Friday, February 03, 2012

Story Recs

If you're wondering what I've been doing while I haven't been posting, I've been catching up on short stories.  See, I think that the only short fiction I've read this year was Kitty's Greatest Hits.  It was good, but not enough to fill up a nomination ballot for the Hugo Awards. 

Luckily for me, Rachel Swirsky has been posting her recommendations

Short Story

I rather like what I've discovered from Ken Liu.  He's so very new to me, but he appears to have had an awesome year and I'll be seeking out his stuff throughout 2012.  I hope for an abundance. 

I've made solid progress through the short story list.  Don't think I'll read everything on it at once, but it's a great resource.  I plan to move on to the more prominent novelettes this week. 

I will, at the very least, post a preliminary ballot by the end of the month.  But, with any luck, I'll also start talking about some of the stories I like.  Besides Ken Liu - I recommend him now.


Aidan Moher said...

I also plan on going through Swirsky's list once I'm done my current read. She's one of my favourite short fiction writers, so I only have to assume that she has great taste.

Joe said...

She does. A couple of her nominees for short story are going to hit my ballot, too. Most likely.

Kelly Barnhill said...

I loved "The Sandal-Bride" by Genevieve Valentine.

Joe said...

I liked it, Kelly, but didn't love it. I think it's a better story than Genevieve's "Demons, Your Body, and You" (SubPress) - but I'm more inclined to nominate "Demons" over "Sandal-Bride". If it gets that far. I just enjoyed reading "Demons" more.

Two that will almost definitely make my ballot:
"Her Husband's Hands", by Adam-Troy Castro
"Simulacrum", by Ken Liu

I do need to read Eclipse Four this month, though. I feel like at least one nominee will come out of it.