Shorter fiction is just as close to my heart as full-length novels are, and today’s topic lets me show that!
Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. What is a short story or novella that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors?
Here are some not-quite-books that I love.
There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls…or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home.
This is a tie-in to Leigh Bardugo’s YA tsarpunk series The Grisha Trilogy, which I love to pieces anyhow, but this chilling, sinister folktale has a beauty of its own. For those who are already Grisha fans, Leigh’s trademark Ravkan worldbuilding and ghostly mood flavor every bit of this story, and its brevity does nothing to detract from it. In fact, the memory of reading “The Witch of Duva” will only add another deeper dimension to your experience of Alina’s Ravka. If you haven’t already been introduced to this series, this short piece is a wonderful introduction. The ending has a deliciously creepy impact that will stay with you for hours, even days after you’ve finished, and the language spins a web of magic and darkness. Sharp twists on fairy-tale tropes are also immensely important While it’s a tad long for a short story, it is well worth your time. It’s all haunting and oddly breathtaking, which is really what many readers have come to expect of this brilliant author. (I know I certainly have – the conclusion to the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising, is one of my most anticipated books of the year.)
This is the story of how Ever Macintosh changed my life.
“How, Ever” is a heartbreaking, honest novelette about just a boy and just a girl – and yet so much more than that. Samantha Chaffin is an as-of-yet unpublished writer on Figment, which is a shame, because she’s got crazy skills. I’m friends (if I’m not overstepping here, haha) with her through the website, and her down-to-earth voice seeps right through into this story. The length is shorter than a novella but longer than a short story, but that isn’t off-putting in the least. To be quite honest and to embarrass myself a little, my eyes were burning with tears in front of the computer screen when I’d finished reading – probably not a great sign of sanity from the perspective of my parents.
Read. This. Samantha has an absolutely fabulous contemporary style and she deserves the love!
When android Mech6.0, saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t not meant to develop unpractical reasoning or near-emotional responses… let alone fall in love.
Of course, Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors PERIOD. Her Lunar Chronicles series does some truly groundbreaking things with fairy tales while doing its own original plot alongside it, making these books some of the most exhilarating ones I’ve ever read. So it stands to reason that this companion story, “The Little Android”, would be an entirely feels-inducing and glorious retelling of The Little Mermaid.
Enough said, actually. *points* Please click the link now for all our sakes.