Just six words long, but with tremendous emotional impact - especially for anyone who has been a parent (or has lost a child). It works amazingly well. Sometimes it's more effective what is not said than what is said.For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never used.
So yeah, short stories can be fun - both to write and to read!The last man in the world sits in a room. There is a knock at the door.
I'm sure you've probably read it already, but Sandkings by George R.R. Martin is one of my favorites. Not technically a short story, as it's a novelette, but I don't really see much of a difference.Short stories are a particularly interesting form of literature, and one that Americans have really took as their own. I, personally, am a huge sucker for sci-fi short stories, constantly buying anthologies of them. Several of them has had a very strong impact in how I view the world.
What's particularly great about a really good short story is how important each word is in it. An author cannot waste any space and has chosen each word, each name, etc., specifically for a purpose and specifically that word and not another. You can get a good story very quickly on a read through, but you can get an amazingly deep story by picking apart the story. It's a great way to really start delving into the more involved facets of literature, and certainly gives you a palatable enough portion to not overwhelm you.
It also provides a way to address some pretty intense concepts without having to build up a full novel structure around it.
Otherwise, some of them are just great fast and fun romps.
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