Thursday, October 05, 2017

Short Stories

Snow is falling. You are stranded in a large and comfortable home. There are plenty of provisions but you'll be there for at least a week. You find several bookcases and, after sorting through children's books and classics you read years ago, you spot an excellent collection of short stories.

Because of the author, you know that each story will be excellent.

Who is the author?


At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Michelle L said...

You have described a particularly wistful wish of mine. I wish I could be cut off from the world through no fault of my own, and have nothing to do but read. I would gather up my Isaac Asimov, Roger Zelazny, Phil K Dick, GRR Martin books and get to it. Asimov's black widow mysteries are especially good for cosy winter reading. He had several volumes of them.
This also calls to mind my favorite Twilight Zone episode, "Time enough At Last". All those books, all the time...and then the crushing defeat when his glasses break. It gets me every time.

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


Thanks for your list. I will be sure to check out the Asimov black widow mysteries. I didn't know they existed.

As for the Twilight Zone episode, it is unforgettable.


At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Wally Bock said...

The author is Ernest Hemingway. I rarely go more than a week without reading one of his short stories.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Kurt Harden said...

Ray Bradbury. Libby is reading October Country right now.


At 8:12 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


Ray Bradbury is excellent. He is always time well spent.


I agree with your choice of Ernest Hemingway. I read his short stories years ago and concluded that he was a better short story writer than he was a novelist.

One other writer I'd pick would be Roald Dahl. His short stories are bizarre but memorable. Check out "Man from the South."


At 3:39 AM, Blogger Kurt Harden said...

Thanks for the Asimov Black Widowers tip. In the middle of the first book now.

At 6:44 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


I have a feeling that Michelle's tip about the Black Widowers series may gain a lot of followers.

I'm tracking down a copy.


At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Michelle L said...

I am pleased you are taking my suggestion about the Black Widowers. I have always loved Isaac A's works. His biographies are also a treat. The BW's are out of print and will require finding used copies, which I am sure is right up Michael's alley. Let me know if you enjoy them. I do very much. This thread reminds me that my collection is incomplete and I will need to locate some volumes to fill in the gaps.

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


You have done all of us a service and yes, I will find those books.



At 7:46 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

Update: They are - no surprise - available on Amazon.



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