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message 1: by Lauren (last edited Jan 26, 2012 11:19PM) (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Welcome to the Short Story Challenge!

This version is going to be a bit different from last year's challenge - rather than a 6-month challenge, this is a year long challenge.
There's also no fixed number of stories that you're required to read. Instead you get 1 point for every story read and I'll tally the points at the end of the year.

To qualify for this challenge, stories must be less than 150 pages (so technically short stories and novellas), which means you get to use all those books that aren't long enough to qualify for other challenges.

You can use any story that you finish reading in 2012.

Good luck, and happy reading!

message 2: by Lauren (last edited Jan 02, 2013 05:23AM) (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Booking my spot!
1. Americca by Aimee Bender
2. The Wilds by Rikki Ducornet
3. Beast by Samantha Hunt
4. Oranges by Miranda July
5. Light by Kelly Link
6. Snow White, Rose Red by Lydia Millet
7. Hot, Fast, and Sad by Alissa Nutting
8. Song of the Selkie by Gina Ochsner
9. The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach by Karen Russell
10. The Doll Awakens by Stacey Richter
11. Drive-Through House by Julia Slavin
12. Big People by Gina Zucker
13. Mother, Crone Maiden by Cat Hellisen
14. Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge
15. Edie Investigates by Nick Harkaway
16. Reflection by Jessica E. Kaiser
17. The Seams between the Stars by Kameron Hurley
18. Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle
19. Uncle Abraham's Romance by Edith Nesbit
20. John Charrington's Wedding by Edith Nesbit
21. The Mystery of the Semi-Detached by Edith Nesbit
22. Number 17 by Edith Nesbit
23. The Letter in Brown Ink by Edith Nesbit
24. The Witch's Headstone by Neil Gaiman
25. Man-Size in Marble by Edith Nesbit
26. The Last Man by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
27. OMG GTFO by S.L. Grey
28. From the Dead by Edith Nesbit
29. Afternoon at the Bakery by Yoko Ogawa
30. Fruit Juice by Yoko Ogawa
31. Surveillance by Joe R. Lansdale
32. Old Mrs J by Yoko Ogawa
33. Wandering the Borderlands by Poppy Z. Brite
34. Chill by Gary McMahon

Total Points: 34

message 3: by Barbara (last edited Oct 31, 2012 12:13AM) (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
My spot!

You really like that points idea, don't you :)

