Favorite Short Fiction

Description
In honor of February's status as the shortest month of the year, our List of the Month is devoted to Favorite Short Fiction, which can include: individual short stories, anthologies (multiple authors), short story collections (single author), or novellas (100 pages or less). If members are listing one specific story, contained in a larger collection but not published separately, and not available as a separate work page on LibraryThing, the collection can be added, and the specific story can be indicated in the Explanations field. Please only downvote titles if the book does not fit the theme.
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charl08, terran, CarltonC, ahef1963, steller0707, sqr3cls3, Tosta, monicamargolis, -Pia-,Tess_W
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Tess_W : It is 208 pages in length.
sqr3cls3: Is it possible to remove a thumbs down given for a misunderstanding? This is a collection of short stories, not one of her novels, so page numbers shouldn't apply.
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1,861 members
41 reviews
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rosalita, Tess_W, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, dianeham, jkonecki, steller0707, Sofyyyy21
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AbigailAdams26: Just a lovely holiday tale, about love and the true nature of giving and receiving gifts.
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14,270 members
235 reviews
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rosalita, mstrust, sturlington, steller0707, MarianBengal, Sofyyyy21
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sturlington: I decided to list those stories that have remained with me all my life, in this case, the title story.
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3,544 members
169 reviews
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5,063 members
140 reviews
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4,082 members
277 reviews
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terran, elenchus, souloftherose, KatyBee, Brandy1411, MarianBengal
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elenchus: Each of the first 4 novellas in the Murderbot Diaries describes a self-contained story arc, and they're great fun, but it's the overarching discovery of SecUnit that compels me to read the next installment.
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35,971 members
622 reviews
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7,720 members
73 reviews
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hipdeep, sturlington, madhatter22, tina1969, sdkennedy
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sturlington: I think this collection represents the epitome of King's short stories, a great mix of weird, trippy, scary, moody, and wtf.
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6,975 members
103 reviews
½ 4.4
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8,405 members
107 reviews
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745 members
7 reviews
½ 4.5
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5,614 members
118 reviews
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hipdeep, CarltonC, elenchus, ManWithAnAgenda
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elenchus: One of the original examples of linked stories in my reading life, and still a favourite.
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1,191 members
42 reviews
½ 4.3
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333 members
4 reviews
3.9
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2,627 members
92 reviews
3.9
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mstrust, AbigailAdams26, -Pia-
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AbigailAdams26: A story that makes me both weep and laugh.
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151 members
13 reviews
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2,066 members
104 reviews
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3,998 members
118 reviews
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rarm, Heather39, Maddz
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210 reviews
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28 reviews
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88 reviews
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500 members
18 reviews
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lmbix, msjudy
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376 members
½ 3.5
2 Members
dara85, AXC23
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dara85: My favorite story was Love on the First Bounce
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4,908 members
130 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,547 members
15 reviews
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13,261 members
372 reviews
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susanbooks, Tess_W
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Tess_W: Favorites: On the Rainy River and The Lives of the Dead
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2,902 members
89 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,327 members
107 reviews
½ 4.4
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karenb, anglemark
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734 members
19 reviews
½ 4.3
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elenchus, igorken
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elenchus: A highly impressive selection of known and not-so-known Weird short fiction, from all over the globe, and over 100 years of writing.
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112 members
3 reviews
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cornerhouse, c_why
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12,545 members
104 reviews
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mstrust, merrystar, AbigailAdams26,pperez333
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AbigailAdams26: I have loved fairy-tales since I was a young girl, and have read the complete Grimm many times through.
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8,826 members
106 reviews
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Airycat, tina1969
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1,153 members
36 reviews
½ 4.3
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508 members
32 reviews
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tardis, Lorekeeper
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181 members
1 review
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3,305 members
70 reviews
3.9
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deldevries, AXC23
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2,236 members
56 reviews
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1,622 members
39 reviews
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EMS_24, perennialreader
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perennialreader: You can change your part of the world with a simple but repeated action.
