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It's a short, Short Business this month because, although there are lots of stories I'd like to talk about, over the last two months finding the time and energy to write has been difficult. So, instead of waiting until I've written about the whole heap of stories I read recently, and potentially never getting that giant post finished, I'm going to break down the stories I read into a few smaller posts in the hope of motivating myself to keep going. So, here are my thoughts on four stories I really enjoyed way back in May. As always, spoilers below the cut.

Includes stories from The Dark, Bracken, Apex and Robot Dinosaur Fiction )
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As people were really positive about the last installment of Short Business being a bit bigger I thought I'd keep things up size wise this month. Below the cut I review thirteen stories, and lucky for you I had quite a few thoughts about most of them.

Includes stories from Automata Review, Hanging Garden Stories, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Future Fire, Apex, Mythic Delirium, Fireside, Nature and Pseudopod )
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So, March is at an end and that means it's time for another installment of Short Business. I compensated for not really having enough brain for long-form narratives by cramming in quite a few short stories, and a whole novella, in March so I hope you like your short fiction posts long.

This month's post includes stories from Apex, Fireside, The Dark, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Nightmare, Uncanny & a novella from Tor )
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In February, I continued to deliberately search out heart-warming stories. In March I'm going to try to branch out a little into some darker stuff, but February was all about trying to reset my mental clock after the long retail-job filled months of December and January. And while I may not have read a lot of stories in February, I still found some sparkly, sparkly gems that made me eager to get writing this post.

Includes stories from Abyss & Apex, Clarkesworld, Fireside Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny Magazine. )
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November is a hard month when you work in retail so I've been focusing on finding fun stories. Basically, if a short story had baking in the title I was on it last month.

Includes stories from Barnes and Noble blog, Luna Station Quarterly, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny, Lightspeed, and Apex )
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Following a recent impassioned call for more short fiction reviewing, made by [twitter.com profile] ClowderofTwo, I'm trying to get back into regularly talking about the few pieces of short fiction I manage to read each month. Quality, not quantity is my battle cry! So, here's what I read in October:

Includes stories from Granta, FIYAH, Fireside, Uncanny, Luna Station Quarterly & Shimmer )
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Confession - I love the supernatural & the spooky season but I'm not a huge horror fan. I want all the gothic vampires, and their centuries long feuds, but I struggle with stories about supernatural entities that can't be reasoned, or bargained, with. As a consequence, finding a ghost story I can get into is rare.

For anyone else who wants a good ghost story but isn't sure they want a scare this Halloween, let me recommend "Taiya", a short story by Vanessa Fogg. It's the delicate, and haunting, story of a young woman's encounter with a taiya; a ghost which appears in an unspecified 'Old World capital'.

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I always go into Hugo voting with the best of intentions. I'm going to read all the things, view all the things, and not just get bogged down in the Novel category. 2017 is going to be different!

Yes. Well.

Appropriately for the Hugo Awards this optimistic view proved to be, as usual, pure fantasy. Still, I did pretty well for a lady with a long commute and limited data; particularly when it came to the Best Short Story category. I read four of the six stories nominated in this category for 2017. And what better way to get back into writing than to share all my thoughts with you?

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We're excited to reveal the results of our 2016 Q2-Q3 Short Fiction survey!

Check out the stories below. We included word count where available. For some stories the word counts are approximate because not all publishers provide them; corrections are welcome! Stories that must be purchased to read are marked with an asterisk, but we've linked to their home magazine or anthology page on Goodreads.

We'll be collecting short fiction recs for October through December until the 31st of December, after which we'll do another formal rec list, which will be posted in early January. Please share your favorite short fiction read during this time period. You can find our form at http://goo.gl/forms/pBnXAYLPM3. We'd appreciate any signal boosts so more folks who read short fiction can find us and participate.

We've also streamlined our form and added a question to the survey this round; it's optional, but we'd appreciate your feedback.

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Happy reccing & reading!

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We had a small hiccup in service due to Life Shenanigans, but we're happy to finally reveal the results of our 2016 Q1 Short Fiction survey, featuring stories from January 2016 to March 2016.

Check out the stories below. For some stories the word counts are approximate because not all publishers provide them or it wasn't available; corrections and additions are welcome! Stories that must be purchased to read are marked with an asterisk, but we've linked to their home magazine or anthology page on Goodreads.

Since it's a been awhile, a reminder that we've decided to change things up in 2016 in order to include older short fiction. Also, the submission form will be open all year round and after submitting you'll be able to see the stories others have recced.

We'll be collecting short fiction recs for April through the 30th of September, after which we'll do another formal rec list! Please share your favorite short fiction read so far this year! You can find our form at http://goo.gl/forms/pBnXAYLPM3. We'd appreciate any signal boosts so more folks who read short fiction can find us and participate.

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Happy reccing & reading!

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