What a great topic idea, Jennifer @ FunkNFiction.com and Angela @ Reading Frenzy.
I love short stories, novellas, and other short reads! They always seem to float to the top of my TBR list and comprise most of what I review on this blog because I don’t think they always get as much attention as they should have.
My first few answers will be of some of my recent reviews and the rest will be of older short works that I thought were well done.
Whenever possible, I have included a link to the full text stories I’m discussing here so that you can all enjoy them, too.
1. Is Neurocide the Same As Genocide? And Other Dangerous Ideas (Spiral Worlds) by Alexandra Almeida
What I Liked About It: The ethical dilemma it introduced was interesting and did not have any easy answers. If only the brain mapping technology described in this tale actually existed.
2. The Girls in Red by BB Wrenne (My review for this one is scheduled for February 15)
What I Liked About It: It retold a classic fairy tale that I have seen very few recent retellings of. It’s always nice when that happens.
3. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
What I Liked About It: The main character was sympathetic and the message is something modern audiences still need to take heed of.
4. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
What I Liked About It: The surprise at the end. Some of you may already be aware of why Omelas is such a peaceful city, but anyone who does not will be in for quite the read. I still daydream about this tale sometimes and wonder what happened to the main character after the final scene.
5. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
What I Liked About It: Goodness, how do I describe this one without giving away spoilers? Let’s just say that it’s not quite the idyllic setting it might first appear to be and it can be excellent fodder for a spirited discussion after you finish it if you like that sort of thing.
6. Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
What I Liked About It: There was a strong sense of justice woven into the main character, and I admired his willingness to help others even when it put his own reputation and livelihood on the line.
7. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
What I Liked About It: Someday I will stop gushing about the Monk & Robot series, but today is not that day. I adore how peaceful it is and how well most of the people in this universe get along not with each other but with nature and animals as well. Wouldn’t it be incredible to create such a harmonious society in real life?
8. Foster by Claire Keegan
What I Liked About It: The realism and honesty of it all. This read like it could be been based on real events that were written down by the main character many decades after her experience living with childless relatives for a few months while her mother recovered from giving birth. I didn’t want this one to end.
9. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
What I Liked About It: This picture book (which reads more like a short story) was so encouraging and kind. I’d love to read a novel about these characters a few decades later when the little girl is grown up.
10. Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary
What I Liked About It: I read some of the books in this series as a kid but outgrew them before the last ones came out. It was wonderful to finally go back and finish it a couple of years ago. Ramona was as creative and impulsive as ever!
I can’t wait to see everyone else’s answers.