Continuing with my Friday Favourites series, I’ll be discussing my favourite novellas:
Novellas fall roughly in the same category as shorts for me; something I hadn’t really read a lot of before the past year or so. Still, the genre has grown on me, so here are several of my favourites:
#1. Waters of Versailles – Kelly Robson:
This was a delight to read! Beautiful descriptions of the palace of Versailles, and court life, interspersed with a very cleverly interlaced story of a magical creature, responsible for the plumbing of the palace. Such a delight, I would have read an entire series about this alt-history world!
#2. Freedom is Space for the Spirit – Glen Hirschberg:
I was initially attracted to this story because of the stunning cover art, and I read it around Christmas. It is a creative story, well crafted; mysterious, slightly strange, with an aching melancholy that I discovered after finishing it, and parsing through the comments, seemed to be universally felt. The author wrote descriptively of winter, and convincingly of disappointed dreams. An excellent novella.
#3. A Year and a Day In Old Theradane – Scott Lynch:
This is such a great story but what I love most about it, is the absolutely stunning writing. Seriously, it is beautiful – check out the first three sentences:
It was raining when Amarelle Parathis went out just after sunset to find a drink, and there was strange magic in the rain. It came down in pale lavenders and coppers and reds, soft lines like liquid dusk that turned to luminescent mist on the warm pavement. The air itself felt like champagne bubbles breaking against the skin.
So good – read immediately.
What are your favourite novells? Tell me in the comments below!
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