The Best of Cordwainer Smith

By Cordwainer Smith

This compilation of stories is a brilliant advent to the folk (both actual, and animal derived), politicial structures and worlds of Cordwainer Smith. Lyrical prose and haunting poetry are the hallmarks of this nice author, and the solid of characters whereas frequently altering from one brief tale to a different have a historic, if no longer familial continuity - witness the Vomacts who held their identify for over 10,000 years.

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The Run for the Elbertas

By James Still

In language either spare and colourful, certain in its command of Appalachian dialect and poetic in its evocation of mountain settings, James Still's tales demonstrate the lives of his people―lives of privation and fight, lived with honesty in addition to humor. With a foreword by way of Cleanth Brooks and an afterword by way of the writer, The Run for the Elbertas positive aspects 13 tales from one in all America's masters of the fast tale. relaxing and enriching, Still's tales sparkle with knowledge and pleasure.

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Selected Tales (Penguin Classics)

By Henry James

All through his existence, Henry James used to be interested in the quick tale shape for the liberty and diversity it provided. the 19 tales during this choice span James's occupation, from short stories to longer works, all exploring his matters with the previous global and the recent, cash, status and artwork. 'Daisy Miller', the paintings that first introduced him popularity, depicts a daring, unsophisticated American woman out of the country, and 'In the Cage' portrays a tender telegraphist's romantic fantasies approximately buyers who ship telegrams from her publish workplace. In 'The Birthplace' a Stratford travel consultant adorns the Shakespeare legend, whereas within the overdue masterpiece 'The Jolly Corner', an aged American returns from Europe and encounters an odd apparition. Haunting, witty and fantastically drawn, James's stories are as complicated and resonant as his novels.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts greater by way of introductions and notes through amazing students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction

By Terry Pratchett

The first career-spanning selection of brief fiction via Sir Terry Pratchett—one of the main cherished and bestselling writers of our time—A Blink of the Screen charts the advance of Pratchett’s artistic vision throughout his prolific occupation, from his early writings in class to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally profitable Discworld sequence. alongside the best way we're brought to the first released items from Pratchett’s stint as a tender journalist, the experimental tales that originated his later works, and the lyrics to the nationwide anthem of Ankh-Morpork, between different treats. the following, readers will locate new and surprising characters and fictional worlds along recognized ones. they'll additionally locate event, chickens, demise, disco, and, really, a few fairly demanding rules approximately Christmas, all infused with Pratchett’s inimitable model of humor and energy.

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This is the Ritual

'Doyle is nearly as good as every body - from John Boyne to Colm Toibin - says he's' day-by-day Mail a tender guy in a dismal melancholy roams the great, formless panorama of a Dublin commercial park the place he meets a vagrant within the grip of a perilous ideology. a lady fleeing a break-up unearths herself playing an strange sleep scan. a guy passionate about Nietzsche clings desperately to his girlfriend's crimson sneakers. And no matter what occurred to Killian Turner, Ireland's vanished literary outlaw? misplaced and remoted, the characters in those masterful tales play out their fragmented relationships in a sequence of ecu towns, constantly at the stream; from rented room to darkened condo, hitchhiker's roadside to Barcelona nightclub. Rob Doyle, a shape-shifting drifter, a reclusive author, additionally stalks the book's pages. Layering narratives and splicing fiction with non-fiction, this is often the Ritual tells of the ecstatic, the determined and the doubtful. Immersive, from time to time dreamlike, and frank in its depiction of intercourse, the writer's lifestyles, failed beliefs and the transience of feelings, it introduces an unmistakable new literary voice.

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Numbers in the Dark

“Everybody phones every person at each attainable second, and no-one can converse to anyone . . . Distance has been the warp that helps the weft of each love story.” — from Numbers within the Dark
Written among 1943 and 1984, the tales in Numbers within the Dark span the occupation of 1 of fiction’s sleek masters: from Italo Calvino’s earliest fables, to stories knowledgeable by way of lifestyles in global battle II–era Italy, to the pleasant experimentation that might outline his later paintings. listed here are speculative stories on existence within the electronic age, genre-bending wonders, and “impossible interviews” with the likes of Montezuma and a Neanderthal. Deftly translated through Tim Parks, Numbers within the Dark exhibits off Calvino’s lifelong reward for sophisticated humor and shimmering philosophical insight.
Numbers within the Dark is an excellent grab-bag . . . [with] adequate gem stones from each section in Calvino’s occupation to make it consider indispensable.” — Seattle Times

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Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories

From the mythical literary grasp, winner of the nationwide publication Award and New York Times bestselling writer Joyce Carol Oates, a suite of 13 captivating tales that maps the eerie darkness inside of us all.

Insightful, worrying, inventive, and breathtaking of their lyrical precision, the tales in Lovely, darkish, Deep exhibit Joyce Carol Oates’s fantastic skill to make visceral the phobia, damage, and uncertainty that lurks on the edges of normal lives.

In “Mastiff,” a lady and a guy are joined in an erotic bond cast out of terror and gratitude. “Sex with Camel” explores how a sixteen-year-old boy realizes the intensity of his love for his grandmother—and how susceptible these emotions make him. worried that that her husband is “disappearing” from their existence, a girl turns into keen about preserving him in her sight in “The Disappearing.” “A ebook of Martyrs” unearths how the top of a being pregnant brings with it the tip of a dating. And within the name tale, the aged Robert Frost is visited by way of an interviewer, an unsettling younger girl, who turns out to grasp a great deal extra approximately his existence than she should.

A piercing and evocative assortment, Lovely, darkish, Deep finds an artist on the top of her inventive power.

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