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I recently read Jackalope Wives And Other Stories by T. Kingfisher which was delightful. Many stories I'd read before but they where worth reading again. And the new-to-me stories where delightful.

Another recent read was "Owl vs. The Neighborhood Watch" by Darcie Little Badger. (Content note: depression)I liked that this story used Apache mythology which I know very little about. I also liked as a story about now neighborhoods function (or don't) to create community.

I finally I'd like to recommend "The Last Cheng Beng Gift" by Jaymee Goh. This story takes place in the Chinese afterlife and features a complex mother daughter relationship.
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So I’ve been back from my trip for a bit. I did read a serval novellas while traveling though I wish I could have read even more. And since I’ve been back I’ve found some time to read a few more things online. So I have many recs to share with you all. I hope you enjoy!

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power by Rose Lemberg Part I Part II Audio So I bit of had trouble getting into this and keeping the characters straight. Probable didn't help that I was jettlaged. However once I got into it I really enjoyed it. Some very beautiful writing, interesting characters and cool world building. It definitely nice to learn more about how magic works in the Birdverse. Also the main character is non-binary so worth checking out if you are looking for more representation. (content note: sadomasochism)

Humanity for Beginners by Faith Mudge (Not free) This cute and fun f/f werewolf romance is set at a British bed and breakfast which means lots of fun cooking details. Also features found family.

Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (not free) The most recent installment of Bujolds Penric novella, but takes place before the two volumes published before it. A fun mystery featuring lots of cool magic. I think it would stand alone well.

“Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live” by Sacha Lamb This story featuring a romance between two trans boys is super cute! Avi the title character is Jewish, and I liked how he struggled with not being able to do all the Jewish things he wanted. (I’ve been their it’s hard to be Jewish without a community)

“Across Pack Ice, a Fire” By Marissa Lingen As I’ve said many times before I love Marissa Lingen’s attention to the details of everyday life which really make this story about power and revenge shine.

Have you been reading any short fiction recently?
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"That Lingering Sweetness"
by Tony Pi
I knew this story was off to a good start when it opened with a tea house. I enjoyed this take on Chinese Zodiac animals. Apparently this story is just the most recent in a series so I'm going to have to go back an read the rest.

"Waiting on a Bright Moon' by JY Yang (content note: queer characters with queer tragedy in their pasts)This such an interesting world! There is magic and space travel. The main character is an ansible who uses magic to connect her planet with the home planet. I like how this story addresses the complex and messy nature of revolution. Yang has two novellas due out latter this year which I believe are also set in this same world. I'm looking forward to them.

"Packing" by T. Kingfisher This story begins "Today is not the day I wanted to do this, but we aren’t always given choices. It’s time to pack for the new seasons." It made me cry. If you are an environmentalist it might make you cry too.

I'm about to go on a trip so I've loaded my ereader up with a fair number of novellas including Bujold's latest, and Rose Lemberg's most recent Birdverse offering. So I will hopefully have some novella recs to share when I return.
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I was invited to write a Quarterly short fiction column for Lady Business. The first one is now up on the blog!
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So I've read bunch of short fiction recently including some things I would like to recommend.

"Beauty, Glory, Thrift" by Alison Tam The 1st of Book Smugglers new short fiction season "Gods and Monsters" Don't want to say too much about this because I enjoyed to slow reveal.

"Children of Thorns, Children of Water"by Aliette de Bodard Short story set in the Dominion of the Fallen world. Kind of dark but also features baking.

"Whatever Knight Comes" by Ryan Row Interesting take on fairy tale tropes.
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"Sun, Moon, Dust" by Ursula Vernon I was never going to not love a story who's main character thinks that feeding people is highest possible calling. Anyways this quite story with lots potato growing and a magic sword.

Rain Ship

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I recently read and enjoyed Rain Ship by Chi Hui, translated by Andy Dudak. This is part of Clarkeworlds Chinese SF in translation project. I really liked the way the author used a bunch of different worldbuilding techniques all at once. There is incluing, and also footnotes with info dumps. Which sounds like it wouldn't work, but did for me. I have few quibbles about evolutionary biology but the rest of the story drew me in enough that it wasn't a big deal. (Content note: infanticide, harm to older children.)
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For those of you who weren't Hugo nominators last year or where too shy to ask the author for a reading copy you can now buy The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard as stand alone novella. More info at the author's website.

This was one of my favorite Novellas of 2015. I wrote: "Set in De Bodard’s Xuya universe this story features a variety of complex characters trying to understand the disappearance of the Citadel of Weeping Pearls 30 years ago. I love de Bodard’s worldbuilding, especially the food details. I also enjoyed seeing the characters through eachother’s eyes. (This is very loosely a sequel to On a Red Station, Drifting but could be read on its own and doesn’t really spoil anything.)"

