|6/23/13||The Devil And Tom Walker||Washington Irving||Short story|
|6/23/13||The Slit||Loren Eiseley||Essay|
|6/23/13||The Lady Of Shallott||Tennyson||Poem|
|6/23/13||After Apple Picking||Robert Frost||Poem|
|6/23/13||Dr. Heidegger's Experiment||Nathaniel Hawthorne||Short Story|
|6/23/13||Rab and His Friends||Dr. John Brown||Short story|
|6/23/13||They That Have Power||Shakespeare||Poem|
|6/23/13||The Apparition of Mrs Veal||Daniel Defoe||Short Story|
|6/23/13||A Lodging For The Night||Robert Louis Stevenson||Short Story|
|6/23/13||The Evolution of The Short Story||?? Foreword of The Great English Short Story Writers Volume 1||Essay|
|6/23/13||The outcasts of poker flat||Bret Harte||Short story|
|6/23/13||The study of poetry||Matthew arnold||Essay|
|6/23/13||Boule de Suif||Guy du Maupassant||Short Story||http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3090/3090-h/3090-h.htm#2H_4_0003|
|6/23/13||James Hogg||Short Story|
|6/23/13||The Luck of Roaring Camp||Bret Harte||Short Story|
|6/23/13||National Geographic Civil War Special Issue||Essay|
|6/23/13||Philadelphia In The Civil War 1861-1865, Excerpts||Frank H. Taylor||Essay|
|6/23/13||The Business of Civil War, "The Making of A Mixed Military Economy"||Mark R. Wilson||Essay|
|6/23/13||An Irrevocable Diameter||Grace Paley||Short Story|
|6/23/13||What The Bell Saw And Said||Louisa May Alcott||Short Story|
|6/23/13||Kitty's Class Day||Louisa May Alcott||Short Story|
|7/7/13||The Cat and The Fiddle||Erin Morgenstern||Short Story||https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj9lezswsrJAhWFcz4KHc98BRsQFggdMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Ferinmorgenstern.com%2F2013%2F07%2Fflax-golden-tales-the-cat-and-the-fiddle%2F&usg=AFQjCNGXofDzdcRfHXpNeF1Bo08UKG28sg&sig2=QYzFVPkoR-bMtZS71vJ3kQ|
|7/8/13||Paul's Case||Willa Cather||Short Story|
|7/8/13||Paper Tigers||Wesley Yang||Essay|
|7/10/13||On The Gull's Road||Willa Cather||Short Story|
|7/11/13||The Garden Lodge||Willa Cather||Short Story|
|7/12/13||Alexandre||Guy de Maupassant||Short Story|
|7/13/13||Getting Where We're Going||John Brehm||Poem|
|7/19/13||The Story of An Hour||Kate Chopin||Short Story|
|7/20/13||Regret||Kate Chopin||Short Story|
|7/22/13||A Pair of Silk Stockings||Kate Chopin||Short Story|
|7/22/13||Desiree's Baby||Kate Chopin||Short Story|
|7/22/13||The Lotus Eaters||Tennysson||Poem|
|8/11/13||A Scandal in Bohemia||Arthur Conan Doyle||Short story|
|8/11/13||2002: Night meeting||Ray Bradbury||Short story|
|8/13/13||Ode: intimations of mortality from recollections of early childhood||Wordsworth||Poem|
|8/13/13||The repairman||Harry Harrison||Short story|
|8/15/13||The Toy Shop||Harry Harrison||Short story|
|8/15/13||Clara Parks article in Interweave Knits||Essay|
|8/20/13||The King of Clubs||Agatha Christie||Short story|
|9/5/13||One Foot in Eden||Edwin Muir||Poem|
|9/8/13||Charging the Silver Slope||Alexis A. Hunter||Short Story|
|9/8/13||A Respectable Woman||Kate Chopin||Short Story|
|9/8/13||Wired For Story Chapter ?||Lisa Cron||Non-Fiction|
|9/9/13||The Old Man and the Sea||Ernest Hemingway||Short Story|
|9/16/13||Her Freedom||Ethel M Dell||Short Story|
|9/17/13||Her Hero||Ethel m dell||Short Story|
|10/10/13||Wildcat||Flannery O'Connor||Short Story|
|10/18/13||The Dome||Steven Millhauser||Short Story|
