Thanks for the kind words, Mark.
As with all such projects, the standard disclaimers apply:
1) I don’t know it all, though I occasionally act like it. (Stop laughing KatG!)
2) Stemming from number 1: I’m always looking for works I haven’t heard of so please chime in.
3) Also stemming from number 1: I am liable at some time to misstate something. Feel free to correct me. (No. Really. Don't worry about temper tantrums. Mine tend to be brief and are usually funnier than my jokes.)
In these posts I’ll concentrate on short stories, but will mention novels (full disclaimer: I’ve cheated by pulling some comments made in our “Reading in …” threads and sprucing them up some) and movies – even a couple of poems – whenever I can. I have a couple of reasons for focusing on short stories: first an aesthetic reason, the short story is like a concentrated dose of story which I think works well for creating any extreme emotional response; second, a practical reason, I can reread and write a summary of a short story rather quicker than I can novel-length works. Given the nature of last year’s lists, this will be something of a 2010-list-remix. To freshen it, though, each post will concentrate on a specific title, offer a brief summary, some other titles of interest from the author and/or titles that I think match up well with aspects of the story. Further, not quite half of the featured stories will have been first published within the last three or four years. When possible, I'll include information on where you can find the stories mentioned if you’re interested. (The Internet Speculative Fiction Database [ISFDB] has been invaluable for this.)
Starting today I'll submit a post every couple of days or so. I’ve been having a good time reading and rereading stories over the last few weeks, and I hope these posts will inspire you to track some of them down.
[Thought it might be a good idea to add a link to another thread on the forum because it includes an interesting list from Owlcroft:
Essential October Reading]