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Finbar's Hotel
by Dermot Bolger(Editor), et al


Harcourt Brace
Paperback - 273 pages
(April 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
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It calls itself a novel, but Finbar's Hotel is really more a collection of related short stories by novelists. Irish writer Dermot Bolger came up with the idea to invite six of his literary colleagues to collaborate on a tale about a decrepit Dublin Hotel on the eve of its demolition. In its prime,... Read more

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Freedom Song : Three Novels
by Amit Chaudhuri


Knopf
Hardcover - 480 pages
(March 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
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Amit Chaudhuri's first book to be published in the United States comprises three short novels and is a masterpiece of the telling detail--in one paragraph he accomplishes what might take other writers entire volumes. Consider, for example, this description of family life in "A Strange and Sublime... Read more

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The Acid House
by Irvine Welsh


W W Norton & Co
Paperback - 289 pages
(April 1995)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Jim Carroll
Like a master pocket billiards player, Irvine Welsh, with smooth, gliding strokes and a shark-like humor, sinks a rack of short stories one by one. Read more

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Narrative Design : A Writer's Guide to Structure
by Madison Smartt Bell


W W Norton & Co (Net-Price)
Paperback - 384 pages
(April 1998)
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5 out of 5 stars
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Rare it is to find an examination of the workings of the short story so diligent and loving as Madison Smartt Bell's in Narrative Design. According to Bell--a creative writing instructor and very fine fiction writer--"form or structure ... is of first and final importance to any work of... Read more

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Asking for the Moon
by Reginald Hill


Dell Pub Co
Mass Market Paperback - 323 pages
(May 1998)
 
Book Description
Spanning the careers of two of crime fiction's most esteemed police detectives, these four short mysteries are revelatory episodes in the complex relationship between Dalziel and Pascoe. In the opening tale, the chilling start of the Dalziel and Pascoe partnership--never before revealed--is cemented... Read more

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Enter Jeeves : 15 Early Stories
by P. G. Wodehouse, David A. Jasen (Editor)


Dover Pubns
Paperback - 288 pages
(September 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Elder , January 17, 2000 4 out of 5 stars
Before there was Bertie
The first half of this book contains the first Jeeves tales, as they appeared in periodicals. If you've read 'Carry on Jeeves,' there's a lot of overlap here, although the style was polished up a bit later. The second half features Reggie Pepper, Bertie's prototype. His stories are entertaining in... Read more

 


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World and Other Places
by Jeanette Winterson


Knopf
Hardcover - 240 pages
(March 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Her first short story collection exhibits the multitude of talents that have made English novelist Jeanette Winterson not just admired but beloved by her many fans. There are the surprising, fresh little phrases minted expressly to convey the delicate realities of the made-up world. There's the... Read more

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Rashomon and Other Stories
by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, et al


Liveright
Paperback
New edition (June 1970)
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5 out of 5 stars
New York Times
In the spare, textured prose of these six short stories, [Akutagawa] brings us clear-eyed glimpses of human behavior. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title Read more

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Queen Lucia : A Novel
by Edward Frederic Benson


Moyer Bell Ltd
Paperback - 175 pages
1 Ed edition (June 1998)
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5 out of 5 stars
From Kirkus Reviews , June 1, 1998
There is some irony in the fact that Benson, the creator of everything from plays to sober biographies, is best remembered for his series of ``Lucia'' novels, delicious satires of the pretensions and foibles of provincial middle-class life in Britain in the 1920s and '30s. Still, given Benson's... Read more

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Frank Mildmay or the Naval Officer (Classics of Nautical Fiction Series)
by Frederick Marryat


McBooks Pr
Paperback - 350 pages
(September 1997)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
From Independent Publisher
The thunder of cannon, tempestuous gales, broken masts, salty tars, sadistic captains, desert islands, exotic locales-these two Maryatt books possess these staples of nautical fiction in abundance. Maryatt was an actual naval officer who fought in the Napoleonic Wars and he possesses the ability to... Read more

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The Return Journey
by Maeve Binchy


Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 214 pages
(April 1998)
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4 out of 5 stars
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The Return Journey is a collection of 14 short stories of life, love, and learning that enables the most harried reader to enjoy a well-told tale in its entirety before checking on the kids or folding the clothes. In the tradition of Binchy's classic tales Circle of Friends and Tara Road, this... Read more

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Seven Gothic Tales
by Isak Dinesen, Erroll McDonald (Editor)


Vintage Books
Paperback - 420 pages
Reprint edition (December 1991)
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5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
A modern classic. Read more

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Ecstasy a Novel
by Irvine Welsh


W W Norton & Co
Paperback - 276 pages
(September 1996)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
With three wickedly funny and harrowing tales of love and its ups and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, virtually re-invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance. In "Lorraine goes to Livingston," a best-selling author of Regency romances, paralysed... Read more

