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Author/Editor:

M.R. Nelson

Long time readers are probably familiar with the "taster flights" I post here from time to time. I decided to take that concept a step further and produce a "taster flight" book. The result is Missed Chances: Short Love Stories with a Hint of What Might Have Been. This is a collection of five classic love stories that all feature "the one that got away" in some fashion. They range from humorous (Aunt Philippa and the Men, by L.M. Montgomery) to tragic (The Victory, by Rabindranath Tagore), but all are excellent stories I've enjoyed reading over and over as I prepared the book.

Favorite Entry:

A Florentine Experiment, by Constance Fenimore Woolson

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

William Gibson

This is an enjoyable and interesting collection of non-fiction essays from one of the best speculative fiction writers around. The insight into the sometimes surprising ways in which people interact with technology and how that shapes our culture and cities that is evident in Gibson's fiction writing also shows here. I suspect the book has primarily been read by fans of Gibson's fiction, its potential appeal is broader than that, and I'd recommend the book to anyone who is interested in how culture evolves.

Favorite Entry:

Mr. Buk's Window

Number of Entries:
25
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Nora Ephron

When I was bemoaning the signs of age, both physical and mental, and the fact that doctor's visits often result in a diagnosis that begins with "as we age..." a friend recommended this book. It is a collection of essays that are mostly funny, sometimes thought-provoking, and always worth reading. Not all of the essays are about aging, but all offer insights into life, from a woman whose life was truly well-lived.

Favorite Entry:

I Hate My Purse

Number of Entries:
15
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Rosemary Lim

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Maisarah Bte Abu Samah

This is a collection of steampunk stories set in Singapore and Malaysia, written by local authors. The stories are inventive and fun to read. This collection is definitely worth your time if you like steampunk.

Favorite Entry:

No, They Dream of Mechanical Hearts, by Claire Cheong

Number of Entries:
7
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Amelia Gentleman

This is a collection of essays written 2011, primarily about vulnerable people in British society, and how they were getting by. For an American, it is interesting to read about how another country handles some of the problems that face all human societies. For anyone, the essays give insights into how policies impact the lives of everyday people.

Favorite Entry:

Someone to Lean On

Number of Entries:
6
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Rose Fox

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Daniel José Older

This is a fantastic collection of speculative fiction stories, all featuring characters that are often excluded from the stories we read. It is the sort of collection that you want to both devour and read slowly, because each story demands some time to settle before you go on to the next, and each new story pulls you into its world, which is completely believable and completely different from the world of the last story. I have picked a favorite story, but it was difficult, because the stories were all so good. If you like speculative fiction, you should not miss this collection. Even if you don't normally read the genre, give the collection a try: it is a great advertisement for its genre.

Favorite Entry:

Neither Witch Nor Fairy, by Nghi Vo

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

Avital Norman Nathman

This is a collection of essays about motherhood, in all of its less than perfect, real glory. I read it well after the intense days of early motherhood and enjoyed it, but I suspect that it would really speak to a new mom who is struggling to reconcile the sunny, too-perfect image of motherhood with the reality she is actually facing. Although it is not a book of advice, even more established parents are likely to find some new pieces of wisdom in these essays.

Favorite Entry:

All the Single Ladies, by Jennifer Baumgardner

Number of Entries:
36
Collection Type:
multiple author
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author/Editor:

Alice Munro

The stories in this collection all feature women whose hopes and dreams are in some way thwarted by the circumstances of life. Given that, there is a melancholy feeling to the stories, but also a beauty, as Munro masterfully captures the spirit that allows her main characters to endure and even at times thrive.

Favorite Entry:

How I Met My Husband

Number of Entries:
13
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
High
Author/Editor:

Lysley Tenorio

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.

Favorite Entry:

The Brothers

Number of Entries:
8
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
High
Author/Editor:

xTx

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.

Favorite Entry:

Standoff

Number of Entries:
23
Collection Type:
single author
Stickiness:
High

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