What is the #24in48 Readathon? You can find out details about it here, but essentially it’s a readathon where the goal is to spend 24 hours out of a 48-hour weekend (Friday midnight until Sunday midnight) reading. I don’t recall how flexible the start and end times are, but I usually cheat a little bit and make mine run from early evening Friday to early evening Sunday, since I’m usually asleep after 10pm… 🙂
Stories to read in 24in48 Readathon – “Deal Me In version”
I chose eight source books, all anthologies or short story collections (or essays, in one case) by one author. I picked only books that I have a kindle version of, so that I can read “on the run” on my phone or iPad, if I find myself in line somewhere or if I take a break to go grab a bite and sit at the bar.
I picked three stories from each book, somewhat based on title (or what I hadn’t read of the anthology before) but also more or less random. I will attempt to read all 24 stories within the 48 hour period of the #24in48 Readathon (leftover reading time will be used to finish up “A Brief History of Seven Killings” for a book club meeting the week after the readathon.) Of note also is that I’m reading three of Roxane Gay’s essays from her collection “Bad Feminist” in anticipation of my attending a talk of hers here at the Central Library on January 24th.
I’ve applied the Deal Me In ‘randomizing element’ to 24in48 at least once before, last July, where I read 24 stories and actually managed to post a brief word about ALL of them. See posts here, here, and here for details. Wow, just looking back at those posts, I’m remembering how much fun I had last July and can’t wait to get started again. I’m sure I won’t have time to post about all the stories this readathon, but I’ll try to at least post about my progress and maybe some detail about my favorite ones.
I’ll rate the stories according to the card values in a Euchre Deck: Right Bower- 5 stars, Left Bower – 4.5 stars, Ace – 4.0 stars, King 3.5 stars, Queen 3 stars, Ten – 2.5 stars, Nine – 2 stars.
Here are the stories I’ll be reading. Do you recognize any favorite authors or stories? Which have you read before, and how did YOU like them?
♦9♦“A Ribbon for Rosie” by Isla Bick (Strange New Worlds II) ♦10♦ “A Science for Being Alone” by Daniel Alarcon (War by Candlelight) ♦J♦ “A Strong Dead Man” by Daniel Alarcon (War by Candlelight) ♦Q♦ “An Idyl of the Rod” by Maurice Thompson (Hoosier Mosaics) ♦K♦ “Bang! You’re Dead!” by Ray Bradbury (Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales) ♦A♦ “I Once Was Miss America” (essay) by Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist)
♥9♥ “In the Hills Beyond Twilight” by William Ransom (The End was Not the End anthology) ♥10♥ “No News, or What Killed the Dog?” by Ray Bradbury (Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales) ♥J♥ “Plug and Play” by Jason Sizemore (Irredeemable) ♥Q♥ “Seventh Heaven” by Dustan Moon (Strange New Worlds II) ♥K♥ “The Attack of the Giant Baby” by Kit Reed (The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 2) ♥A♥ “The Country of the Kind” by Damon Knight (The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 2) Spades
♠9♠ “The Dead and Metty Crawford” by Jason Sizemore (Irredeemable) ♠10♠ “The First Law of Metaphysics” by Michael S. Poteet (Strange New Worlds II) ♠J♠ “The Morality of Tyler Perry” (essay by Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist) ♠Q♠ “The Third Level” by Jack Finney (The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 2) ♠K♠ “The Venus of Balhinch” by Maurice Thompson (Hoosier Mosaics) ♠A♠ “The Watchers” by Ray Bradbury (Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales)
♣9♣“Third Avenue Suicide” by Daniel Alarcon (War by Candlelight) ♣10♣ “Trout’s Luck” by Maurice Thompson (Hoosier Mosaics) ♣J♣ “Twenty Year Plan” by Jay Wilburn (The End was Not the End anthology) ♣Q♣ “Typical First Year Professor” (essay) by Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist) ♣K♣ “Useless Creek” by Jason Sizemore (Irredeemable) ♣A♣ “Waist Deep” by Bill Blume (The End was Not the End anthology)