October 2016 SFF Short Story Reading Part II

There are so many quality science fiction and fantasy short stories available for free on the internet! With the state my life’s at right now, short stories are a lot more manageable than full length novels, so I’ve been exploring more of the SFF short stories available online. Some are by authors I’m already familiar with and some are by authors who are entirely new to me. While I don’t want to give a full review for each one, here’s some of the short stories I’ve been reading:

“The Star Maiden” by Roshani Chokshi.

Tala’s grandmother always tells the most fantastical stories. She says that she’s a star maiden, but as Tala grows older she begins to doubt her grandmother’s stories.

“Postcards from Monster Island” by Emily Devenport

The narrator is so sick with the flu, that she doesn’t even stir once the city starts shaking and bombs start going off. Eventually she finds out that most of the city has evacuated when a strange monster crawled out of the ocean. This was a really lovely story, and I’d highly recommend it, particularly the audio version.

“Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar.

This is an unexpectedly heart warming story that takes a simple premise and carries it through beautifully. Nadia is pulling unexpected things from her pockets, things that aren’t her’s and that she has no idea where they come from. There’s an audio version of the story read by the author.

“The Key to St. Medusa’s” by Kat Howard. 

Agatha grew up being told how to behave, how to be a good girl, how not to be a witch. But one day she grows tired of trying to constrain her life and embraces her inner witch. What results is one of the more imaginative retellings I’ve seen of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

“Breathe” by Cassandra Khaw.

I highly suggest listening to the audio version narrated by Kate Baker. A team of scientists is on some far off, water filled planet studying the only alien light form to inhabit that planet – which appears as blooms of light among the darkness of the water. A veneer of calm overlays a turbulent depth.

I really loved all these stories! It’s difficult to choose a favorite, but it would probably be either “Breathe” or “Postcards from Monster Island.”

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