Saturday, December 17, 2005

Best Story Collections of 2005

Maureen McHugh asks if I can suggest some of the best short story collections of 2005. Having been nominated for a big prize for her own collection (huzzah!), she finds herself wondering what else is going on out there.

I haven't been following new fiction as closely as usual this past year (mostly because of preoccupation with my own projects), so I can make only a few suggestions. Terry Bisson published two collections this year, Greetings and Other Stories and Numbers Don't Lie. (The good folks at Tachyon sent me reviewer's galleys, but I have so far not found a newspaper interested in commissioning me to do a review of recent SF.) I have read about half the stories in Greetings, and it's good. As good as Bears Discover Fire? Can't say till I've read the rest.

Numbers Don't Lie is a trio of novellas about this colorful character. Such a volume may not be considered a story collection by everyone, but Jim Harrison's The Summer He didn't Die also comprises three novellas, and it was also nominated for the Story Prize, so hey, it counts. (Anyway, I like novellas.) And at least one of the stories in this volume involves Harrison's own colorful character, Brown Dog, so there. I liked the novellas, so count Bisson in.

James Salter's Last Night has some superb stories in it. Maro Lanagan's Black Juice appeared from Eos this spring, but I believe it first appeared overseas last year. Um, does anyone have other candidates?


Blogger niall said...

Haven't read either of the Bisson books; my collections of the year would be Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link (of course!), and 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. Holly Phillips' debut In The Palace of Repose suggests she's one to keep an eye on; and I've been dipping into, but haven't finished, Carol Emshwiller's I Live With You and China Mieville's Looking for Jake, both of which are good. Right there with you on Black Juice, although it is a 2004 book technically--but note that 'Singing My Sister Down' has been granted extended eligibility for the Hugos ...

6:18 AM  
Blogger Janni said...

I think I'm the only person I know who doesn't understand why Black Juice is impressing everyone so. I liked "Singing My Sister Down" well enough, but the rest of the collection, while clever in its worldbuilding, seemed to have a certain sameness to it, and mostly left me unmoved.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Derryl Murphy said...

I have a copy of my own I have to send to Maureen; we'd agreed to do a swap, and after reading books for the jury I'm going to be desperate to read hers, I'm thinking. Holly's is one that is on my reading list, but of course I've already read it.

I take it nobody ever sent you one of mine?


10:43 PM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Hurrah for Janni! I don't necessarily share her skepticism about Black Juice (I have only read the two stories reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy), but her willingness to buck dogma about one of the SF/F world's current darlings is bracing.

I like Kelly Link's fiction quite a bit, but I confess I winced when Niall added "(of course!)" after saying that hers was among his collections of the year. Kelly has become a critical darling, and deservedly so, but people in this community are too quick to be seen piling onto bandwagons. (I am not suggesting anything about Niall in particular.) Indeed, when I added a modest huzzah after the news of Maureen's prize nomination, I paused lest I seemed to be doing the same.

I had forgotten about Carol Emshwiller's I Live With You. I remember looking at a copy and seeing that I had read maybe a third of the stories in the magazines. Must move it closer to the top of whatever pile it's in.

Niall, tell us more about Joe Hill's collection. I have never heard of him.

Derryl, I didn't get a copy of your collection, which I would definitely like to see. (Had I got one, I wouldn't have managed to review it yet; one usually gets such assignments only by chasing editors, and I have been busy with my own fiction these past several months.)

5:18 AM  
Blogger niall said...

I'm not trying to pile onto a bandwagon, honest. I just think Magic for Beginners is self-evidently brilliant. :) (If it helps, I didn't like Stranger Things Happen nearly as much.)

20th Century Ghosts is an impressive debut dark fantasy/horror collection. I hate both those labels, but they do fit, at least for some of the stories in the book, which are very traditional in many ways--unlike the Link or the Lanagan in that respect--but skillfully done. There's a brief but useful review here; as it says, Bradbury and King are both reference points.

