16 in ’16: Read Short Stories Feedback


by Stacey & Michelle C.

We are more than halfway through the short story book theme in the 16 in ’16 reading challenge. So far the entries have been a fun mix of genre anthologies, funny shorts, and literary novellas. Let’s take a look at what short stories some of the participants are reading:

storiesStacey: “A short story author garnering plenty of press recently is Ted Chiang, a Hugo and Nebula award winner and a technical writer based in Seattle. The new movie Arrival is based on the short story, “Stories of your life” from the collection Stories of Your Life and Others published in 1998. I also liked Olive Kitteridge, more of a novel in stories than an anthology. Olive is an unforgettable character and the book is deeply human.”

womanLindsey: “I already discussed my love of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Michael Cunningham’s A Wild Swan in my Read a Retelling blog post, but another collection I read this year was The Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao. Starting in 1947 when the British Indian Empire was partitioned into two separate countries – India and Pakistan – it follows the lives of those impacted, often through multiple generations, and explores the ramifications of this violent displacement. I was mostly unaware of the Partition when I began the book, and I felt very enlightened afterward. It is not an easy read, terrible things happen to innocent people, but it’s an important read, and in my opinion still very relevant.”

indiansLora: “Ten Little Indians by Alexie was the most interesting that I have read so far. The stories are quite different from each other, and I enjoyed some more than others, but I expect that most would find the book interesting (perhaps even thought provoking).”

ladiesMichelle C.: “I read two short story collections for this challenge: The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka and The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke. I read the Metamorphosis in High School and remembered thinking that Kafka was a bit of an odd duck so I decided to read his other short stories. They are dark, funny, strange, and somber; and I needed to take a deep breath between reading each of the stories.

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories is an excellent way to experience Susanna Clarke’s writing if you don’t have the time to read the 782 pages of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (although I would recommend it). Faeries intertwine in conventional English society, as Clarke uses the most incredible language to make you see her vision. The cover of the book is also beautiful with a texture that makes you want to keep hold of it.”

If you’d like some more suggestions, check out our quiz or browse through this list of short stories.

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2 responses to “16 in ’16: Read Short Stories Feedback”

  1. Kathie says:

    I read Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie. I have heard him speak and just love him, but had not been able to complete one of his full length books. The short stories were wonderful! Just the right length to keep me engaged with another culture, as he is of Spokane Tribe. The

    • Marina says:

      Kathie, yes, short stories are a great option when you want to get to know an author but just don’t have the time for a full-length book. I’m glad you found time and a way to enjoy Sherman Alexie.

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