Artefacts and Other Stories by Rebecca Burns
Historical Fiction / Recent Release / Review Requests and ARCs

Artefacts and Other Stories by Rebecca Burns

This is the third collection of stories by author Rebecca Burns, after Catching the Barramundi and The Settling Earth.  Like The Settling Earth, these are short glimpses into interesting characters and situations, each one leaving the reader wanting more.  Unlike The Settling Earth, the stories take place across a range of times and locations. A number of the … Continue reading

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