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Posts Categorized: Short Story Saturday

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Diverse Energies Anthology Wrap-Up Post

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Diverse Energies Anthology Wrap-Up Post

Diverse Energies Anthology Wrap-Up PostDiverse Energies by Tobias S Buckell
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Anthology, Death & Dying, Diseases, Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, GLBT, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Mythology, People & Places, People of Color, Politics & Intrigue, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 268
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible|Buy on Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
three-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

 

Story 1: The Last Day by Ellen Oh – 2 stars

Story 2: Freshee’s Fogurt by Daniel H. Wilson – 3 stars

Story 3: Uncertainty Principal by K. Tempest Bradford – 4 stars

Story 4: Pattern Recognition by Ken Liu – 2.5 stars

Story 5: Gods of the Dimming Light by Greg can Eekhout – 3 stars

Story 6: Next Door by Rahul Kanakia – 1 star

Story 7: Good Girl by Malida  Lo – 3 stars

Story 8: Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi – 3 stars

Story 9: Blue Skies by Cindy Pon – 4 stars

Story 10: What Arms to Hold Us by Rajan Khanna – 3 stars

Story 11: Solitude by Ursula K. LeGuin – 3 stars

 

Average Rating: 3 stars

 

Favorite Story: Blue Skies by Cindy Pon

Least Favorite: Next Door by Rahul Kanakia

irishdarkblue
three-stars
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin

Posted by Irish in 2.5 Stars, 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Solitude by Ursula K. Le GuinSolitude by Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Adolescence, Anthology, Dystopian, Family, Girls & Women, GLBT, Health & Daily Living, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible|Buy on Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
three-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Eleven-Soro

First Line(s): My mother, a field ethnologist, took the difficulty of learning anything about the people of Eleven-Soro as a personal challenge.

Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the longer stories in the Diverse Energies Anthology and it really felt long. For me, this one just seemed to drag and I really couldn’t bring myself to care about the main character Ren. I often found her to be aloof and uncaring and couldn’t bring myself to like her very much. There were a lot of set up in the story but not much really happened. There just seemed to be no point to the story and it just ended before you learned what happened to Ren or to her mother and brother. I like Le Guin’s writing style and its because of it that I kept reading until the end. Solitude was also the last story in this anthology so I also felt I owed it to the book and myself to finish it to the end. Though if Solitude had been a full length story I would most like have marked it as a DNF.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly Derting

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly Derting

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly DertingLight It Up by Kimberly Derting
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Abduction, Anthology, Family, Short Story / Novella, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 26
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible|Buy on Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
five-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: The Woods

First Line(s): I drop my sleeping bag and sit down hard on the slime-covered boulder, refusing to take one more step.

Original Story: Hansel and Gretal

Anthologies are always a grab bag of good things and not so good things so as with every other story in Grim, I was a bit uncertain at the start of Light it Up by Kimberly Derting. Though in the end Light it Up has been one of my favorite stories (so far) in this anthology. Its true to the original story and modernizes it for a new audience. I thought that it was well written and I hated for the story to end. I would have liked to have seen this one go on for a few more pages to see what happened next. The story was fast paced and it kept me engaged and it makes me want to go back and read all things Kimberly Derting.

irishdarkblue

five-stars
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – What Arms to Hold Us by Rajan Khanna

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – What Arms to Hold Us by Rajan Khanna

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – What Arms to Hold Us by Rajan KhannaWhat Arms to Hold Us by Rajan Khanna
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Abduction, Anthology, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, People of Color, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 33
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible|Buy on Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
three-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown

First Line(s): If gollies had ears, Ravi might have heard the other driver coming straight at him.

What Arms to Hold Us by Rajan Khanna is an interesting if a little confusing story in the Diverse Energies anthology. Its a story that I found to be well written but had a hard time trying to pin point just what was going on. There wasn’t much background given for this strange dystopian world and the reader is just thrust into this world. Then before you know it the story has ended and you are left wondering. What Arms to Hold Us isn’t a bad story but there just wasn’t enough of it to really get a feel for it. It just feels unfinished and I would like to see more of it just to know what the point of it all was.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Better by Shaun David Hutchinson

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Better by Shaun David Hutchinson

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Better by Shaun David HutchinsonBetter by Shaun David Hutchinson
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Adaptation, Adolescence, Anthology, Diseases, Friendship, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 30
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: The Deathday Letter, Violent Ends

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Hamelin Space Ship

First Line(s): I feel real.

Original Story: Pinocchio The Pied Piper

I was never a huge fan of the whole Pinocchio story but in Better by Shaun David Hutchinson I have seen a potential in it that I never have before. Hutchinson’s version is much darker than the original and really lives up to promise of what I thought the Grim anthology should be. Hutchinson takes this pretty bland story and transports the reader into a futuristic world where a group of humans are flying through space looking for a new home. Think Across the Universe by Beth Revis but where things don’t go as well. Better is a quick read and I loved the promise of it. This is the sort of retelling that I was hoping every story in this anthology would be when I picked it up. Better is also a story that I would enjoy if there was more to it but at the same time I think that its pretty solid as it is.

