The Man Who Owns Little

This is an epistolary story examining the end of a friendship between two men. Pothier has a genius for portraying the difficulties and beauty of human relationships, and this story does not disappoint in that regard.

Author: 

Mark Ernest Pothier

Alan Turing: Unlocking the Enigma

This is a concise and well-written biography of Alan Turing, perfect for someone who is interested in knowing a bit about Turing and his work, but doesn't want to do the deep dive into the topic that a longer biography would entail

Author: 

David Boyle

Taster Flight: Travel

It is time for another taster flight! To recap, a taster flight is a pairing of three or four short ebooks that all explore a similar topic. Today's taster flight is travel, and specifically our motivations for traveling.

Monstress

The stories in this collection are about the Filipino experience, both in the US and in the Philippines. They tend to examine the darker side of this experience, but they often include a glimmer of hope, where the reader can see a path forwards to happiness that the characters could take. The writing is beautiful, and the author's insights into human nature are keen, and focused on characters and aspects of life that we often overlook.

Burning Girls

Magic and history combine in this engrossing story of two Jewish sisters who flee Poland to come to America, only to find that the demon they thought they'd left behind came, too.

Author: 

Veronica Schanoes

The Nigerian-Nordic Girl's Guide to Lady Problems

This is a beautifully-written and at times funny story about the unlikely topic of fibroids. The author uses her condition to explore her place in the two cultures of her heritage, and the result is a thought-provoking a wonderful story.

Author: 

Faith Adiele

The Tale of the Wicked

This is a standard space fight short story- with a hell of a twist. In typical John Scalzi fashion, the story will entertain you AND leave you thinking.

Author: 

John Scalzi

A Taster Flight of Stories about Love

You may have noticed that I never recommend any romance books here. It is not that I am opposed to the depiction of love in the stories I read. It is not that at all- Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. The problem is that I am having a hard time finding good, well-written romance short ebooks to recommend. A steamy love scene is not enough to make me overlook the fact that the rest of the book is dreck. If you have recommendations for romance short ebooks I should check out, definitely leave them in the comments.

Normally Special

The stories in this collection are mostly dark, and often disturbing, but they are always compelling. They explore how people react to difficult situations, and the characters' reactions are far from perfect. But the characters are more believable for this, and the sympathy with which they are treated ultimately makes this collection less dark than a summary of the stories would imply.

Pretty Bird

This is an unsettling story, but it is well told and the fast-paced plot draws you in. It is set in a dystopic future in which all animals have been killed due to a plague of some sort, which makes it very strange for a bird to show up on our protagonist's front porch. Things just get weirder from there.

Author: 

Eli Nixon

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