“You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me. And that’s when you met me.”
A short story about the universe.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Flappers and Philosophers
Flappers and Philosophers was F. Scott Fitzgerald's initial encore - his first collection of short fiction, published in 1920 to capitalize on the success of This Side of Paradise, the novel that had made him famous at the age of twenty-three. Flappers and Philosophers contains some of Fitzgerald's best early stories: 'The Offshore Pirate' 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair', 'The Ice Palace', and 'Benediction'. In these narratives Fitzgerald presented his prototypical Jazz-Age heroines, beautiful and willful young women who later became trademarks of his fiction.
Jack London - Stories of Ships and the Sea
"It reared its black, forbidding head like some huge monster rising from the deep." A typhoon rages off the coast of Japan -- and off the page, in Jack London's first story, published at age 17. In these vivid stories, London pits nature at its most extreme against men who must struggle violently to survive. Whether describing ore cables strung across a valley in Sacramento gold-mine territory or the straining boards of ships battered by gales, London's eye for realism keeps his dramatic tales vivid and fresh -- even now, nearly a century after his death.
Veronica Roth - The Traitor
The Traitor is the fourth of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.
Veronica Roth - The Son
The Son is the third of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.
Edgar Allan Poe - Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe gave forty years of a tortured existence to this world. Born in 1809, he was the son of poor actors, both of whom died when he was very young. He was taken into the home of a Richmond merchant, John Allan, without legal adoption. At the University of Virginia, he made a brilliant record, but was removed because of gambling debts. He quarrelled with Mr. Allan shortly thereafter and left home; that same year he published anonymously his first volume of poems. His foster father left him nothing when he died, and from then on Poe’s life was a constant struggle with poverty, illness, and drink, which easily affected him. In 1835 he married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, a child in her early teens. Some of his best stories appeared in _Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine_ and _Graham’s Magazine_ between 1835 and 1844. Around 1840 he began writing mystery stories, _The Murders in the Rue Morgue_, _The Purloined Letter_, and _The Gold Bug_, for which he received a prize of $100.
Ann Aguirre - Foundation
In Ann Aguirre’s award-winning novel, Enclave, humans have taken refuge in colonies below ground. Here is the story of what drove them there, told through the eyes of a teen who would later have vast influence over the fate of many, and who gave his heart to the one person who needed him most.
Washington Irving - The Legends of the Alhambra
"At first she touched her lute with a faltering hand, but gathering confidence and animation as she proceeded, drew forth such soft aerial harmony, that all present could scarce believe it mortal. As to the monarch, who had already considered himself in the world of spirits, he set it down for some angelic melody or the music of the spheres. By degrees the theme was varied and the voice of the minstrel accompanied the instrument. She poured forth one of the legendary ballads treating of the ancient glories of the Alhambra and the achievements of the Moors. Her whole soul entered into the theme, for with the recollections of the Alhambra was associated the story of her love. The funeral chamber resounded with the animating strain. It entered into the gloomy heart of the monarch. He raised his head and gazed around: he sat up on his couch, his eye began to kindle-at length, leaping upon the floor, he called for sword and buckler. The triumph of music, or rather of the enchanted lute, was complete: the demon of melancholy was cast forth: and, as it were, a dead man brought to life. The windows of the apartment were thrown open:the glorious efulgence of Spanish sunshine burst into the late lugubrious chamber: all eyes sought the lovely enchantress, but the lute had fallen from her hand, she had sunk upon the earth, and the next moment was clasped to the bosom of Ruyz de Alarcon..."
Ismeretlen szerző - New American Short Stories I-II.
