Review: “A Bridge Under Water” by Tom Bissell

I don’t know how I feel about “A Bridge Under Water” by Tom Bissell. The writing is descriptive and just captures the newlywed couple in the story perfectly. The man loved games of all kinds. Obscure board games, video games manufactured prior to 1990, any and all word games, but …

Review: “Housewifely Arts” by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Image source: Wikipedia “Housewifely Arts” by Megan Mayhew Bergman really struck me. It’s about a single mother whose actions and thoughts seem to be both random and to make sense. She is on a quest to visit her deceased mother’s old parrot, a bird that could imitate her mother exactly, …

Cooling Down with AC: “The Witness for the Prosecution”

I’ve been an Agatha Christie fan for years, but have only started reading short stories on a regular basis within the last couple of years, so most of her short stories are new to me, “The Witness for the Prosecution is no exception. The story was originally published in Flynn’s …

Review: “Ceiling” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’m developing a true appreciation of short stories. I’ve only started reading them regularly in the last year or so. I don’t feel as connected to the characters of as invested in them as I do with a novel, but each phrase, each action because so much more important in …

Wild West Week: “War Party” by Louis L’Amour

Image source: The Creative Mama I always associate Louis L’Amour with my grandfather. I can remember him reading his Westerns, and I think I may have even read a couple way back when. He is one of the great, and most well-known, western authors. “War Party” is probably one of …

“Bronsky’s Dates with Death” by Peter David

“Bronsky’s Dates with Death” is an unusual story. Bronsky is a retired salesman. He’s a talker, but he always tells the truth, tells his honest opinion. He can’t help it, even if he might hurt someone’s feelings. And now he can’t help talking about death. He’s fine with it, with …