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2015 Stories 116 - 118

Because I missed ReadaThon yesterday for various personal reasons, I've decided to set myself a challenge today to read at least 24 short stories (one for each hour of the day), out of various online sources and in anthologies that have sat on my shelves un-opened for too long. Here are my thoughts on the first three, with links to where they can be found:

116. CARRYING BUTTERFLIES by Sarah Goslee, from Every Day Fiction January 31, 2015:   Goslee imagines and explicates a new creation myth, one full of love and discovery and yes, actual fun, and lacking in the guilt that seems part and parcel of most of the well-known creation stories. And then she frames the story (moreso at end than beginning) with a tease about the society in which the myth is retold, through the eyes of a modern storyteller.  A delightful piece.

117. TWO KILOGRAMS AND COUNTING by Sarah Goslee, From Every Day Fiction February 5, 2014   You can tell right from the start that Goslee's first person narrator is hiding something -- both from the reader and from the scientist the narrator is interviewing.  Goslee's strength here is in parceling out what the narrator is hiding via short aside comments and comments made by the narrator to the scientist. This builds the sense of unease the reader feels, that sense that comes when you know something is not quite right but you can't put your finger on what. Definitely not as light and delightful as the preceding story, but no less effective at tone and delivery.

118. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, OR WHEN SHERLOCK MET JANE by Lyndsay Faye and Ashley Weaver, from Criminal Element website.   Apparently, the authors divided this story along character lines. Faye writes the scenes from Holmes' POV while Weaver writes those from Miss Marple's. I've read several of Lyndsay Faye's Holmes tales and have always enjoyed them. I think she "gets" Holmes more than a lot of modern pastiche writers.  I can't say I've ever read a Miss Marple mystery nor am I familiar with Ashley Weaver's work, so I'm not as able to comment on how precisely she captures Marple's personality. Overall, this is a fun short tale in which the two share a table in a dining car and manage to catch a criminal without ever leaving leaving their seats. As an analysis of their differing, but equally effective, detection skills, it's bound to please fans of the "great game" of character crossovers.


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