Monday 1 April 2024

Deal Me in Challenge! (2024 edition)

Today marks a momentous occasion on this blog. Drum roll, please. I finally completed the "Deal Me In: Short Stories Challenge" since my first attempt back in 2015 and it only took less than three months! 

No, this is not an April Fools joke.

In staying true to the essence of this blog, I will continue my insatiable appetite for short-stories. However, to avoid a potential burn-out, I will try taking my time during the next batch of 52. My goal is to read 365 short-stories, one for each day of the year. I clearly have some catching up to do, so let's ride!

*Please note that I do not plan on reading these collections in their entirety but will choose one or possibly others from it that pique my interest*

Spades: Short Story Collections 

A - Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
2 - Collected Short Fiction of V.S. Naipul
3 - Uncle Tom's Children by Richard Wright
4 - Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root (Hopkinson, Anthology)
5 - Her Body and Other Parties by Maria Machado
6 - Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
7 - Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones 
8 - Werewolves in their Youth by Michael Chabon
9 - Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston
10 - Never Whistle at Night (Anthology)
J - Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
Q - Secret Lives, and Other Stories by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
K - The Big Book of Science Fiction (ed. Jeff and Ann VanderMeer)
*A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin*
*My Monticello by Jocelyn Johnson (TPL)*
*Hunger: A novel and stories by Samantha Lan Chang (Robarts)
*145th street by Walter Dean Myers*
*Each of us Killers by Jenny Bhatt (Robarts)
*From Death to Morning by Thomas Wolfe*
*the witness for the prosecution and other stories by Agatha Christie*
*More Pricks than Kicks by Samuel Beckett*
*The Collected Short Stories of Saki*
*The Sorcerers Apprentice by Charles Johnson*
*Lot by Bryan Washington*
*Collected Stories of Gabriel Marquez*
*Waltzing the Cat by Pam Houston*
*Selected Short Stories of Patricia Highsmith*
*Tender by Sofia Samatar (UTL online)*
*Sans Souci and other stories by Dionne Brand*
*The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen*
*Short Stories of Langston Hughes*
*Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans (Robarts)
*The Art and Craft of Asian Stories: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Robarts, Online)*
*Blue collar, white collar, no collar : stories of work*
*In Bed One Night and Other Brief Encounters by Robert Coover*
*The Awkward Black Man* by Walter Mosley
*Blood Feast: The Complete Short Stories of Malika Moustadraf* (online)
*This is Salvaged by Vauhini Vara (Robarts)

Clubs: Afro-futurism or Black authors

4 - Dead Man's Path by Chinua Achebe
5 - Health Card by Frank Yerby
7 - Soldiers by Ellease Southerland
9 - On Trains by James Alan McPherson
10 - The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell (Best American Science Fiction 2020 Anthology)
J - Zimmerland by Nana Kwame Adjei Brenyah
Q - Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires*
K - Dr. King's Refrigerator by Charles Kwoon*
*In the Shadow of War by Ben Okri*
*The treasure of Lemon Brown by Walter Dean Myers*

Hearts: Science-Fiction (online publications)

A - The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin
2 - Riding the Crocodile by Greg Egan
3 - Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar
4 - And then there were (n-one) by Sarah Pinkser
5 - The Apartment Dweller's Bestiary by Kij Johnson or Spar by Kij Johnson
6 - Murder by Pixel: Crime and Responsibility in the Digital Darkness by SL Huang
7 -  Laws of Tongue or Slowly Builds an Empire by Naim Kabir
8 -  A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
9 - Upstart by Lu Ban
10 - Wanting Things by Cal Rittenhoff
J - AirBody by Sameem Siddiqui 
Q - And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead by Brooke Bolander
K - The Day it All Ended by Charlie Jane Anders

Diamonds: Random

A - The Ugly Chickens by Howard Waldrop
2 -  The Moon is in Flight by Gilbert Sorrentino 
3 -  Torch Song by John Cheever
4 -  The Weakling by John O'Hara
5 - The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
6 - Passengers by Robert Silverberg
7 - The Ghosts of Gloria Lara by Junot Diaz (New Yorker, November 6, 2023)
8 - According to Alice by Sheila Heti (New Yorker, November 20, 2023)
9 -  Upstate by Emma Cline (New Yorker, October 30, 2023)
10 - Keats at Twenty-Four by Caleb Crain (New Yorker, December 11, 2023)
J - Incoming by Teju Cole (New Yorker, December 4, 2023)
Q - A Sackful of Seeds by Salman Rushdie (New Yorker, December 12, 2022)
K - Tiny, Meaningless Things by Marisa Silver (New Yorker, October 24, 2022)
*The Green Door by O. Henry*
*Rules of the game* by Amy Tan*
*Interlopers by Saki*
The Crime Wave at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse
Reunion by Cheever
*‘Children On Their Birthdays’ by Truman Capote*
*Barbie-Q by Sandra Cisneros*
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Way Up To Heaven, by Roald Dahl
All the King’s Horses by Vonnegut
The Caress by Greg Egan
The Night we all had grippe by Shirley jackson (online)

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