Best Of 2016

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.


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