I’ll probably manage to do some more reading before the end of the year, but I doubt I’ll find something truly amazing. I didn’t meet the goal I’d set last year, but I did find some amazing short stories, and discovered some amazing authors. Here are my favorites, in the order in which I read them:
1 – The Wolf’s Bride by Aino Kallas
You can find it in the anthology: The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy.
2 – Tom, Thom by K. M. Ferebee
3 – The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles by Kij Johnson
I highly recommend to check out Kij Johnson’s The Fox Woman as well.
4 – The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik
5 – The Literomancer by Ken Liu
6 – The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu
Both 5 and 6 are from Ken Liu’s The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. I haven’t read the title story, The Paper Menagerie, this year; but you should still check it out, because it’s marvelous.
7 – The Museum and the Music Box by Noah Keller
8 – Idaho by Anthony Doerr
From the anthology State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.
9 – Ghosts of Chile by Ariel Lewiton
10 – Combustion Hour by Yoon Ha Lee
11 – The Ways of Walls and Words by Sabrina Vourvoulias
12 – Of Blood And Brine by Megan E. O’Keefe
13 – The Quiet Thing by Che Yeun
14 – The Ravens’ Sister by Natalia Theodoridou
15 – The Last Four Seasons by Meghan Kenny
16 – Shark by Rachel Yoder
17 – My Father’s Mask by Joe Hill
18 – Voluntary Committal by Joe Hill
Both 17 and 18 are from 20th Century Ghosts.
19 – Ghostweight by Yoon Ha Lee
20 – The Shadow Postulates by Yoon Ha Lee
21 – The Bones Of Giants by Yoon Ha Lee
19, 20, and 21, are from Conservation Of Shadows. Picking favorites was incredibly hard, so get the whole book and read it all, because it’s awesome.
22 – Lightning And Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong
23 – A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark
24 – A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight by Xia Jia
25 – Tongtong’s Summer by Xia Jia
26 – Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse by Xia Jia
24, 25, and 26 are from Ken Liu’s Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation. You should definitely go buy this one too. Not only is Ken Liu an excellent writer, he’s also an amazing translator, and his taste in stories is incredible.