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8 Must-Read Short Story Collections That Are Deeply Entertaining

From classics to newer anthologies, the best short story collections lend credence to the brilliant aphorism that less is (or can be) more.

Short stories do not generally elicit as much excitement as their lengthier sibs—novels. The form is often treated as a staircase—sort of training wheels for novels. It is a tired preconception that hasn’t met a hasty death, culminating in gems often falling through the cracks of attention for most.

Famous for their brevity, short stories do not require a sordid commitment before diving in. You could devour a piece in one sitting: perfect for those little pockets of time—say during a commute, in waiting rooms, or an hour before bed—we’d often spend dillydallying on social media or playing games on mobile.

These fun-filled short story collections comprising both classics and modern compendiums are every bit as exciting and are ideal reading for just about anyone.

#1 Straight Outta Tombstone by David Boop

Straight Outta Tombstone is a wonderful best selling anthology of short steampunk western stories with a supernatural twist full of well known and best selling sci fi authors and some excellent up and comers such as: David Boop; Phil Foglio; Michael A. Stackpole; David Lee Summers; Jim Butcher;
Maurice Broaddus; Jody Lynn Nye; Alan Dean Foster; Larry Correia; Kevin J. Anderson; Sarah A. Hoyt; Peter J. Wacks; Robert E. Vardeman; Nicole Givens Kurtz; Ken Scholes and Bryan Thomas Schmidt.Straight Outta Tombstone is a wonderful best selling anthology of short steampunk western stories with a supernatural twist full of well known and best selling sci fi authors and some excellent up and comers.

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Contributor: Eric Schumacher from Seelie Studios

#2 Portland Zionists Unite! and Other Stories by Eric Flamm

Written in a raw style, these interlocking short stories-set in Israel, Portland, and Thailand-explore the complex reality of modern Israel and what it represents to its citizens and foreign-born Jews. A wide range of narrators collectively engage with a growing concern in US Jewish communal life: how to countenance an Israel that increasingly doesn't reflect the values of American Jews.

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Contributor: Maggie Allen from Inkwater Press

#3 The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne

It includes illustrated editions of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, with tales including Tigger, Piglet, Owl Eeyore, Roo and Kanga. These stories transcend generations, so getting it for yourself or as a present will provide countless memories for a family.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#4 Disney Princess Story Collection

This book is the perfect choice for a new reader who is looking for a little excitement. It includes stories about Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Jasmine, and Snow White. And with its paperback design, it’s lightweight enough to carry with you when traveling.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#6 Stories from Ukraine by Marko Vovchok, Natalya Alatyreva

By one author, she was famous for her short stories at the time, a woman, writing under a male's pseudonim. Very much people's stories: love, rejection, loss of a child, even a detective story. 

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Contributor: Natalya Alatyreva from NatalyaAlatyreva

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Written by Taegan Lion