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TTT: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

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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.

19 thoughts on “TTT: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories”

  1. I haven’t read most of these, But Every Heart a Doorway and The Cybernetic Tea Shop are my faves! And In Ageless Sleep and Peter Darling are on my TBR 😀 Retellings are the best.

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  2. Six-Gun Snow Whiter looks great, I’m guessing from that cover that it’s Charles Vess artwork and I love his stuff- he’s perfect for fairy tales or fairy tale retellings. Humanity for Beginners sounds awesome- a werewolf pack running a B&B? That sounds pretty amazing.

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    1. I think it is, I think I looked it up at one point. It’s very distinct, which I like. Humanity for Beginners is good – very fluffy – it’s a nice change to the trope.

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  3. I don’t usually love reading novellas and short stories, but I guess I never think about them as a way to “try out” an author… that’s such a good idea! Great list 🙂

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    1. Thanks. I think I’m more adventurous with novellas, because if I try something new and I hate it, I’ve only wasted maybe half an hour or couple of hours on it. It can be a good destresser to, because you get the satisfaction of feeling like you finished something, but it’s actually fairly easy.

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    1. ☺ I’ve read this and two full lengh novels I think? She’s got such a big back catalogue and a long series, it’s a bit intimidating. I think the gòod thing is that her writing is so varied. If you don’t like one book you moght love another.

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    1. Ooo, thats so interesting! See, those types of novellas are a lot more hit and miss for me. I have to really, really love the series to bother with the 1.5 etc. I definitely get it though when there’s been a long wait for the series to update. Then I’ll take what I can get!

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