Deal Me In – Week 52 Wrap Up

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We’re finally at the end of DMI 2015. Congrats to all who have made it this far! I’ve really enjoyed sharing the challenge with everybody and am appreciative that many have already re-upped for another year. As reading challenges in the blogosphere go, I think this one has a lot going for it, both practically (as to the “reading burden” it imposes) and entertainment wise (all the authors you are exposed to via your own reading and reading others’ posts). I think we’re up to fifteen or sixteen sign-ups for 2015, and I expect a few more will straggle in (as they did last year). I also realize we’ll lose a few to attrition and the demands of “life,” but that is the way it goes with blogging…

I’d also like to thank those ‘core members’ of our group who have already visited and commented on some of the newcomers’ rosters – and encourage others to do so as well if they have the time and feel so inclined. I think we have a nice little informal community here and growing it a little bit would not hurt.

Anyway, on to the new posts this week:

Dale was introduced to Katherine Anne Porter via her story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/katherine-anne-porter-the-jilting-of-granny-weatherall/

James compared and contrasted Joan Didion’s “Where the Kissing Never Stops” and “Don’t Call it Syphilis” by Jessica Mitford (and who says the DMI’s randomizing hand of fate doesn’t have a sense of humor!?) http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/12/26/joan-didion-vs-jessica-mitford-a-deal-me-in-short-story-non-fiction-special-edition/

Katherine read Kevin J. Anderson’s “Just Like Normal People” http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/deal-me-in-week-52-just-like-normal-people/

Randall read Flannery O’Connor’s “Everything That Rises Must Converge” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2014/12/everything-that-rises-must-converge-by.html

(And be sure to checkout Randall’s “mini-reviews” of his advent calendar stories while you’re there.)

I read “Maurice Broaddus’s “A Stone Cast Into Stillness” from my Dark Futures anthology. Dark was right! https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/a-stone-cast-into-stillness-by-maurice-broaddus/

That’s it for this year. “Deal Me In 2014 is dead. Long Live Deal Me In 2015!”

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