As long as I'm recommending collections, this weekend I gulped down The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith--a 2003 book, and not sff (but not straightforwardly realistic either) and very good. Some of the best omniscient-viewpoint writing I've seen.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Derryl Murphy said...

One copy of Wasps at the Speed of Sound shall be dropped in the mail shortly, sir. On the house, as it were.


5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Derryl,
If there's horror in your collection, can you ask Sean Wallace to get me a copy pronto?
Ellen Datlow

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed most of the stories in Kelly Link's new collection.

I started recommending Margo Lanagan's stories "Singing My Sister Down" when I read in in 2004 and immediately took it for YBFH #17. I enjoyed her collection, although I don't think any of the other stories are as powerful as "Singing my Sister Down."

I think Joe Hill's first collection is excellent, although I don't love all the stories. Three of them are exceptional:
"My Father's Mask" )chosen for YBFH #18
"The Cape"
"Voluntary Committal"
Ellen Datlow

8:49 PM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

Derryl, thanks. I shall look forward to it.

I am currently reading the latest Year's Best Fantasy, which, however, perforce features stories first published in 2004.

I can note here that the last several issues of F&SF have been especially strong. Asimov's has begun to stagnate in recent years -- Allen Steele seems to publish every novel he writes in novella-length chunks there, and a few other regulars seem to publish everything there whether it's their best or not -- while F&SF has flourished.

I am going to try to read the stories in Jay Lake's anthology Tel:Stories this week.

But check out Joy Williams, discussed in the entry above. She really rocks.

4:11 AM  
Blogger Derryl Murphy said...

All science fiction, Ellen, but thanks for asking.


8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting me know, Derryl (one less book to read. Yayyy!)

7:38 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

I particularly like Michel Faber's new collection The Fahrenheit Twins.


9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of the louis vuitton bags
the YYZ zippers, key set, and assumption lock. Such websites appear with assorted collections of louis handbags
. The Damier Azur
in the apple of appearance has dethroned and baffled the originals. Be it Damier Canvas
are cardinal everywhere.

5:10 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

tiffany and co, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, louboutin, cheap uggs, burberry outlet, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet stores, ugg boots clearance, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton handbags, air max, jordan shoes, nike shoes, uggs, longchamp outlet, ugg outlet, prada outlet, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, uggs outlet, louboutin shoes, oakley sunglasses, louboutin outlet, rolex watches, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton, ray ban sunglasses, burberry outlet, longchamp handbags, polo ralph lauren, oakley sunglasses, prada handbags, longchamp handbags, nike free, christian louboutin, tiffany and co, air max, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet online sale, tory burch outlet, replica watches, gucci outlet, michael kors outlet

5:36 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

true religion jeans, polo lacoste, vanessa bruno, hogan outlet, sac longchamp pas cher, michael kors uk, new balance pas cher, air max pas cher, north face, coach outlet, vans pas cher, coach outlet store online, oakley pas cher, longchamp, nike tn, louboutin, nike roshe run pas cher, ray ban sunglasses, coach purses, kate spade outlet, chanel handbags, true religion outlet, sac burberry, true religion outlet, michael kors, mulberry, nike blazer, true religion jeans, hollister, michael kors pas cher, timberland, coach factory outlet, air max, hollister, air jordan, polo ralph lauren, sac guess, ray ban pas cher, nike air force, kate spade handbags, converse pas cher, north face, nike free pas cher, sac hermes, lululemon outlet online

5:41 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

juicy couture, pandora charms, ugg, wedding dresses, michael kors handbags, pandora charms, ugg, ralph lauren, abercrombie, louboutin, louis vuitton, thomas sabo, juicy couture outlet, montre homme, swarovski crystal, vans, hollister, louis vuitton uk, pandora jewelry, karen millen, sac louis vuitton, oakley, michael kors outlet, rolex watches, ray ban, swarovski, sac lancel, coach outlet store online, ugg boots, links of london, ugg, marc jacobs, ugg pas cher, air max, converse, doke gabbana, supra shoes, toms shoes, gucci, michael kors outlet online, converse shoes, louis vuitton, sac louis vuitton

