The list author says: "I wish I had a huge stack of money and could just buy all these books at once. I also wish I had a big chunk of time to just sit and read them cover to cover--but ah! the beauty of the short story is they're tidbits that can be read when you have a half hour here twenty minutes there."
"A friend of mine raved about "Pale Fire" at a party last night. "You have to read it," he said. "I was just like, wow--the language, the endings. Anyone interested in writing can learn from it. 'Lolita' is great, but Nabakov's short stories..." He was drunk when he said all this, but I still respect his opinion."
"I read "The Ceiling" in The Best American Short Stories 2008, was floored by it (no pun intended) and bought "View from the Seventh Layer" and fell further in love with what I think some might call 'fantasy fiction'--a term that usually gives me hives. But the elements of his stories, the well-crafted plots, the voice--keeps me from lumping him into that dreaded catagory."
"I've always been intimidated by the Russian writers (although love Checkov), but the bartender at the bar I'm drinking in tonight is reading this and said the stories are very digestable. "They hook you in, go nowhere and then just end.""
"I read "Child's Play" somewhere--some magazine or anthology and like all of Munro's stories, it stuck with me. I kept thinking of the characters as children and the narrator as an adult. Munro is one of my favorite authors. There's this Canadian thing I have to really explore and pinpoint (see "Vanishing" below)and try to figure out. And what a great title "Too Much Happiness.""
"I've already read this, but I want to re-read it.Deborah Willis is Canadian, like Munro and Atwood and before I read "Vanishing," I never thought about 'Canadian authors' in the way one thinks of 'New York authors' or 'Russian authors.' And that's my shortcoming. There's a 'voice,' I think that's so truly Canadian and maybe overlooked. It's a clarity and solidness."