Short story challenge, day 28

I’m back on the saddle again, and with a lot of help needed to reach my reading goal, this side challenges always give me a breath of fresh air.

For today’s story, I’ll go back to adventuring with the legendary barbarian in The Pool of the Black One, originally published in Weird Tales of October 1933.

Let’s get those pages, off to read then.

azr.

Short story challenge, day 18

I’m back after a forced hiatus, and to be completely honest, I haven’t read all these days, but hopefully I’ll pick right up where I left off.

For today short story I come back to the adventures of The Cimmerian, today’s tale is Iron Shadows in the Moon, originally published in Weird Tales of April 1934, where Conan faces the deathly Red Brotherhood.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

Short story challenge, day 11

I have been crazy busy, but no so much that I couldn’t read for a little bit.

The last two days I completed my task of reading a couple of short stories, still working on Wizards and The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian anthologies, on thursday was the turn of Conan, with the story of The Scarlet Citadel, in which our friend The Cimmerian is already king.

Yesterday’s story was from Wizards, The Ruby Incomparable, written by Kage Baker, in which two unlikely forces come together and create a world changing creature, I loved how the story develops so beautifully in such short number of pages.

For today I’ll go back to our friend the Barbarian, and one of his most iconic adventures, Queen of the Black Coast, with the mystifying Pirate Queen BĂȘlit.

I am more than thrilled of how this little project is going, I have only missed one day, and to find, hidden away in my bookshelves, more short story collections, gives me great hope of finishing successfully.

Lots of adventures ahead of me.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Short story challenge, day eight

I have forgotten how good was the story The Tower of the Elephant from Conan The Cimmerian, it showcases some of the weirdness of the creatures from the vast menagerie that The Barbarian faces.

Today, I went back to Wizards anthology, to enjoy a fantastic tale by Mary Rosenblum, involving wizards, fading building, and the color of words.

On another note, I am very excited to tell that I have found a couple of new books of short story collections, I’ll share them tomorrow.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Short story challenge, day seven

After I few hiccups, and one missed day, I am back on track with my mini project, the last story I read, Holly and Iron, from the anthology Wizards, written by Garth Nix, made me want to get into his alternative reality of the magical Ingland, and it’s already on my never ending wish list.

Today I will be going back to the adventures of The infamous Cimmerian Conan, this time is Tower of the Elephant, first published in Weird Tales of March 1933.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

Short story challenge, day five

Continuing with this mini project that I am enjoying quite a lot, the next story is by famous author Garth Nix, Holly and Iron, from the anthology Wizards, same as the last mesmerizing tale by Neil Gaiman.

Described as a spooky and suspenseful adventure of two very different magical beliefs collide.

Sounds really exciting, for now, I am off to read.

azr.

Short story challenge, day four

For today’s short story I’ll be changing to the anthology edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, Wizards.

And to start things off right, the first story is from Neil Gaiman, The Witche’s Headstone, set in the world of his highly recommended The Graveyard Book, following the adventures of Nobody Owens.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Short story challenge, day three

To continue this great energy booster mini project, I’ll read the next short story on the anthology The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian, The God in the Bowl.

As with the last story, The Frost-Giant’s Daughter, I was already familiar with these adventures of Conan from their comic book adaptation by Dark Horse Comics of the 2000’s

For tomorrow, I’ll probably switch books, I’m contemplating a story from Legends II anthology, there’s one from Robin Hobb that’s making googly eyes at me.

For now, I am off to read, and get ready for a weekend filled with reading.

azr.

Short story challenge, day two

I completed successfully the first day of my new mini project, to read one short story a day for th rest of 2021.

As I say, I will be going thru some anthologies, mainly fantasy ones, and kick start my day with a short but sweet story.

Yesterday was The Phoenix on the Sword, from The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian, and today is The Frost-Giant’s Daughter, from the same book.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

Short story challenge

It is no secret that I am going thru a reading slump.

Since the beginning of 2021, I just can’t catch a good reading rhythm.

Yesterday, I was trying to put some sense of order in my bookshelves, and I came across a series of anthologies by Robert E. Howard, the famous creator of Conan The Barbarian.

It hit me, that maybe I can start my day not only with my standard issued black coffee, it can be accompanied with a short but sweet story, so I begin scheming.

For the remaining days of the year I will start my reading day with a short story, that’s 332 stories.

To kick off this new mini project, I’ll read a story from the book that inspire it, The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian.

And the first story in this anthology will be The Phoenix and the Sword, originally published on Weird Tales of December 1932.

For now, I am going off to read.

azr

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