|10/18/13||Cretan Love Song||Jim Shepard||Short Story|
|10/18/13||Subsoil||Nicholson Baker||Short Story|
|4/8/14||Golden||James Scott Bell||Short Story||4/8/2014||http://storyaday.org/rr-golden-james-scott-bell/|
|4/14/14||There Will Come Soft Rains||Ray Bradbury||Short Story||4/1/2014||http://storyaday.org/reading-room-there-will-come-soft-rains-by-ray-bradbury/|
|4/22/14||The Victory Lap||George Saunders||Short Story||4/22/2014||http://storyaday.org/rr-victory-lap-by-george-saunders/|
|4/25/14||Good People||David Foster Wallace||Short Story|
|4/26/14||A Late Encounter With The Enemy||Flannery O'Connor||Short Story|
|5/6/14||Sticks||George Saunders||Short Story||5/6/2014||http://storyaday.org/reading-room-sticks-by-george-saunders/|
|6/11/14||The Yellow Wallpaper||Charlotte Perkins Gilman||Short Story|
|6/13/14||The Tell-Tale Heart||Edgar Allen Poe||Short Story|
|6/14/14||Are these Actual Miles||Raymond Carver||Short Story|
|6/15/14||Heat||Joyce Carol Oates||Short Story||Another well-written but depressing modern story, about twin girls.||6/17/2014||http://storyaday.org/rr-heat/|
|6/16/14||The Reach||Steven King||Short Story||I loved this! Old woman lived in same town all her life, starts seeing ghosts.|
|6/19/14||Hunters in the Snow||Tobias Wolff||Short Story|
|6/20/14||The Things They Carried||Tim O'brien||Short Story|
|6/23/14||Miracle Polish||Steven Millhauser||Short Story||I enjoyed his other story, "The Dome", too.|
His writing is very engaging. This seemed a little long. Might have been my mood.
|8/26/14||incognito||Susan M. Lemere||short story||8/26/2014||http://storyaday.org/reading-room-incognito-by-susan-m-lemere/|
|10/13/14||The Day We Were Fish||Stephen Koster||Short Story||Humorous. Bizare. I liked it. A little long in the middle, but I love the whimsy. http://feathertale.com/short-fiction/the-day-we-were-fish/||10/14/2014||http://storyaday.org/reading-room-the-day-we-were-fish-by-stephen-koster/|
|11/19/14||The Wild Geese||Wendell Berry||Poem||Abandon/As in love or sleep|
|11/19/14||The Zero Meter Diving Team||Jim Shepard||short story||Like You'd Understand, Anyway. Haunting. Couldn't get it out of my head for days.||12/16/2014|
|11/20/14||Proto-Scorpions of the Silurian||Jim Shepard||short story||Like You'd Understand, Anyway. Interesing family study. More implied than said. Good example of how to NOT tie things up neatly, yet still tell a compelling story.||/reading-room-the-zero-meter-diving-team-by-jim-shepard|
|11/20/14||Hadrian's Wall||Jim Shepard||short story||Like You'd Understand, Anyway. Strong characters. Great historical detail. Just keep coming back to that word: compelling.|
|12/16/14||This Old House Erotic Fan Fiction||Rebecca Scherm||short story||http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/this-old-house-erotic-fan-fiction||I approached this humorous piece with a doubtful look. Satire is so hard to pull off and I often find stories published in McSweeneys miss the mark for me. Not this one, though....||http://storyaday.org/reading-room-this-old-house-erotic-fan-fiction-by-rebecca-scherm/|
|12/19/14||The gifts of the magi||O. henry||Short story||Familiar.|
|12/27/14||Minotaur||Jim Shepherd||Short Story||This story hit the ground running:|
"Kenny I hadn't seen in, what, three, four years..."
