Tag: short fiction

Sunday Short: “The Hotel” by Anne Enright

Previously On: “The Dinosaurs on Other Planets” by Danielle McLaughlin The New Yorker problem, part 2. If “The Hotel” weren’t written by the talented Anne Enright, would it have been published in The New Yorker? Rephrased: If I had written this story about an unnamed…

Sunday Short: The Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin

Previously On: “The Machine Stops” by E.M. Forster Only one story in and I’m already rethinking my strategy for the year… I decided on shorts from The New Yorker to easily find stories by authors I’d like to read more from (Munro, Wolff, Alexie, Smith…)…

Sunday Short: The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

This is a more of a novella (12,000 words) than a short story, but E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” made me want to read more short fiction this year, so here we are. The timing of this story is the most interesting thing about…

Happy 2018!

THIS is the year I will blog reg—nope, not making that commitment again. Each year, I’ve been a slightly more active blogger than the year before so my aim is just to keep this modest improvement going. That said, I do have a few…

Review: The Dinner Party

I requested a collection of short stories by Joshua Ferris from NetGalley months ago (I’m running behind). I was familiar with Ferris from two of his earlier books: The Unnamed and Then We Came to the End. In both cases, the premise was sound but the…

Review: The Tale of the Unknown Island

I tracked down a copy of José Saramago’s The Tale of the Unknown Island after reading the opening lines: A man went to knock at the king’s door and said, Give me a boat. The king’s house had many other doors, but this was…

Review: The Best of Roald Dahl

I make passing references to my Top Five (or Ten) List, but these lists don’t exist. Books float in and out of these designations and, if I added up my Top Ten, I’d have twenty books. So listen close: I’m going to be uncharacteristically definitive:…

First Impressions: Trigger Warning

Neil Gaiman’s latest collection is his weakest work to date. I can’t recommend it. I KNOW! I can’t believe it either. I’m a huge fan of his: I love Sandman, I love his books, I love his short fiction most of all…and yet, Trigger…

Original Fiction: Baba Yaga

There’s a special place in my heart for old school fairy tales, though this is the first time I’ve pulled an established character into one of my own. Baba Yaga, a staple of Slavic folklore, has been portrayed as both helpful and villainous, and…

Review: When the Nines Roll Over

When I like an author in a drippy, fangirl way, I feel obligated to appreciate all their work as a show of loyalty. *cough*Gaiman*cough* David Benioff’s City of Thieves is one of my Top Five so it hurts to say things like: “When the…

Original Fiction: The Second Station

Not a review. Original story; a bit abstract and potentially too long. Please note the spiffy lil copyright at the bottom. 🙂 The Second Station “There are two things I will carry in my pockets at the end. Oh, my darlin’, you are one…

Review: Interpreter of Maladies

I’ve gone through a half dozen copies of this book. I keep giving away my copy in a shameless bid to convince the recipient to read the opening story. If they’d like to read further, fine, but I’m not going to stamp my feet…