Here’s week two (Feb. 6 – 12) listed in story-author-source format.
* An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked.
- A Place In the Shade – Robert Reed – Worldbuilders, SF Adventures in Terraforming, edited by Gardner Dozois
- The Border-Line Case – Margery Allingham – The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler
- The Bradmore Murder – Melville Davisson Post – ibid
- The Man Who Liked Toys – Leslie Charteris – ibid
- The Ashcomb Poor Case – Holbert Footner – ibid
- The Little House at Croix-Rousse – Georges Simenon – ibid
- Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror – Philip Harris – The Jurassic Chronicles edited by Samuel Peralta
- The Bird in the Hand * – Erle Stanley Gardner – The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler
- The Gulverbury Diamonds – David Durham – ibid
- The Short Happy Life of Francis Mcomber – Ernest Hemingway – The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
- The Capital of the World – ibid
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro ** – ibid
- The Man At the Bridge – ibid
- The Screaming of the Tyrannosaur – Stant Litore – The Jurassic Chronicles edited by Samuel Peralta
- Ugly – Laxmi Hariharan – ibid
- Cryptoscience – Emily Mah – ibid
- Victor Mula’s Earth Dream – M. J. Kelley – ibid
- The Ghost’s Touch – Fergus Hume (Fergusson Wright Hume) – Crimson Snow – edited by Martin Edwards
- The Chopham Affair – Edgar Wallace – ibid
- The Man With the Sack *- Margery Allingham – ibid
- Christmas Eve * – S. C. Roberts ibid
A few thoughts:
Twenty-one stories in seven days. I’ve slowed just a little, but in my defense some of the stories were a bit long. Then too, the sun came out, so I was outdoors just a bit. Also, we’ve been working on a jigsaw puzzle, which does eat up time.
It seems I’ve been reading The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries forever. In truth, it’s probably been a year or more, because: a) it’s a really thick book and b) I read a few of the stories and then set it aside for something else, and get sidetracked, as we all do. It’s always nice to get back to it, and it’s just possible I’ll finish it this month (no promises, though).
It has been a long time since I read any Hemingway. I didn’t like the first two stories in the collection very much, as I don’t much care for hunting or bull fighting. Then I came to “Snows of Kilimanjaro”, and it really grabbed me. The style, so typical and iconic it’s often parodied, but so effective. I read the story as an assignment in high school, and again on my own in my late Twenties, and thought, yes, okay pretty good. But that was more than 40 years ago. My viewpoint is different now, and the story was very affecting. The next morning I re-read it, a rare thing.
The Jurassic Chronicles collection seems to have been front loaded, with fewer stories I liked as it went along.
I enjoyed the Allingham story in Crimson Snow, though I’d read it before, despite the rather obvious plot it’s a fun story. As far as I’ve read in the rest of the anthology, it’s quite nice.
I’m really enjoying reading lots of short stories. I hope everyone else who is joining in Short Story February is liking it too!