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The Hugo-eligible reading project continues. I'm reading a novel that I will definitely be telling you all about when it's done! In the meantime, of the short stories I've read since last update, this is the standout winner:
Pocosin, by Ursula Vernon. It has a possum god and a Pratchett-esque witch and God and the Devil and Death, and it made me tear me up.

Also, if you are interested in following Hugo discussion and don't mind anon memes, some folks are facilitating an ongoing Hugo-reading project on ffa. Everything is open to be talked about whenever, but in particular they're reading short fiction by the month. The latest thread is here and includes things like a roundup of the last couple of weeks of discussion and links to free online short fiction published in February. And the threads always have the same title, so you can find them in the future by searching ffa (note: must be logged into DW to use search).

Date: 2015-09-09 03:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Ooh, I've been meaning to read more of Ursula Vernon's work. ^_^ *notes link*

(Also, since I just subscribed, hi!)

Date: 2015-09-11 02:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seekingferret
Ooh, "Pocosin" was nice.

The best short story that I've read so far this year is Benjamin Rosenbaum's "Tractate Metim 28a", from the anthology Jews vs. Zombies, a marvelous Talmudic zombie story that manages pitch perfect Soncino parody and finds even more pathos in the story of Rabbi Eliezer than the Talmud already had. But Benjamin Rosenbaum seems to be in the profession of writing stories perfectly tailored for me, so this is hardly surprising.

Date: 2015-09-11 12:54 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
If you want the context, I can supply it, including a pretty brilliant context post written by Rosenbaum. But yeah, it's probably nontrivial.

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