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  1. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) October 19, 2019 - 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 18 -- for a discussion of "The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall" by John Kenderick Bangs. This story is an old style ghost story with all the trimmings. John Bangs, an accomplished writer of stories as well as novels, spent the latter years of 19th century working as an editor for Harpers Magazines (at that time he also served as the chief of the humor sections of all three of Harpers publications: Harper's Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Harper's Young People.) This selection is a fine example of his writing, and it provides us with a back story on the ghost as well as a well crafted method of elimination of the problem. I think you will enjoy it. The story is available on line at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/WateGhos.shtml Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  2. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) October 12, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 13th -- for a discussion of "One Last Wish" by Robert Hasker. It is a gentle little story about a man with premonitions of death. It has a moral...that being: be careful what you wish for, you might get it. I think you will enjoy the story and the somewhat predictable twist at the end, The story is found on line on a reliable source of free short stories, East of the Web at this url: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/OneLast1088.shtml Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 (choose your nickname -- if your nick is registered you will have to identify after you join the chat) mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner The story is interesting and fun. I feel certain you will like it. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  3. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) October 5th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 6th -- for a discussion of "Iron Monsters" by Emily Devenport. The story is a recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post. It discusses cultural differences through a tale of a not to distant future involving indian tribes (or are they indigenous peoples) and white men. It's a really good story, and it looks at bigotry from several different angles. The story is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/09/iron-monsters/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 (choose your nickname -- if your nick is registered you will have to identify after you join the chat) mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  4. Sci Fi Azimov: Novels: Foundation series I Robot The Gods Themselves Shorts: Nightfall Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Game Frank Herbert Dune David Drake Hammers’ Slammers series Anne McCafferty Dragon Flight Larry Niven Ring World w/ Jerry Pournelle Lucifer’s Hammer The Mote in God’s Eye Fantasy Tolkien Novels: Lord of the Rings (trilogy) The Hobbit Historical Fiction Follet Pillars of the Earth Eco The Name of the Rose Shaara, Wm The Killer Angels Sullivan, Mark Beneath a Scarlet Sky Cold War Le Carre The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Clancy The Hunt for Red October (and all the Jack Ryan Series)
  5. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) September 28, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 29th -- for a discussion of "Hall of Small Mammals" by Thomas Pierce. Pierce is a relatively new author, recently graduated from The University of Virginia's Creative Writing Program. This story is the title tale of his first published collection of short stories. The story deals with the challenges of acting as a new parent to a modern young teenager. It's an interesting tale and I think we will have a lot of fun discussing it. The story is available on line at: https://lithub.com/hall-of-small-mammals/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  6. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) September 21, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 22nd -- for a discussion of "The Oblong Box" by Edgar Allen Poe. We have discussed many of Poe's stories, and we have always found them interesting. Poe ( 1809 to 1849 ) was a prolific writer of short stories, poetry, and essays, and is considered to be the father of the detective story and was credited by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as having provided the inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes character. Since his early death, Poe has grown into what amounts to a cult phenomena, with many of his tales being used as the basis for horror movies and television shows. "The Oblong Box" tells the tale of some strange passengers on an ill fated voyage from South Carolina to New York by sailing ship. The story is available on line at: s web site at: http://www.free-short-stories.org.uk/edgar-allen-poe-the-oblong-box.htm Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  7. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) September 14, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 15th -- for a discussion of "The Long Watch" by Robert A. Heinlein. Robert A. Heinlein (1907 -- 1988) is considered one of the three most influential authors of modern science fiction (the other two being Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asimov). He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval officer until forced to accept an early medical retirement in the mid 1930's. He returned to school and studied aeronautical engineering, and worked for the Navy as a civilian engineer through World War II. After the war he devoted most of his time to writing, both science fiction and science articles. His stories are based on "hard science", that is factual science rather than imagination. During his earlier stories and novels, his themes trend towards military ones, focusing on loyalty, sacrifice, and heroism. This story was written during the early days of the cold war when the threat of nuclear war had risen to the level of national paranoia (a bomb shelter in every back yard). I think you will enjoy the story and appreciate the thematic content. The story is available on line at: https://www.baen.com/Chapters/1439133417/1439133417___4.htm Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  8. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on September 6, 2019 (00:30 A.M., September 7th (GMT)), for a discussion of "The Golden Vanity" by Ben Lerner. The story was originally published in The New Yorker Magazine in 2012. One reviewer has described the story as: "A neurotic, parodically self-aware author waits to discuss his archives with a librarian. A year earlier, in advance of oral surgery, he frets over the metaphysical implications of “twilight sedation” with his wryly patient friend, Liza. The rest of the story, more or less, is what happens in between. “The Golden Vanity” is a Nabokovian chronological puzzle, and probably just a bit too clever for its own good. But if you think about it long and hard enough, it will break your heart." It took me a bit of time with a good dictionary to understand what the reviewer was saying, but I finally decided that she meant that the story was good enough to warrant reading it while at the same time pointing the finger of ridicule at the oft pretentious selections of The New Yorker, The Story is available on line at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/06/18/the-golden-vanity Meeting Place: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Don't forget to bring a friend.
