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Jason C.
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Deal Me in Challenge: Blossom: Priestess of Oya, Goddess of Winds, Storms and Waterfall by Dionne Brand
Card Drawn: Oya: Tempest, Guardian of the Cemetery, Winds of Change, Storms and Progression. And the winner for the longest short-story title goes to... Dionne Brand's Blossom makes for a great companion piece to Austin Clarke's Canadian Experience that I r...

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Deal Me in Challenge: The Cactus by O.Henry
Card Drawn: It seems what we've got here is a failure to communicate. O. Henry is a dastardly clever writer and a master of irony in his short-stories. He is often celebrated for his slick prose and "twist endings" (rightly so) but one of his greatest stren...

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Deal Me in Challenge: If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky
Card Drawn:  Life, um, finds a way. Cue Jurassic Park Theme Song Here is my first short-story of 2016 for the Deal Me In Challenge and it is a weird one! Winner of the Nebula Award in 2014, Rachel Swirsky's If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love immediately begs...

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Deal Me in Challenge: 2017 Edition
It's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Jay from Bibliophilopolis is hosting the 7th annual Deal Me in Challenge and I couldn't be more excited. I am more drawn to short-stories and poetry these days and my list of works to read continues to grow exponentially. I complet...

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A Brief Recap of 2016!
Hiiii-ya!!! And good riddance! 2016 was a whirlwind of a year for most of us and I am so looking forward to making a fresh start. Despite my busy schedule, one of my new year's resolutions is to read more and actively update my blog. 2016 was a dismal year ...

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Deal Me in Challenge: Adventure by Sherwood Anderson (1919)
Card Drawn: I'm singin' in the rain...just singin' in the rain! What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again! Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio reminds me a great deal of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town , in which both works contain a ser...

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Deal Me in Challenge: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (1905)
Card Drawn: So many feels right now. So is this the guy they named the "Oh Henry" chocolate bar after?  With Christmas just around the corner, it seems fitting to read a story that takes place during the holidays. Let me just say that I have a soft spot for...

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Deal Me in Challenge: Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf (1919)
Card Drawn: Hello, my name is Mr. Snail. A snail's perception of time and reality is juxtaposed with the tumultuous chaos of early 20th century life in Virginia Woolf's Kew Gardens . I can't remember any story in which a snail was featured so prominently. E...

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Deal Me In Challenge: The Wub by Philip K. Dick (1952)
Card Drawn: Oink! Oink! Moral of the story: If you happen to be colonizing a distance planet, avoid eating the local livestock, especially if the creature can speak and possesses telekinesis. Just sayin.' For anyone who has perused my blog or knows me, Phil...

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Deal Me in Challenge: To Build a Fire by Jack London
 Card Drawn:   Burrrrrr.... I can still feel the cold in my bones after reading Jack London's terrifying and suspenseful To Build a Fire , which is surely one of the great pieces of literary naturalism of the 20th century. In contrast to realism, here, the ...
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