Edit: I originally thought this story was based on Pinocchio but have since learned it was really The Pied Piper.

irishdarkblue

four-stars
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Blue Skies by Cindy Pon

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Blue Skies by Cindy Pon

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Blue Skies by Cindy PonBlue Skies by Cindy Pon
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Abduction, Anthology, Dystopian, Health & Daily Living, People & Places, People of Color, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 26
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, Serpentine

 

Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Taipei, Taiwan // Yang Ming Shan Mountain, Taiwan

First Line(s): I watched the two you girls from the corner of my eye as the crowds surged around me.

Blue Skies by Cindy Pon is another installment in the Diverse Energies anthology and takes place in a futuristic Taiwan where the world is falling apart as a result of pollution. The skies are no longer blue and the people are divided into the haves (you) and the have nots (yao). The story is a quick read and told from an unnamed male character who you just want to know more about. He’s a teenager that is wise beyond his years, thanks to the world he has grown up in, and is filled with a sense of purpose and mystery. Blue Skies is over before you want it to be and I really hope that one day Pon will go back and expand this story as there is so much potential for it. There is the bad boy and the potential love interest. The mystery of how the world became how it is and the rush and desire to fix all that is wrong and make the world perfect again. Or as perfect as can be when there are still pesky humans about to muck things up. So far, Blue Skies, is among my favorites in the Diverse Energies anthology and worth checking out.

irishdarkblue

four-stars
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Untethered by Sonia Gensler

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Untethered by Sonia GenslerUntethered by Sonia Gensler
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Family, Paranormal, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 15
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible
Goodreads
two-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown

First Line(s): Grief hangs on my bones, at times nearly suffocating me.

Original Story: The Shroud

 

Untethered by Sonia Gensler is a very short story in the Grim anthology that feels even shorter than the few pages that it was contained on. Its a fast read and while I did like the twist it was just too short to have any real impact on me. There is no history or boackground or anything tangible to it that allowed me to become connected to any of these characters. I was told that they were grieving and shown it but the why was just sort of glossed over. It just felt so incomplete like we received less than a fragment of a story and I remember asking myself when I hit the last page, “That’s it?” I thought that Untethered was well written and liked Gensler’s style but just didn’t feel this story. I would say to skip it but its over in such a blink that reading it is almost the same as not reading it at all.

irishdarkblue

two-stars
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi

Short Story Saturday: Diverse Energies – Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo BacigalupiPocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi
Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Freshee's Fogurt, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: People & Places, People of Color, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 45
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
three-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as  “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Chengdu, China

First Line(s): Wang Jun stood on the rain-slicked streets of old Chhengdu and stared up into the drizzle at Huojianzhu.

Pocket Full of Dharma by Paolo Bacigalupi is a futuristic novella set in China and its one that I am not entirely sure how I feel about it. As with many short stories this one feels a little unfinished and I wonder what will happen to the main character Wang Jun next. But Pocket Full of Dharma wasn’t one that sucked me in as I read it. I found myself easily distracted and so this one took far longer than it should have in order to read it. The premise was interesting but the story was just a bit slow. There wasn’t really enough background given to fully understand why this story played out as it did. There were holes in the story and though it was well written it just all felt a bit stiff. But this story did make me curious on Bacigalupi’s other work so I will have to investigate that further. I just need more time in the day to be able to read all the things that I want to read.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Brothers Piggett by Julie KagawaThe Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 28
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure, The Forever Song

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Small, unnamed village on the edge of the Haunted Wood

First Line(s): This is a story about a boy in love.

Original Story: The Three Little Pigs

The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa is the eighth story in the Grim Anthology and is a retelling of The Three Little Pigs. I had been a little disappointed in the previous stories and so was setting myself up to be disappointed again with this one. But while I didn’t love this story I was pleasantly surprised by it. The Brothers Piggett is a unique twist on the original story and I have to admit I didn’t see this twist coming. This is a quick story and it was a refreshing change from the ones that came before it. The story is well-written and evenly paced and told with Kagawa’s usual style. Its engrossing and makes you want to turn the pages faster. I’d be curious to read an expanded version of this story or one that continues where this one leaves off but I’m also satisfied with how it ended. All in all a good story in this mixed bag anthology.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Beast/Beast by Tessa GrattonBeast/Beast by Tessa Gratton
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 27
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
two-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed

First Line(s): The first time I attempted to escape from the Beast’s castle was under cover of flat, fierce rain.

Original Story: Beauty and the Beast

Another short story that isn’t quite the retelling I though it would be, in Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton tells the story of Beauty and the Beast and its a combination of the Disney version and some of the original tale that I read as a child. A beauty girl is forced to live with a beast in the hopes that she’ll fall in love and the curse will be broken. While Gratton has a good sense of pace and writing style this one like the previous stories is too like the original and I just wonder at the point of it. Especially with the non-ending. At least with the previous non-retellings the stories ended as their fairy tale counterparts did. I guess this may have been Gratton’s way to heighten suspense or have the reader fill in how things will go and while I don’t normally mind an open ended story in this case I did. I wanted to be shown what would happen between Beauty and her Beast. Or at the very have an indication of the meaning of the title Beast/Beast which implies that more than one person is ugly in the story and yet that was never reflected in what we were told. All in all this one was yet another disappointment in the Grim anthology.

irishdarkblue

two-stars
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