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Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    Sadly, we have come to the true end of Books on the Nightstand. Happily, this final episode is filled with bloopers!     Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now…
    - 7 Jul 16, 12:58pm -
  • BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    A preview of fiction titles we’re looking forward to in the next nine months. _______________________________________________ Don’t Forget! Although this is the final “regular” episode of Books on the Nightstand, there will be an episode 390…
    - 28 Jun 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    A preview of non-fiction titles coming in the next eight months.   Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you’d like to join the mailing list for possible…
    - 21 Jun 16, 1:24pm -
  • BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    We recommend tons of podcasts, then rave about Anatomy of a Solder by Harry Parker, and The Girls by Emma Cline.   The Summer reading packet came home from Ann’s daughters’ school. In addition to reading David Copperfield, the students must cho…
    - 14 Jun 16, 5:10pm -
  • BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    We answer your burning questions, and then recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.   Thank you to everyone who sent us messages, tweets, comments, etc. about the ending of Books on the Nightstand. Though you a…
    - 7 Jun 16, 7:00pm -
  • BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

    Author talks from Booktopia Petoskey, including W. Bruce Cameron, Janis Cooke Newman, and Luis Alberto Urrea.   This week we have an amazing lineup of author talks from our final Booktopia event. These talks were recorded in September 2015 at the fa…
    - 31 May 16, 5:48pm -
  • BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

    A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.    Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand!   Audiobook of the…
    - 24 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

    Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.   Booklovers, especially Michael,  are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, aut…
    - 18 May 16, 4:31pm -
  • BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

    Misconstruing the Man Book Club, and we recommend Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.   Booktopia was this past weekend, and it was the first Booktopia not organized by us. Northshire Bookstore…
    - 10 May 16, 9:00pm -
  • BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

    So many books, in praise of novellas, and we recommend a new novella by Graham Swift and a novel that is the first in a new science-fiction trilogy. Audiobook of the week (03:12) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, performed by Santino Fontana, is my…
    - 3 May 16, 8:05pm -

Sabotage

Short Stories

  • Tin Pot Planets and Jumped Up Leaders

    Tin Pot Planets and Jumped Up Leaders

    “Our shuttle has landed sir but there’s  problem.” “We don’t have time for problems Jenkins, we have a Universe to conquer. What’s the hold-up?” “It would appear Earth’s leader is temporarily unavailable sir.” “Unavailable! Wha…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 9:46am -
  • There’s A Good Lad

    There’s A Good Lad

    “It’s Billy here boss. I’ve found the car. Just where you said it would be.” “Good lad Billy. Look on top of the front tyre, driver’s side, you should find the ignition key.” “Got it, boss. What now?” “I need you to get it valeted…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 9:03am -
  • I’m From Royal Blood You Know

    I’m From Royal Blood You Know

    “You expect me to live here? I’m sorry but I have my reputation to think about.” “Sorry Johnny, this is the best I could do. It’s better than a lot of the places I’ve looked at. At least this one’s still standing.” “Sir Johnathon, i…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 11:16am -
  • A Dark and Scary Road

    A Dark and Scary Road

    The car screeched to a stop. “That’s it, Billy, I’ve had enough. If you think you can do better, you drive!” Before Billy could answer Debbie had flung off her seatbelt and was clambering out of the car. “Debs, don’t be like that. I’m s…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 12:12pm -
  • The Black Widow

    The Black Widow

    We waited expectantly. Her entrance was pure drama and she was every bit as beautiful and alluring as people said. She sat at the bar in her long, sleek, black dress. Everyone wanted to stare but daren’t. Instead, they looked at their drinks, hopin…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 11:54am -
  • The Intergalactic Auction

    The Intergalactic Auction

    The impending auction had caused quite a stir. The previous two viewing days had generated a lot of interest and there were expectations of it being a very exciting day. The room was packed. Some were there out of curiosity, but many were genuine bu…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 11:48am -
  • Grandma’s Fairy Dust

    Grandma’s Fairy Dust

    When we were kids Grandma told us she kept fairy dust in the jar on the window sill. She said the lid was sealed with magic so only she could open it. We’d stand and stare at it for hours. Whenever we stayed, she’d sprinkle a little in our warm m…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 11:56am -
  • A Right Mess

    A Right Mess

    “What have you got for me Jenkins?” “A body sir. Splattered all over the courtyard. A right mess. Appears he fell from that wall over there.” “Body got a name?” “Dumpty, sir. A Mr. Humpty Dumpty. Seems he often sat up there. Liked watch…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 6:48am -
  • Why Don’t You Join Us?

    Why Don’t You Join Us?

    The rusty hinges creaked as I opened the doors on the old cabinet. A rail stretched from one side to the other and hanging from it were seven life-size skeletons. I felt as if I shouldn’t really have been down here. It was Uncle Peter’s cellar. S…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 12:38pm -
  • What’s For Dinner?

    What’s For Dinner?

