Review of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu. ★★★1/2 While I never made it through The Grace of Kings, I’ve discovered that I quite like some of Ken Liu’s shorter fiction. The Paper Menagerie is an anthology of his shorter fiction, much of which has science fiction or fantasy elements. The stories tend to be concept focused rather than…

August 2017 SFF Short Fiction Reading Part One

I’ll admit, I read most of these stories in July, but my posting schedule didn’t leave me with a free day for short stories any sooner. Many of these are from the recommendations for queer short stories I received on Twitter (I’m still going through them!), although I’ve been exploring other stories as well.

Review of Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer

Gift of the Winter King and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer. ★★★ This short fiction collection contains some of Naomi Kritzer’s short stories from 2011 or before. Unfortunately, I think I prefer her more recent short fiction. That said, I enjoyed seeing her progress as an author. A lot of the stories in the collection involve religion…

Review of The New Voices of Fantasy Edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman. ★★★★ What a great collection! The New Voices of Fantasy is a collection of recent (2010 or later) fantasy short stories by emerging authors, as selected by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn. I picked the collection up because I already recognized some of…

Review of The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer

The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer. ★★★ Short fiction collections always have stories that are a mix of quality and taste, but by and large I found The Best of Subterranean to be disappointing. The majority of stories didn’t work for me at all. By far my favorite story in the collection was by Ted Chiang, which…

June 2017 SFF Short Fiction Reading Part III

Yes, I’ve got more short fiction to share with you this month! All of these came from the many recommendations for queer SFF from lovelies on twitter. As I may have mentioned, I got a lot of recs. You’ll be seeing stories from that twitter thread for some time to come.

June 2017 SFF Short Fiction Reading Part II

I’m still working on all the queer SFF short story recs! Oh my goodness, there are so many of them. But all the stories I’ve read thus far have been really great. At this point it’s likely going to be more than one list. Most likely I’ll sort stories into groups of ten for a…

June 2017 SFF Short Fiction Reading Part I

I’ve got an entire folder of bookmarked short stories, but it feels like for everyone I read two more get added! There’s just so many good science fiction and fantasy short stories out there that I never get to as many as I intend. However, I’m certain I’ll be reading more this month. I’m working…