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Short Novel, Long Story, Novella: Recommended, 199 Pages or Less …

In the mood for something to read, something with some pop, that you maybe don’t have to mortgage a week of your life to read? How about a romance or some horror or something post-modern or an old fashioned classic or something Beat; some solid Science Fiction or maybe a touch of the existential or something to simply break your heart? Call it a novella, call it a long short story, call it a short novel, it doesn’t matter, if it’s great and it’s under 199 pages (& over 59), it’s on this list. And, oh, if it’s on this list I read it and, in one way or another, it grabbed me. If you read something here and don’t like it, time wasted is kept to a minimum. And besides, the novels on this list are as different from each other as can be, so if you don’t like one, try another.

Great reads, less filling …

Persuasion – Jane Austen

How It Is – Samuel Beckett

Hellbound Heart – Clive Barker

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Fup – Jim Dodge

The Malady of Death – Marguerite Duras

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf

Journey to the East – Hermann Hesse

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Tristessa – Jack Kerouac

The Mist– Stephen King

Swimmer in a Secret Sea – William Kotzwinkle

The Sibyl – Par Lagerkvist

The Fox – D. H. Lawrence

Fifth Child – Doris Lessing

At the Mountains of Madness – H. P. Lovecraft

The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon

Rules of Life – Fay Weldon

PS: Bet you can’t guess which one (make that two) broke my heart (hint: it ain’t the Clive Barker).


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