2015 Recap: #ShortStories Read

SHORT STORIES READ IN 2015

That’s right. Here is the list of short stories I read in 2015. It took me too long to put this post together, so I hope you all get some use out of the list. It’s not easy to copy and paste this much data and the table itself…then search the internet for all the stories to link. Most are linked, and the authors’ websites are linked too. A few are not linked because it seems stories have been unpublished/taken down since the time I read them. Not exactly sure what’s up with that, but I’m not those authors, so I can’t tell you the reasoning.

Either way, there are 203 total stories listed and probably around 190 you can go out and read. 90% (estimate) are free to read. Many of them were also audio-reads found on Librivox. I could have linked to the free audio, but instead I stuck with ebook links. It was a little faster that way. Definitely check out Librivox anyway. Thousands of free audiobooks of public domain work. No reason to stay away from that!

I might do a Best of 2015 sort of post soon. I’m still not sure about that. At the very least, I’ll be posting on Facebook/Twitter to highlight some of the more memorable reads from 2015. Without a clear plan in mind, I figured getting you this list would be somewhat helpful in the year to come. Single short stories tend to go unappreciated in the grand scheme. I’ll always try to keep up short story awareness (should I hashtag that?).

Enjoy, if you check some out. And enjoy 2016!

P.S – Don’t forget about the bottom of the post. There’s a question down there…

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Number

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Title Author Name Genre
Last First
1 When You’re Gone Summers Eli LGBT
2 The Ideal Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
3 Moxon’s Master Bierce Ambrose Sci-fi
4 What Was It? O’Brien Fitz-James Sci-fi
5 The 4-D Doodler Waldeyer Graph Sci-fi
6 The Toy Shop Harrison Harry Sci-fi
7 Martian V.F.W. Vandenburg G.L. Sci-fi
8 The Repairman Harrison Harry Sci-fi
9 Bread Overhead Leiber Fritz Sci-fi
10 The Banshee Anonymous   Horror
11 Accessory Before the Fact Blackwood Algernon Horror
12 The Worlds of If Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
13 Vicarious Fate Prioleau R.M. Fantasy
14 The Point of View Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
15 A Martian Odyssey Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
16 Accidental Death Baily Peter Sci-fi
17 The Good Neighbors Pangborn Edgar Sci-fi
18 Advanced Chemistry Huekels Jack G. Sci-fi
19 And All the Earth a Grave MacApp C.C. Sci-fi
20 The Image of the Gods Nourse Alan E. Sci-fi
21 The Selfish Giant Wilde Oscar Fairy Tale
22 The Horla Maupassant Guy de Horror
23 Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad James M.R. Horror
24 Mandy Cain Agee Jamie Erotica
25 The Mage of Dunnyduff Hill Findlay Louise Poetry
26 Lost Hearts James M.R. Horror
27 The Mezzotint James M.R. Horror
28 The Ash-Tree James M.R. Horror
29 The End Zwain Maxwell Horror
30 By the Waters of Babylon Benet Steven Vincent Sci-fi
31 Hermit Brown-Hobson JJ Literary
32 A Twisted Fairytale Urquhart Anna Horror
33 Night Surf King Stephen Horror
34 Trucks King Stephen Horror
35 The End of the Whole Mess King Stephen Horror
36 Vampire Story Byrnes Gary J. Horror
37 The Lawnmower Man King Stephen Horror
38 Number 13 James M.R. Horror
39 Brea’s Brand New Breasts Nichon Aimee Erotica
40 The Valley of the Spiders Wells H.G. Fantasy
41 Valley of Dreams Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
42 Pygmalion’s Spectacles Weinbaum Stanley G. Sci-fi
43 Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by Deduction, the Brig Bazaar Anonymous   Mystery
