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Ghosts, Bigfoot, and Free Lunches by Dan Stout

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer. I’m also trying something new. One of the blogs I follow started a seven word summary of the books she’s reading. I thought it might be fun to add

Published: August, 2016 in Crime & Mystery Short Stories

Genre: paranormal crime short story

Length: 4 pages

Setting: an apartment room, present day

Summary: In seven words or less: The goldfish did it. Honest.

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Further Arguments… by Rebecca Fraimow

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Complete title: Further Arguments In Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman

Published: May 2016 in Diabolical Plots (follow the link to read it online, or if you’d prefer to listen to the story, PodCastle ran it in December 2016)

Genre: fantastical fiction

Setting: Vilna (which, if it’s the city in Europe, is in Lithuania), it felt late 1800s-ish

Summary: The title is the shortest summary of the story. In Yudah’s letter to Bluma, we find out Yudah is not a fan of Hershel Schmulewitz, Bluma’s other marriage prospect. Yudah’s argument is: 1. he has better long-term prospects than Hershel, 2. he won’t be bringing annoying family members into the relationship, 3. Bluma doesn’t need to worry about having kids because Yudah is actually a woman, 4. he’s more handsome than Hershel, and 5. he’ll be the best one to keep the secret of Bluma’s werewolf mom since he’s so good at keeping his own secrets.

Final thoughts: This story starts out as nothing special. Yudah is trying to convince Bluma to marry him and has a list of why it would be a good idea. Then that list takes a bit of turn. OK, no annoying in-laws. That’s nice. And no chance of kids – how can you be so sure? Oh, because Yudah is missing some vital organs to make that happen. If Bluma really doesn’t want kids, this is the only sure-fire way for that to happen and still have sex. And then Yudah throws in the real kicker. He’d be the best husband to keep Bluma’s family’s secret about her mother. I hope Bluma could get over the fact that Yudah didn’t have male anatomy and marry him. Very enjoyable.

Title comes from: It’s descriptive of the plot

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The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the fifteenth book in the Anita Blake series. Regardless of what some of her critics say about her characters never growing and the sex just getting in the way, I have a hard time putting one of her books down.

Published: 2002

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 422 pages

Setting: a week after the events of Danse Macabre, St. Louis Continue reading

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Wolfy Things by Erin Roberts

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: August, 2016 in Podcastle

Genre: shapeshifter fantasy

Setting: down South, present day Continue reading

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Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the eighth book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series I read in a previous year (previous decade at this point!).

Published: 1998

Genre: urban fantasy/romance

Length: 418 pages

Setting: mostly Tennessee, shortly after the events of Burnt Offerings Continue reading

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Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

This is the eleventh book in the Dresden Files series that I am trying to finish this year.

Published: 2010

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 545 pages

Setting: Chicago, a year and a half after the events of Small Favor Continue reading

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Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the seventh book in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series that I read in a previous year.

Published: 1998

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 392 pages

Setting: Saint Louis, soon after the events of The Killing Dance Continue reading

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