Caturday Reads: SFF Novellas & Body Horror Short Stories

Happy Saturday afternoon, or I suppose I should say Caturday afternoon. I hope that you’re doing swell on this brightly sunny yet oddly chilly morning (indecisive California weather, woot!). I’m actually doing pretty great today, which has been a significant change from the last few months. Things were getting gloomy and dreary, but I hung in there the best I could, and now they aren’t so gritty anymore. Funny how life works sometimes.

Because I feel so spirited today, I’m super excited to get back into voracious reading. I began a new daily routine where after having my morning cup of chai, I grab a bag full of books and head to my favourite park. I drop all the windows of my car (still need to be safe because pandemic nonsense, so I don’t leave the little Honda Fit) while under a lovely tree, put in some relaxing music, and just read for a couple of hours. This has been a big booster (pandemic pun mildly intended) for my mental health and an excellent coping method lately.

Since I have been bookishly ravished, this weekend I decided to jump into sci-fi and fantasy novellas that’ve been on my TBR since the beginning of last year. I’m hoping the shorter lengths will allow me to get through a tiny tower of them, which will then give me a sense of accomplishment. Trying to kick my desire to read thicker tomes into gear. Luckily for me, I grabbed all these on my latest excursion to the library. I do have one full-sized book, which is an anthology of short stories that has been absolutely amazing thus far. Check ‘em all out down below! (I’m cheating this time with the snippets as I haven’t finished these books and don’t know how to put it in my own words yet without mucking it up.)

The Warren by Brian Evenson: (First-Contact Science-Fiction) “X doesn’t have a name. He thought he had one—or many—but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him. Or maybe he really is called X. He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be. But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species.” –Back Cover

Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn: (Trinidadian Dark Fantasy) “Survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous sea beasts circle. Their fangs are sharp. Among the refugees is Iraxi: ostracised, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince, she’s pregnant with a child who might be more than human. Her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.” –Back Cover

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark: (African Steampunk Science-Fiction) “Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Her sights are set on securing passage aboard Captain Ann-Marie’s smuggler airship Midnight Robber, earning the captain’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls the Black God’s Drums. But Creeper keeps another secret close to  her heart—Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks insider her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities…” –Back Cover

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster: (Queer Sword & Sorcery Fantasy) “When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the archipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.” –Back Cover

We Shall Sing a Song into the Deep by Andrew Kelly Stewart: (Post-Apocalyptic Military Science-Fiction) “Remy is a Chorister, rescued from the surface world and raised to sing in a choir of young boys. Remy is part of a strange crew who control the Leviathan, an aging nuclear submarine that bears a sacred mission: to trigger the Second Coming when the time is right. But Remy has a secret too—she’s the submarine’s only girl. Gifted with the missile’s launch key by the Leviathan’s dying captain, she swears to keep it safe. Safety, however, is not the priority of the new captain, who has his own ideas about the mission.” –Back Cover

Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror edited by Ellen Datlow: (Body Horror, Supernatural Horror, Anthology) A collection of horror stories, mostly centred on themes and motifs of body horror, written by various authors from their respective science-fiction, fantasy, and horror genres including, but not limited to: Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim), Seanan McGuire (The Wayward Children series), Tananarive Due(Summer Ghosts and The Between), Cassandra Khaw (The All-Consuming World), Brian Evenson (The Warren), Alyssa Wong (A Fist of Permutations in Lightnings and Wildflowers), and Caitlín R. Kiernan (Houses Under the Sea).

That does it for my bibliophilic indulgences for the weekend and the upcoming week ahead. Of course, I shall have reviews go live once I’m done reading them. For Body Shocks, you may have to wait a bit for the review because I feel it would be a perfect fit for October’s content. This year, I’m hoping to pre-schedule some themed content for the forthcoming months. Fingers crossed it works out!

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, keep reading and keep relaxing, my chums.



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5 thoughts on “Caturday Reads: SFF Novellas & Body Horror Short Stories

  1. Pingback: The Week Gone By – 1/17/22 – My World of Books

  2. In that first picture, Kiki looks so done with your shit, hahaha. These all sound like great reads. I hope you like them and I look forward to your reviews of them.

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