Sunday, November 19, 2017

Quick Sip Reviews 2017 Recommended Reading List

[At the time of posting this list only includes selections through November 2017. More stories will be added to complete 2017, for a total of 78 stories. There are currently 72 stories from 23 publications, by 67 authors]

Hi all! It's that time of year, so I'm going to be posting up my recommended reading list. Just some wonky details first, though, so I'm up front about the limitations of the list. This comes courtesy of my monthly recommendation column, The Monthly Round. The rules are fairly easy, in that the stories must come from publications I regularly read. It's the single greatest limiting factor for the list, because I do not read everything, but this prevents me from essentially cherry-picking stories from other publications. So there are my favorite stories published at the places I read regularly and have reviewed. There's a whole wide world of other stories out there, but I did dearly love these. So I hope that, even with that limitation in mind, the list is helpful for finding some truly awesome short SFF. If you want more info on any of the stories, there are links to each or you can do a search of this blog to find my more in-depth reviews. Okay, enough preamble. To the list!!!!



Quick Sip Reviews 2017 Recommended Reading List

"Finity," Elaine Atwell (GigaNotoSaurus) (Novelette)
"Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics," Jess Barber and Sara Saab (Clarkesworld) (Novelette)
“Claire Weinraub’s Top Five Sea Monster Stories (For Allie)," Evan Berkow (Flash Fiction Online) (Short Story)
"The Heart's Cartography," Susan Jane Bigelow (Lightspeed) (Short Story)
“They, We, Me," Ryan Bloom (Terraform) (Short Story)
“Feeding Mr. Whiskers," Dawn Bonanno (Fireside Fiction) (Short Story)
"We Are Still Feeling," Karen Bovenmyer (The Sockdolager) (Short Story)
“The Library of Lost Things," Matthew Bright (Tor) (Short Story)
“Bear Language," Martin Cahill (Fireside Fiction) (Short Story)
"The Sound of His Voice Like the Colour of Salt" by L. Chan (The Dark) (Short Story)
"It Happened to Me: My Doppelganger Stole My Credit Card Info, and then My Life," Nino Cipri(Fireside) (Short Story)
"It Happened To Me: I Melded My Consciousness With the Giant Alien Mushroom Floating Above Chicago," Nino Cipri (Fireside Fiction) (Short Story)
"It Happened To Me: I Was Brought Back to Avenge My Death, But Chose Justice Instead," Nino Cipri (Fireside Fiction) (Short Story)
"Thursday in the Ice Fortress of Zelatharia the Terrible," Sarah Crowe (Mothership Zeta) (Short Story)
"Underworld 101," Mame Bougouma Diene (Omenana) (Short Story)
"An Unexpected Boon" by S.B. Divya (Apex) (Short Story)
“On The Other Side of the Sea," Nerine Dorman (Omenana) (Short Story)
"Champollion's Foot," Haris A Durrani (Mithila Review) (Novelette)
“Of Letters They Are Made," Jonathan Edelstein (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) (Short Story)
“Water like Air," Lora Gray (Flash Fiction Online) (Short Story)
“Barbara in the Frame," Emmalia Harrington (Fiyah) (Short Story)
“Requiem for the Unchained," Cae Hawksmoor (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) (Short Story)
“The Waters and Wild of Winter Street," Jessi Cole Jackson (Book Smugglers) (Short Story)
“Elsewhere," Meera Jhala (Flash Fiction Online) (Short Story)
“To Us May Grace Be Given," L.S. Johnson (GigaNotoSaurus) (Novelette)
"You Will Always Have Family: A Triptych," Kathleen Kayembe (Nightmare) (Novelette)
"The Twelve Rules of Etiquette at Miss Firebird's School for Girls," Gwendolyn Kiste (Mithila Review) (Short Story)
“Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live," Sacha Lamb (Book Smugglers) (Novelette)
"Extracurricular Activities," Yoon Ha Lee (Tor) (Novelette)
A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, Rose Lemberg (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) (Novella)
"Chesirah," L.D. Lewis (Fiyah) (Novelette)
"The Summer Mask" by Karin Lowachee (Nightmare) (Short Story)
"A Question of Faith," Tonya Liburd (The Book Smugglers) (Short Story)
“Owl vs. The Neighborhood Watch," Darcie Little Badger (Strange Horizons) (Short Story)
“The Whalebone Parrot," Darcie Little Badger (The Dark) (Short Story)
"Curiosity Fruit Machine," S. Qiouyi Lu (Glittership) (Short Story)
“And in That Sheltered Sea, a Colossus," Michael Matheson (Shimmer) (Short Story)
“The Wanderers," Ian McHugh (GigaNotoSaurus) (Novelette)
"Bodies Stacked Like Firewood," Sam J. Miller (Uncanny) (Short Story)
"Making Us Monsters" by Sam J. Miller & Lara Elena Donnelly (Uncanny) (Novelette)
“If a Bird Can Be a Ghost," Allison Mills (Apex) (Short Story)
"Mag, the Habitat and We," Lia Swope Mitchell (Apex) (Short Story)
“The Stars that Fall," Samantha Murray (Flash Fiction Online) (Short Story)
“We Lilies of the Valley," Sonja Natasha (Shimmer) (Short Story)
"A Song to Charm the Beasts," Wendy Nikel (Fantastic Stories) (Short Story)
“They Will Take You From You," Brandon O’Brien (Strange Horizons) (Short Story)
"The Cold, Lonely Waters," Aimee Ogden (Shimmer) (Short Story)
"Can Anything Good Come," Suyi Davies Okungbowa (The Dark) (Short Story)
“Our Secret, In Keys," Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Fireside) (Short Story)
“Read Before Use," Chinelo Onwualu (Uncanny) (Short Story)
"The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike," Andrea Phillips (Fireside Fiction) (Novelette)
And Then There Were (N-One), Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny) (Novella)
"A Series of Steaks," Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld) (Novelette)
“Fandom for Robots," Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny) (Short Story)
“un/furled," Jes Rausch (Strange Horizons) (Short Story)
"A Human Stain," Kelly Robson (Tor) (Novelette)
"Later, Let's Tear Up the Inner Sanctum," A. Merc Rustad (Lightspeed) (Novelette)
"Suddenwall," Sara Saab (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) (Short Story)
“Stories We Carry On The Back Of The Night," Jasper Sanchez (Mithila Review) (Short Story)
"Terra Nullius," Hanuš Seiner, translated by Julie Nováková (Strange Horizons) (Short Story)
"Queen of Dirt," Nisi Shawl (Apex) (Short Story)
"A Pestilence Come for Old Ma Salt" by Dayna K. Smith (Lackington's) (Short Story)
"If We Survive the Night," Carlie St. George (The Dark) (Short Story)
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time," K.M. Szpara (Uncanny) (Novelette)
"Some Remarks on the Reproductive Strategy of the Common Octopus" by Bogi Takács (Clarkesworld) (Short Story)
“The Last Spell of the Raven," Morris Tanafon (Glittership) (Short Story)
"Hungry Demigods" by Andrea Tang (GigaNotoSaurus) (Novelette)
“My Struggle," Lavie Tidhar (Apex) (Short Story)
“Utopia, LOL?," Jamie Wahls (Strange Horizons) (Short Story)
“Cracks," Xen (Fiyah) (Novelette)
“Waiting on a Bright Moon," JY Yang (Tor dot com) (Novelette)
“Carnival Nine," Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) (Short Story)

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