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|Short Story Collection:||A Guided Tour to MostlyFiction.com:|
Short Stories are a wonderful way to enjoy the craft of writing -- for most writers this is the vehicle in which they stretch their skills through writing groups and academic studies. Here's our collection of excerpts:
Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murray
to a Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck
French Kiss by Adam Bagdasarian
the Quake by Haruki Murakami
in Love by Maile Meloy
Rhoda Manning Go Hunting with My Daddy
Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett
Whore's Child by Richard Russo
Portable Promised Land by Touré
Recipes by Madeleine Thien
Years' Jesus by Ellen Slezak
Eventual by Stephen King:
Empty Cafe by Michael Hoffman:
on the Stair by Elizabeth Routen:
Futureland by Walter Mosley:
of the Saints by Ursula Hegi:
Brides by Elana Lappin:
|Online Book Groups|
These are a few Yahoo Online Reading Groups that I find the most interesting (click on book group name for more information):
The Book Group List - This group was established in 1996 and includes about 800 members. Angie Hoke is the moderator and deserves lots of credit for keeping the group focused on its bimonthly reads. This reading group has the most in depth discussions out of all the groups and their Off Topics (OT) are amusing and often intelligent. You can visit their Web site for a reading schedule and to subscribe. Beware that this group generates a very large number of e-mails on a daily basis.
Murder and Mayhem Book Club - As indicated by the title, this group reads a wide range of mysteries. They have monthly club reads and then they also do something called a "buddy" read where two or more people decide to read the same book and have mini-discussions. They also host author chats. The discussions are not in depth, but if you feel the need to "talk" while reading, this is a good club. The moderators, Rachel and Em, also generate lots of general discussion questions that can be fun.
Beyond Reality is a group for people who enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy. They have monthly reads, which alternate between the two categories. To be honest, I am confused by the voting process, but that's likely because I'm only lurking, not seriously participating. The moderator, stays active with the group which seems to be a good thing, since of the groups that I "sit in on," this is the only that gets ornery.
Mysteries, etc is a small group, but very friendly. They cover mysteries, romance and horror and vote monthly in each category. They also choose an author to read every month. This club isn't so much for the discussions as to give a general guide to reading materials for a month. And to chat, mostly about books.