Deal Me In – Week 47 Wrap Up

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Greetings to all. Here are some new Deal Me In posts to tide you over through the Thanksgiving Holiday Week:

Randall read one of the short story masters this week, O. Henry. His post on “A Double-Dyed Deceiver” may be found here: http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-double-dyed-deceiver-by-o-henry.html

James is now on to his second deck of Deal Me In, but I’ll continue to include links to any new Deal Me In posts of his here. This week it was Ken Liu’s story “The Gods Will not be Chained” and William Roughead’s essay, “The Ardlamont Mysteryhttp://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/11/19/ken-lui-vs-william-roughead-a-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge/

Dale paid another visit to Father Brown, reading G.K. Cheaterton’s story “The Ghost of Gideon Wisehttp://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/g-k-chesterton-the-ghost-of-gideon-wise/

Returning Reader posted about a couple stories, Tunisian writer Rachida el-Charni’s “Street of the House of Wondershttp://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/short-story-39-street-of-the-house-of-wonders-rachida-el-charni/ and Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Babyhttp://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/short-story-40-desirees-baby-kate-chopin/

I read French writer Prosper Merimee’s story “Mateo Falconehttps://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/mateo-falcone-by-prosper-merimee/

Katherine continues to browse the exhibits in Steven Millhauser’s Barnum Museum, this time taking a look at “The Invention of Robert Herendeenhttp://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/deal-me-in-week-47-the-invention-of-robert-herendeen/

Five weeks to go in Deal Me In 2014! I think I can see the finish line from here! I hope everyone has a pleasant Thanksgiving. Safe travels to all who are on the road for the holiday.

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Deal Me In – Week 33 Wrap Up

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THIS WEEK’S DEAL ME IN POSTS:

Following are links to our group’s postings this week:

James reads Raymond Chandler’s “Trouble is My Business” and George Orwell’s essay “Marrakech” his post is at http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/08/13/george-orwell-vs-raymond-chandler-2/

Dale shares with us a lesser know story from the creator of Walter Mitty, posting about James Thurber’s “University Days” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/james-thurber-university-days/

Randall’s finally heads south, posting about Carson McCullers’ “Sucker” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2014/08/sucker-by-carson-mccullers.html

Katherine visits The Barnum Museum once more, sharing the penultimate remaining Steven Millhauser story in her deck, “Alice, Fallinghttp://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/deal-me-in-week-33-alice-falling/

I wrote about two stories, “Class of 1990″ by Rebecca Emin and “The Bell in the Fog” by Gertrude Atherton. I’m going to stop linking to my own posts since you can “just scroll down” and you’re already at my blog. 🙂

My use of the word “penultimate” above reminded me of one of my favorite cartoons, that I think first appeared in The New Yorker. Any excuse to share…

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IN OTHER SHORT STORY NEWS:

George R.R. Martin a short story writer? http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/game-of-thrones-author-george-rr-martin-reveals-hes-tempted-to-publish-neverbeforeseen-writing-9674262.html

Though not a Deal Me In post, regular DMI contributor James’s following entry is certainly worth a look: http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/08/15/a-short-story-review-anthology-hemingway-williams-babel-alexie-cunningham-paley-murakami-kinsella/

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe (now 25) stars in the series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” – an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s short stories http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/television/gail-pennington/daniel-radcliffe-wizard-poet-doctor-actor/article_cd739684-53b3-5a52-b2d0-8eb2a895152a.html

P.S. I’ll be off-line almost all of next weekend (Indianapolis Open Chess Tournament – Nerd Alert!) so my week 34 wrap up post will certainly be delayed. 🙂

Deal Me In – Week 30 Wrap Up

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Below are this week’s links to new posts since the last wrap up and a couple “extras.” 🙂

On the good news front, the New Yorker has recently opened part of their short story archive for free reading for a limited time. For more info, see the following link http://www.newyorker.com/books/double-take/summer-archive This is an exciting source of FREE stories.