  9. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 31, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 1st -- for a discussion of "The Jaunt" by Steven King. This story is typical Steven King, sort of SyFy and sort of Horror. The term Jaunt referring to an ability to teleport over long distances first appeared in the 1950s in The Stars My Destination, a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester. This story uses Bester's idea in a slightly different manner and develops ot into a rather horrifying image of a possible future. If you enjoy Steven King you will enjoy this story. Even those of us who are not particularly fond of King's works should find the story entertaining The story is available on line at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Mew0gEo47xMVRwcF95TzFXZ3c/view Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  10. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 24th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 25th -- for a discussion of "Thicker Than Water" by Michae Subjack. The story is an amusing little crime story with a bit of horror thrown in for good measure. I think your will find it entertaining. The story is available on line at East of the Web at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Thicthen1086.shtml Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner The story is a short one. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  11. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 17, 2019 - 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 18- for a discussion of "The Brand of Cain" by Ward Sterling. This story is an old style mystery, where sufficient clues are provided during the development of the tale to allow us readers to figure it out, but where the detective must solicit a confession from the guilty party during a dramatic revelation during the final confrontation involving all of the possible perpetrators. That structure, collection of facts with a final confrontation is a successful one used by a number of books and screenplays, like the Agatha Christie Mysteries, or the "Murder She Wrote" and "Monk" TV shows. I think you will enjoy this story/ The story is available on line at: https://www.talesofmurder.com/short-stories/brand-of-cain/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  12. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 10, 2019 - 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 11 - for a discussion of "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" by Steven Crane. We have discussed several of Crane's stories in the past and we have always had interesting discussions about them. This story tells a tale of the "old west" where men were men and women weren't. In a somewhat humorous way it delves into the culture and mores of 19th century Texas. Crane specialized in stories of the wild frontiers of America, from cowboys in Texas to 48ers in California to prospectors in Alaska. He was a master of capturing the flavor of the primitive societies he described. He is probably most known for his short novel, "The Red Badge of Courage" which describes the fears of a young soldier in the American Civil War. This story is available on the author's web site at: https://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/crane/bride.htm Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Please note, this story is a bit longer than our usual selections. It is; however; written in a straight forward manner and can be read without pausing to reread sentences to figure out what the writer meant and, therefore should not take too awfully long to read. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  13. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 3rd, 2019 -00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 4th -- for a discussion of "The Locket" by Kate Chopin. We have discussed several of Chopin's stories, and we have always found them interesting. Kate O'Flaherty (1850 -1904) was born in St Louis, Missouri and in 1870 married Oscar Chopin, the son of a wealthy Louisiana cotton grower. She lived in Louisiana with her husband until his death from swamp fever (malaria) in 1882. She returned to St Louis where she took up writing to support herself and her children. She scandalized the 19th century and triggered a revolution in the 20th. She set her stories in New Orleans and in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana—a lush Creole world that awakened desire and longings for freedom. Lost for over half a century, her fiction has been unearthed and rediscovered for our time. "The Locket" examines the heartbreak of a young woman on receiving the news of her suitors death in combat, and her surprise on learning the truth about his last hours in battle. This story is available on the author's web site at: https://www.pbs.org/katechopin/library/locket.html Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) July 27th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) July 28th -- for a discussion of "Second Fiddle" by Edward Marston. An accepted collection of evidence, although entirely circumstantial, is often considered sufficient for a finding of guilt, those circumstances being the means of commission, the opportunity to commit the act, and the motive. In this story, our erstwhile hero, has all three.....the strength to push a victim from a boat into the water, the presence of the victim on the same boat at the same time as the protagonist, and a deep seated resentment against the victim by our potential murderer. The only problem with the prosecution is that the potential murderer saves the potential victim's life. The story is found in the archives of The Strand Magazine (the magazine specializes on publishing previously unpublished or unknown stories by famous authors as well as new stories by developing new talent.) This interesting study of the planning and abortive conduct of "a perfect crime" is found ln line at: https://strandmag.com/the-magazine/short-stories/second-fiddle/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner The story is interesting and fun. I feel certain you will like it. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
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