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In no particular order:

Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson

Love You Forever - Robert Munsch

Blueberries For Sal - Robert McCloskey

Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown

In all seriousness, children's books are underrated by adults. You don't have to stop loving them because you're all grown up.

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No particular order:

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez

The Gunslinger - Stephen King (and the rest of the Dark Tower Series. 7 books total.)

Blindness - Jose Saramago

The Fortress of Solitude - Jonathan Lethem

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (and the rest of the Hitchhiker's series.)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Mya Angelou

Geek Love - Katherine Dunn

The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson

Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

The Border Trilogy - Cormac McCarthy (All The Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain)

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The Stranger, Camus - My favorite book

Slauterhouse-Five, Vonnegut

The Captain's Daughter, Pushkin

The Brother Karamazov, Dostoevksy

The Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy

A Hero of Our Time, Lermontov - Almost forgot to list it.

I got love Chekhov stories, but I don't think they would be consider "classics"

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The Stranger, Camus - My favorite book

Slauterhouse-Five, Vonnegut

The Captain's Daughter, Pushkin

The Brother Karamazov, Dostoevksy

The Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy

A Hero of Our Time, Lermontov - Almost forgot to list it.

I got love Chekhov stories, but I don't think they would be consider "classics"

If Chekhov's stories aren't classics, than we're pretty much writing off all short stories, because they're about as good as they get.

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If Chekhov's stories aren't classics, than we're pretty much writing off all short stories, because they're about as good as they get.

That was a terrible mistake by me. I meant to say that short-stories generally aren't consider "classics". Chekhov's writing is genius to me.

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Agree with the Hemingway books - Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Really enjoyed Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury.

Two of my favorites not mentoned above are Trinity and Mila 18 both by Leon Uris.

Watership Down by Richard Adams.

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That was a terrible mistake by me. I meant to say that short-stories generally aren't consider "classics". Chekhov's writing is genius to me.

I would say there are a few short story writers who fit the bill:

Cheever.

Chekhov.

Carver.

Flannery O'Connor.

Alice Munro.

Calvino?

Others?

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I would say there are a few short story writers who fit the bill:

Cheever.

Chekhov.

Carver.

Flannery O'Connor.

Alice Munro.

Calvino?

Others?

I think Poe and Gogol are on that list.

Probably my favorite short is Gogol's "Ivan Fyodorovich Sponka and His Aunt". Gogol got some other great ones.

O'Connor "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" was a great short.

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I think Poe and Gogol are on that list.

Probably my favorite short is Gogol's "Ivan Fyodorovich Sponka and His Aunt". Gogol got some other great ones.

O'Connor "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" was a great short.

Probably include a lot of others, thinking back.

I was initially trying to think of writers who mastered the short story form above all others - not simply great writers who happened to drop a few great stories as part of their creative overflow (see Joyce, Hemingway, etc.)

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I would say there are a few short story writers who fit the bill:

Cheever.

Chekhov.

Carver.

Flannery O'Connor.

Alice Munro.

Calvino?

Others?

I think Fitzgerald has to be on that list.

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I think Fitzgerald has to be on that list.

Hmmm. The best of Fitzgerald is pretty damn good. But it's a checkered lot. He qualifies as one of those "great writers who happened to write some great stories" guys - perhaps because so much of what he did was hurried out for a paycheck?

What stories did you have in mind?

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Hmmm. The best of Fitzgerald is pretty damn good. But it's a checkered lot. He qualifies as one of those "great writers who happened to write some great stories" guys - perhaps because so much of what he did was hurried out for a paycheck?

What stories did you have in mind?

I was thinking more generally. I read a slew of them in high school. Some of his stuff is a little repetitive, but I thought there were some gems. Off the top of my head, Winter Dreams and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.

Truthfully it's not a medium I typically read (I even skip the fiction entry in the New Yorker) so maybe I just don't know enough to judge. ;) I guess my initial reaction was that Fitzgerald belonged on a higher level than Joyce (he wrote what, a dozen-ish stories?) in this category, but then again I guess I would put Hemingway a level above as well.

Mostly I'm just avoiding doing other work here.

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I was thinking more generally. I read a slew of them in high school. Some of his stuff is a little repetitive, but I thought there were some gems. Off the top of my head, Winter Dreams and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.

Truthfully it's not a medium I typically read (I even skip the fiction entry in the New Yorker) so maybe I just don't know enough to judge. ;) I guess my initial reaction was that Fitzgerald belonged on a higher level than Joyce (he wrote what, a dozen-ish stories?) in this category, but then again I guess I would put Hemingway a level above as well.

Mostly I'm just avoiding doing other work here.

No excuses!

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If any of you guys are business owners or entrepreneurs, pickup The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. It's short but it's a great read and I feel it will really help some folks.

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