I also found the following, which may be of interest to some short story readers, what with the news headlines of the day: http://arablit.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/the-book-of-gaza-short-stories-from-four-decades/

Among this weeks posts, we welcome the “return” of The Returning Reader, who shares some thoughts on Laila Lalami’s “Homecoming” at http://returningreader.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/short-story-25-homecoming-laila-lalami/

Dale reads Henryk Sienkiewicz’s “The Lighthouse Keeper of Aspinwall” at http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/henryk-sienkiewicz-the-lighthouse-keeper-of-aspinwall/

Randall posts about Anne Battie’s “Solid Wood” at http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2014/07/solid-wood-by-ann-beattie.html

Katherine draws Steven Millhauser’s “Rain” from her bag of tricks, which also includes a video link featuring the seven of diamonds: http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/deal-me-in-week-30-rain/

Deal Me In has its fourth “twin” of the year as I become the second participant to read Anton Chekhov’s “The Bet.” Just scroll down or click https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/anton-chekhovs-the-bet/

I think that’s everybody. If I missed anyone, leave a link in the comments. Until next week, happy reading!

Deal Me In – Week 27 Wrap Up

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Another slow week for DMI activity, but stalwarts Dale and Katherine both contributed a post, and your humble host managed one as well. :-). Below are the links.

Dale read a July 4th story (randomly drawn!) – Ernest Hemingway’s “Ten Little Indians.” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/ernest-hemingway-ten-indians/

Katherine read Steven Millhauser’s “The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad” and also shared her thoughts on last week’s survey. It’s all here http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/deal-me-in-week-27-the-eighth-voyage-of-sinbad/

For my part, Nobel Prizewinner Alice Munro (it’s her birthday this week!) made her DMI debut (from my roster anyway) as I read her story “Menesetung.” https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/meneseteung-by-alice-munro/

That’s it for this week. Oh, and if you haven’t taken the Deal Me In “survey” from last week, feel free to do so at your convenience. 🙂

Deal Me In – Week 25 Wrap Up

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Week 25 finds me delinquent again, and it was kind of a slow week for us, posting-wise, but below are links to new Deal Me In entries since our last update:

Dale spends time with Jack London again, reading his short story “Negore the Coward.” Read what he thought about it at http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/jack-london-negore-the-coward/

Katherine read “The Sepia Postcard” by Steven Millhauser (our group’s most-read author so far this year) and includes a great card trick by David Copperfield featuring a young Jane Seymour http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/deal-me-in-week-25-the-sepia-postcard/

I drew a wild card (two of hearts) so decided to indulge my penchant for exploring lesser-known authors with a local connection, reading Joanna Parypinski’s “The Gardenhttps://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/the-garden-by-joanna-parypinski/

Well, that’s it for this week. See you next time for week 26 – the halfway point!

Deal Me In – Week 18 Wrap Up

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Below are links to new posts this week. The blogs of a couple of our regular participants have been quiet in recent weeks, but for now I’m assuming they’re on holiday and will return with several short stories to share. 🙂 In other news, we’ve “inspired” one blogger to launch her own variant of Deal Me In – check out Julianna’s blog “Cedar Station” at  and her own DMI line-up at http://cedarstation.wordpress.com/reading-roulette/

Also, thanks to May being National Short Story Month, DMI got some recognition courtesy of C.A. LaRue and her blog, Bonespark. Check out her post at https://bonesparkblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/selections-for-short-story-month/ where she provides links to some great recommended stories.

It’s always nice to discover other blogs that are “Friends of the Short Story,” and I hope you take a moment to visit them if you have the time.

Dale encountered a short story by Kurt Vonnegut: “Mnemonics” http://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/kurt-vonnegut-mnemonics/

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Katherine visits “The Barnum Museum” gaining her ticket from author Steven Millhauser – http://katenread.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/deal-me-in-week-18-the-barnum-museum/

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James brings us another unlikely pairing with stories by Grace Paley (pictured below) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and explores their stories “Enormous Changes at the Last Minute” and “The Thing Around Your Neck,” respectively. http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2014/04/29/grace-paley-vs-chimamanda-ngozi-adiche-a-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge/

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Candiss at Read the Gamut read the Roald Dahl story “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.” http://readthegamut.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/deal-me-in-challenge-story-18-the-wonderful-story-of-henry-sugar-by-roald-dahl/

I’m still playing catchup, with pending posts on Ray Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day” and the Anton Chekhov classic, “The Black Monk.” Hope to have them up soon. 😉

See you all next week!