    MikeJackson©2017
    - 17 days ago, 9 Jul 17, 9:45am -

Short Story Writer

  • Untitled
    Thanks to Swanwick, I have been 'persuaded' by friends to start blogging again.As this old blog is cluttered with gloom and doom and tales of my past miseries, I am switching to another blog, so if you want to follow me, the address iswritingfictioni…
    - 16 Aug 14, 5:56am -
  • THE LAST POST
    This blog has run its course. The time has come to call it a day. Writing this blog has been enormously helpful to me. It’s kept me in touch with the world at times when I wanted to crawl into a hole and die. Time and again, I’ve been struck by…
    - 10 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • My mind is all over the place
    I’m finding it very hard to focus at the moment. I could name all kinds of reasons – a lingering head cold, Louis who  keeps demanding my attention,  but this goes deeper than that. I’m worried because a man has shown an interest in me. How c…
    - 9 Oct 13, 5:24am -
  • Ready for a new start
    I went to see my homeopath yesterday and really enjoyed it. That probably sounds weird, but the fact is she’s such an upbeat lovely person, just talking to her, I felt better. She seems to think that this cold (yes, I still have it) is a good sign…
    - 8 Oct 13, 5:39am -
  • The dog has teeth

    The dog has teeth

    The sun is shining. The workshop for next Saturday is planned, the handouts printed. I have no Writers Bureau work to do. Time to think about what to enter for Leeds Writers Circle short story competition. I haven’t been writing much new stuff late…
    - 5 Oct 13, 6:35am -
  • Blast this cold

    Blast this cold

    For more than a week, I’ve been fighting a bad cold. It’s so annoying how something so simple and trivial can cause so much annoyance. I guess it will clear up, eventually, but right now, the end is definitely not in sight. The weather’s misera…
    - 4 Oct 13, 4:28am -
  • It's a dog's life

    It's a dog's life

    Life is full of good and bad. It’s up to us which we focus on. Right now I have a really awful terrible miserable cold and I feel really low, physically but I know it will pass. I also have Louis here for his last visit. I love that dog and I’m…
    - 1 Oct 13, 5:02am -
  • All alone and feeling sorry for myself
    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there’s very little worse than being on your own and having a bad cold. I feel like **** today. What I really really want is somebody to wait on me hand and foot, mop my fevered brow, make me lemon tea a…
    - 1 Oct 13, 4:57am -
  • PLOM
    Why does it feel so bad? All I’ve got is a cold! Still at least the sun is shining. I decided not to go to the BBQ. Not only do I feel bad, I look ghastly too, plus I’d feel terrible if I passed on my germs. Mind you that didn’t stop my ex as h…
    - 28 Sep 13, 11:08am -
  • Frustration rules
    Having made the decision to end the part time work I was doing, I’m now feeling increasingly frustrated.  I’ve had to give notice. I’m not the kind of person who just stops, that wouldn’t meet my ‘be fair to everyone’ syndrome. So now, I…
    - 25 Sep 13, 5:39am -

Stupefying Stories

  • Book Release: The Recognition Run, by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: The Recognition Run, by Henry Vogel

    Rampant Loon Press is excited to announce the release of THE RECOGNITION RUN, a thrilling new novel by Henry Vogel. Rather than dish up our usual marketing copy, though, we’ll just start quoting reader reviews. “The characters are well-crafted,…
    - 23 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Book Release: The Undercover Captain, by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: The Undercover Captain, by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: The Undercover Captain by Henry VogelUnwillingly drawn out of her annual drunken stupor, Captain Nancy Martin, Retired, finds herself involuntarily reactivated. Her assignment—to help Special Agent Erica Hampton solve the disappea…
    - 1 Feb 17, 9:31pm -
  • Book Release: Scout's Law, by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: Scout's Law, by Henry Vogel

    After two thousand years of isolation, the lost colony world of Aashla has reestablished contact with the rest of galactic civilization. Princess Callan of Mordan, and her royal consort, Terran Scout David Rice, were the people who made that happen.…
    - 28 Nov 16, 2:28pm -
  • Book Release: THE SCOUT TRILOGY, by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: THE SCOUT TRILOGY, by Henry Vogel

    Return to a future... Of bold galactic explorers and lost space colonies, where beautiful heroines and brave heroes battle treacherous villains with swords and airships! Return to a future... Of planetary romance and high adventure, where action mo…
    - 28 Nov 16, 2:24pm -
  • Book Release: THE COUNTERFEIT CAPTAIN, by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: THE COUNTERFEIT CAPTAIN, by Henry Vogel

    Captain Nancy Martin expects a lonely death. Passing out as her battle-damaged starfighter bleeds the last of its air, she comes to in the cavernous and deserted docking bay of an unknown starship. Leaving her crippled fighter to seek help, she find…
    - 10 Aug 16, 10:06pm -
  • Book Release: THE COUNTERFEIT CAPTAIN (Audio Book)

