Deal Me In – Week 9 Wrap Up


Welcome to the week 9 wrap up post for DMI 2014! Lots of new stories and links this time.  Please try to browse around and see what your fellow participants are reading.

Katherine reads Steven Millhauser’s “Klassik Komix #1”

Dale posts about Mark Helprin’s “Perfection” a long short story

James makes an unexpectedly easy connection between George Orwell’s “Raffles and Miss Blandish” and “The Next Time” by Henry James:

Returning Reader found Franz Kafka’s “The Penal Colony” just too violent and chose ‘the better part of valor’… (She does provide a link to the story, though, if you think you can handle it) (I read the Kafka story as part of my 2011 edition of this challenge, but didn’t care for it much either, only posting about it indirectly: )

BUT (updated 3/3/14)… Returning Reader also read  Mme Zitta Mendes, A Last Image by Alaa Al Aswany

Candiss enjoyed the story “Sea Oak” by the oft-lauded George Saunders.

Susan has added a few more story reviews via Shelfari:
Jimmy Buffet’s “Take Another Road” and “I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever”
Also Sharon Shinn’s “The House of Seven Spirits” and Dana Stabenow’s “A Woman’s Work”:

Jay (that’s me!) revisited a story I first read twenty-odd years ago. I was pleased that Michael Shea’s “The Autopsy” lost none of its spine-tingly-ness over that gulf of years.

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope everyone is continuing to enjoy Deal Me In 2014. I am. 🙂



  1. March 3, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Hi Jay – the story I abandoned was actually my second one this week. I had a much better experience with “Mme Zitta Mendès, a Last Image”. Here’s the link:


    • Jay said,

      March 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Oops! I’m sorry, don’t know how I missed that. I’ll update the body of the wrap up post when I get on a “real” computer later.


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