44 The Hairbrush Raimbault Tom Horror
45 Dumbass Barton S.A. Sci-fi
46 Beside Still Waters Sheckley Robert Sci-fi
47 In a Far-Off World Schreiner Olive Literary
48 How Old Man Above Created the World Judson Katharine Berry Mythology
49 Conjured Lover Raimbault Tom Fantasy
50 Spider Stephenson Richard Dystopian
51 Boundless Warren D Lee Thriller
52 Roadside Assistance Winship Thomas Literary
53 Finis Pollack Frank K. Sci-fi
54 Nice Weather We’re Having Today Barton S.A. Fantasy
55 Song in A Minor Key Moore C.L. Sci-fi
56 Spacemen Never Die! Hersman Morris Sci-fi
57 Benefactor Smith George H. Sci-fi
58 Collector’s Item Young Robert F. Sci-fi
59 Compatible Smith Richard R. Sci-fi
60 Planet of Dreams McKimmey James Sci-fi
61 Native Son Hamm T.D. Sci-fi
62 One Martian Afternoon Leahy Tom Sci-fi
63 I’ll Kill You Tomorrow Huber Helen Sci-fi
64 Ask a Foolish Question Sheckley Robert Sci-fi
65 Games MacClean Katherine Sci-fi
66 The Delegate From Venus Slesar Henry Sci-fi
67 The Marooner Sterns Charles A. Sci-fi
68 Silence of the Heart Ducey Natalie Poetry
69 Nobody’s Fool Ducey Natalie Poetry
70 A Life For Sale Boyce S.M. Poetry
71 The War Within Ducey Natalie Poetry
72 Love’s Illusion Ducey Natalie Poetry
73 Notes of a War-Torn Childhood Novic Sara Literary
74 Cam Girl Prevot Gabrielle Erotica
75 Ride Me Hard Slade Shari Erotica
76 No Hiding Place Smith Richard R. Sci-fi
77 The Boscombe Valley Mystery Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
78 The Five Orange Pips Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
79 A Sexual Awakening I Desmond P.R. Erotica
80 A Sexual Awakening II Desmond P.R. Erotica
81 The Man with the Twisted Lip Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
82 Jurassic Jane Eyre Sessarego Carrie Erotica
83 Galatea Miller Madeline Literary
84 A Life in a Year Connor Shae LGBTQ
85 The Hazel Branch Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
86 The Ear of Corn Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
87 The Aged Mother Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale
88 Eating the Moon Kos Eleanor Paranormal
89 Asteroid P.S. Brett Sci-fi
90 The Carmichael Mystery Garcia Jeanine A. Mystery
91 Notes Sapp Danika Mystery
92 Death in the Wilderness von Stoller Drac Horror
93 The First Notch Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
94 Dark Mirror Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
95 The Third Level Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
96 Guenhyvar Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
97 That Curious Sword Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
98 Wickles in the Nether Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
99 The Dowry Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
100 First Kiss Thomas J. YA/LGBT
101 Conrades at Odds Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
102 If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
103 Iruladoon Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
104 To Legend He Goes Salvatore R.A. Fantasy
105 The Summer Dress Armstrong W.R. Mystery
106 Unfinished Coopa Arla Erotica
107 The Prom Kids Kaye Verity YA/LGBT
108 Lady of Steel Zelazny Roger Fantasy
109 Origins Erwine J Alan Sci-fi
110 Empathy Scribner Joshua Horror
111 Fly Away Scribner Joshua Horror
112 Foreign Objects Scribner Joshua Horror
113 Life After Connor Shae LGBTQ
114 Craving Scribner Joshua Horror
115 100 Scribner Joshua Horror
116 Come Out Scribner Joshua Horror
117 New World Justice Scribner Joshua Horror
118 Terrible Noise Scribner Joshua Horror
119 Very Short Very Wicked Scribner Joshua Horror
120 The Last Question Asimov Isaac Sci-fi
121 Mike and Jack McComie Li Comedy
122 Baltic Dent Shane Horror
