Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Review: 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. (Summary from Goodreads.com) 

So I love Maggie Stiefvater. She is ridiculously talented at pretty much everything. Just check out her website: maggiestiefvater.com

After reading My True Love Gave to Me a book of short stories centered around the holidays, I decided that I'd try another book of short stories - and since this one was partly by the amazing Maggie, I decided to read this one! And I'm glad that I did.

As the Goodreads summary says, the book includes comments from all of the authors about their writing styles and processes, which are particularly useful to writers.

I'll admit that some of the stories were a little boring. But most of them were awesome. Some of them were goosebumps and cold chills awesome.

Here were my top ten favorites (in order of appearance):
1. The Vampire Box - Tessa
2. A Murder of Gods - Maggie
3. A History of Love - Maggie
4. Date with a Dragon Slayer - Tessa
5. Scheherazade - Brenna
6. The Deadlier of the Species - Maggie
7. Puddles - Tessa
8. The Last Day of Spring - Maggie
9. Neighbors - Brenna
10. Lazarus Girl - Brenna

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