12 Must-Read Short-Story For Fiction Books

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12 Must-Read Short-Story For Fiction Books
There are times when you don’t have the time to read a thick long novel, or you simply just not up for picking up a long novel, you could try this collection of short stories. it is simply to the point, fast paced, and actually the quality of the writing is spot on. to think of it short stories are not easy to compose, the author have to be able to deliver what they have in mind in short few pages, should reflect their style, filled with excellent plot, and yet should struck the readers aimed purpose of reading it the first place. Here are twelve best short stories collection that will guarantee make you want for more.

First Published: 2011

Plot Summary:
This is a collection of sixteen Ken Liu best spellbinding short stories which have become the finalist and award winner for Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Award.

Reason you should read this:
This is a must have book, with it’s original, stimulating, award winning short stories with science fiction and fantasy background. Though a first collection of the author’s work it’s ability to light the magic out of the ordinary, yet intense, alluring and heartbreaking.

Best Quote:
“The animls will stop moving when I stop breathing. But if I write to you with all my heart, I’ll leave a little of myself behind on this paper, in these words. Then, if you think of me on Qingming, when the spririts of the departed are allowed to visit their families, you’ll make the parts of myself I leave behind come alive too. The creatures I made for you will again leap and run and pounce, and maybe you’ll get to see these words then.”

11Dreamsongs: Volume I by George R. R. Martin

First Published: 2003

Plot Summary:
This short stories collection is in two volumes, Volume I includes the author early works, the award winning unpublished pieces, the original version of The Ice Dragon, also featuring extended author statement, all are unique and the perfect piece of stories collection for Martin’s avid fans and follower.

Reason you should read this:
If you’re an avid fan of Martin’s works or the TV series Game of Throne, this book is a real treat. As it is filled with the author’s former works from his youth, and not limited to it is his other short stories with different genre’s. Not only that it is also includes the author extended commentary which is very rare in the account of his other works.

Best Quote:
“Always the wall, keeping him appart, this man who was a first-name friend to everyone and an intimate to none. And on it, it was almost as if there were a sign that read, THIS FAR YOU GO, and no further.

10Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

First Published: 1959

Plot Summary:
Roahld Dahl is a reknown children’s story writer, and you wouldn’t believe this is his creation. This book is a collection of disturbing, eccentric horror stories, with thrilling plot and only tragic ending. Such as the monster rabbit or the murderous tree, just be prepared to this unconventional shocking Roald Dahl short stories.

Reason you should read this:
If you want to see Roald Dahl’s other side creation unlike his popular children’s book like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, BFG, this is the one you should get. With it’s chilling stories and dark theme that will surely entrance you beyond words, yet it is quite refreshing to witness his other side of darker creation.

Best Quote:
“He turned and saw his landlady sailing into the room with a large silver tea tray in her hands. She was holding it well out in front of her and rather high, as though the tray were a pair of reigns on a frisky horse.”

9Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

First Published: 2013


Plot Summary:
George Saunders collection of short stories “Tenth of December” garnered the finalist of Bram Stoker Award in 2011. With it’s combination of peril, doom, death, but with a pinch of humor is a very unique piece of art to behold. Like the one story about a mans slow death cold in the snow, or about the childrens live in hazardous area and manage to survive even the deadliest encounter.

Reason you should read this:
For you the avid fans of American theme of action this is what you need. This collection of different unconnected stories with its interesting theme of thrill of terror, fear, the rescue, and humor certainly will get you get hooked to the last page.

Best Quote:
“It was that impossible thing: happiness that does not wilt to reveal the thin shoots of some new desire rising from within it.”

8The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Barbara Taylor Bradford

First Published: 2009

Plot Summary:
Adichie’s book characters in Nigeria and the United States where they experiences matters with cross cultural theme mainly about relationship between men, women, children, and the nations. The stories is based on the author own experiences as he is born in Nigeria but at the age of nineteen move permanently to the United States.

Reason you should read this:
The author shows his prowes in storytelling by writing this full of insight and grace stories with combination of tragedy, sympathy and most importantly still have hope. If you’re looking to a more understanding regarding these two countries culture clash, point of view from each party, and how it affect both sides this is the book you should get. Because it have the honest yet truthful quality which will give you the correct perspective.

Best Quote:
“She could not complain about not having shoes when the person she was talking to had no legs.”

First Published: 1999

Plot Summary:
This collection of nine short stories have wons award, and much positive praises and critics. It follows on people who are originally from India and lives in India or in the United States. But the subject of matters are from vairous topics, such as the civil war or marriage, and other universal topics yet commonly relatable like the feeling of outcast in your own family.

Reason you should read this:
This book is the author first creation yet it won her the Pulitzer Prize in fiction genre by the year 2000. Her parents are from India and she herself live in the United States, so it is not unusual for her book to have themes of experiences as immigrant away from home. Not only the stories might be relatable to the reader, the other reason the book is loved by readers is because her message from the stories also make the reader relate to. So if you’re away from home and hoping to find something as consolation, this is the book you can read.