123 The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
124 Two Timer Brown Fredric Sci-fi
125 Shard Rucker Brandon L. Thriller
126 Dagon Lovecraft H.P. Horror
127 Complicated Poetry! Roche Stephane Poetry
128 I Left My Heart in New York Roche Stephane Poetry
129 Engaged 3×12 Masterson Daniel Sci-fi
130 Sunny Day Connor Shae LGBTQ
131 In the Shadow Mouvia Nikolas Horror
132 The End of the World Mouvia Nikolas Sci-fi
133 Ghost Rewards Coopa Arla Erotica
134 Possessive Love Coopa Arla Erotica
135 Ghost Seed Coopa Arla Erotica
136 Gone Grey Shane Thriller
137 Summer (and after) James L. Jordan Poetry
138 Sarah’s Short Travel Blog Fulton Tiffany YA
139 The Righteous Government Kaye Verity Sci-fi
140 Not Alone Coopa Arla Erotica
141 The Time of the Nephilim Ellis Tara Sci-fi
142 An Unexpected Date Hatler Susan Romance
143 An Unexpected Kiss Hatler Susan Romance
144 The Time Being Honeywell Antonia Dystopian
145 The Viscount and the Witch Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
146 The Homecoming Bradbury Ray Horror
147 Professional Integrity Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
148 Love Bites Edward Lacey Paranormal
149 During the Dance Lawrence Mark Paranormal
150 The Morning Rempfer Derek Literary
151 Good Bones Erickson Megan LGBT
152 Chance Encounter Warren Nancy Romance
153 Serendipity: Not So Sweet Sahgal Vasudha Romance
154 Tale of Sir Red Embers Dan Historical
155 The Sunshine Club Campbell Ramsey Horror
156 Nine Ladies Dancing Barbosa Jackie Romance
157 Strawberries & Cream Tyler Shyreen Mystery
158 An Unexpected Love Hatler Susan Romance
159 It Doesn’t Snow in November Semtex Jimmy Boom Erotica
160 The Falconry Castillo Angela Fantasy
161 Underground Pound: Ashley’s Bareback Subway Ride Sand Marisa Erotica
162 The Adventure of the Speckled Band Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
163 An Unexpected Proposal Hatler Susan Romance
164 A Christmas Princess Gränd Ofelia LGBT
165 A Public Love Story Gränd Ofelia Thriller
166 Dreaming of a Silent Christmas Slaton Lawrence S. Mystery
167 Love Me, Punish Me Fox Caia Erotica
168 The Contest: Round 1 Mia Candace Erotica
169 The Contest: Round 2 Mia Candace Erotica
170 The Contest: Round 3 Mia Candace Erotica
171 The Contest: Round 4 Mia Candace Erotica
172 My Zombie Mate Kennedy Kevin J. Horror
173 The Night Before College Sones Sonya Literary
174 The Proposal Shea Lisa Romance
175 An Unexpected Wedding Hatler Susan Romance
176 Fragments of an Ancient God Thompson H.K. Mythology
177 Cowgirl Singer Jenna Erotica
178 Humanity Cook Samantha Sci-fi
179 The Sleeper Dreamed Carsen Sela Fantasy
180 Dance of the Shadows Huddlestone Michael Horror
181 Ivy League Loftis Janet L. Erotica
182 Satiated Elise Sadie Erotica
183 How to Feed a Meter Fortier A.E. Humor
184 Late Night Stroll Garnett Phill Horror
185 Peggy in the Valley Fortier A.E. Literary
186 A Heart’s Tale Hays J.L. Horror
187 The Reflection, Only Hers Lane Jeremy Mark Ghost
188 Totally Mine Lanmon Ann Romance
189 The Jester Sullivan Michael J. Fantasy
190 Reluctant Genius Slesar Henry Sci-fi
191 We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong, Hardly Kuykendall Roger Sci-fi
192 Moment of Truth Wells Basil Sci-fi
193 Spies Die Hard! Marmor Arnold Sci-fi
194 Prelude to Space Haseltime Robert W. Sci-fi
195 Earthmen Bearing Gifts Brown Fredric Sci-fi
196 Disqualified Fontenay Charles L. Sci-fi
197 Deceiving Shadows Songling Pu Sci-fi
198 Egocentric Orbit Cory John Sci-fi
199 The Untouchable Kallis Stephen A. Sci-fi
200 Quiet, Please Scott Kevin Sci-fi
201 Bringing Stan In Rochester Julia Literary
202 The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb Doyle Arthur Conan Mystery
203 A Breach of Security Hill Susan Crime