Also I recently read "FINITY" by Elaine Atwell and enjoyed it. It's bittersweet story set on colony space ship, and musing on the human condition. (The story is published by Giganotosaurus so pretty long.)
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"Extracurricular Activities" by Yoon Ha Lee A fun twisty story with spies and secret missions. It's set in the same world as Ninefox Gambit, but stands alone. I just love how the author sketches characters and societies with a few key details.

"And In Our Daughters, We Find a Voice" by Cassandra Khaw creepy dark little mermaid re-telling (content note: a human character with ambiguous gender traits is referred to as "it")
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My post about my favorite shorts of 2016 is up at Lady Business today. Please check it out, especially if you are nominating for awards this year.
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I've finally started reading some 2017 short fiction (it only took an month an a half). I quite enjoyed "Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story" by S.B. Divya Its a sweet story that features microbiology and ecological remediation. Anyways its nice to feel a bit less rushed about my short fiction reading.
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I'm experimenting with shorter but hopefully more frequent rec posts instead of the monthly round ups. We'll see how it goes.

Anyways I got a copy of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales ed. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe out for the library and thought I should mention it here. Now I have been picking a choosing what to read in this, but everything has been really good. I especially liked "seasons of glass and Iron" by Amal El-Mohtar in which princess form two fairy tales rescue each other. But I also like the mix of things familiar fairy tales and unfamiliar, western and non-western, all kind of settings. Plus the stories have pretty capital letters and interesting author notes. Definitely check it out if you like fairy tales at all.
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A couple of tie in stories this month but I think they all stand alone quite well.

"Clover" by Charlie Jane Anders This happy queer story featuring cats is set in the same world a All the Birds in the Sky and does contain minor spoilers

"To Rise No More" By Marie Brennan Ada Lovelace story set in her Onyx Court world (the secret history with fae). No spoilers.

"The most important thing" by Marissa Lingen A very short story about how people experience history.

A.C. Wise has posted her annual meta awards eligibility post featuring all the author eligibility post and 2016 short fiction rec's she can find (so the post will keep growing). This great place to look for more awesome short fiction, and check and make sure you haven't missed anything form your favorite authors.

Have you read any good short fiction recently?
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Not doing an October short fiction rec post because I haven't read enough. However I am going to ramble around This month I've haven't been reading that much short fiction online. But I have been reading some short fiction in other ways.

I have an ebook version of People of Colo(u)r Destory Science Fiction and I am mostly done with the original fiction in it i just have a few flash pieces to good. So far I've liked almost everything. "A Good Home" by Karin Lowachee was especially good and is free online. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the issue.

I also finally finished reading An Alphabet of Embers I'm not sure why I put it down for a while but it was definitely worth picking up again.

I also read Comrade Grandmother and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer, which was good, but not quite as excellent as her more recent work.

I've realized since the Tor.com novellas are produced in hard copy I can get them form the library and have put holds on several of them. I just got and read The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson which was ok but felt aimed at Lovecraft fans. (I'm not sure about all the Lovecraft inspired things I'm seeing lately but I did love "The Litany of Earth" and am looking forward to read a novella about the main character.)
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I have few stories to share this month. It’s been a pretty good short fiction reading month. While I haven’t been reading quite a much as I’d like to I have read quite a bit quite a lot of which I enjoyed.

“How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier” by John Chu I had not been paying attention to Booksmugglers’ publishing because the theme for this season is superheroes and I generally don’t like superheroes. (Too much solving systematic problems by punching people.) But apparently they are publishing a lot of the sweet family and romance focused stories I’m looking for. This is one of them.

Superior by Jessica Lack This is another really cute Booksmugglers’ Publishing story. It is an m/m romance between a superhero’s intern and a supervillain’s apprentice.

”The Art of Space Travel” by Nina Allan It’s 2047 and Emily works at hotel near Heathrow were two astronauts will soon be staying before they launch for Mars. I just adored this story about family and memory. I read it and thought “well that is going on my Hugo ballot for sure.” One of the best things I’ve read this year.

What short fiction have you enjoyed this month?
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Hello, I hope all of you have been having a easier July then I have been. I've been dealing with family medical stuff for the last week, and have had to do some extra care taking for my mother in law. She is great and doing very well, but wow is it a lot of work. Anyways I did read some short fiction before all this happened and I even have some cheerful fiction to recommend for once!

Kid Dark Against The Machine by Tansy Rayner Roberts This is a lose sequel to "Cookiecutter Superhero" in that it takes place in the same world and has a few character overlaps. However it stands on its own. This the cheerful short fiction I've been looking for, it is upbeat and warm, and just lovely.

I've started reading An Alphabet of Embers ed Rose Lemberg which is an anthology of very short pieces. So far I really like it. Many of the pieces are optimistic, the writing is consistently lyrical, and the illustrations are amazing. (Seriously I have paper copy so sometimes I just flip one open and stare for a bit.)

