This is the 14th and next Discworld book, following Small Gods in publication order but Witches Abroad in plot. I needed something I knew I would enjoy that was light and funny and available. Discworld books fit the bill for me.
Length: 400 pages
Setting: Lancre on Discworld, after the events of Witches Abroad
Summary: Short version: Elves try to invade Lancre but the witches stop them Continue reading
This is the last Hugo short story nominee I have to read.
Title: the entire title is quite long, so I didn’t include it in the heading. It is The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat
Published: 2018 in Uncanny Magazine, where you can either read or listen to the story for free
Genre: dinosaur fairy tale
Setting: a medieval kingdom
Summary: Short version: Raptors vs. a stupid prince; raptors win Continue reading
This is the 12th book in the Discworld series. I’ve been reading them on vacation since they’re so light and all on my Kindle. As a bonus, it’s one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.
Length: 374 pages
Setting: mostly in Genua on Discworld
Summary: Short version: Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax disrupt Lilith’s perfect story Continue reading
Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor
This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.
Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)
Setting: a rural South library, present day
Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading
I wanted something lighter than what I’ve been reading lately and went looking through the Newbery Medal books. Middle grade books will always work out in the end.
Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 386 pages
Setting: near the Protectorate, a Middle Ages level society
Summary: Short version: The importance of stories you tell yourself to be true Continue reading
This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.
Published: May, 2016 in Mothership Zeta
Genre: urban fantasy
Setting: Manhattan, present day
Summary: Short version: Dragons are best at exploiting greed Continue reading
This is the sixth book in the Discworld series. I was on vacation and it’s an easy choice. There’s so many books in the series and they’re all on my Kindle.
Length: 265 pages
Setting: Ramtop Mountains within Discworld, whenever
Summary: Short version: The witches in Ramtop get involved in politics Continue reading
Published: October 2013 in Strange Horizons
Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 10 pages
Setting: Athens, Ohio, present day-ish
Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology
Summary: In Athens, Ohio, there are two witches who hold court in the two diners in town. One witch is flashy and quick, the other is slow and solid. The townspeople and college kids go to both witches, depending on their needs. Turns out, the witches are sisters who have a hard time communicating with each other because their styles are so different. Two of their clients bring the sisters closer. Eli is a flashy barista and Jeremiah is a shy college student. They are attracted to each other, but can’t get to the first step in a relationship because they are so different. The witches work on both boys to bring them together.
Final thoughts: A sweet story of relationships. I liked how the two boys represented the two witches, but the sisters were able to work out how to have a deeper relationship by helping the boys in their relationship. A perfect short story – the setting is laid out neatly and as we read, we get deeper and deeper into situation. First, there are the two diners, then the two witches, then the two boys, then we realize the witches are sisters. Bonus that they relationship is between two boys. Very enjoyable.
Title comes from: The main characters and the setting. I at first thought it would be a grand story about witches in Athens, Greece, but it’s a much smaller story set in a much smaller town.