Short stories may not take as long as novels to put together, but that doesn't make them any easier to perfect.
Crafting a short story that really sings off the page — one that stays with the reader after the book's been slotted back on the shelf — is no easy feat.
There are plenty of people who have one hell of a talent for it, though.
From libraries and hospitals to pressed roses and foot fetishes, here are some short stories from female British writers you badly need to check out. Read more...
1. "When the Door Closed, It Was Dark", by Alison Moore (published in The Best British Short Stories 2011)More about Books, Women, Reading, Short Stories, and Helen Oyeyemi
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Neil Patrick has a new trick up his sleeve.
Harris, currently starring in Netflix's adaptation of Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events, is known for doing, well, a bit of everything in the entertainment industry — He sings, he acts, he performs magic, he's a producer.
And now he has a new title to add to his extensive resume: children's book author.
In November, Harris will debut his first novel for young readers, The Magic Misfits.
The book stars runaway street magician Carter who, along with a group of fellow magicians, is tasked with stopping the greedy B.B. Bosso from wreaking havoc on a sleepy New England town. For the novel, Neil also channeled his own passion and expertise for magic by adding practical magic tricks that kids can learn. Read more...More about Magic, Mashreads, Mashreads Podcast, Neil Patrick Harris, and The Magic Misfits