It doesn't ever really stop and give you much backstory. It's a great example of how to create a world and weave the history of the characters throughout the story without ever stopping for a big info dump.
I was intrigued from the first word, even if I felt like I didn't really know what was happening until I was a good couple of pages in.
By the end, I really cared what happened to the main character even though he wasn't terribly sympathetic in some ways.
It's not a long story but it is densely packed. Impressive.
|12/28/14||Today Will Be A Quiet Day||Amy Hempel||Short Story||"The girl gave her brother a look you could iron clothes with"|
Not much happens in this story about a father taking his son and daughter on a day out, and yet I couldn't stop reading. It was full of character and authentic relationships and the little, everyday details that painted them. I read it slowly and it made me happy.
|1/1/15||Bertie's New Year||L.m.montgomery||Short Story||This was sent via Short Story Thursday.|
Reminder not to worry too much about critique group feedback!! ;)
|1/2/15||The Vanishing Red||Robert Frost||Poem||Not terribly poetic. Modern. Realistic. Meh.|
|1/12/15||The Stars Are Falling||Joe R. Lansdale||Short Story||Found in "Stories" - Neil Gaiman and |
"Before Deel Arrowsmith came back from the dead, he was crossing a field by late moonlight in search of his home."
Wasn't sure where this was going. Turned out to be a man returning to east Texas after fighting in The Great War.
Great descriptive writing with character stuff. We see everything from the pov of the taciturn, changed older man Deel, trying to come home to his family after he physically arrives. Great example of internal landscape of a down to earth man traumatized by the impossible circumstances of war.
|1/13/15||The Knife||Richard Adams||Short Story||On first coming to the end of this taut little tale I was a bit disappointed: is that it? But then I realized that the last line was perfect and the story really was done and that was all there was to it. Not hugely original but so well done: atmospheric and well-drawn tale of a boy in a 1938 English boarding school, being bullied and wondering if he's found a way out. Source: Stories edited by Gaiman and Sarrantonio|
|1/13/15||Weights & Measures||Jodi Picoult||Short Story||Sad. Dangerous read for a parent. I liked the end but felt it swooped in a little too quickly. Liked the fantasy aspect and the use of arcane knowledge. Not a happy story though. Totally lived up to the "and then what happened" remit of the collection, though.|
|1/14/15||A Mother's Love||Lottie Lynn||Short Story||A chilling science fiction story that was selected for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines series in 2014.|
The stories are supposed to "have a strong emphasis on narrative" and this one does.
I love stories like this, where no-one really explains much and you have to figure it out from the clues in the story.
"Child wanted something to do. Mother had left him in their room, because she had to fix a pipe. He had wanted to help; but she said no, she didn’t want him to get hurt. Child thought it was because he lacked sadness whenever she left..."
|1/18/15||A Misunderstanding||Alphonse Daudet||Short Story||Source: shortstorythursdays|
Two sides of the same story, a husband and a wife. It wasn't terribly compelling since it was predictable. The wife didn't have much depth. You could do better. Use this as a story prompt: one incident, make & female perspectives.
