Monday, August 19, 2013

[Coffee Shop Talks] - Anthologies & Novellas: Love 'em or Leave 'em?

Anthologies/Novellas: Love 'em or leave 'em?

I tend to only buy and read certain stories that are included in anthologies. If there's a new Cat & Bones story, or a story from another series that I follow religiously, then I will read the anthology. If not, then I don't bother. Anthologies generally contain stories that don't advance the story line of the series they belong to. They are usually stories that I read for fun.

Now, novellas are a different story. If it's a novella from an author that I already enjoy, or if it's a novella to go along with a series that I'm invested in, then I will definitely read the novella. For example, two recent novellas that really blew me away and either advanced the series story or gave us insight into certain characters are Stacia Kane's fantastic Wrong Ways Down (Downside ghosts 1.5) and Karina Halle's On Every Street (The Artist's .5). Both novellas were excellent - both were 5 star reads for me and I highly recommend them both.


What are your thoughts on anthologies & novellas?
Have you read any good ones lately?

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Traci Horton said...

It is true in most anthologies they don't advance the story line. The anthology itself usually has it's own them and the stories all follow that general topic. But they are fun to read and I think round out the world a little more.

How freaking incredible was Wrong Ways Down?! As if I didn't already love Terrible enough as it is.

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

Lexxie Lin said...

OMG! I had no idea the Downside novella was out! I've already *run* to amz to one-click it! Thank you so much for letting me know. Stacia Kane is so awesome that her novellas are must-reads :)

I am also currently reading Into the Woods which is a selection of short stories / novellas from The Hollows universe. Some of the stories have been published elsewhere before, but I didn't have them, so now I'm enjoying these while I'm waiting for the next full-length novel.

Have a great day!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Heather said...

Honestly, I generally hate Anthologies... but that could be because I keep trying to read zombie anthologies and about 85% of the stories are awful (or not even zombie stories -_-;; )

I do pick them up for specific stories as well XD

I love Novellas though! Especially Steve Martin's Shop Girl

Talk Supe said...

I used to like anthologies. Now I only stick to ones that are part of a series like you said. Novellas I live them all. Easy to read, succinct and it gives me instant gratification.


Danielle Romero said...

I'm the same way with novellas. Once I know I LOVE that author, they could write in any format and I would read it lol

Jolene and Family said...

I tend to stay away from anthologies and novellas, unless it is an author I love or part of a series I am already reading. Once in a while, they leave me feeling empty or that the story needed more pages and more character development. There have been a few gems that I really liked but for the most part, I try to stay away

AquarianDancer said...

It's funny. I'm the opposite! I love anthologies. It's a great way to find new authors that are similar to the ones you already love. With novellas, if they're included in a series I'll read them but I will probably not be too enthused.

I am not the kind to bash authors for writing them because that's up to them and you know what you're getting from the start. However, I may not get to it as quickly as a short story in an anthology since I'm pretty much a print only gal. :-D

Beth W said...

I LOVED the anthology "Zombies vs Unicorns". But most other ones that I've read? Are meh. Some good, some bad, and mostly it serves to introduce me to new authors that I might like.

Mary Preston said...

I don't mind anthologies & novellas, but they aren't my first choice in reading.

Rhonda D said...

I like both. When I have only a short time to read, I will read a novella. When I have a whole day to do nothing but read, I will read an anthology. Especially when they are theme based (bad boys, BDSM, etc.), I can choose one of the genre's I'm interested in reading that day and have at it.

Sharonda SexxyBlogger said...

Anthogolies...I'm not so much into, they do nothing for me at all. I love Novella's though especially, they're great to read in between those long suckers.

Clever Girl said...

I love novellas when I don't have time to commit to a full length story, I can't stand suspense so I usually read a book in one sitting. But if it's an author I love I'll read anything they've written.

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