Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Source: advance review copy from publisher

from Goodreads.com:  From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

- A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
- Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
- A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website merryfates.com. Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author’s comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

So, are you curious now?

My Take:  The pedigree for this book is outstanding: as an exercise, these three women wrote a short story a week and posted it online on a blog titled The Merry Sisters of Fate.  It’s no news that I am a huge Maggie Stiefvater fan, and I followed the Sister’s blog because of her.  Brenna Yovanoff wrote a great book last year, The Replacement, that was creepy and soulful and I loved it.  I’ve not read any of Tessa Gratton’s books, but I have a copy of Blood Magic just waiting for me in my stack.  Soon, soon my pretty.

Most stories were good, a couple were not so good, some were mediocre.  A few of these stories were familiar to me from the Sister’s website, but most were not.  I was surprised at some of the stories that didn’t make the cut – there were many quality stories that I felt should have made the anthology.  Maybe some of the shorts I like are in the process of becoming a book (you never know!).  The overall tone and feel of this book is dark and creepy - twists happen often and blood flows freely.  Not many happily-ever-afters for this crew.

One of the more interesting things about this book is that the three made handwritten sidebars, doodles and notes throughout the pages.  The notes are funny asides and interesting facts about the processes of these writers, and a glimpse inside their friendship.  A grand, devious, twisted and bloody friendship.

See you in the STACKS, 
Nancy 

3 Responses to “Review: The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff”

  1. Cari says:

    I’m excited for this one. Like you I’m a big fan of Maggie and I loved Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton.

  2. stacy says:

    I’ve read a few, and so far I found them entertaining.

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