Superb Short Stories

by Karen Walch | Apr 14, 2022

Collections of short stories that make for great reading to get a sense of an author's style or fill gaps in your day that may otherwise be squandered.

To Hold Up the Sky 
by Cixin Liu

The great thing about celebrated Chinese sci-fi writer Cixin Liu is that even if you aren’t normally a fan of sci-fi, you’ll still find something to love in this collection of short stories. He explores not only the technology side of science but also the philosophical, artistic, and human. In 11 stories you’ll span as many disciplines of thought and 10,000 years of theoretical human development.

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The Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury

Sci-Fi has a different feeling when it was written before the space race had even begun and yet has daring and grand adventures set on Mars, Venus, and beyond. It’s not just space stories though, there are very imaginative tellings that take place right here on earth including a very early prediction of what a smart-home gone wrong might look like.

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The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
by Edgar Allan Poe

If 1,000 pages of macabre writing is a little heavy for you, there’s plenty of the “best-hits” to choose from including all the classics you are already familiar with and then dozens more beyond that. If you’re looking for something recently topical, try “The Masque of the Red Death,” in which a wealthy nobleman attempts to avoid a plague at his abbey with his other noble friends.

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
by David Sedaris

As with all David Sedaris, this book is chock full of wit. Where it differs is that instead of humorous observations of trying to learn a language, quit smoking, or his oddball siblings, this book is all fictitious tales of various woodland creatures going about their lives and dealing with the usual kind of woodland creature problems like throwing parties and language barriers among migrating birds.

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Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman

There are many interpretations and retellings of the tales of the Norse gods, and I can’t say for certain whether or not this should be considered the final word, but as an intro into the oddball hijinks that Norse gods found themselves in for hundreds to thousands of years, this is an easy to read sample platter to find out all the gods’ names that you want to learn more about or stories that you’d like to find other interpretations of.

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