-13: 978-0989310574.
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    Brian Davidson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is a good read. I learned so much more. I think you will enjoy the good reading material.s"
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    #71Potpourri

    Potpourri

    Potpourri is a fictional short story book written by Anusha V. R. This fictional short story book was published on January 7, 2018 by Chapeltown Publishing UK.

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    Carol Boyd
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a fictional short story that I couldn't quite get into. I tried but it isn't the type of book I'm interested in."
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    #72Letters from My Windmill

    Letters from My Windmill

    Letters from My Windmill is a collection of short stories written by Alphonse Daudet. This French literature book is first published in 1869. 

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    #73Skulls & Crossbones

    Skulls & Crossbones
    Skulls & Crossbones is a collection of twenty short stories edited by Andi Marquette and R.G. Emanuelle. Written by different authors, the pirate stories range from Viking raiders to the space pirates of the future.
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    Catherine Burke
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I decided to read Skulls & Crossbones because my friend strongly recommended it. I actually am a big fan of short stories, but I just couldn't get into the stories in this book. I guess others may really like this collection, but it just isn't for me."
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    #74Apt Pupil

    Apt Pupil

    Apt Pupil is a short novel written by Stephen King. First published in 1982 by Warner under ISBN 0751525677, Apt Pupil is included in Stephen King's book containing short stories and novellas called Different Seasons.

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    Benito Cortez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This author is well known to fiction readers, he writes many fiction short stories that are both interesting and can be down right creepy at times. I would recommend this to anyone looking for stories that are by a famous author, and enjoys creepy and interesting stories. I often lost track of time while reading the short stories, and wouldn't realize until it was late at night, or I finished the story."

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1DublinersBooks 27 Paid
2Arabian NightsBooks 25 Paid
3FiccionesBooks 24 Paid
4Interpreter of MaladiesBooks 22 Paid
5The Complete StoriesBooks 20 Paid
6Different SeasonsBooks 20 Paid
7The Complete StoriesBooks 17 Paid
8The Martian ChroniclesBooks 16 Paid
9Nine StoriesBooks 15 Paid
10The Illustrated ManBooks 14 Paid
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