Monday, December 29, 2008

My Year In Review- The Short Stories

Short Story Monday

Today I look back at the short stories I read for Short Story Mondays in 2008. These stories are all available for free and online for your reading pleasure. Click on the link to my review if you'd like to find the link to the stories themselves. I missed a few Mondays along the way, but I also read a few books of short story collections not included in this list. Instead of listing them all in the order I read them, I've ranked them from my favourite (#1) to my least favourite (#44):

1. Richard Van Camp- "Show Me Yours"

2. Mark Twain- "The War Prayer"

3. James Thurber- "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

4. James Joyce- "Araby"

5. Paul Theroux- "Mr. Bones"

6. Laura Bork- "Mama Loved Patsy Cline"

7. Emily Schultz- "I Love You, Pretty Puppy"

8. Flannery O'Connor- "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"

9. Kenneth J. Harvey- "No Better A House"

10. Katherine Mansfield- "The Fly"

11. Katherine Anne Porter- "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"

12. Sean O'Faolain- "The Trout"

13. Leon Rooke- Yellow House

14. Frank O'Connor- "The First Confession"

15. Roald Dahl- "The Way Up To Heaven"

16. Kate Sutherland- "Cool"

17. John Cheever- "Christmas Is A Sad Season For The Poor"

18. Mort Castle- "Party Time" (audio)

19. J.J. Steinfeld- "In The Opposite Direction"

20. Mark Antony Jarman- "The Cougar"

21. Stuart McClean- "Dave Cooks The Turkey" (audio)

22. Jim Ruland- "Kessler Has No Lucky Pants"

23. Harlan Ellison- "I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream"

24. Willa Cather- "Paul's Case"

25. Alexander Pushkin- "The Snow Storm"

26. Raymond Carver- "Cathedral"

27. David Foster Wallace- "Good People"

28. L. Frank Baum- "A Kidnapped Santa Claus"

29. Honoré de Balzac- "Bertha the Penitent"

30. Bret Harte- "The Luck of Roaring Camp"

31. Joseph Boyden- "Driving Lessons"

32. Henry James- "Sir Edmund Orme"

33. Jackie Kay- "Wish I Was Here"

34. Oscar Wilde- "The Model Millionaire"

35. Doris Lessing- "Flight"

36. Robert R. McCammon- "Nightcrawlers"

37. Hezekiah Butterworth- "A Thanksgiving Dinner That Flew Away"

38. Meg Waite Clayton- "Perfect Circles"

39. Romesh Gunesekera- "The Library"

40. W.P. Kinsella- "Waiting On Lombard Street"

41. Cory Doctorow- "The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away"

42. Dave White- "Closure"

43. Vincent Lam- "A Long Migration"

44. Maeve Binchy- "The Phone-In"


Allison said...

I love short story Monday, even though I may not comment all the time, I alway read.

I can still recall how touched I was reading "I love you, pretty puppy." Good choice. :)

Thoughts of Joy said...

Thanks for the list, John. I printed it out for future reference. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You were remarkably consistent in your Short Story Monday offerings. Well done! There were some really memorable ones too.

John Mutford said...

Glad to hear you read along. I remember when you read "I Love You, Pretty Puppy." I was so glad you enjoyed it.

Joy: If you get a chance to read some of them, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Barbara: "Consistent" makes me sound like I wear a bowtie and make it a point to eat fibre. I prefer "enthusiastic." ;) Any standouts for you?

Wandering Coyote said...

I'll have to check out that Richard Van Camp story; I vaguely remember him from the UVic writing department and I see that he's done very well since graduation!

For the record, the my favouritist ever short story is Joyce Carol Oates' "How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again" and my least favourite (sorry...) is your #8!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Mama loved Patsy Cline was a real standout for me!

Teddy Rose said...

I will be adding some of these to my short story TBR.

I have been wondering if you are hosting this for a weekly eevent for others to also read short stories. If not, is that of interest to you. If your not interested in a weekly event would you mind if I hosted it. I know that there is a short story book challenge, but it is for entire books of short stories. Thanks John.

John Mutford said...

Wandering Coyote: I'll be looking for the Oates story. I appreciate the suggestion. As for #8, it's not a story I enjoyed as I was reading. But, as I sat down to review it, I ended up appreciating it more. It's not one that I feel I fully understand yet, but one that I want to revisit.

Barbara: It was such a stumbled upon story for me. I was amazed how lucky I was!

Teddy: When I first started Short Story Mondays I tried to make it a weekly event, inviting others to take part, even adding Mr. Linky. But unfortunately, except for a very small few of us, it didn't seem to take off. However, if you'd like to give it a shot, be my guest and count me in. I hope you have better luck with it and I really appreciate the courtesy!