Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
Highly Recommended / Recent Release / Science Fiction

Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips

If you thought The Beautiful Bureaucrat was a strange book, Helen Phillips’ new book of short stories is even stranger, but it’s a really fun, and memorable read.  These are short stories, almost vignettes in some places, experimental in others. It’s always hard to review a book of short stories, but in this book you … Continue reading

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Award winners / Contemporary Fiction / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, and the basis for a recent miniseries starring Frances McDormand. It’s a book that falls somewhere between a novel and short stories, a trend I’m seeing a lot of lately. The stories take place in the small town of Crosby, Maine, and Olive is the … Continue reading

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Paranormal / Part of a Series / Recent Release

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 … Continue reading

The Settling Earth: Short Stories by Rebecca Burns
Highly Recommended / Historical Fiction / Review Requests and ARCs

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 … Continue reading

This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila
Contemporary Fiction / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author

This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

I don’t read a lot of short stories, but I knew I’d love this book. Hawaii is one of my favorite places, but I’m always reminded how much I DON’T know about it. It’s one of those places where, even if you moved there, you wouldn’t be an insider. It’s divided racially and between tourists … Continue reading

Catching the Barramundi by Rebecca Burns
Contemporary Fiction / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author / Review Requests and ARCs

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 … Continue reading

Dystopian / Review Requests and ARCs / Science Fiction

Review: Diverse Energies, a science fiction anthology

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.  It’s a science fiction anthology that includes stories from Paolo Bacigalupi and Ursula LeGuin.  While I don’t read a lot of anthologies, it’s also nice to think you might find some new authors to read. The theme of this anthology is diversity.  Its editor, Tobias … Continue reading

Challenges / Dystopian / Highly Recommended / Science Fiction

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 … Continue reading