Two of my favorite short stories

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Two of my favorite short stories

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The Open Window
https://americanliterature.com/author/h ... pen-window

Cousin Theresa
https://americanliterature.com/author/h ... sin-teresa

both by Saki (HH Munroe) sadly killed in WW1 at age 46(!)
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Not my favorite story, but absolutely my favorite Saki story.

http://www.online-literature.com/hh-munro/1816/
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said Mark Spayley with faltering eagerness
:D

He was great.
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ed wrote:
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The Open Window
https://americanliterature.com/author/h ... pen-window

Cousin Theresa
https://americanliterature.com/author/h ... sin-teresa

both by Saki (HH Munroe) sadly killed in WW1 at age 46(!)
Just read the first. A true delight, thank you good sir, I thank thee most heartily, for the laughter it evoked was priceless, and well needed after a very long day of work.

I am saving the second to enjoy with coffee in the morning. Just wonderful
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Thanks again
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Romance at short notice was her speciality.
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ed wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:27 am
Romance at short notice was her speciality.
:D
Oh goddamn did that delight

Getting ready to read Cousin Teresa

Why oh why did all of my teachers fail so hard when it came to literature?
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" Lucas frisked in to lunch in a state of twittering excitement that could not be restrained even for the immediate consideration of soup"
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Hmm

The second was not as amusing as the first

much more like a William Sydney Porter story, but with out the pain filled laughter
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Hey ed! Ever read Saki's one novel When William Came ?

Written before WW1.

Synopsis: Germans conquer UK, all the fashionable types he wrote short stories about are OK with it.
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Max Beerbohm is another from that era you'd appreciate.

His novel Zuleika Dobson is now public domain.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1845/1845-h/1845-h.htm

Don't let the TOC with 24 chapters throw you. It's actually quite short.
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Waugh clearly owed Bertie Wooster to Saki's "heros". Except Saki did it far better IMHO.

Know of but did not read WWC. Sorta on my list. Rereading Jon Morris's Pax Brittanica now and a few other odds and ends.

As a side note, I have found William Boyd to be really a fine writer. Any Human Heart was touching. They made that into a 3 part series that was excellent.
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Please tell me you have read Dangerous Visions

1967?

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If not, OMG is there something to look forward to
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ed wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:22 pm
Waugh Wodehouse clearly owed Bertie Wooster to Saki's "heros". Except Saki did it far better IMHO. ...
FTFY.

Or were you confusing Jeeves with Brideshead?
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Best Harlan Ellison story EVAR: I See a Man Sitting on a Chair, and the Chair Is Biting His Leg.

Not in the Dangerous Visions collection because it was written by Robert Sheckley who hated Harlan Ellison. :BigGrin3:

https://www.rulit.me/books/i-see-a-man- ... 343-1.html
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You probably read it already

But it was one of my favorites back in the day
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I used to devour sci-fi. But I have to tell you, I can't read it anymore, it makes me think of fat guys in klingon outfits at comic con.

I read Arthur Clarke avidly. Then, as an adult, I reread some of his stuff and he came across as prissy and superior and generally irritating.
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ed wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:25 pm
But I have to tell you, I can't read it anymore, it makes me think of fat guys in klingon outfits at comic con.

I read Arthur Clarke avidly. Then, as an adult, I reread some of his stuff and he came across as prissy and superior and generally irritating.
Hence my comment
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But it was one of my favorites back in the day
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