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“The Brothers Wham!” Selected for Best of The Net Anthology 2014

Brothers-What1Congratulations to Megan Giddings and her New Voices story “The Brothers Wham!” It was selected for publication and will appear in The Best of the Net Anthology 2014, a project that promotes the diverse and growing collection of stories published online.

“The Brothers Wham!” by Megan Giddings

It’s easy to assume that when people hear George Michael sing and sigh, “that’s a voice that can raise the dead,” they’re just complimenting him. It’s not a compliment. It’s true. I experienced it. His voice is an alarm clock urging all dead within hearing distance to rise.

It was a little over five years since I’d died when his voice penetrated through the soil and my casket’s lid. My bones started clanking, reforming, growing solid. The coming together shook loose the ant colony that had burrowed into the cardboard. It ejected the maggots and broke off the long-ends of my fingernails. Flesh grew back. My face became firm again and my eyelids filled out, thin and crepey. I heard the satisfying slurp of my spleen growing back crimson and full. My heart played a cadence and then returned to a steady rhythm. Rapids of blood flowed from it, making my body whole.

Read the rest of the story, here.

Goodreads Choice Awards

The Goodreads Choice Awards are a lot like the People’s Choice Awards. At a time where many major publications are announcing their top books of the year, Goodreads turned to its readership to find out which books should be considered “The Best”. Take a look at the winners by category below. While we agree with some (Gone Girl for best Mystery & Thriller and Oregon author Cheryl Strayed’s, Wild for best Memoir) there are a few on the list that have left us scratching our heads.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Mystery & Thriller
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Historical Fiction
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Memoir & Autobiography
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

History & Biography
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Science Fiction
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Young Adult Fiction
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

Paranormal Fantasy
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Goodreads Author
Veronica Roth

Food & Cookbook
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond

Graphic Novel & Comic
The Walking Dead, Vol 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman, Illustrated by Charlie Adlard

Children’s Book
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Picture Book
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer