July 17: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories
I love novella and short stories. They’re such a good way to ‘try out’ an author and see whether or not their writing is to your tastes. The only problem is that I can end up with a very long list of authors whose books I want to explore. It’s also a great way to discover diverse authors, possibly because smaller publishers are more likely to take chances on both shorter stories and marginalised creators. Here are ten novellas (or collections of short stories) which I’ve really enjoyed.
Titles link to Goodreads.
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
An ownvoices gay, trans Peter Pan retelling with a m/m romance. Beautifully written and with wonderfully creative world-building.
Five Enchanted Roses edited by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Five incredibly varies and unique versions of Beauty and the Beast. From pirates, to a Gothic manor, and the deepest jungle. Usually for an anthology, I enjoyed every one.
Gretel: A Fairytale Retold by Niamh Murphy
A very short f/f Hansel and Gretel retelling which is beautifully written.
The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Katz Mededith
I love this beautiful, bittersweet ace f/f romance between a WoC and a 100-year-old robot.
Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman
Nerdy Jewish f/f contemporary that’s fluffy and adorable.
Romancing the Inventor
A paranormal/historical f/f romance set in Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate universe, but it can be read as a standalone.
In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis
A f/f sci-fi Sleeping Beauty retelling with a disabled theif and a cryogenically frozen heiress.
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
One of the most original Snow White retellings I’ve ever read.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
A dreamy, evocative look at what happens to children after they return from adventures in fantasy worlds — think post-Wonderland or Narnia. It has asexual and trans rep.
Humanity for Beginners by Faith Mudge
An all-female werewolf pack run off a rival pack while running a bed-and-breakfast. Has a QWoC protagonist and an f/f romance.