Mini Reviews: Tor Books

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I have decided to start the week of on a lighter note with several small recaps of some recent short stories/novellas I have completed. As I mentioned not too long ago, these brief encounters offer me a chance to cleanse the “palate”. Particularly when I am combating a slump or finding myself indecisive. Often more so than not, that right short story will point in the best direction πŸ˜‰


Tor Books

With an affection for all things fantasy and sci-fi, I am certainly no stranger to Tor Books and Tor.com. As many of you probably know, they boast some incredible reads. They also happen to publish a very wide and rewarding range of short stories and novellas. I will often turn to Tor when seeking a casual, quick read. So not too surprisingly, this week’s short story collection happens to be all Tor titles.

burdenA Burden Shared
By Jo Walton

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This is a very brief story with a strong residual after effect. Portraying a life where we are given the ability to transfer pain between individuals, it shows the effects of a family choosing to share a daughter’s burden. A Burden Shared raises significant questions and addresses the importance and value of our own pain. As a mother and a woman living with chronic illness, this was an amazingly heavy hitter at only 19 pages.

mdiplopiaMental Diplopia
By Julianna Baggott

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This is an elegantly sad tale that explores the downfall of humanity during a unique virus that returns people to their past memories before eventually killing them. At only 31 pages in length, I feel this one should be left to explore without further insight. Haunting and lingering.

 

deaddjinnA Dead Djinn in Cairo
By P. Djeli Clark

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While maybe the least memorable of my recent short story reads, A Dead Djinn in Cairo still packs a nice punch. Set in 19th century Cairo, surrounding the investigation of, you guessed it, a dead djinn, this story cleverly spins elements of the supernatural and mythical into a fast paced and fun urban fantasy that goes off without a hitch.

 

motoHello, Moto
By Nnedi Okorafor

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Okay, I am convinced I will read anything with this author’s name on it. Ever since I began Binti, I am hooked on her ability to weave fascinating stories that offer a nice dose of diversity and unexpected elements. Here she has combined witchcraft and science to create a brilliant story in the mere span of 16 pages.


Have you read any of these or would you? What, if any, short stories have you read recently?

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37 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Tor Books

  1. I admit I don’t read all that many short stories, but I do love how it gives a break in between other reads. And so many don’t realize just how difficult is to write a proper story in just a few pages! I can really appreciate that.

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  2. ahhh, you’re just great at keeping up with reads from various sources! I tried Tor.com stories as well – based on your rec actually πŸ˜‰ – and I liked what I read but find myself very seldom going back now… and I know that I am missing out… then again, I have you to remind me and recommend some good shorts πŸ˜‰

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  3. I used to read Tor.com shorts all the time a couple of years ago, but I don’t anymore at all. I should start visiting again because all of these sound great. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And you are right, I find reading short stories a fab slump buster. πŸ’œ

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  4. Got to admit Tor has some of the most notorious and fascinating short stories. If I had a thing for ebooks, I would’ve probably devoured as many of them as you do nowadays !! πŸ˜› Really looking forward to trying that Binti series and Mapping the Interior when I get my hands on a copy hahah

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