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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
Author/Editor:

Christopher Conte

This is a collection of essays by Ugandan women, writing about their lives and finding their way in their changing country. The essays are presented directly, with no context or clarification for the reader unfamiliar with Uganda. This may lead you to do the occasional web search in search of context, but that is more than compensated for by the chance to read about these women's lives in their own words, without a mediator trying to tell you what it all means. The essays are wide-ranging and reflect a diverse set of experiences. Some are harrowing and some are light-hearted. Most are somewhere in between. All are illuminating and worth your time.

Favorite Entry:

Keeping the True Me Alive, by Julia Musiime

Number of Entries:
15
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
Received free copy
Author/Editor:

Sydney Phlox

This is a fun and informative collection of essays and cartoons about life in academia, specifically pre- and post-tenure at a research university in a science field. The tone is conversational, and often light-hearted, but the information imparted is real and useful for anyone pursuing or considering a career in academia, particularly in the sciences.

Favorite Entry:

Ride It Like You Stole It

Number of Entries:
106
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
Published by TH owner
Author/Editor:

Rachel Swaby

This book consists of short histories of accomplished and influential women scientists. All the ones you know are in the book, but what makes it special is that a lot of women scientists you've never heard of are in the book, too. Reading about the amazing, important things women you've never heard of have done is both eye-opening and inspiring (and a little infuriating). I found the essays to be perfect short reads for evenings when I wanted to read something to wind down at the end of the day, but didn't have much time.

Favorite Entry:

Ruth Benerito

Number of Entries:
52
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
None

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