Short Stacks #8 / A Few More I Read in 2019

Now that we hit March I am going to put this out there so it wraps up 2019. These short stacks won’t be as frequent as they were in 2019 because I don’t read enough novella’s to keep it up monthly. Even so I hope you do enjoy these posts.

Book: The Barrow Will Send What It May (Danielle Cain 2) by Margaret Killjoy
Release Date: 2018
Type: Novella

While I don’t think this book had the same depth as the first novella, this is still an incredibly well written story where I just want to settle into the world and read more and more. I was also glad to see that the grief from the first book still came back in this book with Danielle. So important for that kind of rep. Grief doesn’t just dissapear

Book: Das Steingeschopf by G.V. Anderson
Release Date: 2016
Type: Short Story
You can read it here.

This one won Best Short Fiction for the year 2017 in the World Fantasy Awards and for that reason I was interested in reading it. It is an interesting fantasy story set during the time that Hitler and his party are gaining a lot of traction in Germany, 1928. As someone with Jewish ancestory, our main character does not have it easy. Not even despite his job which is to restore Steingeschopf. Steingeschopf are a certain Golem’s. Creatures carved from a special stone that brings them to life.

It is an interesting story that gets historical deepening by the setting and the main characters heritage.

Book: A Witch’s Guide to Escape by Alix E. Harrow
Release Date:  2018
Type: Short Story
You can read it here.

I can certainly see how this won the Hugo Award. It is a powerful read of a witch librarian who knows what the right book is for someone. To me it felt like a commentary to on how social services often fail foster kids and don’t listen to what they really need. However there have been some that have commented on it being a white savior narrative. As a white person I can’t judge that so just be aware when you do go in.


short stacks info

Pages counts are calculated based on aprox. 250 words a page. Especially that last one cut off at 180 pages is iffy at best. Some novella’s are over 200 pages. But this is just meant as a guideline. 

4 thoughts on “Short Stacks #8 / A Few More I Read in 2019

  1. I can’t wait for the social justice “rules” to start leveling off. If the author is white and she had written the librarian as a POC character she would have been chastized, and if all the people she advised had been white then she would have been called out for not including diverse secondary characters. 😐

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