Are you a fan of short stories or novellas? Frankly I have a love/hate
relationship with them. I love them because they are a great way to discover
new authors and to try out a series before investing.
This is especially important for series that are long-standing (i.e. have over
ten books in the series already). Short stories are also fun if you're
anxiously awaiting the newest installment to your favorite series and require
something to "tide you over" until the next release. However, there can be some
drawbacks and I really truly believe personal enjoyment depends on the book.
The only time I don't enjoy short stories is when the length of the story
compromises the book. I prefer short stories that have a conflict in it and the
characters must find a resolution. These are my favorites because they almost
act like a mini book in the series where the readers get a sample of the
author's style. But I will admit there are a few short stories that employ the
more "slices of life" style and I've found that I can enjoy those too. The
slices of life style simply gives readers a brief look into a character's lives
without going deeper into plot or conflict. It's simply a way to entice readers
but I really think this works if an author has a character who is well-loved
already. I don't find it as effective if it's a way to introduce a new
character. So for me, it all depends on how the author approaches the book.
All that being said, I would love to know your opinions on novellas. Do you read
them? Do you like them?
Keeping with the theme, my recommendations for this week are all novellas from
best-selling authors. If you haven't read them before, this is the perfect
opportunity to check them out!
Z by Larissa Ione
Z is a story set in Ione's Demonica world. As a side character in the series,
Z finally gets his chance to shine.
Zhubaal, fallen angel assistant to the Grim Reaper, has spent decades
searching for the angel he loved and lost nearly a century ago. Not even her
death can keep him from trying to find her, not when he knows she’s been given a
second chance at life in a new body. But as time passes, he’s losing hope, and
he wonders how much longer he can hold to the oath he swore to her so long ago…
As an emim, the wingless offspring of two fallen angels, Vex has always felt
like a second-class citizen. But if she manages to secure a deal with the Grim
Reaper — by any means necessary — she will have earned her place in the world.
The only obstacle in the way of her plan is a sexy hardass called Z, who seems
determined to thwart her at every turn. Soon it becomes clear that they have a
powerful connection rooted in the past…but can any vow stand the test of time?
From Ilona Andrews—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Magic
Shifts and the Kate Daniels novels—comes a stark, seductive tale of a world
torn asunder by supernatural gifts and irresistible passions...
Karina Tucker is driving a van of children home from a field trip when an
unplanned detour to a seemingly ordinary rest stop changes her life. There, she
witnesses a world beyond humanity’s sight, of frightful powers and chaos, where
she is in death’s grip...before an irresistibly dangerous male saves her—only to
take her captive.
For she is a rare commodity in the shadowy realm she’s entered.
Karina soon finds herself caught in a violent civil war where those with
inhuman powers strive to destroy each other without mercy. And it becomes all
too clear that she must make a choice: submit and become a pawn, or take hold of
her own destiny and fight for survival against impossible odds.
Alphas: Origins originally appeared in Angels of
This is probably the most interesting of the bunch because it mashes up two
series from a single author. Merging the Peri Reed Chronicles with the Hollows,
this is a great way to crossover readers from one series to another.
Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of THE HOLLOWS meets Peri Reed of THE
DRAFTER in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times
bestselling author Kim Harrison.
The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring
your favorite badass heroines from two of “the amazingly gifted” (RT Book
Reviews) Kim Harrison’s most beloved series: the Hollows and the Peri Reed
Chronicles. The magic of the Hollows runs full force into the technological
sophistication of The Drafter when a device capable of carrying a city’s data
stream pulls Rachel, the bounty hunter witch of the Hollows, between
realities, marooning her in a world where the supernatural holds no sway. To
get Rachel and Jenks home, Peri, the dangerous renegade of 2030, must decide
what will chart her future: her blind trust in those who grant her power, or
her intuition telling her to believe.
I do not like novellas or short stories. They always leave me disappointed. I usually refuse them even when they are offered for free. Most of the books I read are over 300 pages. Are novellas and short stories the same thing? Is there a page or word count associated with them? (Lynn Bruce 9:47pm April 22, 2016)
Lynn, I can totally see where you are coming from. A lot of them can be disappointing however, some can be fun to read. The word count of onvellas and short stories can also depend on the genre its from but short stories are 8,000 and novellas can be 20,000 to 40,000 words. (Annie Tegelan 9:30am April 24, 2016)
I usually make it a point to not read anything under 100 pages. It isn't because of anything negative, I just read too fast to properly enjoy them. (Candy Voisine 6:34pm April 24, 2016)
I'm a slow reader and wish there were more novellas offered by mainstream publishers. I would read a lot more if the books were shorter. (Greta Picklesimer 6:48pm April 24, 2016)
I like anthologies, especially around holidays when there isn't much time to read a long book. Novellas have to be about people in a series I am reading or a prequel. (Joan Phillips 9:01pm April 24, 2016)
Yes, but only as prequels or interludes between releases of full-length books in anthologies. They are the perfect medium for exploring minor characters in a series. However, short stories that don't lead anywhere generally leave me wanting. (Samantha Morris 10:30pm April 24, 2016)
No I find novellas too short and the stories hurried. I much prefer long books where I can get to know the characters and there is a much more fleshed out story. (Tammy Gowan 10:30pm April 24, 2016)
I love short stories. Sometimes I just want a short read to fill time, like dr office where you will get interrupted. Or before bed. If I start a full length novel late in the day, I will most likely stay up and continue to read. So short reads are fun little breaks from reality without the commitment of time. Happy writing. (Nancy Schreib 11:59pm April 24, 2016)
No, I don't think Novellas are worth the read. They are like cliffhangers. (Sandy Pochapin 7:57am April 25, 2016)
I love short stories and novellas. I'm currently reading the Jane Yellowrock anthology "Blood in Her Veins" and Faith Hunter has written short stories and novellas that flesh out plot points to the overarching series and delve into secondary characters. I'm loving getting to know the Trueblood clan most of all! (Mary Greenawalt 10:37am April 25, 2016)
Looks like there's a mixed bag when it comes to novellas. Loving all your comments, everyone! (Annie Tegelan 6:03am May 23, 2016)