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There's nothing quite like a short book. It's a skilled author who knows when to stop adding stuff to a story, or can trim the fat, and end up with a book that has everything it needs to be satisfying but can be consumed in an day or two.

In this thread I'll tell you my favourite books under 200 pages, and you can do the same in the comments. Hopefully we'll all go away with something new to read.

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Frank - no ordinary sixteen-year-old - lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return - an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.


To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer

All those who ever lived on Earth have found themselves resurrected—healthy, young, and naked as newborns—on the grassy banks of a mighty river, in a world unknown. Miraculously provided with food, but with no clues to the meaning of their strange new afterlife, billions of people from every period of Earth's history—and prehistory—must start again.

The Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock

Suppose that a few of our present inventions had been made earlier, and others not discovered at all? How would the last century have evolved differently?

This is the story of Oswald Bastable, a Victorian captain who found himself in such alternate worlds. It is based on notes handed down to Michael Moorcock from his great-grandfather. It's a story of a world of empires secured by airships, and a Chinese genius who invented the means of overthrowing the West's power!


Orbitsville by Bob Shaw

Fleeing President Elizabeth Lindstrom's anger at the death of her son, Vance Garamond, a flickerwing commander, leaves the solar system far behind. Pursued by Earth's space fleet, Garamond finds a vast, alien-built spherical structure which might just change the destiny of the human race.


(All blurbs taken from Goodreads.com - and I cheated a little with the PJ Farmer, it's 206 pages)

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