Monday, 8 June 2020

Favourite poems, short stories or novellas

An interesting topic from Long and Short Reviews this week. Most of my favourite stories are novel-length, so I had to stop and think which shorts I enjoyed. The first one was probably obvious.

Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle.

Oh, how I love Sherlock Holmes. Not so much as a personality - Watson is more likeable - but I love his stories. My favourite in particular is Silver Blaze, which contained the famous phrase "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time".

The others I immediately thought of were Stephen King, although I can't remember which book they were in. One was "Dolan's Cadillac", the other was "You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band".

"Dolan's Cadillac", which was later made into a rather poor quality film, involved a car being buried under a road and, according to King, could never have happened the way he told it as he didn't want to give people ideas.

"You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band" is probably best read without spoilers, but it was one of the creepiest King stories I've ever read, focussing on the fact that so many rock stars died young.

So which are your favourites?

22 comments:

  1. Now you've got the Righteous Brothers song of that name stuck in my mind. Good list. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/06/wc-061020.html

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  2. I love all of these.... need to pull them out and read them again. Shorts are great for quick reads when you don't have a ton of time! My post is here: https://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2020/06/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge_10.html

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  3. Stephen King writes some of the best short stories out there ... good choice!!

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    1. I like his shorts more than his novels a lot of the time.

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  4. Yeah, Stephen King is amazing at short story writing.

    My <a href="https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-favourite-poems-and-short-stories-from-black-writers/”>post</a>.

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  5. Good choices! I chose Stephen King, too. Good ones.

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  6. Ah Arthur Conan Doyle, great choice! You can't beat a Sherlock Holmes story. I've not read a lot of King's short stories and I know he's written a ton. I'll start with those two!

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    1. I looked them up and they were in Nightmares and Dreamscapes, along with a lot of other good ones.

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  7. Stephen King does write great short stories, but they give me nightmares, so don't read them any more. Yep that does make him a great wordsmith. Enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/favorite-poems-short-stories-or-novellas-lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge/

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    1. He doesn't give me nightmares, but he has great ideas.

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  8. I don't know how I managed to miss both Sherlock and Stephen King, as The Langoliers is one of my favorites. Great list!

    My list

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  9. I've always enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories. The TBR just got bigger. Perhaps my family will never see me without a book in my hand again, and they'll never know it was because I found so many new reads through today's blog challenge, lol.

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  10. I went with Stephen King, too. Oddly (I dunno, it seems odd to me anyway) I've never actually read Sherlock Holmes.

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    1. I was in my thirties when I finally got round to reading them.

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  11. Definitely two of my favourite authors too. I never get tired of Holmes stories.

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