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Waterloo Sunset
by Ray Davies


Hyperion
Hardcover - 256 pages
1 Ed edition (March 2000)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
From Kirkus Reviews
A manically careening debut collection from Davies, the lead singer and songwriter for the 1960s band The Kinks and author of his unauthorized autobiography, X-Ray (1995). Davies devotes the first half of the volume to his apparent doppelgnger, the former British pop/rock icon and current has- been... Read more

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The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories
by Agatha Christie


Berkley Pub Group
Mass Market Paperback - 214 pages
Reissue edition (December 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
From AudioFile
Could a new collection of Agatha Christie stories be discovered more than 20 years after the death of the doyenne of mystery writers? It appears to be true, as six in this collection of nine stories have never before been published in the U.S. Even more interesting, several of the stories, including... Read more

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Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys
by Will Self


Grove Press
Hardcover - 256 pages
(May 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Will Self's tabloid-friendly reputation as a connoisseur of proscribed substances should not obscure the fact that he can write many of his contemporaries under the table. His latest collection, Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys, is filled with typically Selfish confections: gritty chunks of... Read more

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Everything in This Country Must : A Novella and Two Stories
by Colum McCann


Metropolitan Books
Hardcover - 150 pages
(March 2000)
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5 out of 5 stars
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The three teenagers at the heart of Colum McCann's Everything in This Country Must have been fostered alike by beauty and by fear. Since they're from Northern Ireland, alas, the latter gained ground a long time ago. For them, there will always be a better before--before sectarian division and... Read more

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Telling Stories : An Anthology for Writers
by Joyce Carol Oates(Editor)


W.W. Norton & Company
Paperback - 750 pages
1 Ed edition (January 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Every book, every story, every sentence we read is a part of our preparation for our own writing," suggests Joyce Carol Oates in her introduction to Telling Stories, "so it's wise to choose our reading carefully." Easily said. But apart from sticking to the classics and... Read more

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Morse's Greatest Mystery, and Other Stories
by Colin Dexter


Ivy Books
Mass Market Paperback - 295 pages
(December 1996)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
From AudioFile
Here are 10 short mysteries solved by Inspector Morse and several other top-notch sleuths, including Sherlock Holmes. The smooth narration by James Nelson keeps listeners awaiting further deductions and surprising conclusions. Nelson shifts from British to Scottish to quasi-American accents... Read more

20.   The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [UNABRIDGED]
by Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle, David Timson (Narrator)


Naxos Audio Books
Audio CD
unabridged edition (March 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
From AudioFile
This new entry in a series prepared for BBC is a full-cast dramatization with background music and sound effects. Four of Doyle's original stories are presented: "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb," "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," " The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor," and "The Adventure... Read more

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The Sea Hawk (Gateway Movie Classics)
by Rafael Sabatini


Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Paperback - 304 pages
(August 1998)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
An English gentleman from the Cornish coast becomes a Barbary corsair. Read more

22.   Jane Eyre (Everyman's Library Series)
by Charlotte Bronte, Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Designer)


Everymans Library
Hardcover
Reissue edition (September 1991)
  Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
From AudioFile
For a fan of Gothic romances, the opportunity to listen to a new recording of JANE EYRE is not to be passed up. British actress Juliet Stevenson gives a simply splendid narration. She gives clear voice to the spirited, intelligent, fiercely independent Jane and communicates the heroine's full range... Read more

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Norton Anthology of English Literature, 7th edition, Volume 2
by M. H. Abrams(Editor), Stephen Greenblatt (Editor)


W.W. Norton & Company
Hardcover
Vol 2 7th edition (November 1, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
With adoptions at over 1,300 colleges and universities in its first semester; the Seventh Edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature continues to be the indispensable anthology. Like its predecessors, the Seventh Edition offers the best in English literature from the classic to the... Read more

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The Good Times : Stories
by James Kelman


Anchor Books
Paperback - 256 pages
1 Anchor edition (July 20, 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
From Booklist June 1, 1999
Kelman won the Booker Prize (1994) for How Late It Was, How Late; in 1997 a collection of his short stories, Busted Scotch, was published. This is his first new work since How Late, and though he takes fewer chances here (but, then, how could he be any more challenging?), his language sings as... Read more

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Foreign Brides
by Elena Lappin


Farrar Straus & Giroux
Hardcover - 176 pages
1 Ed edition (June 1999)
  Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
Amazon.com
There are some short-story writers who seem too knowing, too eager to nudge the reader in the ribs with an authorial elbow. Others seem not knowing enough, as if they'd never quite gotten a purchase on their material. But in her first collection, Foreign Brides, Elena Lappin has already discovered... Read more

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