1) Plan of a Novel by Jane Austen
2) Sanditon by Jane Austen
3) The Watsons by Jane Austen
4) Lady Susan by Jane Austen
5) The Shadow on the blind by Louisa Baldwin
6) The Weird of the Walfords by Louisa Baldwin
7) The Uncanny bairn by Louisa Baldwin
8) Many waters cannot quench love by Louisa Baldwin
9) How he left the Hotel by Louisa Baldwin
10) The Real and the counterfeit by Louisa Baldwin
11) My next door Neighbour by Louisa Baldwin
12) The Empty Picture Frame by Louisa Baldwin
13) Sir Nigel Otterburne's Case by Louisa Baldwin
14) The Ticking of the Clock by Louisa Baldwin
15) The Case of Lade Lukestan by Lettice Galbraith
16) The Trainer's Ghost by Lettice Galbraith
17) The Ghost in the Chair by Lettice Galbraith
18) In the Seance room by Lettice Galbraith
19) The Missing Model by Lettice Galbraith
20) A ghost's revenge by Lettice Galbraith
21) the blue Room by Lettice Galbraith
22) The Snowy Sisters by Kathryn Lasky and Kathryn Huang Knight
23) Fritha's Painted past by Kathryn Lasky and Kathryn Huang Knight
24) Uglamore Redeemed by Kathryn Lasky and Kathryn Huang Knight
25) Brothers Brave and Blustery by Kathryn Lasky and Kathryn Huang Knight
26) A secret in Braithe's Gizzard by Kathryn Lasky and Kathryn Huang Knight
27) Cleve's Sorrow by Kathryn Lasky and Kathryn Huang Knight
28) Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman
29) The Eagle and the Rabbit by Steven Saylor
30) And Ministers of Grace by Tad Wiiliams
31) The King of Norway by Cecilia Holland
32) Defenders of the Frontier by Robert Silverberg
33) The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin
34) Ni Var by Claire Gabriel
35) Intersection Point by Juanita Coulson
36) The Enchanted Pools by Marcia Ericson
37) Weird Planet Revisited by Ruth Berman
38) The Face on the Barroom Floor by Eleanor Arnason and Ruth Berman
39) The Nunting by Doris Beetem
40) The Winged Dreamers by Jennifer Guttridge
41) Mind-Sifter by Shirley S. Maiewski
42) Bridal Jitters by Jayne Castle
43) Man in the Mirror by Julie Beard
44) Tangled Dreams by Lori Foster
45) Pandora's Bottle by Eileen Wilks
46) Love Hurts by Jim Butcher
47) The marrying Maid by Jo Beverly
48) Rooftops by Carrie Vaughn
49) Hurt Me by M.L.N. Hanover
50) Demon Lover by Ceceilia Holland
51) The Wayfarer's Advice by Melinda M. Snodgrass
52) Blue Boots by Robin Hobb
53) The Thing about Cassandra by Neil Gaiman
54) After the Blood by Marjorie M. Liu
55) You, and you Alone by Jacqueline Carey
56) His Wolf by Lisa Tuttle
57) Courting Trouble by Linnea Sinclair
58) The Demon Dancer by Mary Jo Putney
59) Under/Above the Water by Tanith Lee
60) Kaskia by Peter S. Beagle
61) Man in the Mirror by Yasmine Galenorn
62) A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon
63) A touch of Lavender by Megan Lindholm
64) Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man by Megan Lindholm
65) Cut by Megan Lindholm
66) The Fifth Squashed Cat by Megan Lindholm
67) Strays by Megan Lindholm
68) Finis by Megan Lindholm
69) Drum Machine by Megan Lindholm
70) The Inheritance by Robin Hobb
71) Cat's Meat by Robin Hobb
72) Seven Years from Home by Naomi Novik
73) Dirae by Peter S. Beagle
74) Ancient Ways by S.M. Stirling
75) The Scroll by David Ball
76) Recidivist by Gardner Dozois
77) Ninieslando by Howard Waldrop
78) Out of the Dark by David Weber
79) Man from the Moon by Janet Chapman
80) Tomorrow is another Day by Sandra Hill
81) The Drowning Sea by Veronica Wolff
82) Sixteen Decades by Trish Jensen
83) The Cat From Hell by Stephen King

message 4: by Crusader (last edited Dec 21, 2012 10:35AM) (new)

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2362 comments Mod
I'm not really planning on reading short stories, but if I come across any I'm in.

1. Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck - Neal Asher
2. Putrefactors - Neal Asher
3. Garp and Geronamid - Neal Asher
4. The Sea of Death - Neal Asher
5. Alien Archaeology - Neal Asher
6. Snow in the Desert - Neal Asher
7. Acephalous Dreams - Neal Asher
8. Choudapt - Neal Asher
9. Adaptogenic - Neal Asher
10. The Gabble - Neal Asher
11. The Reef - Paul McCauley
12. Reality Check - David Brin
13. The Millennium Express - Robert Silverberg
14. Patient Zero - Tananarive Due
15. The Oort Crowd - Ken MacLeod
16. The Thing About Benny - M. Shayne Bell
17. The Last Supper - Brian Stableford
18. Mother, Crone, Maiden - Cat Hellisen
19. Tuberculosis Bacteria Join UN - Joan Slonczewski
20. Our Mortal Span - Howard Waldrop
21. Different Kind of Darkness - David Langford
22. New Ice Age, or Just Cold Feet - Norman Spinrad
23. The Devotee - Stephen Dedman
24. Movement - Nancy Fulda
25. The Marriage of Sky and Sea - Chris Beckett
26. In the Days of the Comet - John M. Ford
27. The Birthday of the World - Ursula K. Le Guin
28. Oracle - Greg Egan
29. To Cuddle Amy - Nancy Kress
30. Steppenpferd - Brian W. Aldiss
31. Sheena 5 - Stephen Baxter [Excellent!]
32. The Fire Eggs - Darrell Schweitzer
33. The New Horla - Robert Sheckley
34. Madame Bovary, C'est Moi - Dan Simmons
35. Grandma's Jumpman - Robert Reed
36. Bordeaux Mixture - Charles Ward
37. The Dryad's Wedding - Robert Charles Wilson
38. Built upon the sands of time - Michael F. Flynn
39. Seventy-Two Letters - Ted Chiang
40. Ghost - Guy Haley
41. Fields of Gold - Rachel Swirsky
42. "The Tunnel Under the World" - Frederik Pohl
43. "Brother Robot" - Henry Slesar
44. "The Lifeboat Mutiny" - Robert Sheckley
45. "The Warm Space" - David Brin
46. "How-2" - Clifford D. Simak
47. "Too Robot to Marry" - George H. Smith
48. "The Education of Tigress McCardle" - C. M. Kornbluth
49. "Sally" - Isaac Asimov
50. "Breakfast of Champions" - Thomas A. Easton
51. "Sun Up" · A. A. Jackson & Howard Waldrop
52. "Second Variety" - Philip K. Dick
53. "The Problem Was Lubrication" - David R. Bunch
54. "First to Serve" - Algis Budrys
55. "Two-Handed Engine" - Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore
56. "Though Dreamers Die" - Lester del Rey
57. "Soldier Boy" - Michael Shaara
58. "Farewell to the Master" - Harry Bates
59. The Little Green God of Agony - Stephen King
60. Stay - Leah Bobet
61. The Moraine - Simon Bestwick
62. Blackwood's Baby - Laird Barron
63. Looker - David Nickle
64. The Show - Priya Sharma
65. Mulberry Boys - Margo Lanagan
66. Roots and All - Brian Hodge
67. Final Girl Theory - A. C. Wise
68. Omphalos - Livia Llewellyn
69. Dermot - Simon Bestwick
70. Black Feathers - Alison J. Littlewood
71. Final Verse - Chet Williamson
72. In the Absence of Murdock - Terry Lamsley
73. You Become the Neighborhood - Glen Hirshberg
74. In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos - John Langan
75. Little Pig - Anna Taborska
76. The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine - Peter Straub
77. Firefly – Michael Chu
78. A Tall Tail - Charles Stross
79.The Cairn in Slater Woods - Gina Rosati
80. Faster Gun - Elizabeth Bear
81. Brother. Prince. Snake. - Cecil Castellucci
82. Prince Lindworm
83. Errata - Jeff vandermeer
84. How to make a Triffid - Kelly Lagor
85. Wild Things - Alyx Dellamonica
86. Foundation - Ann Aquirre
87. Too fond - Leanna Renee Hieber
88. Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill - Marie Rutkoski
89. King of Marbury - Andrew Smith
90. The Commonplace Book - Jacob Clifton
91. The Department of Alterations
92. Day of the Kraken - Micheal Swanwick
93. Ruled - Caragh M. O'Brien
94. Men who wish to drown - Elizabeth Fama
95. Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia - Rachel Swirsky
96. Loco - Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling
97. A Spell of Vengeance - DB Jackson
98. The Witch of Duva: A Ravkan Folk Tale - Leigh Bardugo
99. Our Human - Adam Troy Castro
100. Legacy Lost - Anna Banks
101. Dress your Marines in White - Emma Laybourne
102. About Fairies - Pat Murphy
103. At the Foot of the Lighthouse - Erin Hoffman
104. Prophet - Jennifer Bosworth
105. On 20468 Petercook - Andy Duncan
106. The Inconstant Moon - Alaya Dawn Johnson
107. The Sigma Structure Symphony - Gregory Benford
108. The Mongolian Wizard - Michael Swanwick
109. The Fire Gown - Michael Swanwick
110. The Woman who shook the World-Tree - Michael Swanwick
111. Thanatos Beach - James Morrow
112. Dormanna - Gene Wolfe
113. New World Blues - L.E. Modesitt Jr.
114. Shadowboxer by Paul Di Filippo
115. Utriusque Cosmi - Robert Charles Wilson
116. The Island - Peter Watts
117. Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance - John Kessel
118. To Go Boldly - Cory Doctorow
119. The Lost Princess Man - John Barnes
120. Defect - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
121. To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves - Jay Lake
122. Shell Game - Neal Asher
123. Punctuality - Garth Nix
124. Inevitable - Sean Williams
125. Join The Navy and See the Worlds - Bruce Sterling
126. Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings - Bill Willingham
127. From the Heart - John Meaney
128. Chameleons - Elizabeth Moon
129. The Tenth Muse - Tad Williams
130. Cracklegrackle - by Justina Robson
131. The Tale of the Wicked - John Scalzi
132. Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz - Mike Resnick
133. The Far End of History - John C. Wright

