A strange Eritrean coin travels from lovers to thieves, gathering stories before meeting its match. Google becomes sentient and proceeds toward an existential crisis. An idealistic dancer on a generation ship makes an impassioned plea for creativity and survival ...more
Do you want to read this? It seems more likely than that I would, after all, y ...more
What else should I expect from someone who reads copiously and discerns with great verve?
But then there comes the introduction. She admits to experime ...more
I always find short stories to be an eclectic mix of good and bad, and this was no exception, with some poetry and plays thrown in for good measure.
Starlings covers the more folk and myths aspect of stories with a wide variety of settings, from a travelling coin who exchanges hands from thieves to lovers, to a retelling of Snow White (which I think was my favourite). There's even a story about artificial intelligence and the conce ...more
Jo Walton has a way of choosing pitch perfect voices for her stories and they all sounded completely different depending on the genre she chose. She tells stor ...more
-Three Twilight Tales
-Jane Austen to Cassandra
-The Panda Coin
-At the Bottom of the Garden
-I can't remember the title, but the story is about people on a generation ship headed to a planet
-Three Shouts on a Hill (A Play)
Half of the book consists in poems (which I did not read) and the other half in short stories. I read five of them and stopped. I just could not get into them.
One story is a version of Snow White, t ...more
This is Jo Walton’s first short story collection and she prefaces this collection with acknowledging that she isn’t very good at right short stories. I think that it is important to keep that in mind when embarking into this collection. Not all of these stories are good, in fact an awful lot of them are… well, awful. It is a horrible collection and I have read for worse, but this isn’t a particularly strong collection. Starlings is comprised of short stories, a play,...more
I was really quite excited to receive this book as I have read Jo Walton's work before and enjoyed some of it greatly. However, I also knew that some of her work wasn't really my cup of tea, and I wanted to try out her short fiction to see what worked for me and what didn't. This is a collection of 21 very short pieces, and also 15 poems at the end of the book too. It's quite a mixture of topics, with themes of supercomputers, ancient ...more
I have the same approach to short pieces of fiction I know I’m going to enjoy, and so it was with Starlings, Jo Walton’s collection of short work.
I say ‘short work’ because it’s not merely short stories. In fact, Walton claims in the introduction that there ...more
A few of the stories really worked for me, but some others just didn't gel, or felt a little stale. For example, do we really need a sci fi lite version of the "why ...more
But it turns out that she doesn't. Or, not usually, anyway!
She explains in the introduction that she has tried many times, but all her short stories turn into novels or just don't really work. So it's over many yea ...more
“Sleeper” (2014), Good, solid sfnal extrapolation. How biographers might work, a little further up the line, if the tech gets better and society gets grimmer. Amazing character-creation in a short story. Wonderful twist-ending. Pretty near perfect. Go read it! https://www.tor.com ...more
The only thing that unites this collection is the author: the short stories are diverse, ranging from fairytale-like to SF, but all were entrancing and written with a lyrical voice that I liked quite a lot.
I must confess I was afraid of the poetry part, but the poems read more like ballads, and I was glad to find them enjoying.
I also liked the personal touch – after each work, she says a few words about ...more
It’s no secret that I love Jo Walton’s work, and I’d better add here that I’ve spent time with her as well — I’d call her a friend. Still, I knew her work first, and this is a fun collection. Jo may say she doesn’t know how to write short stories, but all the same everything here works pretty well. I only knew ‘Relentlessly Mundane’ and some of the poetry before, I think. It was nice to re-encounter the poetry here and spend some ...more
«They chose to have a universe with stories, and there are no stories in utopia.»
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Starlings by Jo Walton is a collection of 21 fiction short stories and 15 poems in which we can appreciate not only the wonderful writing style of the author but also her magnificent ability to build many and different genres such as epic fantasy, sci-fi and general fiction. Even though this was my first time rea ...more
DNF'd at 17%
Honestly, it really just isn't my thing. I usually like short stories but these just don't feel genuine.
I was able to read this collection courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley; my opinion is mine.
Starlings is Jo Walton's first collection of short prose fiction. I have by now read quite a few of her novels and some nonfiction, enjoyin ...more
This is unmistakeably a Walton collection. Even if it didn't have Walton's name on the cover, I would be able to tell it is her by the style, the voice, the sensibility. In the introduction, Walton claims not to be able to write short stories, but there are some really successful ones here. I particularly enjoyed the brief retelling of Snow White ("On the Wall") and "Three Twilight Tales", a riff on fairytale-li ...more
Most of the shorter works had an ironic twist a la Twilight Zone. Including a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, waylaid and delivered to the Greek myth Cassandra, who writes back to Jane.
I did not feel propelled to read these selections. I don't think they are 'my thing.'
This was the first time I got to read a short story collection on Magical realism, Aliens and anthology (!?). I liked the stories but not all. Some were too complex or too simple for me to understand, that is I am used to very straight forward stories. I am a dumb person in that matter. Plus the author was new to me and I was getting used to the style.
The Stories I liked:
1.Three Twilight Tales
2.Jane Austen to Cassandra- This was Funny!!
4.The Panda Coin
5.Joyful and Tr ...more
Jo Walton says in the introduction to this book that short stories are not her cup of tea. She explains that it is difficult for her to write a story from beginning to end in three pages or less. The short story books are not my thing honestly. I have a hard time going from one story to another every three pages. It is very uncomfortable for me and I don’t seem to advance much when reading. That’s what happened to me with this book. ...more
Well. When I discovered this collection from Jo Walton, and had the oppo ...more
This is the first I’ve read by Jo Walton, although I had the pleasure to see her speak on a Tor panel at the ALA conference some time ago. She was entertaining and insightful, something I see reflected in this collection. It’s been a pleasure to finally get the chance to delve into one of her works. And what a work to begin with! It’s not in any fashion your typical collection of an author’s short stories, but it’s import ...more
This doesn't sound promising, but Jo Walton is such a good writer that she mostly gets away with it in any case. In fact, some of the stories have been published in prestigious publications like Strange Horizons and Subterranean. Unfairly, I occasionally ...more
She admitted that (at least initially) she didn’t know how to write short stories. Her description of this is in the introduction of this collect ...more