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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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Story: Robert or Is It Roberta* Author: Joe Dibuduo Collection: 99 Quirky Stories I tried out an ebook marketplace called Screwpulp. It has, I think, a decent premise: ebooks start out free but go up in price in dollar increments once they hit certain targets. Basically, the more popular the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: An Actor Prepares Author: Donald Antrim Collection: The Emerald Light in the Air Great fun, this. A college professor attempts to stage a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream but a combination of drugs, a rainstorm, the death of a colleague and a crisis in his romantic affairs conspires... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Some Other Zoo Author: Rodrigo Rey Rosa Collection: Words Without Borders Words Without Borders is a wonderful website that features new writing from a different country each month. For October, it is Guatemala. I tried this very peculiar Rodrigo Rey Rosa story from their selection, translated by Daniel Hahn.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Drugs and Toys Author: Ryan Boudinot Collection: The Littlest Hitler: Stories Nearly four years ago I set myself the challenge of reading and reviewing a different short story every day for a year. Throughout 2011 I did just that, with 365 stories reviewed in 365 days. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Comforters Author: Katherine May Collection: All I Know/eBay This is a neat idea. Author Katherine May has decided she has far too many books so is selling a whole bunch of them on eBay and, here's the cool bit, each listing is accompanied by an autobiographical short story.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher Author: Hilary Mantel Collection: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher The new collection of stories from the double-Man Booker winner is published at the end of the month and the Guardian ran with an exclusive on the title story this weekend. It is 1983 and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
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Story: Paradise Author: David Guterson Collection: Problems with People An older couple—she a divorcee, he a widow—are on their way to a hotel. They met on match.com and have been on a few dates. This will be their first night together. He is particularly nervous—he has only slept with his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories
A great piece, and it was a splendid night last week. Delighted to see Billy Parks as a winner, a book that didn't receive a single press review (apart from in The Sun!) but lots of support from bloggers (as is increasingly the case these days).
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Story: Time and Again Author: Breece D'J Pancake Collection: Trilobites & Other Stories Vintage, the publisher of this reissued collection, is hinting in the publicity material that it might be the next Stoner. Author Breece D'J Pancake (the unusual ' being the result of a typo on his first published... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Me And My Short Stories