Date: 2014-11-06 09:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] caramarie
I have no real clue how to narrow things down beyond drawing specifically along genre lines and authors I'm familiar with due to long fiction work or who have been recced to me, diving in, and hoping I land somewhere relevant and mostly entertaining.

This has always worked well for me, and I read a lot of short stories. Only SFF&H short stories, because literary short stories mostly bore me :D I guess I'm lucky in that several of my favourite novelists also write excellent short fiction. Or I'll find I vastly prefer a novelist's short stories to their longer work (I'm thinking specifically of Ursula Le Guin here, whose novels I have never especially clicked with, but I started reading her short stories I think based off [personal profile] coffeeandink's recs and WOW.)

It does seem odd to my that you say there's little to no filtering with short stories – the magazine of publication *is* a filter; as is an anthology being put together by a particular editor or on a particular theme. (The first short story anthology I owned, I got because it was edited by an author I liked and because the stories were all about unicorns. I was not very old then :D)

I have a bunch of SFF magazines subscribed on my Kindle, some of which I will read all the way through because I know they tend to match my tastes (Apex is the most reliable one for me), and some of which I will pick and choose from based on whether there are stories by authors I like, or based on what the editorial makes sound interesting. (I always read the editorial, whether I get round to reading all the stories or not, because the editorial is where the blurbs are.)

The proliferance of online magazines is great for me, because I live in NZ, and there are like two SFF magazines that speciality magazine stores get in here (not ones that match my tastes either). Before that I would just read anthologies and collections by particular authors. You do have to just dive in, maybe, but I don't know that that's much different from figuring out which reviewer's tastes match yours? There's a learning curve either way.
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