Best Quote:
“There are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept.”

First Published: 2015

Plot Summary:
This short stories mainly focus on Americans ordinary daily life from cities across the country, filled with powerfull storytelling of wit, humor and sorrow. Some are about the woman working in Laundromat with its latest personal tragedy yet the author managed to write it with some biting lines and humor.

Reason you should read this:
For you who are looking for more depth in the book but with not long content this is it. It will make you wonder what every stranger were experiencing in their seemingly ordinary life when you’re walking on the street. The author prowess to turn such common life of people to enthralling stories yet to the way of still relatable situations.

Best Quote:
“Time stops when someone dies. Of course it stops for them, maybe, but for the mourners time runs amok. Death comes too soon. It forgets the tides, the days growing longer and shorter, the moon.”

5One More Thing by B. J. Novak

First Published: 2014

Plot Summary:
This are the collection of funny yet moving stories from the actor, director, and writer of U.S. comedy TV shows “The Office”, a refreshing reads with splash of hilarious yet entertaining. The author ability to make such fiction from range of characters to reality just prove his imagination is just what he needed. A compilation of funny stories so interesting yet filled with emotion and quirks. Like a story of wering red T-shirt in daily basis will bring happiness or the rabbit revenge after he lost in the race against turtle.

Reason you should read this:
For you who are looking for funny stories, this is it. As it’s wide range of topic from family, love, fear, and nature with it’s heart warming plot will leave you just happy and belly aching for laughing to hard after reading it.

Best Quote:
“If you love something, let it go. If you don’t love something, definitely let it go. Basicaly, just drop everything, who cares.

4Fortune Smiles: Stories by Booby Brown

First Published: 2015

Plot Summary:
Fortune Smiles consists of six short stories, with each emmerse on loss, love, politics, technology and how things happen to a person will shape their character, choices, and life ahead. Some about the victim of Hurricane Katrina in search of his wife, or in other story the former North Korea citizens moving to South Korea to start a new life but in the cost of lossing the love of his life. The tragedy of uncontrollable things happen to the character, with nobody to blame but to move on yet have been damaged mentally of the incident.

Reason you should read this:
This collection of stories are filled with controversial topic which are dark with death and loss of significant other theme, yet still managed to slip bits of humor to prevent the stories depressing aura. But for you want to get a peek of the situation cause by such loss, or just trying to cope with your own loss this book might able to help.

Best Quote:
“The truth is, though, that you don’t need to die to know what it’s like to be a ghost.”

First Published: 2015

Plot Summary:
This one follows the complicated relationships of women with person they are closest with, with all of them are strong woman. Although these are more to the dark turns with some of the fearless women in abuse retaliating yet still manage to deliver some humor to it.

Reason you should read this:
For you who find women’s struggle in life, or the example of middle class citizens in their daily life intriguing, then this book is what you need. This book show that everyone has a story behind, the real and truthfull tle of abuse and dishonesty.

Best Quote:
“I’ve got a head full of stories you still need to hear, starting with my ribs, ending with my whole life.”

First Published: 2015

Plot Summary:
Meanwhile this collection is about characters with unresolved matters of their past, some are trying to escape from it and the others are entangled even deeper in it. It focuses on topic of race, class, family value, and teenager coming of age. In all are stories of parents children relationship and the characters quest to find their identity and place in the world.

Reason you should read this:
This collection is going to give you a look of New Mexico people and their culture of family importance, a very truthfull, unambiguous stories of present days realities. Stories about family relationship, the most important thing in this world to all of us. As family are where we could call home and its inevitable drama and problems.

Best Quote:
“If girls are going to run around like that, they should pay”

First Published: 2015

Plot Summary:
This collection consists of 44 short stories which aim to the theme of life’s cognitive state and void felt by community today. Filled with mixture of moving yet humorous stories but relatable with everyday topic like work and career, fear, yearning, solitude, even depression which speaks universally to our world today.

Reason you should read this:
The famous Donald Barthelme which garnered a nomination for Pulitzer Prize in fiction is in fact the author mentor, so could be expected that Padgett stories will be marvellous just the same. If you’re looking for witty, driven, unconventional character with diverse stories of normal daily life just like everybody elses. Then this is what you need, it’s like you’re living through the character in the imagination of leaving your monotone daily life.

Best Quote:
“The other horse traders are over there in the 7-eleven.”

CONCLUSION
These incredible twelve collection of short story is very suitable if you want a taste of some otherworldly experiences in a short break or in the waiting room, even for relaxing afternoon as work up before reading a long novel. Though the story are short it still able to captured your interests or even keep you captivated by its somewhat charm and beauty.

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