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Question: Have you read any of these? I read a WIDE variety of stories (ok, and technically single published poems, but I count those) in 2015. So many genres are present here. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite short stories you read in 2015. I’m always on the look-out for more. It’s a great way to get over a book slump or to kill a few minutes of the day when a novel can’t really be tackled.

Themed #Book Recommendations: #Dragons

It’s another Sunday and another theme recommendations post! So far in these posts, I’ve covered sports. First it was baseball. Then I went to hockey. I’ve been getting an ok amount of response to those, so I hope that means you’re finding great books to read through these Sunday posts.

For this week’s post, I wanted to change things up. I moved away from sports. This week, we’ll be focusing on DRAGONS! And by we, I mean that I’ve recruited some dragon lovers to help with the recommendations. Along with my recs, you’ll find recs from authors S.M. Boyce, Dionne Lister, and Ciara Ballintyne. I hope our recommendations of dragon books will add some to your TBR.

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Find something you might want to read? I hope so. Want to see another set of recommendations focused on a theme? Let me know what that theme is, and if you can help with some recs for it, include them in the message.

Happy reading!

In Which I Discuss My #Fantasy…No, Not Like That

If you’re still thinking I mean a dirty fantasy, that’s not what I’m talking about here today. Maybe another day…but probably not.

Today, I’d like to talk a little about my relationship with the fantasy genre. For many years I’ve been an outsider to it. Always peaking over the castle wall, wanting to walk in, but my foot slips on a mossy stone and I fall back down into the moat a little discouraged. The genre is very appealing to me, but it’s the writing that keeps me bogged down all too often.

This isn’t the fault of the genre, the writers, or even me. It’s just a hurdle I have to work passed. And I’ve made some leaps in my fantasy reading. Just not as many as I’d like to have by now.

My gateway into fantasy was definitely when I discovered S.M. Boyce and her debut novel, Lichgates. While it’s a fantasy novel, it’s not too high fantasy and not too low fantasy either. I felt like it was in a middle ground and easy to digest, and even easier to fall in love with. As the second, third, then final books were released, I was only drawn into the world even more. I still don’t think I’ve left Ourea. I think this picture will illustrate how this is my favorite book series, ever.

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Possibly the most complete Grimoire Saga collection in existence. Both original and new covers. And original, original Lichgates cover.

But not all of my ventures with fantasy have been successes. Last summer, I started the first book of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World. I’ve only gotten twenty pages into it. It’s not even a full two chapters of the book, but it took me a few days to get that far. Honestly, I don’t know why. It’s not a boring book. It’s not too wordy. It’s just a very slow build, I guess.

As you can see, I’ve gotten most of the series despite my difficulty with the books. I really want to see what it has in store. It sounds really good. It can’t be one of the most well-known fantasy series for nothing.

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So, where do I stand on fantasy at present? Well, I know I need more patience. That will be key. Also, I probably should not do a close read of the text. That’s how I normally read. I read each and every word and take it all in. It often leads to me stumbling or zoning out on a sentence. Not too much of an issue unless you have 800 more pages to read. I’m sure it’s ok to lighten up a big. I’m sure I won’t actually miss anything that’s going on.

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Maybe that wasn’t enough of a discussion on the fantasy genre. It turned into more of a confession and resolution than anything else. I’m ok with that. I hope you are too. And if you’re not, I have some more goodies for you. It took most of the morning, but I pulled out almost all of my fantasy books from the shelves and photographed them. This way all of us can get an idea of my goals for reading the genre, even if I’m not making any headway. Goals are good, right? It’s the first step in accomplishing something.

So, here it goes:

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My Tolkien collection. I even pulled out a Harvard Lampoons parody book I picked up one day.

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And I can’t show Tolkien without showing C.S. Lewis. No, I haven’t read these yet. I know…I should.

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This falls in a strange place in fantasy, in my opinion. It’s in the easily accessible area, and not really high fantasy (like most of the rest of these books will be). But Harry Potter, while not being my cup of tea so far, is a very important series for the book industry in general. It’d be wrong not to show my collection.

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Another well-known series. I know these will take me awhile to read. I’m cool with that. At least he writes slow enough and I could even catch up in a few years, haha.

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Another big fantasy series. Another that sounds like fun. Terry Brooks’ Shannara books and another that looks more comedic and a better start for me.

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A few random ones. Fun fact: I read a good chunk of Druids as a kid, but put it down at some point. Then we got rid of the book in my non-reading phase. Found a copy last year. Gotta finish it now. I liked what I read so far. (Not exactly fantasy, more historical fantasy or something)

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My mom found these books one day at her job, where I’ve gotten a good many books for cheap. Don’t know much about the trilogy, but I liked the covers.

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I’m sure some of these are familiar. Again, really want to read them all. We’ll see how many years it takes for that to happen.

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Didn’t know The Sword in the Stone was a book until I found the copy of the left. Then found the full book and the concluding book after. I guess I can get rid of The Sword and the Stone now, since it’s redundant.

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I’m sure Stephen King’s Dark Tower series can fit into many genres. For today, I’ll draw on the fantasy elements. Mainly, I just want to brag at my almost complete collection of the illustrated editions.

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Found book two one day for free (I think). Eventually found book one. Do I know much about it? Nope, but look at those covers. It’s gotta be fun. That one’s shiny.

