The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

I remember how, that night, I lay awake in the wagon-lit in a tender, delicious ecstasy of excitement, my burning cheek pressed against the impeccable linen of the pillow and the pounding of my heart mimicking that of the great pistons ceaselessly thrusting the train that bore me through the night, away from Paris, away from girlhood, away from the white, enclosed quietude of my mother’s apartment into the unguessable country of marriage.

Plot

In The Bloody Chamber Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.

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Grim Tales by E. Nesbit

Grim Tales Edith Nesbit Book Cover

Rating: 3 Stars★★★☆☆

Edith Nesbit is best known for her children’s books. This collection, as the name suggests, is not for children. It’s a collection of ghost stories. It contains only seven stories, all of them centred on some kind of supernatural event.

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The Golden Slipper by Anna Katharine Green

The Golden Slipper Violet Strange Anna Katharine Green

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

“She’s here! I thought she would be. She’s one of the three young ladies you see in the right-hand box near the proscenium.”

Plot

Violet Strange has a secret. A vivacious socialite, she is one of the most sought-after women in New York—as a private investigator. Between well-heeled excursions to the opera and fabulous dinner parties, Violet uses her lively charms to investigate the dark side of Gilded Age society. From the daughter of an important businessman accused of theft on a grand scale, to the suspected murder-suicide of the husband and child of a society woman, to the lost will of a financier whose death greatly affected the money market, Violet expertly sleuths out hidden clues, all the while protecting her secret identity. But the greatest puzzle of all may be what compels Miss Strange to undertake this outlandish work in the first place, and what it may afford—or cost—her in the end.

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The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

The TellTale Heart and Ohter Stories Edgar Allan Poe

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

True! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?

Edgar Allan Poe has written some of my favourite short stories and poems. I have, however, never read his whole work. This book is an excellent introduction to it, with a good selection of his short stories and novellas. It also includes The Raven, though that’s the only poem in the book (I sort of missed Annabel Lee, another favourite of mine).

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Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction by Dominica Malcolm

Amok Asia Pacific Anthology Dominica Malcolm

Overall Rating of Anthology: 2.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

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All the stories in this anthology are set in the Asia-Pacific region. There are science fiction stories, fantasy stories, some that are a little bit of both and some that read like fairy talkes.

I loved that this was an anthology that focussed on the Asia-Pacific region. However, the quality of the stories varied greatly. Many were really, really short. So short, that they read more like fragments and less like stories. Others could have used another round of editing. And some were really beautiful. Overall, it was a mixed bag which did not rise to my expectations.

Read on for a detailed review of the stories in this anthology.

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Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor

Kabu Kabu Nnedi Okorafor

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Lance the Brave stood on the edge of the cliff panicking, his long blond hair blowing in the breeze.

About

Kabu Kabu – unregistered, illegal Nigerian taxis – generally get you where you need to go, but Nnedi Okorafor’s Kabu Kabu takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations.

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Top 10 Favourite Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt is all about novellas and short stories. I like a good novella, but I don’t think I have read enough to pick my top 10 favourite ones, so instead, I’m going with some of the great short stories I’ve read in the past few year. Though I have to admit it was difficult to choose only 10.

 

Unnatural Creatures CoverNocturnes by John Connolly CoverBeyond the Woods Anthology Paula Guran

 

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