|1/21/15||Home||George saunders||A soldier returns from a modern war, but not to "home"|
|2/3/2015 20:03:49||In Cretaceous Seas||Jim Shepard||Short Story||Loved the writing at the start: well researched but deeply thought about too. Imagery and sentence construction, fab. Then this weird jump to the modern and human. Disorienting. But I kept reading. Ending more fantastic again. Had to read it again. WANTED to.|
|2/4/2015 3:36:41||Pleasure boating in Lituya Bay||Jim Shepard||Short Story|
|2/4/2015 3:38:04||Ancestral Legacies||Jim Shepard||Short Story||Ethnologist working under Third Reich, searching for yeti in Tibet|
|3/10/2015 15:12:31||Thea's First Husband||Bk Stevens||Short Story||Meh|
|3/10/2015 15:13:51||The care and feeding of houseplants||art Taylor||Short Story||Heh. Loved this|
|4/15/15||Doctor who story (name?)||Neil Gaiman||Short Story||Sweet|
|5/3/2015||And weep, like Alexander||Neil Gaiman||Short Story|
|5/4/2015||The Whitest Lie||Stephanie D. Shaver||Short Story||Did a good job of pulling me into a world I didn't know (in an anthology of stories written in a Mercedes Lackey universe by various authors). I quickly cared for the main character, was intrigued and rooted for him. A good example of how to tease the reader with questions they want answers to, without making them feel lost. Just the right length.|
|5/21/2015 7:18:32||The Californian||Mark Twain||Short Story||I've read enough stories like this that I spotted the twist coming, but really beautiful writing (and thinking). Try reading it out loud. Even with my Scottish accent I found myself being forced in to antiquated, Southern rhythms. Oh, to find such a natural voice in my own writing!|
|6/22/2015 6:43:42||The Weight Of A blessing||Aliette de Bodard||Short Story||This felt like a fully-realized world. As such, it was confusing and I left the story not really sure what happened or that I understood the events. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. A little frustrating if you're not in the right mood. The author is French and I felt the language was a little antiquated/formal at times, but not often. (Any my French should be so good! Her English is better than most English speakers'). Not sure I enjoyed this. A bit bleak. But good world building, economical...not 100% successful, imo, but certainly not boring or predictable.||This felt like a fully-realized world. As such, it was confusing and I left the story not really sure what happened or that I understood the events. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. A little frustrating if you're not in the right mood. The author is French and I felt the language was a little antiquated/formal at times, but not often. (Any my French should be so good! Her English is better than most English speakers'). Not sure I enjoyed this. A bit bleak. But good world building, economical...not 100% successful, imo, but certainly not boring or predictable.||http://storyday.org/rr-blessing-de-bodard||http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/debodard_03_13/|
|6/26/2015||Peace For Our Times||Chris Ovenden||Short Story||Delightful, well-paced flash fiction with a potentially-alternate-history will-he-or-won't-he vibe. I was amazed by the comments which were incredibly nit-picky and ignorant of both history and subtlety. "Readers like things tidy" said one blowhard, confidently discounting me and everyone like me. Few of the American readers could identify the main character and few could identify the war. One did, but thought Stalin might be the enemy (he was an ally!!). Just goes to remind me that not everyone is going to 'get' every story and it doesn't matter. Someone will, if it's a good story. And that is the person you're writing for . Write for the top 5% of your audience (check the source of that quote).||http://www.everydayfiction.com/peace-for-our-times-by-chris-ovenden/|
|8/30/2015 10:43:51||On Cosmology||Róisín o'donnell||Short Story||I'm often wary of modern Irish and British stories because they tend to be grim.|
in On Cosmology A lecturer in astrophysics wonders about the ‘gooey, alien-like creature’ which may be growing inside her.
So yes, it does deal with sex and issues of pregnancy --- and in less-than-ideal-circumstance--- but it escapes being grim. Perhaps because of the curiosity that drives the main character's msuings? I like the narrator and the picture of her world that she paints. This is a good one!
|9/2/2015||The Goat Variations||Jeff Vandermeer||Short Story||Not an easy read, but mind-bending in a deliciously difficult way. The website inaccurately casts the main character as "George Herbert Walker Bush" when in fact it is George W. Bush. But the story? The story is great!||9/8/15 - The Goat Variations, by Jeff Vandermeer, plays with reality and alternate realities, in the best traditions of 'what if' speculative fiction.|
It starts with a scene that most people who were sentient in Sept 2011 (or shortly thereafter) will recognize, but then things get weird.
Slowly you start to realize that things are not as they should be and your brain starts running quickly to catch up. Then things get REALLY weird...
This was not an easy read. It was mind-bending in a deliciously difficult way.
Small nit-pick: the website that I'm linking to here inaccurately casts the main character as "George Herbert Walker Bush" when in fact it is George W. Bush.
But the story? The story is great!
Read the story here
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