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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
Author/Editor:

Gaston Dorren

This is a fun collection of short essays about European languages. Dorren introduces some of the smaller languages and explains some of the history and quirks of the larger ones. Along the way, he highlights the many ways languages change and interact. The result is a very enjoyable book that may also make you look at language in a new way.

Favorite Entry:

Broad and Slender Tweets

Number of Entries:
60
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Author/Editor:

M.R. Nelson

This is a collection of five classic short stories that have a "happy ending." They are all love stories, but they are quite different from each other, ranging from humorous (Akin to Love) to heartwarming (The Other Man's Wife) to a bit bittersweet (Head and Shoulders). This is the second "taster flight" of classic short stories that I have published via my Annorlunda Books imprint. (The first was Missed Chances.) Once again, I really enjoyed reading the stories over and over as I prepared the book. If you haven't read any classic short stories in awhile, give this collection a try!

Favorite Entry:

Head and Shoulders, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Number of Entries:
5
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
Published by TH owner
Author/Editor:

Jaymee Goh

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Joyce Chng

This is a collection of steampunk short stories set in Southeast Asia, written and edited by Southeast Asian authors. It takes steampunk beyond its usual setting of pseudo-Victorian England or America, and opens it up to the wider world. Half of the fun of this collection is exploring the different worlds invented in these stories- they are interesting and well built. The other half of the fun is the stories themselves, which are generally well-plotted and well told. As fun as the stories are, they also provide some food for thought, as they explore the impact of colonialism and war, and remind us that too often, we only see this region through the eyes of the colonizers.

Favorite Entry:

The Chamber of Souls

Number of Entries:
12
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Maia Chance

,

Janine A. Southard

,

Raven Oak

,

G. Clemans

The unifying theme of this fun collection of speculative fiction stories is Christmas, but each story has a completely different approach to the theme. Also, no story is dominated by the theme, so these stories would be as fun to read in June as they are in December. All of the stories are well-written and enjoyable. Some are darker than others, but none kept me awake at night, and a couple were quite light-hearted, making this a great holiday-time read.

Favorite Entry:

Escape from Yorktown, by G. Clemans

Number of Entries:
8
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
Received free copy

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