Review: Fire Watch (repost from GoodReads, 2016)

Fire Watch by Connie WillisMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This collection contains 12 stories. The title story, “Fire Watch” is a bittersweet tale set in the same universe as Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, but written earlier. It was published in 1982, and won the 1983 Hugo & Nebula AwardsContinue reading “Review: Fire Watch (repost from GoodReads, 2016)”

Review: Two Plays for Voices (repost from GoodReads, 2016)

Two Plays for Voices by Neil GaimanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This full cast audio CD includes 2 short stories previously published in Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions. There are some gruesome bits in both stories, but I didn’t find them gratuitous. The highlight is definitely “Murder Mysteries” which I think isContinue reading “Review: Two Plays for Voices (repost from GoodReads, 2016)”

Review: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (repost from GoodReads, 2017)

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil GaimanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars The highlights of this collection, for me, were “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” “A Calendar of Tales” and “The Sleeper and the Spindle” (the last of which I’d listened to before, as a separate audio CD). “AContinue reading “Review: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (repost from GoodReads, 2017)”

Review: Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio HearnMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo after gaining Japanese citizenship, was best known for his books about Japan. He was born in Greece and raised in England, and moved to Japan in 1890. Kwaidan is a bookContinue reading “Review: Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things”

Deal Me In: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains

This is one of my cards for the Deal Me In Challenge: the 7 of Hearts, which is the suit I dedicated to stories on audio. I was keeping up with my list until I fell behind in May. I will try to catch up this month by reading two at a time for a while. I haveContinue reading “Deal Me In: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”

Deal Me In: March Stories Read (4)

Here are the stories I read in March! Spades: Contemporary Science Fiction John M. Ford, “Heat of Fusion“ This is a new author for me. The story is told through diary entries of a man with terminal radiation poisoning. This is a hard one to describe… it’s intense, and very internally focused, with very little settingContinue reading “Deal Me In: March Stories Read (4)”

Review: The Happy Prince & Other Stories

The Happy Prince & Other Stories by Oscar WildeMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This little book includes three fables that Oscar Wilde wrote shortly after the birth of his children. Wikipedia says that these are children’s stories, but… The Nightingale and the Rose? Really? That one just doesn’t seem like a children’s story toContinue reading “Review: The Happy Prince & Other Stories”

Deal Me In: January-Febuary stories read (7)

This is what I have read so far for the short stories/poetry selections I planned for the Deal Me In challenge, except for  the poem “The Eve of St Agnes.” I already wrote a separate post about that one.  Clubs: Classic Science Fiction Raymond Z. Gallun: “Davy Jones’s Ambassador” 1935 1/15/2019 I really liked this one! This is anContinue reading “Deal Me In: January-Febuary stories read (7)”

Deal Me In Challenge list for 2019

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Helvetica Neue’} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px ‘Helvetica Neue’; min-height: 14.0px} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} This challenge is hosted by Jay at Bibliophilopolis. For this challenge, you select 52 stories to read in 2019 and then assign each of them to a card in a deck ofContinue reading “Deal Me In Challenge list for 2019”

The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

hosted by Freda’s Voice I still need to review Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr. In the meantime, my book for the Friday 56 is the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. from the synopsis:In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitraryContinue reading “The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings”


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