Short Stories

[Blog Tour] PROMDI HEART: HOMETOWN LOVE STORIES

PROMDI HEART: HOMETOWN STORIES by Georgette S. Gonzales, Agay Llanera, Chris Mariano,   C.P. Santi, Jay E. Tria, and Ines Bautista-Yao Published: March 29, 2017 About the book: Take a quick tour of the Philippines with six hometown love stories. Visit Jimenez, Misamis Occidental where a priest might just set you up with a man whose dimples are to die for. Visit Silay, Negros Occidental and get on a horse alongside hunky, hazel-eyed Negrense royalty. Visit Kalibo, Aklan and find yourself in the arms of a cute drummer boy who just happens to be your kuya's BFF. Visit Hagonoy, ...
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[The Storied Life Challenge] Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

*See details for The Storied Life Short Story Challenge here.   Lamb to the Slaughter is the only other Roald Dahl I have read so far, the other was  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I initially thought that this short story would be something feel-good or even childlike like Charlie. Consider the  pleasant innocence of the opening sentences: The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whiskey. Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos bucket. Mary Malone...
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MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES | edited by Stephanie Perkins

This is my second time to read a holiday-themed book for Christmas (the first was A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens which I read a few years back before I started book-blogging), and I must say that I really enjoyed the experience. Reading My True Love Gave To Me in the days leading to Christmas was a perfect introduction to the holiday season because of all the feels. I really liked most of the stories in this collection, and it is an eclectic collection at that. There's a mix of fantasy and contemporary, and even though I am not huge on fantasy, the magic felt perfect and very Christmas...
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Short Stories of the Month: October 2014

[caption id="attachment_2205" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Short Stories of the Month is a monthly feature on The Short Story Station.[/caption] For the month of October, The Short Story Station featured stories from Yiyun Li and Neil Gaiman. The former author is new to me, while the latter is a favorite. * [caption id="attachment_2278" align="alignright" width="144"] img src[/caption] I had never heard of Yiyun Li until her story, A Sheltered Woman, became one of the short stories featured last October. Despite zero background about the author and her works, I excitedly printed out a co...
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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE | Raymond Carver

It was not love at first sight between me and Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. On my part, at least.                                                                                              What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is the book club’s book of the month to celebrate the love month. It is a collection of 17 short stories and my very first foray into dirty realism. Dirty realism is a genre in literature defined by Wikipedia as “the fiction of a new generation of American authors. They write about the belly-side of contemporary life – a deserted hus...
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