By O. Henry, Burton Raffel
The grasp of Irony
Readers internationally realize O. Henry because the top brief tale author of the early 20th century. well known as a grasp of irony, O. Henry additionally screens the following astonishing wordplay and a wry mix of pathos and humor.
By Bruce Holland Rogers
This choice of tales via award-winning writer Bruce Holland Rogers is a price ticket to locations you could have by no means Been, from the center of the Tulgey wooden to the forests of the Highland humans. whereas the various tales are set within the actual international, from Vietnamese jungles to the Seattle stomping grounds of an anarchist monkey-wrench gang, even mundane truth seems to lie at the border of in other places. via turns humorous and poignant, Rogers treats readers to delusion tales they may not quickly put out of your mind.
By Isabel Allende
From the New York Times bestselling writer of The jap Lover and the most loved writers of our time, an intoxicating number of brief tales approximately love, compassion, irony, revenge, and feminine power.
Eva Luna is a tender girl whose powers as a storyteller convey her friendship and love. mendacity in mattress together with her ecu lover, refugee and journalist Rolf Carlé, Eva solutions his request for a narrative “you have by no means informed an individual earlier than” with those twenty-three samples of her vivid artistry. Interweaving the genuine and the mystical, she explores love, vengeance, compassion, and the strengths of ladies, making a international that's straight away poignantly ordinary and intriguingly new.
Rendered in her sumptuously imagined, uniquely magical variety, The tales of Eva Luna is the cornerstone of Allende’s paintings. This treasure trove of brilliantly crafted tales is a wonderful instance of a author operating on the top of her powers.
By Louis L'Amour
One in all America’s so much liked storytellers, Louis L’Amour’s brilliant stories of event carry the yank West to existence. Now, during this 6th quantity of amassed brief tales, L’Amour takes us past the frontier with thirty-three gripping tales of crime, activities, and the murky international the place the 2 usually meet. From suspenseful whodunits to rueful stories of fortunes won and misplaced, this outstanding assortment will enthrall and entertain L’Amour enthusiasts previous and new.
Traversing a bright panorama, from sunblasted hills and canyons to the night streets of America’s maximum towns, a few of Louis L’Amour’s so much compelling fiction was once set in his personal time—whether within the bare electrical glare of boxing jewelry the place males pass head-to-head with their goals and demons in an underworld rife with corruption, or alongside freight docks the place workers toil to earn barely enough to get by means of, or within the penthouses of the wealthy and boastful who calculate the percentages of the way to get much more. listed below are stories of innocents stuck within the schemes of criminals, detectives removing truths that disguise extra lies, gamblers and beauties, wiseguys and law enforcement officials. here's a global populated via the types of people that threat their lives to correct a mistaken, make a greenback, or keep a pal.
A warfare veteran makes a trip to go to the guy who stored his existence in Korea. as an alternative he uncovers a killing and reveals his personal heroic cause…. faced with a simple likelihood to thieve, a decent guy provides in to temptation—and reveals himself ensnared in an internet of blackmail and violence…. An aged Hawaiian seafarer is located useless with a hand-carved determine beside his physique. Unraveling his homicide will suggest fixing the secret of a shipwreck—and of the forces that force a few to take deadly possibilities and others to kill.
Brimming with thought-provoking characters and situations—from a guy who awakens from unconsciousness to discover a fortune in a burning apartment to a guy who meets a killer who's presupposed to be lifeless in a seedy diner—these exciting, atmospheric tales path with authenticity and endure the mark of a undying grasp.
Where Europe Begins offers a suite of startling new tales by way of jap author Yoko Tawada. relocating via landscapes of fairy stories, relatives heritage, unusual phrases and letters, desires, and every-day fact, Tawada's paintings blurs divisions among truth and fiction, prose and poetry.
Where Europe Begins offers a set of startling new tales through jap author Yoko Tawada. relocating via landscapes of fairy stories, kinfolk background, unusual phrases and letters, desires, and every-day truth, Tawada's paintings blurs divisions among truth and fiction, prose and poetry. usually set in actual areas as disparate as Japan, Siberia, Russia, and Germany, those stories describe a fragmented global the place even a urban or the human physique can turn into a type of textual content. without warning, the reader turns into as a lot a foreigner because the writer and the figures that fill this ebook: the ghost of a burned lady, a lady touring at the Trans-Siberian railroad, a mechanical doll, a tongue, a monk who leaps into his personal mirrored image. Tawada playfully makes the event of estrangement--of a being in-between--both sensual and bewildering, and for this reason essentially invents a brand new approach of seeing issues whereas telling a good tale.
By Brad Taylor
Includes an exclusive preview of Brad Taylor’s hotly expected 3rd Pike Logan novel, Enemy of Mine, coming January 15, 2013.
Commissioned on the maximum point of the U.S. executive, and designed to function outdoor the limits of U.S. legislations, a brand new counter-terrorist unit often called the Taskforce has simply been shaped, yet now not totally proven. formerly. Pike Logan has been given a crew of operators drawn from the CIA’s nationwide Clandestine carrier and the military’s particular Operations Forces with none say in settling on the lads on which he needs to count. whereas executing a whole project profile workout on U.S. soil, a goal of chance looks prior to the Taskforce is deemed undertaking able. pressured to execute, Pike and his workforce are despatched to Yemen to trace their first genuine objective. the way forward for the Taskforce will depend on their luck, but if Pike is challenged through one in all his personal, their simple venture teeters near to catastrophe. the cost of failure will reverberate a lot deeper than the lack of the objective – instantly into the presidency itself.
Propulsive, compelling, and instructed with remarkable realism, The Callsign brings readers new perception into the origins of the Taskforce as they execute the 1st Omega operation in a constant and action-packed brief story.
