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Margaret @ BooksPlease

I haven't read a short story for ages apart from Dorte Jakobsen's Knavesborough stories, which I do like. Last year I loved Du Maurier's book of short stories, The Rendezvous & other Stories. The Poe story sounds good - it reminded me a bit of John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes, but as it's been years since I read that I could be completely wrong!

Coincidence - I've been thinking of reading more Jane Gardam too - I thought Old Filth was excellent! I have the next two in the trilogy - so maybe this summer is the time to read them.

Margaret Powling

The fault is entirely mine, but I do not like the short story genre (similarly, I'm not keen on poetry.) I find they are often something and nothing. Others, of course, will disagree, considering them perfect stories in miniature, which well they might be. The fault is mine, but I just don't like them.


Oh that Poe story sounds like a good one! It's likely available online somewhere, I'll have to track it down.


Oh, yes, Daphne du Maurier is another writer who is also a very talented short story writer! I have read quite a few of her stories and she has written some very good ones. I will have to look up Dorte Jakobsen, too. The kraken legend is interesting so will have to look up John Wyndham now. So far I have read the first couple of stories in the Gardam collection and she is indeed a very good short story writer!


We all like different things in our reading and I think most people don't tend to read short stories. There was a time when I wouldn't have ever considered reading a collection of stories, but somewhere along the way they just clicked and now I miss them if I go without too long. Sometimes they are just meh, but with someone who is very good, they can be really amazing.


Jane Gardam is another author I haven't tried yet but I'm looking forward to read her.
Poe was attracted to sea stories. I've read the novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and there's one short story called A Descent into the Maelstrom.


You should try Old Filth, which is one of her more recent novels--I liked it very much and so far am really enjoying the short stories. I think I have that Poe novella in my stack--as one of my Melville House Art of the Novella books as a matter of fact. Was he a sailor? Why do I think he was in the Navy--I really must look him up. I am not familiar with A Descent into the Maelstrom, but I bet I have it in one of my collections somewhere.

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