Novellas & Short Stories

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is currently best known for her young adult Fairyland Series, but she’s also won awards for her adult novels The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden and Palimpset. Her writing is utterly unique from concept to style and always a treat. So we here at The Ranting Dragon were really excited to hear about her latest release, ... Read More »

Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

In addition to the novels, graphic novels, television show, and role playing game, there are The Dresden Files short stories and novelettes. The majority of these are collected in Side Jobs, which was published in 2010. It contains a story set before Storm Front and Welcome to the Jungle, and ends with a novella set just after Changes. When we ... Read More »

Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie

Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear is a loosely themed speculative fiction anthology, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie, two of the editors involved with Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. An eclectic collection containing stories from a variety of Australian and international authors, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear is an engaging body of work that contains a number of excellent stories, quite a few ... Read More »

Brayan's Gold by Peter V. Brett

This review does contain some spoilers for The Warded Man and should be read with caution if you plan on reading Peter V. Brett’s debut novel first. Remember The Matrix? If you’re visiting a website dedicated to Speculative Fiction, chances are that you’ve seen The Matrix at least once. If you have, do you remember that final scene where Neo walks ... Read More »

The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt

I don’t usually read novellas, nor do I read ebooks. But the premise of The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt was too good to ignore. The first story in the Accidental Enchantments series, this is a retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty and it’s a retelling in a way that has never been done before. Sleeping Beauty retold The ... Read More »

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

Quidditch Through the Ages doesn’t really tell a story; it is more of a study book that one might find at Hogwarts. It is “written” by a famous Quidditch expert, Kennilworthy Whisp. The book informs you of all the details and technicalities of Quidditch, as if you were a real student at Hogwarts. I found the most charming aspect of ... Read More »