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Author/Editor:

The Book Smugglers

This is an anthology of five superhero origin stories. The five stories are all really different from each other, but they are all also really good and well-written. I really enjoyed the various takes on the superhero origin story theme. I have a soft spot for quirky superhero stories, but I think anyone who enjoys light-hearted speculative fiction would enjoy this collection. It is just a lot of fun.

Favorite Entry:

Kid Dark Against the Machine, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Number of Entries:
5
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

M.R. Nelson

This is my fourth "taster flight" of classic short stories, and it may be my favorite. This anthology has six classic short stories about women's lives. They are classics (and in the public domain), so all are old, but they resonate with my modern experience of being a woman surprisingly well. I defy any woman who has ever worked in a male-dominated field to read the first story in this book (A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell) and not nod her head in recognition at times. The anthology includes stories by Kate Chopin, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Mary Lerner, Edna Ferber, and Willa Cather, as well. As has been the case with my earlier flights, these stories stood up well to the repeated re-readings that occurred during the process of building and formatting this book. I think you'll enjoy them, too!

Favorite Entry:

A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell

Number of Entries:
6
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
Published by TH owner
Author/Editor:

Rose Lemberg

This is a difficult anthology to describe. The best I can do is to say it is an anthology of very short speculative fiction stories, all of which explore what language (and speculative fiction) can be made to convey. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but all of the stories were interesting. Because the stories are very short, it made perfect "dip in when I have a few minutes" reading, and these stories brightened many lunchtimes for me! This anthology may not be for everyone, but if you're the sort that like stories that bend your brain a bit, you'll probably really like it.

Favorite Entry:

The River's Children, by Shweta Narayan

Number of Entries:
27
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Daniel José Older

This is such a fun collection to read! I had heard a lot of good things about this book, and it was a rare case of a book living up to the buzz. It is a collection of related stories about a multiracial group of characters in New York City, with the twist that some of the characters are dead, or partly dead. But it is not a collection of creepy ghost stories. The characters (even the dead ones!) are alive and vibrant, the stories are action packed and fun, and result is something unique and sort of magical. For me, the best short story collections have to be read slowly, because I need to pause after each story to let the story I just finished "settle" before I go on. This collection falls into that category: as much as I enjoyed reading it, I could not rush through it.

Favorite Entry:

The Passing

Number of Entries:
13
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Ceridwen Dovey

Each story in this quirky and interesting collection is told in the voice of an animal who has died. All of the animals die due to human folly, mostly involving war, but somehow this does not make the book depressing. Instead, it illuminates the common thread of humanity that makes us worth the trouble despite all of our flaws. This is an engrossing and entertaining book, but one that I think is best read slowly, to allow plenty of time to think about and absorb each story before moving on to the next.

Favorite Entry:

A Letter to Sylvia Plath (Soul of Dolphin)

Number of Entries:
10
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Jim Harrison

This collection of essays is nominally about food and eating, but is actually about understanding life and what matters in it. It has a strongly male viewpoint, which I normally find off-putting. But in this case, every time I thought I would just put it down and go find something else to read, there would be some thought-provoking insight or interesting turn of phrase, and I'd be drawn back in. In the end, I enjoyed the collection rather a lot, but I found it worked best for me in small doses. If you love fine food and wine, or have ever wondered what motivates someone who does, this is the book of essays for you. Neither of those things describes me, but I still enjoyed it. I don't think I could read it in large chunks, but the essay format made it easy to divide it up such that I enjoyed the book despite being fairly convinced I wasn't the target audience at all.

Favorite Entry:

Wine

Number of Entries:
38
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Papatia Feauxzar

This short book of flash fiction is a wide-ranging, fun, and at times thought-provoking collection of snapshots of the human condition. If you like flash fiction, definitely check this one out. If you've never tried flash fiction, this is a good choice of a book to give it a try. The characters are sharply drawn, which is important is such short stories, and the stories themselves are interesting.

Favorite Entry:

Mixed Matches NonBinaries

Number of Entries:
11
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

M.R. Nelson

This is a collection of six classic short ghost stories. It is the third "taster flight" I've published via Annorlunda Books, and like the other two (Missed Chances and Love and Other Happy Endings), it has a unifying theme. In this case, the theme is that all of these ghost stories feature a child in some way, which I think gives a certain undertone of sweetness to the spooky stories. If you want to read something sort of spooky to get in the mood for Halloween but don't care for all out horror stories, this collection is just the thing for you.

Favorite Entry:

The Old Nurse's Story, by Elizabeth Gaskell

Number of Entries:
6
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
Published by TH owner
Author/Editor:

Janine A. Southard

This is a fun anthology of stories that all feature an iPhone with some extra capabilities. The magic the iPhones perform varies widely across the stories, and part of the fun of the anthology is seeing all the different ways the authors address the theme. The stories are all interesting and well-written, too, and work on their own and not just as part of the anthology. All in all, this is a a great book to pick up if you're in the mood for some diverting fantasy that might just make you look at your smartphone in a slightly different light.

Favorite Entry:

Drive You Home, by J.S. Rogers

Number of Entries:
20
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
Received free copy
Author/Editor:

Saladin Ahmed

This is a collection of fantasy short stories, all of which contain some element of Islam or the Middle East. Beyond that one unifying aspect, though, the stories are wide-ranging, encompassing a cowboy story, a story set in modern LA, a story set in the far future, and stories set in fantasy worlds. All of the stories are well told, inventive, and entertaining, and while some are stronger than others, even the weakest story is fun to read.

Favorite Entry:

Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride

Number of Entries:
8
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None

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