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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Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold by Paula Guran

Beyond the Woods Anthology Paula Guran

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Best of the Bunch

  • Halfway People by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Beyond the Naked Eye by Rachel Swirsky
  • Good Hunting by Ken Liu

An overall very good collection of fairy tale, with each author adding his or her own unique twist to some well-known and some not very known tales. Read on for a more detailed review of each story.

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Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful by Paula Guran

Witches Wicked Wild and Wonderful Anthology

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

 

1. Walpurgis AfternoonDelia Sherman

2 Stars

A couple wake up in the morning to find that a Victorian townhouse has sprung up on the empty plot next door. But that is not the only strange thing about their new neighbours.

A horticolutralist and an AI researcher who are also a witches? Sounds cool, but the story was all over the place and didn’t work for me.

 

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Warrior Women by Paula Guran

Warrior Women Cover

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

About

Warrior Women is an anthology edited by Paula Guran that puts women front and center. There are many ways to be a warrior and many ways to tell the story of one. This anthology collects a variety of stories, arranged around five different themes: Swords (&Spears&Arrows&Axes) & Sorcery, Just Yesterday & Perhaps Just Beyond Tomorrow, Somewhere Between Myth & Possibility, Space Aria and Will No War End All War?

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