Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Deal Me In: Catch-Up Post #2

I'm still behind with my reports on my participation in Jay's 7th annual Deal Me In Challenge for 2017. Spring is tough for me--graduate application to our English MA/MFA/PhD programs make life a bit hectic. The end is in sight, though, and hopefully I'll get back on track. Here are the cards and stories that went by when we weren't looking...

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Week #15: Eight of Clubs = "The Mystery of the Steel Room" by Thomas W. Hanshew from The World's Best One Hundred Detective Stories Vol. 7 by Eugene Thwing. Hanshew's detective, Cleek, is back--this time he has been asked to discover who is after a famous racehorse and how the villains are getting into a locked stable where the horse is guarded in an impenetrable steel cage. Two men have been attacked while guarding the horse--the first was left paralyzed and the second was murdered outright. Cleek discovers not only who and how--but the deeper objective behind the attacks.

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Week #16: Two of Diamonds = "Phallicide" by Charles Sheffield from The Year's Best Science Fiction 17th Annual Collection by Gardner Dozois, ed. Sheffield's story of the not-so-distant future tells of a brilliant young woman whose scientific mind gets her away from a domineering, patriarchal religious group. The group wants her to use her scientific talents to produce a drug that will keep their Blessed Leader "up" to the job of fathering future generations, but Doctor Rachel may have other plans.

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Week  #17: Ace of Hearts = "The Blast of the Book" by G. K. Chesterton from Murder by Experts by Ellery Queen, ed. Father Brown teaches a scientist interested in the paranormal and psychic phenomena how to distinguish between what is really there and what isn't when a clergyman comes along with a story about a cursed book which makes people disappear.

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