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Maybe the definition of a short story has changed
March 19, 2013
This was a pretty good collection of stories. As with any anthology, it contains stories that I like better than others.
I wonder if I'm out of touch with what a short story is these days.
I was schooled on the short stories of Saki (H. H. Munro) and Chekhov and O. Henry (William Porter), stories that had a clear point, often a twist (but not always), and which were, well, SHORT. You could tell that you were reading a short story, even if you didn't know the word count, solely on the compactness of the writing. In this and other anthologies I've read lately, a good number of the stories seem to be written with the pace of a novel, and the stories stretch out for ten, twenty, thirty pages.
Certainly the short stories of my youth weren't this way. The "Year's Best S-F" collections, author collections, work by Bradbury, Bloch, Matheson, Vonnegut...they didn't go on and on and then leave you wondering, "What was that about?"
Not every story in this anthology fits this description, and as I said, it's a pretty good collection. I would expect to be blown away by an anthology with such a pedigree, however, and I wasn't. This is one of those cases when I'd like a "3.5 stars" rating.