100 ‘Shots of Short’ Reading Challenge

This is an ongoing challenge that involves reading 100 short stories in whatever order or time frame you want to do them in. A fairly safe challenge to go for, I thought! Plus I got The Years Best Fantasy and Horror for Christmas and to really do it justice I wanted to review the stories individually instead of all as one lump. Reviewing it all together like that is hardly fair considering how many different editors and authors contributed to the book. They should each be judged on their own merits, I think. This doesn’t get me all the way to 100, but it gets me nearly half way there, and I have an older Years Best Fantasy and Horror that I bet will make up the difference.

Here is my list of the 100 ‘shots of short’ that I have chosen:

  1. The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics by Daniel Abraham
  2. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  3. Holiday by M. Rickert
  4. Hum Drum by Gary McMahon
  5. Splitfoot by Paul Walther
  6. The House of Mechanical Pain by Chaz Brenchley
  7. The Last Worders by Karen Joy Fowler
  8. The Monsters of Heaven by Nathan Ballingrud
  9. The Fiddler of Bayou Teche by Delia Sherman
  10. Mr. Poo-Poo by Reggie Oliver
  11. Winter’s Wife by Elizabeth Hand
  12. The Tenth Muse by William Browning Spencer
  13. The Drowned Life by Jeffrey Ford
  14. The Swing by Don Tumasonis
  15. The Forest by Laird Barron
  16. Fragrant Goddess by Paul Park
  17. Up the Fire Road by Eileen Gunn
  18. The Gray Boy’s Work by M. T. Anderson
  19. The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang
  20. Valentine, July Heat Wave by Joyce Carol Oates
  21. A Thing Forbidden by Donald Mead
  22. A Reversal of Fortune by Holly Black
  23. Rats by Veronica Schanoes
  24. A Perfect and Unmappable Grace by Jack M. Haringa
  25. The Boulder by Lucy Kemnitzer
  26. The Hill by Tanith Lee
  27. The Ape Man by Alexander MacBride
  28. The Hide by Liz Williams
  29. England and Nowhere by Tim Nickels
  30. Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again by Garth Nix
  31. Toother by Terry Dowling
  32. Closet Dreams by Lisa Tuttle
  33. The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change by Kij Johnson

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