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Death by Scrabble

by Charlie Fish

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this is a luxury! I can record a short story I read without having to use the workarounds I need to use on Goodreads to record my short story reads!

Don’t get me wrong – I do agree with Goodreads policy about short stories in online magazines. If that is the only way the short story has been published, then that is the way it has to be entered. It is the same if you read a short story in dead tree format. If it has only been published in a collection, then that is the way it has to be recorded on Goodreads. Since Goodreads doesn’t confide in it’s volunteer Librarians, (and yes, for my sins, I am one) I’m only guessing at the reasons, but I’m sure they include;

📚 Goodreads uses the ISBN (or ASIN in the case of Kindle books) as the identifier. Random short stories without this will make a lot of work and mess. Don’t believe me? Look at the shambles some of the works on Goodreads that have many pre ISBN works. Alice in Wonderland or anything by Jane Austen would be a good place to start.

📚 A short story that isn’t published individually won’t have a cover. No problem, the member will simply ignore the rights of the copyright holders and grab an image from online. Or decide to use the cover for the whole collection which leads to a big mess and confusion. I know GR members grab random images for their reviews all the time – but I’m assuming Goodreads TOS will mean Goodreads are absolved and you, Dear Reader will be the one facing a complaint.

📚 Less common but it does happen. The author only wants his/her work displayed in the format it was offered for sale. How you enter a short story will turn up on their dashboard.

I’ll leave my workarounds for another review. Here is my (micro) review!

Short, darkly funny and not a word wasted. And a double word score for being about one of my favourite board games!

I found this short story here

Short Story Review: A Whisper in the Weld by Alix E. Harrow

Shimmer 2014: The Collected Stories

Shimmer 2014: The Collected Stories by E. Catherine Tobler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The cool thing about reviewing on WordPress is that I can review a short story only – not have to use the entry for a whole collection! I understand Goodread’s reasons but sometimes it is frustrating!

Another amazing story from the most exciting new writer I have read this year. This is an earlier effort from 2014.

Isa dies in a tragic accident at the mill. She yearns for her dead husband, (killed in the war) but her main priority in protecting their orphaned daughters from a life at the mill. Her ghostly love encircles them.

I don’t think I can say more without spoiling this evocative and stunning story.

Read it here…

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