Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Best of 2007 Short Stories: A Meme

Since charles twisted my paw, am passing this meme around he made for editor ellen datlow's request to recommend good genre short stories published this year.

Alas, of the number of anthologies this year, I've only read one collection-- Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, edited by John Klima. I'll probably get around to doing a full review of this book but I can definitely say that it's a mixed sort of collection with some strong stories. Some of these include Hal Duncan's "The Chiaroscurist", Michael Moorcock's "A Portrait of Ivory", and Jeff Vandermeer's "Appoggiatura".

However, my top three list that I'd definitely would recommend would be Daniel Abraham's "The Cambist and Lord Iron", Tim Pratt's "From Around Here", and Theodora Goss' "Singing Mount Abora". But wait a minute, you say, aren't Pratt and Goss always high on your list? Unfortunately, yes, which is why after thinking about it, I'll ultimately place Abraham's story as my top recommendee, coming as it is from a relatively-new writer.

Abraham creates an interesting type of story here about a cambist who engages in a test of wills with the scoundrel Lord Iron. How the cambist manages to overcome Lord Iron's three tests is quite an engaging read as Abraham tries to show what it really means to have 'a fairy tale of economics.' Granted, the ending is a bit of a cliché but given how Abraham had shaped the story, it was forgivable that it would head in that direction.

So go ahead, make your own recommendations/s!


Don said...

The reason I can't get around reading/finishing Logorrhea is Hal Duncan's story. I think it ain't good to start the book with that. I couldn't get past the second page.

I know there are good things lurking in there but hell, it's actually like reading an overly detailed report of a CSI (eh, CSI work is very boring, so I've heard. It's nothing like what you see in that TV show).

Meanwhile, David Prill has already won me with his wonderful story in there.

banzai cat said...

well, yes, Duncan's story seems strangely quotidian despite its fantastical setting. still, I like his writing style (and ideas) so managed to get past it.

as for prill, yeah, funny enough despite the tone, the story was quite chilling for me too.

(I like a reviewer's description of it: Maria from 'Metropolis'. heh.)