The rfdc Short Story Club

I’ve always been a big fan of the short story, and it surprises me that, in this age of short attention spans, instant gratification and electronic media, that it hasn’t become a more popular form. Well, I’m going to do my part to rectify that.

I stumbled across an old post over at io9 in which they tried to form a “Weekend Short Story Club.” It doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere, as I can’t find any sort of discussion on the 4 scheduled stories, but I think it’s a great idea. So much, in fact, that I’m going to steal it, with a few modifications, and see if I can spur some discussion on various short stories.

Beginning this Sunday (27 June) when I’ll post a reading lineup/schedule, every other Sunday I’ll begin a “discussion” on the scheduled story. I already have a few stories in mind, but I need to make sure they are accessible on-line. If you have a favorite story you want to discuss, feel free to link to it below, and I’ll add it to the list. I make no promises about sticking to a particular genre, as my reading habits are varied and many of my favorite stories fall outside my preferred genres for recreational reading.

Hopefully some of you lurkers out there will de-cloak yourselves and talk about reading and writing with me!


Edit 11/05/2011:
So this lasted less than a month. My own fault, I know. But here, some 17 months later, I am resurrecting it in a slightly different format. I’ll just read short stories (since I do that all the time anyway) and then comment on them. No schedule, no real “club,” and no real idea about which one is next in line. Feel free to throw me a suggestion. I love the format, and will read damn near anything. 

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3 thoughts on “The rfdc Short Story Club

  1. On Anathem: I like it more and more with every page, which is good because it starts out horribly slow. I’ll be writing up a review when I finish, but based on your feelings about the short story, I think you will probably love Anathem, especially the early stages that I think tend to drag.

    I have always loved short stories, both reading them and writing them, for precisely the reason you dislike them. I like being left with possibilities and potential, and I especially like being granted the opportunity to use my own imagination as to what happens “next.” I’m trying to pick out some really good examples of what I look for in a short story, so I hope you’ll give one or two of them a try (especially the first one I have planned. I think it may well be my all time favorite).

    Short stories, in my mind, have a greater ability to succinctly comment on the world around us. They are focused and precise. Every word must be essential and move the story forward, for there can be no breathing room, no place of rest. A novel simply cannot do that without beating the reader silly.

  2. I have almost never enjoyed short stories. To be frank, I even prefer a series to just a single novel. I like to know EVERYTHING I can about the characters. I want to know the WHOLE story of them…where they came from, where they are going, why they are making certain choices, etc.

    I always feel ‘cheated’ when I read a short story, in some way.

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