O. Henry Prize-winner Norris once again attaches a tempting hook to her short-fiction anthology: 20 established writers have chosen their own favorites. The majority acquit themselves handsomely, with judicious offerings as well as commentary on their craft, although most entries, having recently appeared in other collections and/or the New Yorker , the Atlantic et al., will be known to many. Mark Helprin's sublime love story features a husband and wife attempting to transcend the vagaries of WW II and the boundaries that separate the battlefront and the home front. In a full-bodied, penetrating piece, Mary Gordon's protagonist is ashamed of his housekeeper mother and "crazy in love" with his mother's boss and the boss's daughter. A savory fish tale by Bob Shacochis foists an outsider with an evil secret onto a close-knit, rural Southern community. Weaker selections also appear: Judith Rossner, prolific as a novelist but not in the short-fiction genre, contributes a trite, self-indulgent depiction of a daughter unwilling to share her widower father; Isabel Huggan over-relies on knitting as a metaphor; and Frederick Barthelme's husband/father, a sour malcontent, alienates the reader.
Bret Harte - A vörösvágási idill / The Idyll of Red Gulch
Francis Bret Harte (1839-1902.) Bret Harte kalandos uton jutott az irodalomhoz. Albanyban született, de már gyermekkorában elkerült Kaliforniába, hol előbb mint tanitó, aranyásó, szedő, újságíró és pénzügyi tisztviselő működött. Első munkái a hatvanas években jelentek meg; különös feltűnést keltettek kaliforniai novellái, melyekben az aranyásók zordon és kalandos életét mutatta be. Népies rajzai, jellemképei nagy hatással voltak az európai irodalomra, így nálunk Mikszáthra. Élete végén a kaliforniai egyetem tanára lett, majd Németországban és Angliában konzulkodott. Ugyanitt halt is meg. Nevezetesebb művei: Tales of the Argonauts (Az argonauták meséi. Novellák az aranyásók életéből. Ebből való az itt közölt elbeszélés.) The Story of a Mine (Egy bánya története) Jeff Brigg's Love (J. B. szerelme) Conclensed novels (Sűrített regények; tulajdonképpen híres nagy regények rövidre fogott paródiái.) Költeményei is figyelemre méltók.
Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner
Thomas Pynchon's literary career was launched not with the release of his widely acclaimed first novel, V., but with the publication in literary magazines of the five stories collected here. In his introduction to Slow Learner the author reviews his early work with disarming candor and recalls the American cultural landscape of the early post-Beat era in which the stories were written. Time magazine described this introductory essay as "Pynchon's first public gesture toward autobiography. /Synopsis from barnesandnoble.com/
Connie Willis - Time is the Fire
This new collection of stories from the multi-award-winning author of DOOMSDAY BOOK and TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG contains: A Letter from the Clearys At the Rialto Death on the Nile The Soul Selects Her own Society Fire Watch Inside Job Even the Queen The Winds of Marble Arch All Seated on the Ground Last of the Winnebagos Ten stories - which have all won the HUGO AWARD, the NEBULA AWARD or both - are compulsory reading for the serious science fiction fan.
Edgar Allan Poe - Rejtelmes történetek / Mystery stories
A sötét éjszaka mesterében, Poe-ban minden együtt van: ő a kánon, a kinyilatkoztatás, ő a törvény, s ami azon felül van benne, az az ördögtől való. A fantasztikus elbeszélés és a bizarr rémtörténet legnagyobb képviselője mellesleg megteremtette a logikára alapított detektívtörténetek később oly divatossá vált műfaját. Bár a krimiszerzők névsora lassan körbeéri az egyenlítőt, a mesterség alapjait mindenki Poe-tól tanulta. A detektívregény minden lényeges eleme együtt van a történeteiben: a titokzatos bűntény, a több gyanúsított, a remek logikával és emberismerettel rendelkező amatőr detektív, akinek a hivatalos nyomozás képviselőivel is meg kell küzdenie. Az általa megteremtett leltár azóta sem igen bővült. Poe a detektívregényt az általa művelt rémmese örökségével keresztelte meg. Ő nem a világban megjelenő gonosztett külső valóságát ragadja meg, hanem a lélek mélységében gyökerező bűntett belső valóságát. "A detektívregényt - mondja Van Doren Stern - éppúgy, mint a könyvnyomtatást, csupán technikailag tökéletesítették. Mint művészi alkotást sem Gutenberg bibliáját, sem Poe A Morgue utcai kettős gyilkosság című művét nem múlták felül soha."