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I’d never heard of Tanith Lee before. But I got these for five cents each at a garage sale last year with some others. I like taking chances like that when it’s cheap enough to do so. Turns out I have some friends who like her writing. I guess it was a good choice.

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Another random purchase. Got them four (sadly none were the first in the series) at a Boy Scout donation sale thingy last summer. Mainly got them because of the covers, and I think I’d vaguely heard the name before. I’ll find out once I get book one.

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I got a few of these from a box of books Justin Bog sent me a few Christmas’ ago. I started reading book one and had to get the rest. I almost have the full second trilogy now, and I’m working my way through book one. Sadly, it was yet another book that got pushed aside from others, but not forgotten. Also, I found first editions (I’m pretty sure) of two of the books last year for next to nothing.

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One day I’ll find a copy of the first Dragon Riders of Pern book. For now, I’ve picked these up over the years. Sci-fi and fantasy combine for these. or is it just one or the other? See, you’re intrigued now too. But I think it’s a blending of the two, which sounds like fun.

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And that concluded my Fantasy Book Tour. I hope you enjoyed it. Please mind the gap when exiting onto the platfo…what? I don’t know. It’s turning into one of those days.

I’m sure many readers share my experience with fantasy. Maybe you’ve walked away completely from it. Maybe you’ve pushed ahead and become a fantasy lover. Maybe you already were. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the genre. And again, I’d highly recommend the Grimorie Saga to those looking to get into fantasy. I talk about the series all the time, but for good reason. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Happy Reading!

#NewRelease – City in Embers, by @S_MarieBrown

City of Embers

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Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.

After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

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If you’d like to grab a copy of City of Ember, you can find it on:

Amazon | Smashwords

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About the Author:

Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

Find out more:

#Review: Seeded, by @BenDescovich

Title: SeededSeeded
Author: Benjamin Descovich

Rating: 4/5 stars

“Five years travelling faster than light in a colony transport goes slower than you think, but the credits are worth it. Captain Ona and her crew are ready to collect a tidy sum for delivering the Flock to Paradise. On the cusp of seeding the colony they encounter a force that will forever change them. This is what happens when science collides with fantasy.” (description from Goodreads)

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This story surprised me. I was reading most of it, enjoying it, yet wasn’t sure if it was going to strike me as something special. At first it seemed a simple “Here’s a crew on a ship with a mission. Something’s going to go wrong.” type story. And, yes, that’s what it is, but there was an element added toward the end that made the story a little less self-contained, a little better for me as a reader.

Even though I saw part of the ending coming, I wasn’t able to predict where the author raised the stakes and really grabbed me. It was a fun twist on a colonization theme.

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If you’d like a copy of this story, you can find it on:

Smashwords | Amazon

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About the Author:

Benjamin Descovich is the founder of ethicalwriter.com and works everyday writing the seeds to grow a better future. He is a passionate environmentalist, social justice advocate and holds a degree in Political Science. As an Australian living and working in Scotland, he has been spoilt with inspiration for his fiction. Dramatic landscapes, political intrigue and epic battles will keep you turning the pages while the dragons and magic take your breath away.

Find out more:

It’s November! Read a #Classic!

Back in October I put out a call for a fun challenge for the month of November. I suggested that we all choose a classic novel to read. If you didn’t see that post yet, you can find it HERE.

Today is the day to start reading folks. It’s now November and the days are getting short, cold, and perfect to curl up with a great book that may have been written over a hundred years ago.

Do you know which one you’re going to start? Are you still trying to decide? That’s ok too. The day’s over half over and I have a small stack that I’m trying to narrow down, as well. If anyone needs help deciding or wants some suggestions, I’m happy to help. Comment on this post or jump over to my Facebook or Twitter if that’s better for you. You can always email me through the contact form for a more private conversation. And if I can’t help, I can try to point you to the right person.

Before I list out the books on my “maybe” pile, I’ll recap the challenge a quick as I can:

  • Read a classic book in November. What’s a classic? That definition is very broad, so whatever it means to you is fine. For me, I’m trying to choose a book pre-1923. Those are in the public domain and easy to obtain. They’re also the biggest chunk of the “Literary Cannon” (read that as: Dead White Dudes, with some Dead White Women). But really, anything not too recent and something beloved by many is a good choice.
  • Write a review/reaction post. At the end of the month (November 24th) everyone joining in the challenge will post what they thought about the book and anything else they want to write about the experience of reading a classic. I’d also like everyone to email a link to the post to me a few days before the 24th. Then I’ll send these links out to everyone so we can put the links in our own posts. I want this to be a sharing type thing and get readers jumping around to many different blogs.
  • Have fun. This challenge is meant to broaden our reading if classics aren’t exactly our thing, or to at least try a new author we might have overlooked before. It’s not meant to be a chore though. If a book isn’t working for you, feel free to move on to another. If you read one fast, you can read a second (or third, etc.)  That may make for a better post at the end of the month anyway. Just try to enjoy yourself. No one’s going to be policing you and you can also back out at any time.

