Fix It by Grayson Queen

I’ll be up front here.  Short stories, they aren’t my thing. I’ve always been more attracted to the thousand page stories that have at least two more tomes waiting in the wings. Conversations I had after reading a book of short stories that I didn’t care for almost got me thinking that I just don’t like any short stories.

But that’s not true.

It’s just that there is no time in a short story to play nice.  You can’t dissect what you loved away from what you hated when it’s over before you’ve really settled into your favorite reading chair. Even so, my personal favorites lean toward the shorter side of short. That way I can marvel at the depth and history an author can put into a single sentence. And sit spellbound by the way a plot line can unfold so slowly and so quickly all at once.

I love the way a good short story makes my head spin as every sentence unrolls another facet of the world. And I love how a good short story rolls about in my head for days, or weeks, or forever afterwards, taunting me with all I know, can guess and will never know.

And this short story, this is a good short story:

Fix It by Grayson Queen

Would I recommend it? Yes.

You can find links to this story as well as a number of others (and I enjoyed all that I’ve read) by Grayson Queen on his website Some of them are free, like this one, so you’ve really no excuse for not reading it.

Go on.

Try it.

Here is the direct link:

I”ll wait here.

Come back and let me know what you think!

Now shoo!

Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore

I thought it was me.

In light of the events of the past few weeks I forgot that I started a book club eight years ago.  This, of course, was the book of the month which I then read in one rushed sitting in the final days before we met.

Which is not the way short stories are meant to be read.

So I thought it was me.

But then I went to book club…

Would I recommend it? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t just me who enjoyed the occasional humor but missed any greater sense of purpose behind the stories…