Suggestion Saturday: June 7, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

Graveyard Shift via prnancarrow. Everything I want to say about this post will give away spoilers. Sometimes stories work better if you go into them without any clue what they might be about, and I think this is one of them.

Be More Like Dandelion. Dandelions have always been my favourite flower. This is why.

The Face of Evil via CGAyling. I’m sharing this with the knowledge that it might offend some of my readers, but I’m willing to take that risk.

Litany for My Mother’s Body. This is quite the story.

Spilled Milk: Dads and Bras via davidbadash. Hilarious! I wonder how these dads would have handled a daughter like me who couldn’t care less about these things?

From The Great American Chain Gang:

Compensation varies from state to state and facility to facility, but the median wage in state and federal prisons is 20 and 31 cents an hour, respectively.

Because inmate workers are not considered “employees” under the law, they have none of the protections that word implies.


A Guide to Being Born is the most inventive short story collection I’ve read in 2014.

It’s difficult to discuss the plots of any of these tales without giving away spoilers, but I was impressed by every single one of them. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be “Safe Passage.” In it a group of elderly women mysteriously find themselves travelling on a massive ship. None of them can remember how they got there and no one has any clue where they’re going.

I figured out what was (probably) going on pretty quickly, but I still loved the process of sifting through all of their theories. This story, like all of the ones in this collection, has complex characters that I really enjoyed getting to know.

What have you been reading?

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