November - Short Stories and Poetry, Edgar Allan Poe
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I thought I'd start a thread for our November theme: short stories and poetry, with a focus on Edgar Allan Poe.
There is an entire kingdom asleep next to one where the dark-haired queen (no names are used) will soon be getting married. She feels she and her dwarfs must go save the princess in the sleeping kingdom before her own wedding.
Beautiful illustrations, but very detailed and mostly pencil, so hard to see on my e-reader. I reread it on my PC where the illustrations were larger and easier to see; also couldn’t see on my e-reader, but there were bits of gold in the illustrations, as well. I think, because it’s a short story, I felt like I could read through fairly quickly, but there is some complexity to this one, so I reread the end of it (while on my PC) to get a better idea of what actually happened and the twist at the end. I would recommend reading this one in print, or at least on a larger screen with colour. Quite good, though, and I liked the twist!
I started reading Strange Weather by Joe Hill, which is a collection of 4 novellas. Each is much longer than a short story but I figure the book can still fit this month's theme.
The first story features a creature who steals memories and there are parallels to Alzheimer's Disease. The second story "Loaded" looks at gun violence. It is an incredibly good story and very scary. I hope the last two stories are just as good.