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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4,994 members
233 reviews
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12,016 members
264 reviews
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charl08, terran, CarltonC, ahef1963, steller0707, sqr3cls3, Tosta, monicamargolis, -Pia-,Tess_W
Explanations
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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2,120 members
43 reviews
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8 Members
rosalita, Tess_W, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, dianeham, jkonecki, steller0707, Sofyyyy21
Explanations
AbigailAdams26: Just a lovely holiday tale, about love and the true nature of giving and receiving gifts.
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1,143 members
40 reviews
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15,453 members
246 reviews
4.1
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4,022 members
98 reviews
4.1
6 Members
rosalita, mstrust, sturlington, steller0707, MarianBengal, Sofyyyy21
Explanations
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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3,795 members
184 reviews
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5,463 members
150 reviews
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5,296 members
335 reviews
4.1
6 Members
terran, elenchus, souloftherose, KatyBee, Brandy1411, MarianBengal
Explanations
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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38,640 members
653 reviews
3.9
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8,227 members
75 reviews
3.8
5 Members
hipdeep, sturlington, madhatter22, tina1969, sdkennedy
Explanations
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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7,522 members
112 reviews
½ 4.4
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8,990 members
112 reviews
3.8
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786 members
7 reviews
½ 4.4
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5,879 members
121 reviews
3.8
4 Members
hipdeep, CarltonC, elenchus, ManWithAnAgenda
Explanations
elenchus: One of the original examples of linked stories in my reading life, and still a favourite.
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1,403 members
49 reviews
½ 4.3
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386 members
4 reviews
3.9
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2,837 members
96 reviews
3.9
3 Members
mstrust, AbigailAdams26, -Pia-
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AbigailAdams26: A story that makes me both weep and laugh.
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169 members
13 reviews
4.2
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2,538 members
118 reviews
3.8
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4,155 members
129 reviews
3.9
3 Members
rarm, Heather39, Maddz
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2,831 members
239 reviews
3.9
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2,345 members
32 reviews
3.9
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1,188 members
24 reviews
4.1
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1,732 members
60 reviews
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2,237 members
93 reviews
3.9
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572 members
19 reviews
4.1
2 Members
lmbix, msjudy
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387 members
½ 3.5
2 Members
dara85, AXC23
Explanations
dara85: My favorite story was Love on the First Bounce
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5,324 members
133 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,625 members
15 reviews
4.1
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14,288 members
389 reviews
4.2
2 Members
susanbooks, Tess_W
Explanations
Tess_W: Favorites: On the Rainy River and The Lives of the Dead
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3,022 members
92 reviews
½ 3.7
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1,391 members
109 reviews
½ 4.4
2 Members
karenb, anglemark
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809 members
21 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
elenchus, igorken
Explanations
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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117 members
3 reviews
4.1
2 Members
cornerhouse, c_why
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14,093 members
111 reviews
4.2
3 Members
mstrust, merrystar, AbigailAdams26,
Explanations
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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9,414 members
113 reviews
3.8
2 Members
Airycat, tina1969
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1,236 members
38 reviews
½ 4.3
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579 members
32 reviews
4.1
2 Members
tardis, Lorekeeper
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191 members
1 review
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3,429 members
70 reviews
3.9
2 Members
deldevries, AXC23
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2,294 members
62 reviews
4.2
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1,776 members
45 reviews
4.1
2 Members
EMS_24, perennialreader
Explanations
perennialreader: You can change your part of the world with a simple but repeated action.
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11,657 members
111 reviews
4.1
2 Members
lmbix, vwinsloe
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505 members
16 reviews
4.1
2 Members
cornerhouse, Morphidae
Explanations
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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1,049 members
20 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
c_why, -pilgrim-
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3,116 members
61 reviews
4.2
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1,934 members
93 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
msjudy, TheReadingReindeer
Explanations
TheReadingReindeer: Collection of short stories on various themes, but all including a typewriter.
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255 members
4 reviews
4.1
2 Members
yoyogod, Maddz
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2,237 members
19 reviews
3.8
2 Members
AbigailAdams26, dianeham
Explanations
AbigailAdams26: Specific story: "Wilderness Tips." A haunting tale I have never forgotten.
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953 members
28 reviews
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2 Members
lmbix, msjudy
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508 members
6 reviews
4.1
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8,802 members
141 reviews
4
2 Members
brewergirl, sturlington
Explanations
sturlington: An altogether wonderful collection of haunting and melancholy stories. An elegy for the world.
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271 members
12 reviews
4.1
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14,864 members
266 reviews
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2 Members
merrystar, msjudy
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1,462 members
34 reviews
3.9
2 Members
hipdeep, Morphidae
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236 members
22 reviews
4.2
2 Members
Aquila, paradoxosalpha
Explanations
paradoxosalpha: Imaginative tales featuring moral dilemmas of characters in transformed worlds, along with rich veins of emotion.
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132 members
5 reviews
3.9
2 Members
rosalita, Eagle13
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3,586 members
91 reviews
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2 Members
brewergirl, elenchus
Explanations
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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3,050 members
97 reviews
4.2
2 Members
Eagle13, jr33rpm
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7,806 members
66 reviews
½ 3.7
Member
tina1969
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7,102 members
63 reviews
4
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6,790 members
83 reviews
½ 4.4
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3,154 members
38 reviews
3.9
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1,874 members
53 reviews
½ 3.6
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1,840 members
75 reviews
4.1
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charl08
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1,583 members
35 reviews
½ 3.6
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skid0612
Explanations
skid0612: An absolutely wonderful novella from the writer of Perfume.
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1,343 members
27 reviews
4.1
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reader517
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1,124 members
48 reviews
4
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Radtosan
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827 members
23 reviews
4.2
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730 members
56 reviews
½ 3.7
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al.vick
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586 members
12 reviews
½ 3.6
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sqr3cls3
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549 members
5 reviews
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531 members
13 reviews
3.2
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mclane
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445 members
28 reviews
4.1
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Heather39
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404 members
5 reviews
3.9
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elenchus
Explanations
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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377 members
2 reviews
3.8
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Eagle13
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373 members
8 reviews
4.1
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365 members
9 reviews
½ 3.5
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cbl_tn
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340 members
15 reviews
4.1
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jayceebee
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319 members
8 reviews
½ 4.4
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merrystar
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318 members
15 reviews
4.1
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TheReadingReindeer
Explanations
TheReadingReindeer: I really enjoyed this collection of short stories and found them well written.
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220 members
6 reviews
½ 3.6
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EMS_24
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197 members
4 reviews
½ 4.5
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paradoxosalpha
Explanations
paradoxosalpha: The best short fiction by a master of lapidary dark fantasy
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by Test
173 members
10 reviews
½ 3.7
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nnah
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163 members
7 reviews
½ 3.5
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Cora-R
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101 members
1 review
½ 4.4
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perennialreader
Explanations
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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87 members
5 reviews
½ 4.4
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yoyogod
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76 members
3 reviews
3.9
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Kristelh
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42 members
2 reviews
½ 3.5
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35 members
2 reviews
4
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Maddz
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33 members
2 reviews
4.1
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-pilgrim-
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26 members
4
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hfglen
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16 members
4
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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
Explanations
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
3
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Aquila
Explanations
Aquila: This gentle story feels written just for me.
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2 members
1 review
5
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1 member
5
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C.K.SMITH
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1 member
1 review
5