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That’s a picture of my choices. Still not sure which I’m in the mood to read though.

  • We by Eugene Zamiatin – This is one that I feel I should really choose. It shouldn’t take me too long to read and I think I’ll enjoy it. I ordered it earlier this year after reading up on it, but one thing lead to another and I didn’t start it yet. If I read this, I’ll need to pick a second though. It won’t last me all month.
  • The Master of Ballantrae and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson – I’ve read Treasure Island, Jekyll and Hyde, and Olalla, but not much of RLS’s other work. These two look good to add a little action and adventure to my reading and with classics I haven’t run into that much in the past.
  • Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy –  I enjoy H.G. Wells work, so I didn’t want to read him this month. Try something new right? Bellamy’s another early sci-fi author I discovered while looking into the early days of the genre. This one caught my attention and it’d be fun seeing what the “future” was like for an author in the late 1800’s.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – No, I haven’t read Charlotte yet. I read her sister Emily though, as you may have seen early in the year. I have higher hopes of enjoying this one over Wuthering Heights…but I may not choose this one this time around. We’ll see.
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs – How many people have read Tarzan? I don’t think I know anyone, at least no one who I’ve spoken about the books with. Seems like one of those characters we know from film and Disney more than anything else. I’ve wondered what he’s like in original form.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Yes, I’ve read Pride and Prejudice. And now, it really wasn’t my cup of tea. But, I haven’t written off Austen just yet. I’m sure I have a place for her in my reading life, I just need to give her a few more tries. Through some help from Austen fans, this seems to be a good choice for my next try. And by the way, Emma will likely be my last Austen if anyone wanted to put a list together.
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – I added this one to the list only an hour or so ago after after talking with Justin Bogdanovitch over on my Facebook page about Wharton’s work. I’ve read Ethan Frome and The Glimpses of the Moon, but it’s been awhile since I’ve read her. I feel I should give her another go soon. With this book being her Pulitzer winner…and it being the first time a woman won the prize…it’d be a good choice to expand my reading of Pulitzer winners, classic female authors, and Wharton in general.

What book do you think I should choose from these? Your input will be considered, though ultimately it’ll come down to whether or not the book grabs me in a few pages…unless they all fail, then I’ll have to try harder with them all.

Ok, let’s do this people! Let’s all grab out books and start the challenge!

Happy Reading!

#Review: Under the Hill, by Emily Storey

Under the HillTitle: Under the Hill
Author: Emily Storey
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

The Age of Man is over but that doesn’t mean the human race is fully extinct. Follow Rune West, one of the last humans on Earth accounting for his average day, or at least what is average here Under the Hill.

Rune West is a man living in a world where humans are nothing but an extinct species spoken off in secret. After an unknown alien race took over planet Earth and destroyed most of humanity Rune finds himself recording his boring life under the hill with his little sister Canna. How is it for to kids living in such a secluded world, running from both alien ships and their own extinction? Find out in Under the Hill. (description from Goodreads)

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There’s potential in this story for something larger and entertaining. Though, from this single “journal entry” there’s only a hint at what the author has in mind for the world she’s trying to build. From that hint, I’d like to see what comes from it.

On this story alone there wasn’t too much to work with. It’s in need of a proofreading to catch a handful of errors and incomplete sentences, though at the same time, if worked into the story better, it could show as a characteristic of the education the narrator doesn’t have in this world of the future.

I also felt that this “journal entry” was incomplete. It starts out sounding like there’ll be a bit of story to it, then goes on to explain the world Rune lives in and how it came to be, but then it just stops. This might have been aided if there were a few entries in this one story/ebook, but it stands on its own.

As I said, I feel there’s much more to work with here and it’ll just take time for the author to flesh it out in future works, that I will be interested in reading. On its own, it didn’t work too well in my opinion. Still an ok quick read to get yourself interested in the author’s plans.

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