Short Stories 366:364 — “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” by Christopher Caldwell

I was nervous picking up a book about apocalypse fiction given, y'know, everything, but happily, after reading the foreword, I knew to expect Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn't Die would hit on the queer theme and a theme of triumph in the face of adversity. This wasn't going to be … Continue reading Short Stories 366:364 — “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” by Christopher Caldwell

Short Stories 366:363 — “Love and the Floppy Musketeer Hat,” by Hank Edwards

First off, the title. Can we just stop and tilt our heads in happy wonder at "Love and the Floppy Musketeer Hat"? It's the title of the collection and a particular story therein, and though it's not the first in the collection, I couldn't help but start there because, I mean, title. Right? And it's … Continue reading Short Stories 366:363 — “Love and the Floppy Musketeer Hat,” by Hank Edwards

Short Stories 366:362 — “A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day,” by Jackie Lau

I sometimes think the final books in romance series have an unfair advantage, because by the time you get to them, you're so immersed to the particular author's world building it's like pulling on a warm sweater, and so I often find myself thinking "this was the best one!" when in reality they're all wonderful, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:362 — “A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day,” by Jackie Lau

Short Stories 366:361 — “The Fabulous Animal Jamboree,” by Paul Magrs

Okay, I know Christmas is done, but there was one more of the stories in this collection, Christmassy Tales, that I really wanted to talk about before the closing of the year, so consider it a Boxing Day theme, and I promise it even suits, what with Boxing Day begin about repurposing things and the … Continue reading Short Stories 366:361 — “The Fabulous Animal Jamboree,” by Paul Magrs

Short Stories 366:360 — “The Greatest Gift,” by Philip Van Doren Stern

Every now and then I realize there's a hole in my reading, and this was this year's holiday realization: I'd never actually read the short story "It's a Wonderful Life" was based on. It turns out, like most classic tales, it seems, Philip Van Doren Stern couldn't find anyone to take the tale, and had … Continue reading Short Stories 366:360 — “The Greatest Gift,” by Philip Van Doren Stern

Short Stories 366:359 — “Collie Jolly,” by Leigh Landry

Okay, it's probably time for me to just give up on the whole "but really, I'm a Cat Person" and admit two huskies have changed my mind and I am approaching the middle position in the Dog-Cat spectrum of personhood, and roll with it. "Collie Jolly," by Leigh Landry is an excellent example of this … Continue reading Short Stories 366:359 — “Collie Jolly,” by Leigh Landry