May 26, 2015 at 6:50 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: deal Me in 2015, Deal Me In short story reqding challenge
Hope everyone (at least those here in the states) had a nice long holiday weekend! I actually got a lot of reading done for once. 🙂 Below are links to new Deal Me In posts since our last update.
“o” at Behold the Stars read Emile Zola’s “Rentafoil” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/rentafoil-by-emile-zola.html
Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery covers Reginald Hill’s “True Thomas,” which doesn’t turn out to be a mystery at all: http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/true-thomas-by-reginald-hill.html
Jen at Military History is back and shares two stories, Katey Schultz’/ “Permanent Wave” https://wisepursuits.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/deal-me-in-2015-week-12-permanent-wave/ and Thomas Dobozy’s “Days of Orphans and Strangers” https://wisepursuits.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/deal-me-in-2015-week-13-days-of-orphans-and-strangers/
For Dale at Mirror With Clouds, his Ace of Diamonds led him to Saul Bellow’s “A Silver Dish” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/saul-bellow-a-silver-dish/
Katherine at The Writerly Reader posted about Michael Chrichton’s story “Blood Doesn’t Come Out” https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/deal-me-in-week-21-blood-doesnt-come-out/
Randall at Time Enough at Last drew the five of hearts,which he had assigned to “Disneyland” by Barbara Gowdy http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/05/deal-me-in-week-21-disneyland-by.html
Jay at Bibliophilopolis (that’s me!) read Josh Green’s “The Delusional Mr. Necessary” (just scroll down to my prior post to read about that one) 🙂
That’s it for now. See you next week and – happy reading!
May 18, 2015 at 7:15 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: deal Me in 2015, Deal Me In Short Story Challenge
Below are links to new posts since our last update:
Randall at Time Enough at Last read Amy Hempel’s “Today Will be a Quiet Day” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/05/deal-me-in-week-20-today-will-be-quiet.html
Katherine at The Writerly Reader had her first DNF of the year. Read what she thought about Rick Moody’s “The Albertine Notes” at https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/deal-me-in-week-20-the-albertine-notes/
Dale at Mirror With Clouds read Mary Lerner’s “Little Clouds” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/mary-lerner-little-selves/
Also, check out his “Bradbury of the Month” story, “The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl” at https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/bradbury-of-the-month-may-the-fruit-at-the-bottom-of-the-bowl/
“o” at Behold the Stars read William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-tempest-by-william-shakespeare.html
I read “The Journey” by Mary Susan Buhner, and am working on a brief post about it today. 🙂
So… what short stories did YOU read this week?
May 11, 2015 at 12:10 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: deal Me in 2015, Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge, short story reading challenge
Below are links to new posts by our group since the last update. Enjoy!
I read Jason Sizemore’s “The Sleeping Quartet” https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/the-sleeping-quartet-by-jason-sizemore/ and haven’t had a good night’s sleep since. 🙂
“o” at Behold the Stars goes classical again, this time reading the Plutarch essay “On the Avoidance of Anger” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/on-avoidance-of-anger-by-plutarch.html
Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery covers Connie Willis’s “Even the Queen” http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/even-queen-by-connie-willis.html
Dale at Mirror with Clouds checks back in with F. Scott Fitzgerald, posting about his “An Alcoholic Case” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/f-scott-fitzgerald-an-alcoholic-case/
Katherine at The Writerley Reader explores a lesser known Mary Shelley work, “The Transformation” https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/deal-me-in-week-19-the-transformation/
Randall at “Time Enough at Last” drew a winning card when his two of spades led him to read Bernard Malamud’s “The German Refugee” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/05/deal-me-in-week-19-german-refugee-by.html
Can you identify the author below who was featured in one Deal Me In-er’s week 19?
May 11, 2015 at 7:34 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: deal Me in 2015, Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge, irredeemable short stories, Jason Sizemore, The Sleeping Quartet short story
“A Thousand Little Deaths”
Jack Taylor’s wife tells him that hearing him struggle with sleep apnea night after night is “like listening to you die a thousand little deaths.” It is this statement that leads Jack – one of probably millions who fear going to see doctors – to schedule an appointment at a sleep clinic. How bad could that be? The reader will soon find out.
I read this story for week 19 read of “Deal Me In.” I own it as part of the author’s dark collection “Irredeemable,” which I have been looking forward to exploring. When it came time to come up with my list of stories for my annual Deal Me In short story reading project (explained here), I added a couple tales from it to get my feet wet – this story and another, “Yellow Warblers”; how scary could that one be, right? If “The Sleeping Quartet” is representative, I’ll be in for a treat when that one comes around later in the year.
Jack’s visit to the clinic starts out in a fairly ordinary way. In the waiting room with three other patients, he spends his time checking out the others (we’ve all done that, yes?), noting their peculiarities and physical features with disgust. Things take a turn for the worse when they’re led to the “lab” by a nurse that tells them they’ll have to pose any of their questions to the lab technician. When this same lab technician later responds to their queries dismissively, “Sorry, any questions you had should have been addressed by the nurse,” you begin to suspect this “clinic” isn’t what it appears to be on the surface.
Is what follows (probably the longest night of Jack’s life) only an extended nightmare, or do the events we read of really take place? Maybe some of them were real and some not? One physical manifestation is explained away the next morning when he is released, making you wonder further. I think this decision is purposefully left to the reader, and I like that. My favorite feature of this story is that it plays upon a fear many of us have – that of surrendering control to others. Something hard enough to do in normal circumstances but even harder when in your most vulnerable state – sleeping.
If you’re interested, this book is available at Amazon. The kindle version (the format I own) is currently only $3.99 http://www.amazon.com/Irredeemable-Jason-Sizemore/dp/1937929590
So, how did you sleep last night? A staple of Comedian Stephen Wright’s (below – remember him?) act used to be when he would say “Someone asked me, ’Did you sleep good?’ I said ’No. I made a few mistakes.’” 🙂
May 4, 2015 at 7:23 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: deal Me in 2015, Deal Me In Short Story Reading Challenge
Our first wrap-up of May (short story month!) includes posts on seven new stories for your perusal. See the links below:
“o” at Behold the Stars posted about Miguel de Cervantes’ “The Glass Graduate” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-glass-graduate-by-miguel-de.html
Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery read J.D. Salinger’s story “For Esme, With Love and Squalor” http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/for-esmewith-love-and-squalor-by-j-d.html
Dale at Mirror With Clouds read Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s “Old Woman Magoun” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/mary-e-wilkins-freeman-old-woman-magoun/
Katherine at The Writerly a reader posts about Margaret Oliphant’s “The Secret Chamber” https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/deal-me-in-week-18-the-secret-chamber/ Also, you won’t want to miss her fifth “lunar extra” tale, “The Ensouled Violin” by Maria Petrova Bavlatsky https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/deal-me-in-lunar-extra-the-ensouled-violin/
Randall read Kent Nelson’s “Invisible Life” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/05/deal-me-in-week-18-invisible-life-by.html from the 1986 edition of Best American Short Stories
Me? I “read local” – selecting Amy Sorrells’ poignant “Finding Eudora” https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/finding-eudora-a-short-story-by-amy-sorrells/
Below The “Glass Delusive” Charles VI 🙂