Read one short story and one poem a week during 2012.
Week of December 25th, 2011
“The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle, presented by Tor.com. With A Game of Shadows out and the BBC’s second series of Sherlock on the horizon, I’ve been in a Holmesian mood. And in a Christmas mood, finally, now that the holiday has passed. A nice reread of one of Doyle’s fluffier mysteries.
Week of December 18th, 2011
“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, Project Gutenberg – I don’t remember when I read “A Christmas Carol” last. Probably not since high school. It’s been a long while. I didn’t remember some of the language and description. I didn’t remember glowing off seafood. I did remember the creepiness and the absolute rightness of combining ghosts and Christmas. It is at the literally darkest time of the year that we celebrate such a bright holiday.
Week of December 11th, 2011
“Wolf Slayer” by John Wiswell, Enchanted Conversation – John writes every day at his blog The Bathroom Monologues. Every day! And manages to produce some mighty good fiction too. “Wolf Slayer” is a take on a couple of wolf-based fairy tales. Short and sweet.
Week of December 4th, 2011
“Burning Beard: The Dreams and Visions of Joseph ben Jacob, Lord Viceroy of Egypt” by Rachel Pollack, from People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy – As is pointed out in the introduction to this anthology, the Old Testament is rife with fantasy elements. I had to look up Joseph to refresh my memory and was then able to sink into this story a little better. The chronology skips around and I liked Pollack’s interweaving of Egyptian lore with the biblical.
“How the Little Rabbi Grew” by Eliot Fintushe, also from People of the Book – Already not one of my favorites, but an interesting message about the nature of BIG ideas, especially where religious zeal is concerned.