Rachel Neumeier

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Novellapalooza

From File 770, this long post followed by a comment thread featuring thoughts about recent novellas.

Thus, my opinions on the following novellas vary wildly: stories I thought I would love but didn’t, stories I didn’t expect to love but did, and stories which aligned with my expectations – whether high or low. Bear in mind that while I enjoy both, I tend to prefer Science Fiction over Fantasy – and that while I enjoy suspense and thrillers, I have very little appreciation for Horror (and to be honest, I think Lovecraft is way overrated). My personal assessments are therefore not intended to be the final word on these stories, but merely a jumping-off point for Filer discussion.

I thought it would be helpful to have a thread where all the Filers’ thoughts on novellas are collected in one place, as a resource when Hugo nomination time rolls around. I’ve opined on a few of these previously on File770, so I’ve put those at the end, so as to not give them an unfair amount of bandwidth.

Which of these novellas have you read? And what did you think of them?

By my rough count, 39 novellas are reviewed here, including the “Penric” novellas by Bujold and a handful of others I’ve at least heard of, if not read. This is a post I’ll be interested in spending some time on, since novellas are the shorter form I like the best.

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