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Story: Alan Bean Plus Four Author: Tom Hanks Collection: The New Yorker Tom Hanks, yes that Tom Hanks, has written a short story. And it is really rather good. A group of friends decide to build a rocket and fly around the moon. Hanks then proceeds to narrate their efforts... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Occupied Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi Collection: Abandon the Old in Tokyo More compelling bleakness from the master of gekiga. In this story, a comic book artist becomes obsessed with the pornographic graffiti on a public toilet wall. So much so that it inspires his own work. I do think Tatsumi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Fool and the Fifteen Thieves Author: Richard Hughes Collection: In the Lap of Atlas: Stories of Morocco Hughes is probably best known for his novel A High Wind in Jamaica but he appears to have had a rather varied writing life as well as an, ahem, unconventional private... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Portal Author: J. Robert Lennon Collection: See You in Paradise A family finds a magic portal in their back garden. This was a real surprise to us, because there had been nothing about it in the real estate ad. You'd think the former owners would have mentioned it. Lennon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Breach of Promise Author: Damon Runyon Collection: On Broadway There is a charity bookshelf at Staines train station. I may have mentioned it before. It is regularly stocked with secondhand books and travellers are asked to leave a small donation for a retired train workers' benevolent fund when they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Dogging Author: David L. Hayles Collection: Cannon Fodder Three blokes decide to check out a local rumoured dogging site. They strike it lucky. Unfortunately a badly-placed bare arse and a handbrake conspire to ruin proceedings. I did actually LOL at this, it must be said. A cracking little sordid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Hell Author: Yoshihiro Tatsumi Collection: Good-Bye A photographer wanders Hiroshima shortly after the atomic bomb. One of the pictures he takes, the shadow of a son massaging his mother's neck which has been burnt into a nearby wall by the blast, becomes an iconic image across Japan and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Thank You for Your Participation Author: Mahsuda Snaith Collection: Beyond the Border This is taken from a collection subtitled 'New Writing by British Asian Women' edited by Farhana Shaikh. On first dipping in I was hoping that these would be stories that happen to have been written by British... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Unwelcome Idea Author: Elizabeth Bowen Collection: The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen I'll be honest, I had never heard of Elizabeth Bowen but I saw this battered old paperback in a local charity shop and it looked chock full of stories so I thought I'd give it a go.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
Story: The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim Author: Jorge Luis Borges Collection: The Garden of Branching Paths This collection has an interesting history, as does this particular translation. Originally published in Argentina in 1941, it was never reprinted. Instead, when a larger collection, Ficciones, was published in 1944 it subsumed its predecessor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Cover Letter Author: Giulio Mozzi Collection: This is the Garden A purse snatcher writes to his victim. He is returning two letters he found alongside her money and trinkets. He has kept the money—'You know how much money you had in your purse, and you have to trust me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: A Christmas Memory Author: Truman Capote Collection: Breakfast at Tiffany's I was a tad underwhelmed when I read Breakfast at Tiffany's a couple of weekends ago as part of a novella marathon session. It was fine, but lacked the charm of the movie (although it was far less racist,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera Author: Richard Kraft Collection: Short Fiction 8 All this week I have been reading and reviewing stories from the latest issue of Short Fiction and today I finish off with the most peculiar of the bunch. Technically this is an extract from a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Castle Author: Robert Boucheron Collection: Short Fiction 8 The life story of Leander Preddy, told in five or six pages. Born during the American Civil War he inherits his father's fortune while young and travels the workd. Taken by the architecture of Europe he decides to build his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Afterlife Author: Theodora Ziolkowski Collection: Short Fiction 8 This one didn't work for me, I'm afraid. A dream-like, poetic story which failed to stick. Reminded me of Beasts of the Southern Wild which I wasn't too keen on either. First duffer in this issue, though. Let's hope it's the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Nightswimming Author: Alex Preston Collection: Short Fiction 8 Preston's contribution to this year's Short Fiction journal features a neatly worked set piece that includes that most beautiful of REM songs. It doesn't feel shoehorned in, which is a relief, and what we have is an hour or so in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Lights Remain Author: Alison Moore Collection: Short Fiction 8 Short Fiction is an annual journal of short stories produced by the Faculty of Arts at Plymouth University. It comes out once a year and always includes an interesting mix of stories, many of which are accompanied by original... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Debt Author: Tom Vowler Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7 Here endeth my week of reviewing stories from this year's Bristol Short Story Prize. The prize anthology is out now and it well worth buying if you are a fan of the shorter form. I suspect they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: A Peacock, a Pig Author: Benjamin Myers Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7 A bit of a stunner, this one. It reminded me of Kes, but with a pig. It may actually be a bit of a masterpiece. A young boy lives with his mother on their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Album Review: Thoughts of Home by We Thought We Were Soldiers Author: Martyn Bryant Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7 The next story I have tackled from this year's prize shortlist takes the form of an album review. But this isn't like any review you'd read in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Táta and Máma and Me Author: Claire Griffiths Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7 Today I read the story that came second in the prize, a story that is both heart-warming and chilling at the same time. A group of children are playing while our narrator, younger... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: You Can't Always Get What You Want Author: Richard Fifield Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7 As you may have noticed, if you have been paying attention, I am reviewing a story from this collection every day this week. And this is the best yet. If you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Art of Flood Survival Author: Mahsuda Snaith Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7 This year's winner is an evocative tale of a servant girl in present day Bangladesh. She watches on as relatives of her employers come to stay from England, a visit that does not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Beached Author: Danielle McLaughlin Collection: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology: Volume 7 It is that time of year again, a good time of year, when the winner of the Bristol Short Story Prize is announced and the Top 20 are published in an anthology. If you are a fan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Scheherazade Author: Haruki Murakami Collection: The New Yorker A new Murakami story, translated by Ted Goosen, appeared in The New Yorker recently. He is known for his weird stuff but much of his best writing is firmly grounded in reality, and this is one such example. A man and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories