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10 Books for the December 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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The December 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt is…

Short stories are often the best introduction to a new author. How quickly can they draw you into setting, characters, plot? We have collected 10 short story collections to fulfill 2019’s last #WotNReadingChallenge prompt: “A SFF book of short stories.” There are a couple exceptions that WotN has already covered this year. About a month ago, I reviewed Seanan McGuire’s debut collection Laughter at the Academy. Additionally, this challenge has already covered NK Jemisin’s stellar collection How Long ‘Til Black Future Month, so it is excluded here.

10 Recommendations for the December 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho

December 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeThis short story collection combines Cho’s Malaysian heritage and mythology with somewhat of a down-to-earth sensibility. If you’ve read her two novels (Sorcerer to the Crown and The True Queen), you really will love her short story collection.

Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson

December 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeHopkinson covers a lot of ground in this collection. She easily wanders from fairy tale retellings to Caribbean folklore and back again.

Meet Me in the Future: Stories by Kameron Hurley

December 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeHurley is fascinated by the body’s place in the world, and its connection to us. Many of the stories in this collection have body and/or gender as immovable facets. There are also pieces of established worlds, for people who have yet to be introduced to Hurley’s work.

A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

December 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeIn this collection, 25 authors explore what America could be in the future. Some of the authors are hopeful regarding what America’s future looks like. Others extrapolate our current issues to dystopian messes. Here’s hoping our future holds more of the former than the latter.

Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee

December 2019 reading challengeElements from the Machineries of Empire are all over this short story collection: military SF, mathematics, and normalized queer identities/relationships. If you don’t want to take the daunting step from 0 to Hugo nominated military SF with a lot of math, this is a good place to start. Not only that, it’s worth a read without that context.

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

December 2019 Reading ChallengeThis collection is stuffed to the brim with award winning stories. The title story won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

December 2019 Reading ChallengeFifteen authors came together to reimagine stories from East and South Asian mythology. An interesting look at mythology you may not have heard of.

Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

December 2019 Reading ChallengeI think that you can get the gist of this collection from the title. A talented group of authors were asked to pick a side: robots or fairies. Half of the authors wrote a story involving fairies, and half picked robots. Those stories alternate through this engaging collection.

Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker

December 2019 Reading ChallengeThis is a beautiful collection from a rising star. It has stories ranging from the future of musical performances to an alternate selves murder mystery.

Vampires in the Lemon Groves by Karen Russell

December 2019 Reading ChallengeAll of the stories in this collection are unnerving. They contain little twists to reality, making it even darker than it already is.

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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan is a 25 year old library professional with an MS in search of her library.

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