    Book Release: THE COUNTERFEIT CAPTAIN (Audio Book)

    Just released on Amazon, Audible.com, and in the Apple iTunes store! THE COUNTERFEIT CAPTAINby Henry Vogel(Unabridged audio book  edition) Narrated by Heidi Cox, best known for her work both in front of and behind the camera in the hit web series, S…
    - 10 Aug 16, 10:05pm -
  • Book Release: STUPEFYING STORIES 1.15 (August 2016)

    Book Release: STUPEFYING STORIES 1.15 (August 2016)

    Stupefying Stories emerges from long-term cryosleep with a great new lineup of science fiction, fantasy, political comedy and horror! (There is a difference between those last two. Trust us.) Featuring:• MAKING MONSTERS, by Sarah Read• AT WORK IN…
    - 10 Aug 16, 10:05pm -
  • Book Release: THE FUGITIVE PAIR, by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: THE FUGITIVE PAIR, by Henry Vogel

    Matt Connaught wants nothing more than to enjoy life with his new wife, Michelle, and to catch up on lost time with his parents, who were held captive for seven years. As a member of one of the wealthiest families in the Terran Federation, this shoul…
    - 10 Aug 16, 10:03pm -
  • This morning on SHOWCASE

    This morning on SHOWCASE

    Fiction: "No Accounting for Taste" by Lance J. MushungI sat on a bench on one side of the small, battleship-gray drop bay of my patrol cutter, Oliveria. The last month and a half of the patrol had been mind-numbing, but taking a ship of wasters int…
    - 3 May 16, 8:03am -
  • This morning on SHOWCASE

    This morning on SHOWCASE

    Fiction: “The Music of Difference” by E. M. Byrneplus, from the vaultFiction: “Earth Day” by J. M. Perkins 
    - 22 Apr 16, 11:14am -

The Short Review

  • Best European Fiction 2015: Review

    Best European Fiction 2015: Review

    Preface by Enrique Vila-Matas Dalkey Archive 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly Let’s not quibble with the “Best” in the title. This is a fascinating glimpse into contemporary fiction across Europe. An anthology … Continue reading →
    - 15 Jun 16, 10:38am -
  • Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines. Review

    Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines. Review

    Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines Salt Publishing 2015 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I used to believe in plots, but they’re too insistent and simple; there’s no such thing as a single … Continue reading →
    - 2 May 16, 10:02am -
  • SHORT: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms. Review

    SHORT: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms. Review

    Alan Ziegler, editor. Alan Ziegler is professor of Writing and Director of Pedagogy at Columbia University’s school of Arts. Author of Love at First Sight, The Swan Song of Vauderville, … Continue reading →
    - 27 Oct 15, 10:18am -
  • Review: The Trouble with Flying and other stories, edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia

    Review: The Trouble with Flying and other stories, edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia

    The Trouble with Flying and other stories Edited by Richard Rossiter with Susan Midalia Contributing authors: Claire Aman, Rosie Barter, Leanne Browning, Linda Brucesmith, Peter Curry, Lauren Foley, Kathy George, Paulette … Continue reading →
    - 22 Jul 15, 9:22am -
  • Selected Stories by Kjell Askildsen

    Selected Stories by Kjell Askildsen

    Selected Stories by Kell Askildsen Translated by Sean Kinsella Dalkey Archive, 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly “The sun was nearing the mountains in the west; a haze lingered over the town, and … Continue reading →
    - 20 Feb 15, 7:34am -
  • Q&A with Daniela I. Norris

    Q&A with Daniela I. Norris

    Q&A with Daniela I. Norris author of Collecting Feathers, reviewed by Cath Barton About the author: Daniela I. Norris, a former diplomat turned political writer – and with 
age and wisdom – inspirational … Continue reading →
    - 5 Feb 15, 11:09am -
  • Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris: Review

    Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris: Review

    Collecting Feathers by Daniela I. Norris Soul Rock Books, 2014 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I had a job passed down from mother to daughter in my family for at least three generations. It … Continue reading →
    - 16 Dec 14, 8:57am -
  • The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim: review

    The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim: review

    The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim Translated by Jonathan Wright. Comma Press, 2013 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew “If there was a special search engine for dreams, like Google, all dreamers would find their … Continue reading →
    - 27 Nov 14, 9:10am -
  • Review: The Irreal Reader anthology

    Review: The Irreal Reader anthology

    The Irreal Reader Fiction and Essays from the Café Irreal Edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg Numerous authors including Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana María Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz … Continue reading →
    - 15 Nov 14, 9:56am -
  • Q&A with Sarah Gerkensmeyer

    Q&A with Sarah Gerkensmeyer

    author of What You Are Now Enjoying, reviewed by Cherry Potts About the author:  Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s What You Are Now Enjoying was selected by Stewart O’Nan as winner of the … Continue reading →
    - 21 Oct 14, 8:40am -
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