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0Megabyte
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You know, I've been reading endlessly massive books with small print and enough mass to work as a lethal weapon so long now that I'd forgotten the joys of a really quick, light read.

I just read Old Man's War in about a day. Compared to the other books I've been reading, such as A Song of Ice and Fire or The Kingkiller trilogy or Fate/stay night, it was really short.

It was nice.

So... anybody have some other recommendations? I also bought The Color of Magic, by Terry Pratchett on Monday at the same time as Old Man's War. But still! A Dance With Dragons doesn't come out for a few more days. Anybody else have any quick book recommendations that I can read between then (when I shall be utterly depressed by how much life in Westeros sucks even harder) and now?

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How about a Theodore Sturgeon novel? More Than Human, maybe?
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Old Man's War has a few sequels that are (iirc) more or less the same length. Another of Scalzi's books, The Android's Dream, might also be good for just before Dance. It's very light reading and pretty funny, which is probably a good thing before Dance.
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Or you could stay in Westros-mode and read the three Dunk and Egg novellas.
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May Day, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is one of my favorite short works. You can read it in about two or three hours. It's outstanding.
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The Old Man and the Sea.

Easy to read in an hour or so, puts some sunshine in your day.

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Nothing Vonnegut has written is more than 200-300 pages.
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Wyrms by our good ol' friend OSC.

Most of Heinlein's earlier works are pretty snacktacular.

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I've already read Wyrms and the Dunk and Egg shorts. (I remember thinking Wyrms was OCS's weirdest book, for some reason.)

I'll take a look into the other ones, thanks!

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Ray Bradbury short story collections are the perfect filler for any little reading snack times.
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Dresden files books are pretty quick reads, I usually finish them in a couple days.
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I can tear through Robert J Sawyer in two or three days.
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quote:
Originally posted by 0Megabyte:
(I remember thinking Wyrms was OCS's weirdest book, for some reason.)

Weirder then Hart's Hope? No way!
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The Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus is a series of short stories each with a depressing and obtuse meaning of the story. All in all its not very long, even with several stories combined.
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Yah, Hart's Hope would probably get my vote for weirdest. But it's also one of my favorites so there's that too.

How does one decide a story is a short book rather than a (long) short story? Is it just how the publishers package it?

Hobbes [Smile]

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300 pages is probably a good sign this is a short novel, not a long short story. xD
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Einstein's Dreams. They don't get much shorter than that, and lots of fun.
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Hart's Hope = Weirdest.

I've found that re-reading a long book is the equivilent to my reading a short one. So, if you somehow run out of quick reads, re-reads are great.

DeLint short stories are wonderful. Zelazny also wrote rather short novels that are wonderful.

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