Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014 ~ Novellas/ Short Stories

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Today's prompt: What is a short story or novella that doesn't get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors?

~ I've got to admit I'm a sucker for a good anthology, especially if it has some names attached that are already my favorites to read. For me, writing style has a lot to do with my enjoyment of a book and reading a short story or novella gives me an idea of their particular style and if it is something that I would like in a longer book format.
As you can see over to the side, I'm currently reading Dark Bites. It is a collection of almost all Sherrilyn Kenyon's shorts connected to her Dark Hunter world. I have most of the anthologies that they were originally published in but I'm finding several I haven't gotten around to reading yet.
Jim Butcher (Side Jobs features shorts from Dresden Files series) and J.D. Robb (In Death series)are two others that I often will pick up any anthology that they have a story in.
I'm not sure of other genres but Urban Fantasy and Paranormal has an abundance of anthologies many of which are part of larger series.


  1. I do like the Guys Read collections that include a lot of my favorite middle grade authors. When I think "short story", I think of being in high school and having to write essays on "The Necklace"-- I need to get past that feeling!

  2. I've read the Jennifer Estep story from Carniepunk, but I think that's it from this batch. But I'm a big fan of a TON of those authors, so I'll be sure to keep an eye on those anthologies ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  3. These are all new names for me. Armchair BEA is a good way of discovering new airs isn't it?

  4. I loved LOVED Side Jobs. I thought it collected such fun Dresden stories. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the new one! IT looks like I will definitely have to get my hands on the Naked City anthology; what an excellent author line-up.

    My favorite novella is definitely The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson, though I also really enjoyed the prequel novellas to the Throne of Glass series.

  5. I've occasionally found new authors that I liked through anthologies that featured authors that I already liked. It's great when that happens!

    Joy's Book Blog

  6. I have not heard of any of these anthologies, so I'll have to check them out! :D Thanks for the recommendations

  7. Those would be up my alley for sure!

  8. Grat books! I'm looking forward to carniepunk !Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. Carniepunk! I like the sound of that one :D

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