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Short Story

Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen

Land of Big Numbers is an anthology of ten stories by Te-Ping Chen. They are either set in China or feature Chinese emigres abroad. Chen is a journalist who has lived in China and provides an acute sense of place... Continue Reading →

The Year’s Best Science Fiction by Jonathan Strahan

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Volume 1 is a huge anthology of science fiction short (and not-s-short stories) that was refreshing in its breadth and speaks to a bright future for science fiction. With twenty-eight stories, it's about twice the... Continue Reading →

The (Other) You by Joyce Carol Oates

The (Other) You is an anthology of short stories by the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates. There are fifteen stories in this book and not one disappoints, though a few left me feeling devastated. In some ways, this book is the... Continue Reading →

Speculative Los Angeles by Denise Hamilton

Speculative Los Angeles seems like the start of another fabulous Akashic series. I hope it is. Akashic publishes a series of noir anthologies focused on different cities around the world. Speculative Los Angeles is a similar anthology focused on speculative... Continue Reading →

Miami Noir: The Classics ed. by Les Standiford

Miami Noir: The Classics takes a long look back at noir stories from the past. Editor Les Standiford cleverly excerpted novels to provide a broader view of classic noir from Miami. The stories were published between 1926 and 2006, eighty... Continue Reading →

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Tales from the Hinterland is a perfect companion to The Hazel Wood ¬†and The Night Country, two books about the adventures of Alice and her friend Atticus Finch as she explores the world of her grandmother, the author of Tales... Continue Reading →

Belgrade Noir ed. by Milorad Ivanovic

Belgrade Noir is an excellent installment in the Akashic Noir series of traveling anthologies. This one takes us to Belgrade with a reporter editor who did an excellent job of choosing stories. Serbia, like the rest of the Balkan nations,... Continue Reading →

Tampa Bay Noir edited by Colette Bancroft

Tampa Bay Noir is an excellent addition to the Akashic Noir series of anthologies. Each edition of this series is edited by a local, usually an author, a bookseller, or book critic. In this edition, the editor is Colette Bancroft,... Continue Reading →

Addis Ababa Noir ed. by Maaza Mengiste

Addis Ababa Noir is another edition of the fantastic Akashic Noir collection of anthologies. There are fourteen short stories, though few are what I would normally think of as noir. Maaza Mengiste is a literary writer and most of the... Continue Reading →

The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is best known for his mysteries, especially Easy Rawlins the famed L.A. detective. He is a master of noir, but I am more certain that readers a hundred years in the future will be reading The Awkward Black... Continue Reading →

Berkeley Noir edited by Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill

Berkeley Noir is an anthology of noir short stories that take place in Berkeley, that famous next-door neighbor of San Francisco known for its protests and activism. In many ways, this anthology fulfills all the stereotypes of Berkeley while challenging... Continue Reading →

Alabama Noir edited by Don Noble

Alabama Noir is another release in the Akashic Noir series of anthologies set in cities, states, and countries of the world. Each edition calls upon a local author to curate and edit the book for their locale. Don Noble has... Continue Reading →

The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi

The Eighth Detective is a clever book, both an anthology of short mysteries and a novel at the same time. The conceit is that long ago, mathematics professor Grant McAllister developed a set of mathematical rules for murder mysteries, writing... Continue Reading →

The Measure of Malice by Martin Edwards

The Measure of Malice is a fun anthology of classic mystery short stories from the Golden Age of Mystery. Martin Edwards has produced several editions for Poisoned Pen Press harvesting stories from authors who have been lost to the passage... Continue Reading →

Alien Archives by Robert Silverberg

I love short stories and loved Robert Silverberg's Alien Archives: Eighteen Stories of Extraterrestrial Encounters. Who doesn't love aliens? I volunteer my unused computer capacity to SETI @ Home, the distributed computing initiative to process signals from space to see... Continue Reading →

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