April 2018 SFF Short Fiction Reading Part II

I found time for more short stories this month! Hurrah!

“Riddle” by Ogbewe Amadin

“Riddle” is a very short story where the young protagonist is presented with a dilemma. The protagonist’s mother says that all witches are evil and that Aunty Adesuwa is a witch. But is Aunty Adesuwa evil? Idara observes her and doesn’t think so.

“Pipecleaner Sculptures and Other Necessary Work” by Tina Connolly

How does such a short flash fiction story manage to be so moving? Urgh, this story really hit me in the heart.

“Cemetery Man” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Very creepy! Catalina is a solider, and she likes to pretend to be afraid of nothing. But really, she’s terrified of the Cemetery Man and his resurrected soldiers, who lurch across battle fields, killing her side. Then, she becomes a resurrected. This story was as excellently written as I suspected of Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and I would definitely recommend it.

“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow

Books about books have an innate appeal. Or, well, short stories about books in this case. And witchy librarians? Oh, so wonderful. In this touching story, a witch knows that you have to give people the books they need… even when its against the rules.

“How to Survive an Epic Journey” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Oh, goodness. I really need to read more by Tansy Rayner Roberts, because I enjoyed the heck out of this story. It’s a feminist retelling of the Argonauts myth, told through the voice of Atlanta and focusing on the women of the story. Perfect for a feminist classics nerd like me.

“Origin Story” by Ursula Vernon

I always love Ursula Vernon’s work, and this short story is delightfully dark and enchanting. The very last fairy works in a charnel house, butchering animals and creating little monstrous creatures out of the remains.

“The Auntie” by Alyssa Wong and Wendy Xu

It’s a graphic short story! Alyssa Wong provides the text and Wendy Xu the art. It’s a sweeter, more light-hearted tale than I’m used to from Alyssa Wong, but it worked perfectly with the artwork.

Are you familiar with any of these? Have any stories you think I should read? Let me know in the comments!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. bookgazing says:

    I’ve read 5 of these 🙂 Witches Compendium was my absolute favourite story last month – soooo great at the end.

    1. I loved the ending too!

  2. Tammy says:

    I just read Pipecleaner Sculptures and wow! You were right, very powerful and it brought tears to my eyes. I’ll be checking out the rest soon😊

    1. I’m glad you liked it! I’m still amazed that a piece of flash fiction can affect me like that.

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