Edgar Allan Poe - Great Tales and Poems
Born to an unfortunate heritage, orphaned, unsympathetically raised, and then abandoned, Edgar Allan Poe struggled for greatness in an adverse social and economic climate -- a setting not improved by his fiery temperament and caustic criticism of others. Poe's melancholy brilliance, his passionate lyricism, and his tormented soul would make him one of the most widely read and original writers in American literature. Here, in one volume, are his classic short works: masterpieces of horror, terror, humor, and adventure -- and the finest lyric and narrative poetry of this ill-fated genius whose influence on both prose and verse continues to this day. Pocket Books' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Great Tales And Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe contains the original Pocket Books introduction, first published in 1951, along with an updated selection of critical excerpts, and suggestions for further readings.
Aimee Bender - Willful Creatures
Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures conjures a fantastical world in which authentic love blooms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a woman’s children are potatoes, and a little boy with an iron for a head is born to a family of pumpkin heads. With her singular mix of surrealism, musical prose, and keenly felt emotion, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories
This is an anthology of stories that, in the words of its co-editor David Leavitt, ´illuminate the experience of love between men, explore the nature of homosexual identity or investigate the kinds of relationships gay men have with each other, with their friends and with their families´. It is not a collection of stories written exclusively by gay authors; indeed, readers will discover that many women writers and straight male writers have also explored the territory.
Charles Bukowski - Tales of Ordinary Madness
In these tales of ordinary madness, Charles Bukowski ingeniously mixes high and low culture, from prostitutes and the philosophy of Kant to despair and classical music, to create his modern dystopia. Inspired by D.H. Lawrence, John Fante and Hemingway, Bukowski’s writing is passionate, extreme and relentlessly realistic. These are angry yet tender, humorous and haunting portrayals of life in the underbelly of America. Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), and Pulp (1994) all available from Virgin Books.
Caroline Crayle - Jill Myles - Meljean Brook - Wild and Steamy
Three all-new novellas of the supernatural and steampunk kind... "THE BLUSHING BOUNDER" by Meljean Brook A Tale of the Iron Seas - While the search for a killer puts Constable Newberry’s life in danger, he faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay? (13K words) "VIXEN" by Jill Myles Miko’s denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn’t want to choose between both men…it wants them both. (15K words) "KITTEN-TIGER & THE MONK" by Carolyn Crane A Disillusionists Novella - Sophia Sidway, Midcity’s most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption…but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all. (20K words)
Jill Myles - Zombie Fairy Tales
Collected here are 7 short, slightly twisted fairy tales retold from a zombie perspective. What if Cinderella had been undead when she went to the ball? What if Little Red Riding Hood went to Grandma's house to eat her? Included are: Zombie Cinderella Beauty & The Zom-Beast Sleeping Zom-Beauty Little Red Rotting Hood The Princess and the Zomb-Pea Moldy-locks and the Three Bears Rapunzombel
Ismeretlen szerző - The Reign of Istar
Open the door to the magic and wonder of the Dragonlance world... Meet an irrepressible kender determined to become a Solamnic knight. A bounty-hunter of heretics. An unlikely ogre savior of the dwarven race. And a black-robed mage juggling the fate of the world in the Tower of High Sorcery. Poetry and short stories by well-known Dragonlance authors, topped by a Raistlin novella by original creators Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. All set in the faraway time of the Kingpriest.
Jeff VanderMeer - The Third Bear
The award-winning short fictions in this collection highlight the voice of an inventive contemporary fantasist who has been compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka. In addition to highlights such as 'The Situation', in which a beleaguered office worker creates a child-swallowing manta ray to be used for educational purposes and 'Errata', which follows an oddly familiar writer who has marshalled a penguin, a shaman, and two pearl-handled pistols with which to plot the end of the world, this volume contains two never-before-published stories. Chimerical and hypnotic, this compilation leads readers through the post-modern into what is emerging into a new literature of the imagination.