I’ve read some more short stories…

In my ongoing effort to catch up on my 2011 reading project, I’ve read six more short stories (click on ‘deal me in selections’ to the left to see the full list) in the past few days. They are:

“A Terribly Strange Bed” by Wilkie Collins
“The Black Monk” by Anton Chekhov
“The Ash Tree” by M.R. James
“The Dead” by James Joyce
“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Arthur Conan Doyle
“War Dances” by Sherman Alexie

This “burst” has put a further dent in my backlog and I’m down to just over twenty to go for the rest of the year. I plan to write posts related to at least a few of these stories, most of which i enjoyed immensely. Next up is Howard Pyle’s “The Cock Lane Ghost.” Can’t wait!

Have you read any of these stories? What are some of the favorite short stories you’ve read this year? Who are some of you favorite short story writers?


  1. Melody said,

    October 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I’ve read the Joyce and Doyle stories. The more time that passes since I read Dubliners, the more I think I need to re-read some of those stories. I’m looking forward to hearing what you thought of that one.


    • Jay said,

      October 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      I didn’t really get into “The Dead” until the last five pages or so, which I thought were really powerful, and gave me an impression that the first twenty-five pages were all written just to intensify the impact of the “ending.”

      I also struggled with Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” years ago, but I saw it through and it did end up making a lasting impression on me in many ways.

      I read throughout the collected Sherlock Holmes stories about fifteen years ago, and got to the point where many seemed too much “the same” to me, but I had asterisked The Adventure of the Speckled Band” as a favorite, so included it in my short story reading project. I was a little disappointed this second time around…


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