When I decided I was going to try to do a 365 project, and decided to go with short stories, I realized just how many anthologies I had in my house - whether or not I was in them - and how many are coming out over the next few years that I've got on my radar. Any anxiety I was feeling about whether or not I'd find enough stories was pretty much handled at that point. I had enough for a year-long trip. At least.
Speaking of trips...
My husband and I took a train trip on our honeymoon. We rode the Silver-Blue all the way from British Columbia to Toronto. It was wonderful, and magical, and beautiful... and not very romantic, since every night when we got back to our compartment, they'd made up our bunk-beds for the night.
All the trains in Riding the Rails are definitely worth a ride. And they're certainly more, um, romantic. There are no moments that end up with bunk-beds.
"Highland Sleeper," by Jeff Mann
Didn't I just talk about a Jeff Mann story in a Jerry L. Wheeler anthology? I did. Huh.
As you might imagine, this train involves some rope and some restraint, and Mann's lyrical turn of phrase with the masculine sweat couples up with a jewel heist and a man hired by a Duke to recover the jewel and the prize of his choice. A handsome thief might just be the right thing up for grabs, though...
All the tales in Riding the Rails surprised me with their range of ideas, but as always, Jeff Mann channeled some uniqueness that made me smile - the joy his character takes in chasing, capturing (and manhandling) the thief, and the culture and language that build such a setting in so short a time.