Total: 133

message 5: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Lol, yeah, and I have you to thank for it. It's quite useful for this challenge.

message 6: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Oh yeah it is! And it is really fun for the fast readers too. When you finish a challenge quickly because there is a set number of tasks or books to finish you loose interest in the challenge and that is unfair for people who read a bit slower. This way you'll be engaged the whole year round.

message 7: by Liezel (last edited Jul 15, 2012 08:31AM) (new)

Liezel (liezkl) | 715 comments My spot
1. I am Number Four:The Lost Files: Six's Legacy - Pittacus Lore
2. DarkFest - Amanda Ashley
3. Phantom Lover - Sherrilyn Kenyon
4. Under Her Spell - Maggie Shayne
5. A Wulf's Curse - Ronda Thompson
6. Seeing Eye - Patricia Briggs
7. Last Call - Jim Butcher
8. Death Warmed Over - Rachel Caine
9. Vegas Odds - Karen Chance
10. Hecate's Golden Eye - P.N Elrod
11. Bacon - Charlaine Harris
12. Signatures of the Dead - Faith Harris
13. Ginger - Caitlin Kittredge
14. Dark Sins - Jenna Mclaine
15. The Exterminator's Daughter - Meg Cabot
16. The Corsage - Lauren Myracle
17. Madison Avery and the Dime Reaper - Kim Harrison
18. Kiss & Tell - Michele Jaffe
19. Hell on Earth - Stephenie Meyer
20. This is Love - Max Lucado
21. Animal Farm - George Orwell
22. The Stocking Store - Phyllis Schieber
23. Petey - Kathryn Magendie
24. Resurrection - Augusta Trobaugh
25. In My Dreams - Sarah Addison Allen
26. The Manicurist - Phyllis Schieber

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 12096 comments Mod
My spot :)

1. Thank You For Calling by Libby Heily
2. The Event by Libby Heily
3. Fourth Degree Freedom by Libby Heily
4. The Last Six Miles by Libby Heily
5. She Floats by Libby Heily

Points - 5

message 10: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Yeah, Congrats Claudia!!!
One point is better than nothing! :D

message 11: by Katherine (last edited Mar 26, 2012 06:29AM) (new)

Katherine (kathldk) | 141 comments Yay!

David Sedaris:
1."The Cat and the Baboon", a fable about gossip and the service industry.
2."The Migrating Warblers"
3."The Squirrel and the Chipmunk"
4."The Toad, The Turtle, and the Duck"
5."The Motherless Bear"
6."The Mouse and the Snake"
7."The Parenting Storks"
8."The Faithful Setter"
9."The Crow and the Lamb"
10."The Sick Rat and the Healthy Rat"
11."The Cow and the Turkey"
12."The Vigilant Rabbit".
13."The Judicious Brown Chicken"
14."The Parrot and the Potbellied Pig"
15."Hello Kitty"
16."The Grieving Owl"

Ron Rash:
17. Hard Times
18. Back of Beyond
19. Dead Confederates
20. The Ascent
21. The Woman Who Believed in Jaguars
22. Burning Bright
23. Return
24. Into the Gorge
25. Falling Star
26. The Corpse Bird
27. Waiting for the End of the World
28. Lincolnites

