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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Our history time period for this year of school runs from the 1600s to 1850. As part of school, I try to read stories that are set in that time period. Since we finished our last read aloud right around Halloween, I thought “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” might be thematically fitting in multiple dimensions.

Published: 1820 originally, which means you can read it online for free, but I read it as part of the collection of Irving short stories, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

Genre: gothic short story

Length: 32 pages

Setting: Tarry Town, NY, in the Hudson River Valley, early 1800s

Summary: Short version: We learn of the mysterious disappearance of the teacher, Ichabod Crane Continue reading

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The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher

Now that I finished my book of short stories, I need a new source of short stories to review on Mondays. I thought I’d finish reviewing the short stories that were nominated for the Hugo Awards. I got all the Locus Award nominees reviewed, so it’s on to another award.

Published: some time in 2018 at Uncanny Magazine, where you can either read or listen to the story for free

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: fairyland and the British Isles, some time ago

Summary: Short version: Rose MacGregor’s fairy lovers meet to remember her

Long version: The story is told as a series of reminiscences between a group of fae. Each on of them was Rose MacGregor’s lover at some point. They’re all used to loving and leaving behind a woman who pines after them. Instead they’re pining after Rose, even the pooka and the bull selkie. She used them all soundly, usually enticing them with a story about a lost sheep, and then sent them on their way.

Final thoughts: Oh such a fun story. Definitely for the adults among us, since all the sex is implied. If you’re too young and read the story, you’re going to miss most of the underlying threads since it’s all innuendo. Kingfisher (who is the pseudonym of Ursula Vernon when she’s writing for adults) puts in delightful bits of humor like this line:

“Excuse me! I am a pooka! We drown people! None of this waiting around for them to die of a broken heart! We are efficient!”

I’ve reread the story three more times just writing this review and it continues to be delightful. There’s even a bit at the end where we meet Rose in her 60s with a granddaughter who can probably trace her lineage back to the selkie. Go do yourself a favor and check it out – it’s short and free online.

Title comes from: A group of fae get together every year and drink to the memory of Rose MacGregor

 

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Zoo Day by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the last story in that collection, and the only new story in the collection.

Published: 2018 in Brief Cases

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 58 pages

Setting: Chicago, after the events of Changes

Summary: Short version: A trip to the zoo from the viewpoint of Dresden, Maggie, and Mouse Continue reading

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Day One by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the eleventh story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2018 in Unfettered II

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Chicago, after the events of Skin Game

Summary: Short version: Butters gets his first Call as a Knight to help someone Continue reading

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Jury Duty by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the tenth story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2015 in Unbound

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Chicago, after the events of Skin Game

Summary: Short version: Dresden turns jury duty into a chance to screw over the bad guys Continue reading

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Cold Case by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the ninth story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2016 in the anthology Shadowed Souls

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 48 pages

Setting: in the town of Unalaska, Alaska, after the events of Ghost Story

Summary: Short version: Mab sends Molly, as the Winter Lady, to collect tribute from the Miksani Continue reading

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Bombshells by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the eighth story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2013 in the anthology Dangerous Women

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 56 pages

Setting: Chicago, between the events of Changes and Ghost Story (it spoils the end of Changes)

Summary: Short version: Molly goes into a svartalf stronghold and fights Fomor Continue reading

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