Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Book Review: The Curiosities:A Collection of Stories - Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories
From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

-A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
-Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
-A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected  in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories.  Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website merryfates.com.  Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing--all in public and without a backspace key.  In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author's comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins.  Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

So, are you curious now?

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book contains a lot of very short stories.  Some of the stories I really enjoyed and really wish that they were longer and some were not so very interesting or just plain too strange.  I have only read books from Maggie Stiefvater and not the other two authors so that is the reason I picked up this book.  I would really have liked this book a lot better if it had been fewer stories, but each story longer.

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