Weird Kitties: Best Novella Open Thread

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Oh, let's go ahead and wrap up the big prose fiction categories with Best Novella, the "just shorter than a novel" category, defined as being between 17,500 and 40,000 words. Which is a length I really like, having written two books (both nonfiction, admittedly) that land in it; it's at a beautiful cusp where you can still get away with a book that's all suggestion and no conclusion, but where you can have the suggestion be labrynthine in its complexity.

Unfortunately, much as I love the category, I've not read anything in it this year. Here's the Hugo Wikia's list, which I do note has Paul Cornell's latest, Witches of Lychford. How was that? How were other things?

Still need reviews for Sunday, by the way. snowspinner at gmail. Perhaps a review of Witches of Lychford? The MartianSeveneves

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Matt M 1 year, 11 months ago

Is there a theme for Sunday's reviews?

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Reinder Dijkhuis 1 year, 11 months ago

I liked The Witches of Lychford though I found the style hard to get into. I've had "show, don't tell" drilled into my head so badly that I resist authors who do a lot of telling. Once I got past that, it was a breeze.

Other biases that influence my opinion: Hedge witches. I love them; the story has one.

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Reinder Dijkhuis 1 year, 11 months ago

I liked The Witches of Lychford though I found the style hard to get into. I've had "show, don't tell" drilled into my head so badly that I resist authors who do a lot of telling. Once I got past that, it was a breeze.

Other biases that influence my opinion: Hedge witches. I love them; the story has one.

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Reinder Dijkhuis 1 year, 11 months ago

Your captcha system is broken, by the way.

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Matt M 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually the captcha works perfectly. It's just that we are all robots and just don't know it :(

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Eric Rosenfield 1 year, 11 months ago

The only ones I've heard of from the list are Witches and Binti by Okorafor. I haven't read either, but Binti's been getting good marks.

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Ryan Alexander 1 year, 10 months ago

The two best novellas I've read this year are:

1) Kai Ashante Wilson's *mindblowing* novella, The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps. This is some next-level prose, reminded me at times of Samuel R. Delany at his best, yet also something entirely and beautifully *new.* Can't recommend this one highly enough.

2) Nnedi Okorafor's exquisite Binti. Classic Nnedi. Powerful and insightful and fierce and humane. Featuring a compelling protagonist from a fascinating culture.

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