Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Armchair BEA: Novellas/Short stories

Novellas/Short Stories
Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. 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?
Uhhhhh, my reaction to this topic, like Cayce's, is basically ??????

I almost wasn't gonna do an Armchair BEA post today since I honestly don't really have much to say about either of the topics, but I decided I'd do a short post anyway for this topic, since I have actually read two collections of short stories..... by Neil Gaiman. I've already mentioned him in both of my Armchair BEA posts so far, so this should probably come as no surprise to anybody, but yes, I loved them lots and lots and lots.

Of the two, I remember I probably liked Fragile Things a tad more than Smoke and Mirrors, but they were both excellent. I just love Neil Gaiman's particular brand of weird and creepy, and that comes through so beautifully in all these short stories. And let us take this moment to appreciate those pretty covers, which look even prettier in real life. (My favourite has got to be the Neverwhere cover though. MY PRECIOUSSSS.)

Tell me your short story/novella feels, people! I'm sure some of you actually have those feels, unlike me.


  1. I love Neil Gaiman's books but I haven't read any of his short stories yet. Will have to look into those two titles :)

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  2. Karen Yingling28 May 2014 at 17:34

    I was burned by three shelves of "Story Collection" books in my school library that would never circulate-- until I changed the label and put them in with regular fiction. I do like the Guys Read collections, because the stories in them are written by some of my favorite writers. I also like Lubar's Lawn Weenies books. This is a great topic for us all to think about.

  3. I thought I was going to struggle with this one too since I don't read much in the way of short stories. But then I remembered a novella and the. Another one and another one. So I do after all read short

  4. Emily @ Oh Magic Hour28 May 2014 at 21:58

    I personally really love The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson and the prequel novellas to the Throne of Glass series. So good! And of course Sherlock Holmes! I need to check out these Gaiman collections.

  5. Haha, glad to hear I'm not alone. And even if I do read a novella/short story, I can never remember it for long. (like I totally forgot about Carmilla...) So when I saw today's topic(s) I just stared and stared and NOTHING.

    Fragile Things! I'm pretty sure I've borrowed that one from the library... but don't ask me what the stories were about :D (But yes, the covers are gorgeous)

  6. Hope you enjoy them! Some of those short stories are really really good. (:

  7. People just... don't tend to check out short stories a lot of the time, especially casual readers! Novels just seem so much better to sink your teeth into. Thanks for dropping by!

  8. Haha. That's great that this topic helped you remember some of the short stories/novellas that you've read! (:

  9. I will definitely have to check out Brandon Sanderson's novellas/short stories. (: I haven't read the Throne of Glass series, ahhhhhhhh I know I know I really need to check them out!

    Hope you enjoy the Gaiman collections if you check them out!

  10. Yep. He's just always there, lurking behind every shadow of this blog.

  11. I know! They're too short... Novels that are hundreds of pages and take me ages to read leave a much deeper impression.

    (Don't ask me what the stories were about either...... I recall some of them vaguely, just images and ideas. Nothing in detail. I wish I had a better book memory.)


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