New genre fiction: Short stories

Enjoy short stories? Try these collections of gravedigger’s tales, New Zealand speculative fiction, hardboiled British crime fiction, fairytales from the Romantic Movement, and more…

Syndetics book coverPulse / Julian Barnes.
“The stories in Julian Barnes’ long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations and range from the domestic to the extraordinary, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in winter Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings.” (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverGryphon : new and selected stories / Charles Baxter.
“From a writer whose work reminds one of how broad and deep and shining a story can be (Alice Munro) comes a selection that gathers the best from his four earlier collections as well as seven previously uncollected stories.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe best American short stories 2010 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines / by Richard Russo with Heidi Pitlor ; with an introduction by Richard Russo.
“Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Richard Russo, this year’s collection boasts a satisfying chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe gravedigger’s tale : fables of fear / Simon Clark.
“Every gravedigger has a story to tell. Some are humorous, some poignant. But most gravedigger’s tales have to be placed firmly in the category of horror. Join Simon Clark as he presents an array of ghosts, eerie encounters and haunted landscapes to astonish the imagination and invoke shivers aplenty.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA foreign country : New Zealand speculative fiction / edited by Anna Caro and Juliet Buchanan.
A Foreign Country brings together the work of established authors and fresh new voices to showcase the range of stories produced by New Zealand’s growing community of speculative fiction writers. Humorous, disturbing, intriguing, cautionary, and ultimately hopeful, these tales tell of  different worlds,  situations and possiblities.” (adapted from the book cover)

Syndetics book coverA darker shade of blue / John Harvey.
“John Harvey has been described as the master of British crime and in A Darker Shade of Blue he has collected together some of his very best writing. From the killing fields of the East Midlands to the mean streets of London, from the jazz clubs and clip joints of Soho to the barren fenlands of East Anglia, this is a world of broken families and run-down estates, revenge killings and prostitution, drugs, guns and corruption; a world of overstretched police forces and underpaid detectives, men and women who strive nonetheless for a kind of justice; a world in which everything, even friendship, has a price.” (adapted from Amazon)

Syndetics book coverGold boy, emerald girl / Yiyun Li.
“In this collection of spellbinding stories, the acclaimed author of “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” delivers exquisite fiction filled with suspense, depth, and beauty.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVoice of America : stories / E.C. Osondu.
“Set dually in Nigeria and America, this electrifying debut story collection from the 2009 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing moves from the fears and dreams of boys and girls in villages and refugee camps to the disillusionment and confusion of young married couples living in America.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPhiladelphia noir / edited by Carlin Romano.
“This collection of 15 original crime stories follows on from  Detroit Noir, another volume set in a less glamorous metropolis.” (adapted from Syndetic summary)

Syndetics book coverRomantic fairy tales / translated and edited by Carol Tully.
“This collection, vividly illustrating the development of German Romanticism, presents four of the genre’s key texts that still have the power to enchant and disturb. Goethe’s The Fairy Tale (1795) is an ethereal story of prophecy and resurrection that helped establish of the genre. Ludwig Tieck’s Eckbert the Fair (1792) is a dark story of incest and murder. Friedrich de la Motte Fouque describes the unhappy fate of a wood nymph with the soul of a woman in Undine (1811). In The Tale of Honest Casper and Fair Annie (1817), Clemens Brentano tells the tale of young couple destroyed by a false sense of honour.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)