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.
I highly recommend to check out Kij Johnson’s The Fox Woman as well.
8 – Idaho by Anthony Doerr
From the anthology State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.
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.
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.