Category: Short Stories

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs is my favorite “series” writer.  I try to read everything she writes, and that’s unusual for me.  I mostly read a few books from a series and then move on to another one, and I ignore all the extra short stories and novellas that seem more for marketing purposes than to further the…

The Settling Earth: Short Stories by Rebecca Burns

Last year I read Rebecca Burns’ collection of short stories, Catching the Barramundi, and I was so wowed by it I was happy to receive her latest work for review. The Settling Earth is a collection of short stories all set in the same time and place, a small settler’s community in New Zealand in…

Catching the Barramundi by Rebecca Burns

I don’t read short stories very often, but this book caught my attention with its unusual title – I ate a lot of Barramundi in Australia.  And reading the title story in this collection definitely made me want to read more. These stories are loosely connected by a theme of loss – sometimes loneliness, sometimes…

Review: Pump Six and Other Stories by Paulo Bacigalupi

Paulo Bacigalupi is the author of the award-winning science fiction novel, The Windup Girl, and a young adult novel called Ship Breaker.  I loved Ship Breaker; but I’ve tried to read The Windup Girl and found it difficult to get into.  Bacigalupi introduces a very detailed alternative world that’s can be compared to the noir-dystopian-Asian-influenced…