5:43 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

soccer shoes, timberland boots, hollister clothing store, nike trainers, mac cosmetics, valentino shoes, nike roshe, abercrombie and fitch, jimmy choo outlet, air max, abercrombie and fitch, air max, asics running shoes, nike air max, babyliss pro, lululemon outlet, longchamp, soccer jerseys, reebok outlet, bottega veneta, wedding dresses, chi flat iron, ferragamo shoes, new balance shoes, birkin bag, mcm handbags, iphone cases, p90x, north face outlet, vans shoes, hollister, nike huaraches, beats by dre, nike roshe run, mont blanc, insanity workout, giuseppe zanotti, herve leger, celine handbags, ralph lauren, ghd, baseball bats, instyler, nike free, north face jackets, nfl jerseys

5:45 PM  
Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

fitflop shoes
nike roshe run mens
marc jacobs outlet
rolex watches
coach outlet
coach outlet canada
coach factory outlet online
nike outlet
oakley outlet
montblanc pens
air jordan homme
oakley sunglasses wholesale
concords 11
coach outlet online
cheap louis vuitton handbags
mont blanc pen
louis vuitton outlet stores
gucci handbags
nfl jerseys
nike roshe one
nike roshe run
oakley outlet
kobe shoes 11
ray ban sunglasses
ralph lauren
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet
supra for sale
cheap toms
kate spade handbags
gucci bags
replica rolex watches
oakley vault
air jordan 4
coach outlet online
vans sneakers
air jordan 8
asics shoes for men
nike air max
true religion jeans

7:10 PM  
Blogger Dalia Alaa said...

1:13 PM  
Blogger 千禧 Xu said...

coach outlet online
new balance outlet
polo outlet
asics shoes
bengals jersey
nike shoes
mont blanc pens
prada shoes outlet
kobe 9 elite
ray ban sunglasses outlet

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Obat Asma Alami Untuk Semua Usia, Terbukti Ampuh said...

Thank you for sharing an interesting and very useful article. And let me share an article about health here I believe this is useful. Thank you :)

Cara Menghilangkan Benjolan di Langit Mulut
Cara Menghilangkan ambeien/Wasir Secara Permanen
Inilah Penyebab Mual dan Muntah secara Tiba-tiba
Pengobatan Gagal Ginjal Tanpa Cuci Darah
Cara Menyembuhkan Selesma(Flu) dengan Cepat
Cara Mengobati Luka Jahitan Bernanah

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Cara Mengobati Jamur Mulut said...

This article is interesting and useful. And let me share an article about health which insha Allah will be very useful if we use it again for others.

Obat Untuk Mengobati penyakit osteoarthritis
Cara Mengobati Penyakit Gula Darah
Obat Untuk Penyakit TBC
Cara Pemesanan
Cara Mengobati Telinga Berair

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Obat Ampuh Sembuhkan Panu Pada Tubuh said...

The information that is interesting, thanks for sharing :)

Obat Sembuhkan Varises Dengan Cepat
Obat Jantung Bocor Alami
Pengobatan Infeksi Saluran Kencing Alami
Pengobatan Flu Tulang Secara Alami
Pengobatan Impetigo Secara Alami
Pengobatan Untuk Menghilangankan Benjolan Lipoma

11:07 PM  
Blogger Lutfi Kurniawan said...

만약에 내가 간다면 내가 다가간다면 넌 어떻게 생각할까 용길 낼 수 없고 Obat Bisul Ampuh Cara Menghilangkan Cairan Di Paru Obat Ambeien Cara mengatasi Infeksi Saluran Kemih

12:54 AM  
Blogger Zihan Amelia said...

You say my love is too much jealous I have no reason to make you uncomfortable I'm sorry dear

Cara Mengatasi Sembelit Pada Ibu Hamil
Pengobatan Infeksi Jamur Kulit Pada bayi
Obat Sakit Kencing
Obat Fistula Ani
Cara Menyembuhkan Amandel
Obat Nyeri Dada Alami

12:51 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home