A Hundred and Seventy Storms by Aliette de Bodard Ok so this one isn't cheerful, but is is amazing so I wanted to include it too. Another Xuya story about people living around a very unpleasant planet. About family and sacrifice.

Have you read any good short fiction lately?
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Here are a few pieces of short fiction I read recently that I want to rec.

The Sound of Salt and Sea by Kat Howard A pretty and slightly creepy story. I liked the main characters attention to detail.

Whale-Oil By Sylvia V. Linsteadt I enjoyed this ecological themed story set in my home region of the San Fransisco bay area.

Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham I had to stop reading this story in the middle to tweet about how the author got coppicing right, because I was very impressed. It is also a very good story, with a pregnant protagonist and fairies.

Not a short story or even SFF but I want to rec [personal profile] the_comfortable_courtesan, which is the (fictional) memoirs of a Victorian courtesan. It is just lovey. It updates everyday and I always look forward to finding out what the characters are up to. If you need some sex positive domestic cheerfulness if your life The Comfortable Courtesan is for you.
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So it is almost the end of the month, which means it is time for short fiction recs. However right now I'm feeling a bit discouraged about this project. The Hugo finalist were announced last week, and the bigoted slaters were able to control most of the nominations. This year more than 4000 people nominated, and I had hoped that would make difference. I'm angry for the people who nominated for the 1st time this year, that they had such cruddy experience, and I hope they won't all be discouraged from nominating again.

Really though, I'm so sad for the stories I loved last year. It was such great year for short fiction and I really hoped to see some of my favorites be recognized. Or if my favorites couldn't be on the short list, I wanted the stories that beat them out to have done so because people loved them. And it feels self aggrandizing to admit it but part of the purpose of this project is to help people find fiction they love to nominate for the Hugos, and I was hoping to have some impact on the final ballot. Which is silly because only an handful of people read my recs.

Anyways I do have some recs, because this project is also about sharing things I love with my friends. I wish this set was a bit more cheerful, but I hope you enjoy them.

"Dragon Brides" by Nghi Vo A slightly creepy story about what happens a princess after she is rescued form a dragon.

"This Is a Letter to My Son" by KJ Kabza (content note: cancer death) A sweet domestic story in the near future, featuring a trans girl and her dead mother.

"A Salvaging of Ghosts" by Aliette de Bodard (Content note: death of an adult child) This story is so beautiful and sad, and lovey. You should read it especially if you liked The Citadel of Weeping Pearls.

"From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review" by Marie Brennan I adore The Memoirs of Lady Trent, this story takes place between volumes 3 and 4 and stands on its own though it does contain spoilers. It is in the form of exchange of letters in scientific journal.

Have you read any good short fiction lately? Recs for something cheerful would be especially appreciated just now.
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Hugo nominations end this Thursday so a lot of people I know are trying to read a lot 2015 short fiction. If that your goal this post won't help you. I did most of my 2015 story cramming in January and this month I've actuality been reading short fiction at reasonable pace. I've been feeling relaxed about it so as well as reading some current stuff I've been reading some of the slightly older stuff that I was meaning to get around but always drop in favor of new things. So here are a few recs.

Seven Cups of Coffee by A.C. Wise (content note: queer tragedy.) This story made me sit up and say wow! So lovely and sad, with an interesting time travel twist.

Between Dragons and Their Wrath by An Owomoyela and Rachel Swirsky This is another hard to read story about children living in area devastated by war, but it is hauntingly beautiful.

And one the older stories I read: The Nalendar by Ann Leckie This a fantasy story with some really interesting gods, and a great main character. This one isn't depressing.
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Leap day means on more day to get my February short fiction rec post up and I need it because I haven't been reading that much short fiction this month. After doing a ton of short fiction reading for my favorates of 2015 post I decided to take a break form short fiction reading which ended up stretching well into February. But I've gotten back into reading things in the last week or so. Here are a few that I liked.

"The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar" by Rose Lemberg Another birdverse story, told in letters between craftspeople. I really liked the descriptions of the crafts and of the environments the characters live in.

"The Tomato Thief" by Ursula Vernon This story made me really want a tomato, and there won't be good ones here for months. Also I loved the bits about trains and the logistics of foodstuff. Anyways this story is sequel to "Jackalope Wives" but would read fine on its own. Grandma Harken is a lot of fun to read about.

I've also been reading A.M. Dellamonica's stories set in the same world as Child of a Hidden Sea. There are three so far, all prequels to the novel. I love getting to learn more about the world and the characters. The stories are in chronological order "Among the Silvering Herd", "The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti" and "The Glass Galago"

How has your short fiction reading been going lately?

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