Category Archives: 25 short stories in 25 days

In 2013 November/December I challenged myself to read a short story every day for 25 days.

Day 25, story 25: The Hanging Game

full_hanginggameTitle: The Hanging Game
Author: Helen Marshall
Published: tor.com 2013
Genre: Magic realism
Length: 3338 words, short story

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

I know lots of people love magical realism, but it just isn’t my thing. Spooky stories where the superstition might and might not be real, it just don’t do it for me. Decide one way or the other author, please. It might just be, that I am pretty darn sure that non of it is real in our world. I’m not religious, I don’t knock on wood and I have never seen or heard anything like a ghost, so it just don’t interest me. I do however love stories where the magic is undoubtedly real, where the Fay are hiding among us, where wizard children gets letter on their eleventh birthday etc. But I don’t like the stories where there might possibly be something.

As you might have guessed this ids one of theses. I like the voice in the story and the mood as well, but the story itself did nothing for me.

Day 24, story 24: Contains Multitudes

full_containsmultitudesTitle: Contains Multitudes
Author: Ben Burgis
Published: tor.com 2013
Genre: Science fiction
Length: short story
Reading time: 18 minutes

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

While Tuesday’s story was very very long and quite complex, this story was a short little thing that I read in less than half an hour.

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Day 23, story 23: Equoid

wewrfTitle: Equoid
Author: Charles Stross
Published: tor.com 2013
Genre: Thriller, horror, urban fantasy
Length: 33207 words, Novella
Reading time: 7 hours 26 min

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

When I started reading this story I thought I had tons of time, it was only 21.30 after all. Little did I know that this was a massive novella of a story rather than a short story. I only finished reading late last night, which was far from the plan.

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Day 22, story 22: Before and After

ApexMag12Title: Before and After
Author: 
Published: apex-magazine.com 2013
Genre: Science fiction
Length: 687 words, flash fiction
Reading time: 10 min

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

It had gotten pretty late today before I remembered that I had a story to read, so I went for the shortest story on my reader to be perfectly honest. Of course all of the fiction in this issue of Apex Magazine had been recommended by Tansy Rayner Roberts on Galactic Suburbia.

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Day 21, story 21: Sing

full_singTitle: Sing
Author: Karin Tidbeck
Published: tor.com 2013, reprinted in Some of the Best From Tor.com, 2013 Edition: A Tor.Com Original (free ebook)
Genre: Science fiction
Length: 5341 words, short story

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

I have wanted to read something by the Swedish Karin Tidebeck for quite some time, so I was happy when I see a story by her in this year’s Tor.com collection. I had expected it to be fantasy, but it turned out to be a science fiction story.

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Day 19, story 19: Flammer

12844880Title: Flammer
Author: Charlotte Weitze
Published: in Skifting og Bjergtaget @ Samleren 2003
Genre: Magic realism
Length: 6 pages, short story

I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.

This story is in Danish, so I will write the review in Danish.

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