By A. S. Byatt
The Booker Prize—winning writer of Possession and A Whistling Woman is at her top during this marvelous choice of 5 new stories.
Little Black e-book of reports offers shivers in addition to magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a gloomy wooden: middle-aged girls stroll right into a woodland, as they did once they have been ladies, confronting their early life fears and thoughts and the unusual factor they saw–or proposal they saw–so in the past. A individual male obstetrician and a tender girl artist meet in a sanatorium, yet they've got very assorted rules approximately physique components, beginning, and demise. a guy meets the ghost of his residing spouse; a girl turns to stone. And an blameless member of a night inventive writing category seems to have her personal determined perspectives at the most sensible method to use “raw material.”
These unforgettable tales are by way of turns haunting, humorous, glowing, and frightening. Byatt’s Little Black e-book adds a deliciously darkish be aware to her ability in blending people and fairy stories with lifestyle.
By Yoko Ogawa
The first significant English translation of 1 of latest Japan's bestselling and such a lot celebrated authors
From Akutagawa Award-winning writer Yoko Ogawa comes a haunting trio of novellas approximately love, fertility, obsession, and the way even the main blameless gestures could include a hairline crack of merciless intent.
A lonely teenage lady falls in love along with her foster brother as she watches him bounce from a excessive diving board right into a pool--a bizarre infatuation that sends unforeseen ripples via her life.
A younger lady files the day-by-day moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, taking meticulous word of a being pregnant which may or is probably not a hallucination--but whose hallucination is it, hers or her sister's?
A girl nostalgically visits her outdated collage dormitory at the outskirts of Tokyo, a boarding condo run via a mysterious triple amputee with one leg.
Hauntingly spare, appealing, and twisted, The Diving Pool is a disquieting and now and then darkly funny selection of novellas approximately general those that unexpectedly notice their very own darkish possibilities.
By Gordon Van Gelder
40 years in the past, Walt Kelly’s sketch personality Pogo famously intoned: “We have met the enemy, and he's us.” Now, because the facts for weather switch turns into overwhelming, we study the tough truth in the back of that witticism. the prospective destruction, and likely transformation, of the ecosphere has been led to by means of our personal activities.
What will our new global seem like? How will we—can we—adapt? The conflict of a speedily altering surroundings with earth’s self-styled ruling species, people, presents considerable inventive fodder for this riveting anthology of unique technology fiction. In Welcome to the Greenhouse, award-winning editor Gordon Van Gelder has introduced jointly 16 speculative tales by means of one of the most resourceful writers of our time. Terrorists, godlike terraformers, and people either manipulative and hapless populate those pages. the range of news displays the chances of our destiny: grim, hopeful, wonderful and absurd.
By Jerry Stahl
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Editor Stahl (Permanent Midnight) has positioned forth a gritty, bare choice of brief tales at the bleak lifetime of heroin addicts. those stories by means of such edgy literary writers as Gary Phillips, Lydia Lunch, and Nathan Larson provide assorted voices . . . that retain the tales clean and above comparison.”
“Like its predecessors, dedicated to cocaine and velocity, The Heroin Chronicles confirms how medicines are . . . the root of a few of the main unforgettable fiction you’ll ever read.”
"For the entire bleakness, agony, and crime seeping from the pores of this anthology, Stahl welds jointly an inventive entire from disparate voices. simply because unlawful medications, specially heroin, are so destructive, it's clean to learn an anthology concentrating on medicinal drugs that neither moralizes or condescends to the reader. those tales mirror upon the human harm, one person at a time."
--CCLaP: Chicago middle for Literature and Photography
"The Heroin Chronicles conveys the sentiment lifetime of heroin habit is a human comedy, however it will frequently lead to darkish or, even worse, banal tragedy."
"The Heroin Chronicles, the 3rd access within the [Akashic Drug Chronicles] sequence, is the best to date -- a suite of brief fiction that places this sequence at the comparable must-read class because the Noir Series…The Heroin Chronicles is stuffed with tales approximately ache, survival, overdoses, hepatitis C, poverty, self-loathing, humiliation, hazard, demise, degradation, weapons, and self-destruction. They’re all instructed with unflinching sincerity by way of authors who've both been there or tremendous with reference to it. If you’re acquainted with the Drug Chronicles, you recognize asserting this can be the easiest one but is asserting much. If you’re no longer accustomed to the sequence, this is often the totally the booklet to begin with."
Inspired by means of the continued foreign luck of the city-based Akashic Noir sequence (Brooklyn Noir, Boston Noir, Paris Noir, etc.), final 12 months Akashic created the hot Drug Chronicles sequence. at the heels of The velocity Chronicles (Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, Megan Abbott, James Franco, Beth Lisick, etc.) and The Cocaine Chronicles (Lee baby, Laura Lippman, etc.) comes The Heroin Chronicles, a quantity absolute to frighten and pleasure. The literary types are various, as are the ethical quandaries herein.
Heroin has lengthy been understood because the so much "literary" of narcotics, and this assortment will, for larger and worse, have large pop cultural appeal.
Featuring brand-new tales through: Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch, Jerry Stahl, Nathan Larson, Ava Stander, Antonia Crane, Gary Phillips, Jervey Tervalon, John Albert, Michael Albo, Sophia Langdon, Tony O'Neill, and L.Z. Hansen.
Jerry Stahl is the writer of six books, together with the memoir Permanent Midnight (made right into a motion picture with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and the novels I, Fatty and Pain Killers. previously the tradition columnist for Details, Stahl's fiction and journalism have seemed in Esquire, The big apple Times, and The Believer, between different areas. He has labored broadly in movie and tv and, such a lot lately, wrote Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, for HBO.