Note: this post constitutes my current reading post for this week.
Last year I read more short stories than in any prior year, and I enjoyed it. So I’ve decided to devote February to mostly short stories. I have a stack of collections and anthologies I’ve pulled off the shelves and my plan is to read from them at random, as the mood each day strikes me. Others may slip into the mix.
- The Celestial Buffet and other Morsels of Murder by Susan Dunlap [mystery]
- The Omnibus of Science Fiction edited by Groff Conklin [SF]
- The Very Best of Tad Williams by Tad Williams [fantasy]
- The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Volumes 1 & 2 by David Marcum [mystery]
- Blue Lightning edited by John Harvey [mystery]
- Realms, the Second Year of Clarkesworld Magazine edited by Mamatas & Wallace [SFF]
- The Solar Pons Omnibus Volume 1 by August Derleth edited by Basil Copper [mystery]
- Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street by Arthur Morrison [mystery]
- War and Space – the Selected Short Stories of Lester Del Rey Volume 1 by Lester Del Rey [SF]
- Tales by Charles Todd [mystery]
- The Big Book of Western Action Stories edited by Jon Tuska [western]
- A Murder is Coming by James Powell [mystery]
- The Green Lama by Kendell Foster Crossen [pulp mystery]
- Sherlock Holmes Abroad edited by Simon Clark [mystery]
- Them that Lives by their Guns, the Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Volume 1 by Carroll John Daly [mystery]
I know there’s way more here than I’ll get through in the month, and if an irresistible novel comes along that will slow things down too, but I’m aiming at making the month all or mostly short story reading.
A few notes: I’ve already been reading in some of these, the Pons, Omnibus of SF, Realms, Williams and the Del Rey. Blue Lightning is a collection of Brit authors, new for the collection. The Lester Del Rey is Volume 1 of a two volume NESFA set. The Charles Todd are short stories featuring his two main characters. I’m not much of a western story reader, but I thought I’d try some so this collection will serve. I’ve heard about Powell’s stories for a while, I’m glad to have this one to read. The door stop sized Race Williams collection should be fun, though the pages are printed in double columns – and with original illustrations – so that might take getting used to.
Are you going to read any short stories in February?