The Avid Reader June 2009
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» Best Short Stories

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Perfect for busy people, travellers, and fiction lovers with short attention spans - hooray for the short story! A short story must accomplish in a matter of pages what a novel has chapters and chapters to achieve. Suspense, intrigue, compassion, sorrow - the emotions that make us care about a character and the outcome of their story must be coaxed, elicited and teased from the reader skillfully and efficiently, without feeling rushed. The best short stories leave us feeling satisfied and exhilarated.

From the gruesome irony of Roald Dahl to the vivid character portrayals of John Cheever and many more, this month's Avid Reader examines some of the best short stories the literary world has to offer, and what makes them work so well.

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World War Z
by Max Brooks

5 stars Reviewed by Anna

If you like Zombies, chances are you'll love this book. This fictitious compilation of stories from before, during and after the zombie wars documents the global reaction to the outbreak of the walking dead.

Told from the point of view of feral children, soldiers, scientists and almost any one else you can imagine, this is a book you can really sink your teeth into!

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The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks The Zombie Survival Guide
by Max Brooks

The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
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More than Just Sherlock

Arthur Conan DoyleWhat do medicine, cricket, politics, science fiction, fairies, and Sherlock Holmes have in common? Why, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, of course.

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One Red DotBranded as a pop-up book for children of all ages, One Red Dot has a complex piece of art on each of the 10 spreads. The yellow and red cover catches the eye and then the rising artwork takes over - from twisting twirls to obedient orbs, One Red Dot is a marvel in paper engineering, sure to delight any pop-up or paper art fan.

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White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Literary Anti-Heroes

From Shakespeare's Falstaff, George MacDonald Fraser's Harry Flashman, Tyler Durden from Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club to Balram Halwai in The White Tiger, anti-heroes have been prominent throughout literature. The definition of anti-hero is a main protagonist who lacks the goals and traits of a traditional hero. They are deeply flawed but garner sympathy or admiration. A skilled author can have the reader rooting for a madman, a psychopath, a murderer, a liar or a cheat, and it's the anti-hero's dark side that fascinates so many people.

Tell us who is your favorite fictional anti-hero from literature and we may use your suggestion in an article on AbeBooks.
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Four years ago, a group of scouts from Neumarkt in Germany traveled to Mongolia for the first time and started an annual youth exchange program between the two countries. Now, in the town of Arvaikher, Mongolia there is an initiative to build a local youth development center, including a central library for all local schools in town. But help is needed, in the form of book donations. This is where we - and you - come in.

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