Friday, September 24, 2010

Stories and Haunted

Within the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of finishing two works of short stories, one more novel-like than the other, but both of which I enjoyed to certain extents. The first was Stories, a book of short stories compiled and edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. The second was Chuck Palahnuik's Haunted, a novel comprised of short stories, poems, and some narration between stories and poems, all focusing on nineteen people locked in a deserted building for three months to write their magnum opus.
Below, I have the stories from each book that I quite enjoyed, in no particular order. Some, I wanted to read more about. Some intrigued me. Some are compelling me to check out their authors more. And I might.

- Fossil-Figures (Joyce Carol Oates)
- Wildfire in Manhattan (Joanne Harris)
- The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (Neil Gaiman)
- Juvenal Nyx (Walter Mosley)
- Weights and Measures (Jodi Picoult)
- Catch and Release (Lawrence Block)
- Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Jeffrey Ford)
- A Life in Fictions (Kat Howard)
- The Therapist (Jeffrey Deaver)

- The Cult of the Nose (Al Sarrantonio)
- Human Intelligence (Kurt Andersen)

Honorable Mentions:
- Unbelief (Michael Marshall Smith)
- The Stars Are Falling (Joe R. Lansdale)
- Samantha's Diary (Diana Wynne Jones)
- Land of the Lost (Stewart O'Nan)
- Leif in the Wind (Gene Wolfe)
- Unwell (Carolyn Parkhurst)
- Parallel Lines (Tim Powers)
- The Devil on the Staircase (Joe Hill)

- Guts
- Feet
- Crippled
- Product Placement
- Civil Twilight
- Swan Song

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