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11,188 members
108 reviews
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lmbix, vwinsloe
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465 members
15 reviews
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cornerhouse, Morphidae
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Morphidae: When I picked this collection up, I wasn't expecting much. I had read one other book by Butler, Kindred, and thought it was "okay." Then I was blown away by these stories. I don't know if it was the mood I was in or if they really were that good - ever been too afraid to reread something because you're afraid it wasn't as good as you thought it was? Yeah, that's me. However, it's been seven years. It's time...
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c_why, -pilgrim-
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60 reviews
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½ 3.5
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msjudy, TheReadingReindeer
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TheReadingReindeer: Collection of short stories on various themes, but all including a typewriter.
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227 members
3 reviews
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yoyogod, Maddz
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2,144 members
17 reviews
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AbigailAdams26, dianeham
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AbigailAdams26: Specific story: "Wilderness Tips." A haunting tale I have never forgotten.
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847 members
27 reviews
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lmbix, msjudy
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brewergirl, sturlington
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sturlington: An altogether wonderful collection of haunting and melancholy stories. An elegy for the world.
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12 reviews
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250 reviews
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merrystar, msjudy
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1,404 members
34 reviews
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hipdeep, Morphidae
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210 members
20 reviews
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Aquila, paradoxosalpha
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paradoxosalpha: Imaginative tales featuring moral dilemmas of characters in transformed worlds, along with rich veins of emotion.
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128 members
4 reviews
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rosalita, Eagle13
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3,264 members
84 reviews
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brewergirl, elenchus
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elenchus: It's not commonly remarked, but this collection is linked by a character (The Tall Man in the Blue Suit) who mostly stays in the wings, if he appears in the story at all. But the original collection was subtitled, "Or, The Adventures of James Harris". Following the thread of this suit through the stories adds another dimension to each tale.
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2,862 members
94 reviews
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Eagle13, jr33rpm
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7,346 members
64 reviews
½ 3.7
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tina1969
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charl08
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skid0612
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skid0612: An absolutely wonderful novella from the writer of Perfume.
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25 reviews
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reader517
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Radtosan
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22 reviews
½ 4.3
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½ 3.7
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al.vick
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518 members
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mclane
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Heather39
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395 members
5 reviews
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elenchus
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elenchus: Linked stories, but primarily in being part of Cabell's invented Poictesme. Each can be enjoyed without being familiar with Cabell's masterwork, the 18-volume Biography of Manuel, and perhaps a good introduction to it, too.
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381 members
10 reviews
½ 3.6
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sqr3cls3
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357 members
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½ 3.4
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cbl_tn
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348 members
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Eagle13
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314 members
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merrystar
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292 members
15 reviews
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TheReadingReindeer
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TheReadingReindeer: I really enjoyed this collection of short stories and found them well written.
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252 members
13 reviews
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jayceebee
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213 members
5 reviews
½ 3.7
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EMS_24
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192 members
4 reviews
½ 4.5
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paradoxosalpha
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paradoxosalpha: The best short fiction by a master of lapidary dark fantasy
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158 members
6 reviews
½ 3.5
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Cora-R
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9 reviews
½ 3.7
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nnah
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94 members
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½ 4.3
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perennialreader
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perennialreader: These protagonists are, for the most part, outsiders looking in at more traditional families and their celebrations. My favorite is Silver Packages.
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72 members
3 reviews
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Kristelh
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60 members
2 reviews
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yoyogod
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Maddz
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32 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
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2 reviews
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-pilgrim-
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hfglen
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14 members
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jr33rpm
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8 members
1 review
½ 3.5
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markhopp
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tardis
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tardis: On Spec is a fine magazine of short (and mostly Canadian) spec fic, poetry, etc. This collection contains some of my favourite stories, including the eponymous Casserole Diplomacy. Full disclosure: I was art director for them for 5 years and the eds are all good friends.
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5 members
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Aquila
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Aquila: This gentle story feels written just for me.
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2 members
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C.K.SMITH
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1 member
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