Category: Short Story

Justice Shiva Ram Murthy by Rishi Reddi

Rishi Reddi’s “Justice Shiva Ram Murthy” is an interesting and insightful short story about the struggles displaced immigrants may face in big-city America. The author successfully applies techniques such as setting, characterization, and point of view to explain the main character’s motivation and to…

Reading Poe, Part 2: Gold-Bug, Ligeia, Maelstrom

Today, I continue my short discussions of/reactions to Poe’s works. I’m still engaged with his complete short stories, and will be for a while. After finishing these, I’ll move on to his poetry. Each of these stories, like those in Poe 1, are categorized…

Reading Poe, Part 1: Rue Morgue, Marie Rogêt, and Black Cat

I’m currently reading my way through the complete Edgar Allan Poe (stories and poetry), and thought I would share my reactions to a few pieces at a time. I’m going in the order presented in my anthology, which is not chronological but thematic. The…

Thoughts: Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain

  Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 37 Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven is a satire of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward’s The Gates Ajar, which was published in 1868 and became…

Review: Claiming One by E.J. Runyon

Claiming One by R.J. Runyon Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 23 Full Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Inspired Quill, with whom I have a working relationship; however, I was not in any way involved in the…

Review: The Haunted House by Charles Dickens

The Haunted House by Charles Dickens Final Verdict: 2.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 24 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens is actually a compilation work, with contributions from Hesba Stretton, George Augustus Sala, Adelaide Anne Procter, Wilkie…

Review: Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain? By Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 14 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impacful Who is Mark Twain? is a collection of short stories, essays and letters, published posthumously by Twain’s editors.  It encompasses a…

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