Accomplished two things nicely: gave some life to Maxon, especially his interpersonal relationships, and let you see his side of his first two interacAccomplished two things nicely: gave some life to Maxon, especially his interpersonal relationships, and let you see his side of his first two interactions with America.
== notes == read for a second time 2/13/14-2/14/14...more
Picked this up for the Harry Dresden story. Horror really isn't my thing, so you should take all of my ratings with a grain of salt.
Jim Butcher's I waPicked this up for the Harry Dresden story. Horror really isn't my thing, so you should take all of my ratings with a grain of salt.
Jim Butcher's I was a Teenage Bigfoot - Nothing special. Just had something lacking, perhaps because it was so very short that Butcher didn't have time to pull together his usual interesting mesh of story. Still, I enjoyed getting to meet River Shoulders and Irwin again (the only reason this gets a 3 (okay) instead of a 2 (don't bother). (3)
Joel A. Sutherland's Blood-Red Greens - So. Very. Boring. (2, but didn't finish)
Kelley Armstrong's V Plates
Christopher Golden's Put On a Happy Face
E. S. Magill's Devil's Contract
Eric James Stone's Nine-Tenths of the Law
Jeff Strand's Scrumptious Bone Bread
Mark Onspaugh's Let That Be a Lesson to You
Mike Baron's Mint in Box
J. G. Faherty's Great Zombie Invasion of 1979
Stephen Dorato's Dating After the Apocalypse
Jeff Ryan's Typecast
Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn's Making the Cut
Will Ludwigsen's Acknowledgements
Heather Graham's Mannequin
Daniel Pyle's Short Term
Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Distressed Travelers
L.A. Banks's Bayou Brawl
John Alfred Taylor's Steeple People
David Sakmyster's For Sale
Norman Prentiss's Man Who Could Not Be Bothered to Die
Don D'Ammassa's Last Demon
Adrian Ludens's A Misadventure to Call Your Own
Chris Abbey's Smoke and Mirrorballs
D.L. Snell's Brians!!
Ken Lillie-Paetz's Still Life
Sherrilyn Kenyon's A Day in the Life - Cute concept, but not a compelling story. (2)
Lisa Morton's Old MacDonald Had an Animal Farm
Brad C. Hodson's Two for Transylvania
Lucien Soulban's Four Horsemen Reunion Tour: An Apocumentary ...more
Spellbound by L A Banks - Favorite story so far was the very first one, about the Hatfield and McCoy familiPicked this up for the Harry Dresden story.
Spellbound by L A Banks - Favorite story so far was the very first one, about the Hatfield and McCoy families. Will go looking to see if I can find other short stories along this line. Not sure I could handle the dialect for a long novel though. (5)
Something Borrowed by Jim Butcher - Weddings have power, and it just wouldn't be Harry's world if Billy and Georgia's wedding went off without a hitch, so Butcher decides to throw some revenge from a past villain in to liven things up. This story was good, but somehow just not quite the quality I've come to expect from Butcher. (3)
Dead Man's Chest by Rachel Caine - I loved the arc of the story, but at least once or twice per page I felt like putting it down and not bothering to continue. (3)
"All Shook Up" by P.N. Elrod - Elvis impersonator. Never hooked me, stopped after a few pages. (no rating, didn't read enough)
The Wedding of Wylda Serene by Esther M. Friesner
Charmed by the Moon by Laurie Handeland
Tacky by Charlaine Harris
A Hard Day's Night-Searcher by Sherrilyn Kenyon
"...Or Forever Hold Your Peace" by Susan Krinard...more
Picked this up for the Harry Dresden story. Read almost all of the stories included, though I skipped 2.5 about 2/3 of the way through.
My very favoritPicked this up for the Harry Dresden story. Read almost all of the stories included, though I skipped 2.5 about 2/3 of the way through.
My very favorite was A Handful of Ashes by Garth Nix, with the Dresden story (B is for Bigfoot) coming in second, and __ and Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow by Margo Lanagan as strong honorable mentions.
Introduction: Looking Under the Hat by Jonathan Strahan - Nice introduction. Good summary of the thread that ties the compilation together and his motivation for compiling it. Interesting facts about subject matter (witches). (3)
Stray Magic by Diana Peterfreund - Really enjoyed this story about a stray magical dog (view spoiler)[(a familiar who had been found alone by the side of a highway) and a volunteer at an animal shelter who turns out to have significant unrecognized magical talents (hide spoiler)]. (5)
Payment Due by Frances Hardinge - Interesting premise and followthrough, but it just didn't hook me. (3)
A Handful of Ashes by Garth Nix - By far my favorite story in the book, and the only setting I felt compelled to look for additional stories about. (Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any.) Nice world-building, good exposition, and I love (view spoiler)[the dash of exciting but non-stressful adventure at the end (hide spoiler)]. (5)
Barrio Girls by Charles de Lint - Again, nice story (as I expect form Charles de Lint) but didn't resonate for me. (3)
Felidis by Tanith Lee - (3)
Witch Work by Neil Gaiman - It was a fine poem, but I wasn't in the mood for a poem. (3)
The Education of a Witch by Ellen Klages - A girl who takes Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty as her favorite Disney idol. Nicely different ideas, and well-encapsulated. Also does a nice job handling parents who are unintentionally neglectful, and some reactions children have to new babies in the house. (3)
The Threefold World by Ellen Kushner - Meh. Interesting moral, really boring writing. (2)
The Witch in the Wood by Delia Sherman - I really enjoyed the portion of this story that I read, but I stopped reading partway through, just didn't have enough momentum I suppose. (3)
Which Witch by Patricia A. McKillip - Couldn't get into it.
B is for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher - Great lessons around bullying. I disliked the interactions with the antagonist, but loved the rest of the story. (5)...more
A friend read this story to me freshman year of college. Since then I've sought it out several more times, and recommended to numerous friends.
I thinkA friend read this story to me freshman year of college. Since then I've sought it out several more times, and recommended to numerous friends.
I think it's a better story when read without any spoilers or descriptions at all - so I'll leave you with the admonition to find and read Melancholy Elephants, and hope you trust me that it will be well worth your time....more
Missile Gap An alternate history sci-fi novella where aliens intervene just after the Cuban Missile crisis to move the Earth's continents and inhabitanMissile Gap An alternate history sci-fi novella where aliens intervene just after the Cuban Missile crisis to move the Earth's continents and inhabitants onto a diskworld in another galaxy.
This is a short story collection. I read the kindle sample, which included the first story and the very beginning of the second. I'll definitely returThis is a short story collection. I read the kindle sample, which included the first story and the very beginning of the second. I'll definitely return to this in the future, though it looks like the collection will be at least somewhat depressing. Reviews by story.
Dasi Concise, to-the-point writing in a very pleasant style. The subject was less pleasant, but I'm still happy I read it....more