From "My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead":
29. First love and other sorrows /Harold Brodkey
30. The lady with the little dog /Anton Chekhov
31. Love /Grace Paley
32. A rose for Emily /William Faulkner
33. The dead /James Joyce
34. Dirty wedding /Denis Johnson
35. Natasha /David Bezmozgis
36. Some other, better Otto /Deborah Eisenberg
37. The hitchhiking game /Milan Kundera
38. Lovers of their time /William Trevor
39. Mouche /Guy de Maupassant
40. The moon in its flight /Gilbert Sorrentino
41. Spring in Fialta /Vladimir Nabokov

42. Blackwater

Total: 42

message 12: by Tamarin (new)

Tamarin Dowling | 41 comments 1. Running Rural - Kelly Letcher

Total: 1

message 13: by Jax (last edited Nov 15, 2012 12:56AM) (new)

Jax | 640 comments Mod
Oh! How did I miss this one??
Short Stories read in 2012:

1. On the Prowl - Patricia Briggs
2. Skin Deep - Karen Chance
3. Armor of Roses - MARJORIE M. LIU
4. Etched in Silver - Yasmine Galenorn
5. Human Nature - Eileen Wilks
6. A Family Affair - Karen Chance
7. Remedial Magic - Jenna Black
8. The Britlingens Go to Hell - Charlaine Harris
9. Cadre of Ten - Nalini Singh
10. Magic Mourns - Ilona Andrews
11. Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews
12. Magic Gifts - Ilona Andrews
13. By A Thread - Jennifer Estep
14. Scouting Jasmine - Jennifer Rardin
15. An Evening For Vayl & Jaz - Jennifer Rardin
16. The Viscount and the Witch - Michael J. Sullivan
17. The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe
18. Greener Grass - Michael J. Sullivan
19. Curran Vol. 1 - Gordon Andrews
20. Father and Son (Curran Vol.2) - Gordon Andrews
21. Perfect Shadow - Brent Weeks
22. Infinity Blade: Awakening - Brandon Sanderson
23. Cast in Moonlight - Michelle Sagara

Total: 23

message 14: by Crusader (new)

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2362 comments Mod
Are we going to do this one in 2013 again? I hope so.

message 15: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Yep, we can. Seeing as Lu's posting the A-Z challenges, I might as well do the 2013 post for this now.

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 12096 comments Mod
Yea so everyone has some time to get ready :)

You know us, planners :P

message 17: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Hehe :)

I'll do the tally for this on Tuesday or Wednesday.

message 18: by Crusader (new)

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2362 comments Mod
And unless someone is planning on posting loads of stories read looks like I'll have one challenge in the bag for 2012.

message 19: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Hey, I still have over a day to catch up! That is 34 hours I can use to read 51 stories. With all the books I have filled with folktales of only 2 or 3 pages I should be able to do that.

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 12096 comments Mod
I'm surprised I read 5. I never read short stories :)

message 21: by Crusader (new)

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2362 comments Mod
Barbara wrote: "Hey, I still have over a day to catch up! That is 34 hours I can use to read 51 stories. With all the books I have filled with folktales of only 2 or 3 pages I should be able to do that."

Hey, you can at least let me have this 1 challenge. ;)

message 22: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod

Ok for just this once I will let you have it, but next year it's mine!

message 23: by Crusader (new)

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2362 comments Mod
Barbara wrote: "LOL!

Ok for just this once I will let you have it, but next year it's mine!"

We'll see about that!

message 24: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
If you're going to be difficult, I still have 33.5 hours!

message 25: by Claudia (new)

Claudia (claudiavstoomanybooks) | 1779 comments Mod
Oh my goodness, I wasn't last! :)

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 12096 comments Mod
I'm last, aren't I? :P

message 27: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Relax guys: see post no.12

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 12096 comments Mod
Ah yay :)

message 29: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Here are the totals for 2012:

Crusader: 133 stories Well done!

Barbara: 83
Katherine: 42
Lauren: 34
Liezel: 26
Jax: 23
Claudia: 6
Lu: 5
Tamarin: 1

message 30: by Crusader (new)

Crusader (CrusaderZA) | 2362 comments Mod
Only because Barbara allowed me to win!

message 31: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith | 6926 comments Lol, think positive Crusader!

Lu (Sugar & Snark) | 12096 comments Mod
Congratz guys!

message 33: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
You won fair and square Crusader! Congrats!

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