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Short stories

One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, ill. by Fred Koehler

One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, ill. by Fred Koehler

One Day, The End is a collection of "very short, shorter-than-ever stories." Each story is written from the point of view of the same little girl, covers about two pages and consists of only a couple sentences. Though the words are kept to a minimum, they clearly give only a vague idea of how the little girl's day went. The illustrations hold the true story -- here you can follow the details of the girl's day, understand her emotions throughout the day and the true feeling behind the short story. These are great for kids who like to make up the story themselves by reading through the illustrations in picture books -- studying the pictures is the only way to understand the story, and the tiny details are important. The stories themselves are sweet and simple, but the fun comes from going through the pictures carefully and patiently.

Number of Pages: 
27

After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones

After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones

I was so taken with Mongrels that I had to delve right away into Stephen Graham Jones' back catalog. After the People Lights Have Gone Off did not disappoint. This is a collection of 15 short stories tapping into quite a variety of horror themes, from vaguely creepy to outright bloody, the paranormal to the regular ol' messed up humans. And while horror is the thread stringing all the stories together, there are still glimpses of quieter moments of contemplation here and there. My particular favorites were "The Spindly Man," which challenges the characters and reader to face the dark places we wish to avoid; "The Dead Are Not," a look behind the mysteries of life, death, and grief; and "After the People Lights Have Gone Off," the deliciously spooky title story of a haunted house. I think this is a great read for the tried-and-true horror fans out there as well as the horror newbies (like me)--there's a little something for everyone. You'll have to request this through Interlibrary Loan--if you need help, just ask us!

Number of Pages: 
310

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above is Meyer's most recent addition to her Lunar Chronicles series. It's a collection of short stories that each follow different characters from the series at different points in their lives. The tales range from before the first book in the series to after the last, so it makes most sense to read these after having finished the series. I loved this series, so it was fun to get more insight into the more minor characters and get a glimpse of how their stories continue after the books. It includes 9 stories, so each one is easy to read in one sitting.

Number of Pages: 
369

Attack of the Vampire Weenies by David Lubar

Attack of the Vampire Weenies by David Lubar

David Lubar continues his Weenies series, each collections of short stories, with Attack of the Vampire Weenies. In these 33 cautionary tales, terrible children meet awful ends that will get you ready for Halloween. From a class field trip to a museum gone awry in "Warm Rain" to the Titanium Tempest roller coaster with one small catch in "The Ride of a Lifetime," readers will be guessing the whole way through over the twists and turns each story makes. These very short, creepy tales are sure to delight the Goosebumps crowd.

And don't forget--we'll be discussing this tomorrow (Wednesday, October 27) for our Kids' Book Club!

Number of Pages: 
219

Prisoners Of Time by Scott And David Tipton

Prisoners Of Time by Scott And David Tipton

What happens to those we leave behind?  Those that we abandon and move on?  The Doctor is about to discover precisely that.

Prisoners Of Time is a collection of twelve stories that are connected by a single villian.  The Doctor meets old and new foes, including the Zarbi, Ice Warriors, Remoraxians, The Judoon, Sontarans, Rutans, Autons, The Master, The Overlords, Drake Ayelbourne, The Dominators, and a mysterious foe from the Doctor's past who wants to destroy his companians.

Number of Pages: 
284

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness:  Essays and Stories, by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of works by Marina Keegan, who tragically died in a car accident only days after her graduation from college.  The title essay went viral, capturing the world's attention in 2012.  Her essays and short stories are simultaneously youthful and wise.  Personally I enjoyed the essays the most, on all matter of subjects--her first car (a hand-me-down from her grandmother), pre-graduation interviews with her fellow classmates on the question of whether to work for a corporation or no, her own experience with Celiac disease and the corresponding tension with her overattentive mother.  Her short stories are varied and imaginative, and in each she effectively captures the tiny details of personal relationships.  She inspires sympathy for a U.S. government worker trying to help reconstruct Baghdad, horror for the 5 person crew of a submarine that has lost power at 36,000 feet below sea level, and relief for a mother getting her footing with her newly adopted daughter.  In the books's final essay, Marina voices this desire, "I want what I think and who I am captured in an anthology of indulgence I can comfortingly tuck into a shelf in some labyrinthine library."  Her surviving friends and family have fulfilled that wish for her with this impressive and inspiring collection. 

Number of Pages: 
208

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade is a collection of five separate novellas written by Sarah J. Maas about the main character in her Throne of Glass series. Originally, each was published separately between the releases of the full-length novels, but all the stories take place before the series began. Celaena, the main character, is still working as a famed assassin, though no one in the kingdom knows her true identity, or that she is a sixteen year old. The stories follow separate adventures of hers that led up to her departure from the Assassin's Guild and eventual capture.

Even though I knew the eventual outcome of most of the characters, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading these. I was afraid the time jumps would make them confusing, but they go perfectly in order and together tuck in as a nice sequel to the series.

Number of Pages: 
435

This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila

This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila

Debut author Kristiana Kahakauwila has arrived with this brilliant collection of six short stories offering glimpses of everyday modern life in Hawai’i. The carefree world of tourist resorts is but a backdrop here. Instead, Kahakauwila highlights the struggles of locals on Oahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and the Big Island. From a young woman’s desire to follow in her father’s footsteps as a prizewinning cockfighter to a man negotiating his sexuality while caring for his dying father, a young couple debating the value of being native versus being local to the comforting and constricting aspects of close-knit communities, these stories explore issues of identity and family that are both uniquely culturally Hawaiian and universal. The deft incorporation of Hawaiian pidgin and cadence thoroughly immerses the reader in this land caught between Polynesian roots and a colonial grip. Readers will lose themselves in this collection that is both heart-breaking and life-affirming and gain an understanding of a world often taken for granted as paradise.

You may find this title using Interlibrary Loan.

Number of Pages: 
235

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies is a devastating collection of short stories that marked Jhumpa Lahiri's entrance as a formidable voice in the world of literary fiction. She explores the trials and tribulations faced by Indian ex-pats in America (with the occasional visit back home to India), both particular to their own cultural experiences and defiant of any cultural exclusivity, as they work through failing marriages, affairs, starting a new life all over again, making unlikely friends, and more. These stories are gorgeous, revelatory, and melancholy. Lahiri's exquisite storytelling gives an immediate sense of place and puts the reader in the shoes of all her different characters right away.

Available as a downloadable audiobook on OverDrive, a playaway, and as an audiobook on CD.

Number of Pages: 
198

The Wilds: Stories by Julia Elliott

The Wilds: Stories by Julia Elliott

Prepare to get lost in this debut collection of short stories by Julia Elliott. A girl witnesses a levitation at a fundamentalist family's house. A woman gets caught in pseudo-tribal warfare at a paleo-spa retreat. A mechanical robot falls in love with an organic robot across campus. A biological anomaly occurs causing pet dogs to turn feral. These stories certainly qualify as magical realism, though often reality appears more fanciful than the marvels. Elliott touches on a variety of experiences--self improvement to senility, first love to its dissolution, disciplined fervor to reckless abandon. The Wilds couldn't be more aptly named--it's curious, untamed, and overrun with the peculiarities of humanity.

Number of Pages: 
370